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Trumbo goes to D-backs in major three-team swap

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The winter meetings got busy Tuesday with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado.

Halfway through the four-day swap session, the 15-foot-wide dais at the Dolphin Hotel near Walt Disney World has been used for three announcements involving player transactions — triple the total of last year’s inert meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

In the big deal of the day, the Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams.

A day after finalizing a $60-million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, outfielder Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York’s baseball rivalry. A direct Bronx-to-Queens switch from the Yankees is rare.

"A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans," Granderson quipped. "So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there."

 

Pigskin at Olympics?

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Football took a tiny step closer to potential inclusion in the Olympics on Tuesday.

The IOC’s executive board granted provisional recognition to the international association that oversees the American brand of the sport. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has 64 member nations spanning six continents.

USA Football governs the sport in the United States and is associated with the NFL.

A vote on approving football for the Summer Games could take place as early as 2017, with the possibility of the sport joining the Olympics in 2024.

IOC sports director Christophe Dubi praised football’s federation for demonstrating "strong youth appeal and making great progress in developing their sport around the world."

 

Phaneuf will sit two games

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Bruins.

Phaneuf boarded Miller, who clearly had his back turned, during Toronto’s loss to Boston on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre. No boarding penalty was called on the play.

In announcing the suspension, NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said Miller should never have been eligible to be hit like he was.

"At no point during his approach does Phaneuf see anything but Miller’s numbers, so the onus is on him to either avoid the hit completely or at the very least minimize it more than he does," Shanahan said.

Miller left the game, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien told reporters he wasn’t worried about the defenceman’s condition. That factored into the two-game suspension, as did the fact Phaneuf has no previous history of discipline in nine NHL seasons.

The suspension is the Leafs’ fourth during the regular season. David Clarkson got an automatic 10 games for leaving the bench to join an altercation during the pre-season, Nazem Kadri got three games for elbowing Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom in the head last month, and Carter Ashton was suspended two games for boarding Flames forward Derek Smith.

Phil Kessel was suspended three pre-season games for slashing Sabres forward John Scott during the brawl between the teams in September.

 

Drouin wins three times

OTTAWA — Derek Drouin’s recordbreaking season has earned the high jumper three Athletics Canada awards.

Drouin, from Corunna, Ont., won the Jack W. Davies Trophy as outstanding athlete of the year, plus the F.N.A Rowell Trophy as athlete of the year in field events, and the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance of the year.

The 23-year-old set a Canadian record of 2.38 metres in high jump and won a bronze medal at the world track and field championships. He also won an NCAA Division 1 indoor title with a Canadian record jump of 2.35.

 

— from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 11, 2013 D4

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