LAS VEGAS | AP source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contract

LAS VEGAS — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that reliever Joe Kelly has agreed to a $25 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not yet been announced. A 30-year-old right-hander who was born in Anaheim, California, … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | AP source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contract

KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Negro League bobbleheads part of fundraising campaign

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Fans of the former Negro League are being asked to help a campaign to create bobbleheads of 30 stars from the league — with a goal of commemorating the league’s upcoming centennial. Organizers of the effort, which was unveiled Wednesday, have created a team of 30 Negro League stars who would … Continue reading KANSAS CITY, Mo. | Negro League bobbleheads part of fundraising campaign

LAS VEGAS | Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team trade

LAS VEGAS  — The Cleveland Indians reacquired fan favorite Carlos Santana and sent slugger Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle in a three-team trade Thursday that also involved Tampa Bay. The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Sulser from Cleveland. The Indians also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay, while the … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team trade

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a ‘tap of endearment’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hornets owner Michael Jordan said it was a “tap of endearment.” After watching a bizarre ending to Charlotte’s win against Detroit on Wednesday, a bewildered Jordan lightly smacked the back of second-year guard Malik Monk’s head in closing seconds of the game. Jordan told The Associated Press Thursday via text message through … Continue reading CHARLOTTE, N.C. | Jordan tells AP: Monk interaction was a ‘tap of endearment’

LAS VEGAS | The Latest: Lynn, Rangers reach deal on 3-year contract

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on Major League Baseball‘s winter meetings (all times local): 10:57 a.m. A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says free agent right-hander Lance Lynn and the Texas Rangers have reached a deal on a $30 million, three-year contract. The deal is pending a physical, says the person, who was … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | The Latest: Lynn, Rangers reach deal on 3-year contract

BAMAKO, Mali | Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali’s nomadic Tuareg camps

BAMAKO, Mali  — A Tuareg leader says suspected jihadists on motorcycles have killed at least 42 people in Mali’s eastern Menaka region during a series of attacks on their nomadic camps. Moussa Ag Acharatoumane of theTuareg self-defense group said Thursday that children as young as eight were among the victims of the attacks Tuesday and … Continue reading BAMAKO, Mali | Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali’s nomadic Tuareg camps

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s last nationally circulated, opposition newspaper will stop publishing its print edition amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages, editors said Thursday. El Nacional‘s final edition will run Friday after 75 years in print. It will become an exclusively online publication, leaders of the newspaper said. “We’ve endured longer than the others,” … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition