Pirates sign outfielder
Free agent Jarrod Dyson finalized a $2 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hopes the veteran can fill the void left in center created by Starling Marte’s trade to Arizona.
The 35-year-old hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season. Dyson also stole 30 bases for the fifth time in his 10-year big league career.
The Pirates are retooling following a last-place finish that led to an overhaul of the club’s leadership staff. New general manager Ben Cherington sent Marte to Arizona last month in exchange for two 19-year-old prospects.
Pittsburgh is set at the corner outfield spots with Bryan Reynolds and Gregory Polanco. Reynolds can play center field but the Pirates are more comfortable with him in left. Guillermo Heredia and Jason Martin are in the mix for a utility outfielder role.
In the NBA
Devin Booker is finally headed to his first NBA All-Star Game.
The Phoenix guard – who felt he was snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn’t make the original list for Sunday’s game in Chicago – was tabbed Thursday as the player who will replace injured Portland guard Damian Lillard in the game.
Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver, who makes the final call on injury replacements to the All-Star rosters. By NBA rule, the replacement player has to come from the same conference as the injured player.
Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night and said he would not be able to play in either the game or Saturday night’s 3-point competition.
- The NBA fined Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers $35,000 on Thursday, two days after he was critical of the officiating after his team lost to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The NBA said George was fined those comments, and noted that the amount of the fine “also reflects his multiple prior violations of the rule prohibiting public criticism of the officiating.”
This marks at least the fifth time George has been fined in his career for such comments, and this came with the stiffest fine – topping the $25,000 he was docked on two other occasions.
In the NHL
Jacob Markstrom had a career-high 49 saves as Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 Wednesday night after retiring the numbers of retired stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Brandon Sutter had a goal and two assists, and Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette also scored to help the Canucks win their second straight after a four-game skid (0-3-1).
Markstrom got his second shutout of the season and fifth of his career.
In college basketball
South Carolina became the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball.
Athletic director Ray Tanner said Thursday the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been committed by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2012-13 to 2015-16.
- Wajid Aminu tied his season high with 21 points as North Florida beat Jacksonville 81-66 on Thursday night.
Ivan Gandia-Rosa had 13 points and seven assists for North Florida (17-10, 10-2 Atlantic Sun Conference), which earned its fifth straight win. Garrett Sams added 13 points. Carter Hendricksen had 11 points.