Thursday’s Sports Transactions

BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Named Scott Lewis vice president of strategy and analytics. BOSTON RED SOX — Reassigned C Oscar Hernandez to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES — Reassigned RHP Chance Adams to minor league camp. CINCINNATI REDS — Named John Farrell internal scout. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Optioned RHP Aaron Wilkerson to Colorado Springs (PCL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Agreed to terms with RHPs Edward Mujica and Nestor Molina on minor league contracts. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Optioned C Luis Torrens to El Paso (PCL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Optioned RHP Wander Suero and OF Rafael Bautista to Syracuse (IL). KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Signed RHP Tommy Collier. SIOUX FALLS CANARIES — Signed OF/C Michael Hart and C Aaron Gretz. WICHITA WINGNUTS — Signed RHP Daniel Tillman. LONG ISLAND DUCKS — Signed INF Jordany Valdespin. FLORENCE FREEDOM — Signed RHPs Christian DeLeon and Tyler Gibson. JOLIET SLAMMERS — Signed 1B Justin Garcia. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS — Traded RHP Kagen Hopkins to Rockland (Can-Am) for a player to be named. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Signed G Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract. DELAWARE 87ERS — Waived G Stefhon Hannah. Acquired G Devondrick Walker as a returning player. FOOTBALL National Football League CLEVELAND BROWNS — Traded DB Jason McCourty and the 219th pick in the 2018 draft to New England for the 205th pick in the 2018 draft. Terminated the contract of DB B.W. Webb. Waived DL Ricky Ali’ifua and Collin Blevins, OL Zach Banner and Joseph Cheek, LB Jeremy Cash, WR Sammie Coates, DB Trevon Hartfield and RB Josh Rounds. Signed DBs T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, TE Darren Fells, OL Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, RB Carlos Hyde and DL Chris Smith. Traded DB DETROIT LIONS — Signed LBs Christian Jones and Devon Kennard. GREEN BAY PACKERS— Signed DL Muhammad Wilkerson, CB Herb Waters. Continue Reading

Wednesday’s Sports Transactions

BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with RHP Dylan Bundy on a one-year contract. Optioned OF Joey Rickard to Norfolk (IL). Reassigned INF Ruben Tejada to their minor league camp. CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Optioned OF Luis Basabe to Winston-Salem (Carolina) and RHP Dylan Cease and C Zack Collins to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES — Released INF/OF Adam Lind. SEATTLE MARINERS — Sent RHP Mike Morin outright to Tacoma (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS — Reassigned LHP Joe Mantiply to minor league camp. COLORADO ROCKIES — Reassigned RHPs Ryan Castellani and James Farris to their minor league camp. LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Renewed the contracts of 1B Cody Bellinger, SS Corey Seager, OF Chris Taylor and C Austin Barnes. Agreed to terms with 3B Kyle Farmer, OFs Andre Toles and Alex Verdugo, LHPs Scott Alexander and Adam Liberatore and RHPs Ross Stripling, Dylan Baker and Wilmer Font on one-year contracts. NEW YORK METS — Optioned RHPs Chris Flexen and Tyler Bashlor to minor league camp. Reassigned INFs Peter Alonso and David Thompson, OFs Zach Borenstein and Kevin Kaczmarski and C Patrick Mazeika to minor league camp. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Optioned RHP Seranthony Dominguez to Reading (EL). NEW JERSEY JACKALS — Signed RHP Lendy Castillo. TROIS-RIVIERES AIGLES — Signed LHP Kramer Sneed. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Transferred G Josh Magette to Erie (NBAGL). Signed G Antonius Cleveland to a multi-year contract. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — Signed G Sean Kilpatrick to a second 10-day contract. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Signed G Briante Weber to a 10-day contract. Waived G Xavier Rathan-Mayes. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Released S Tyrann Mathieu. ATLANTA FALCONS — Agreed to terms with OL Brandon Fusco on a three-year contract. Released DE Derrick Shelby. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Released WR Jeremy Maclin. Agreed to terms with WRs John Brown Continue Reading

Sports For the Record: Feb. 12, 2018

High School Basketball High Schools: Boys Class A Districts At Barnsdall Barnsdall 45, Ripley 42 Basketball Women’s College Basketball Scores Sunday, Feb. 11 EAST Albany (NY) 66, Hartford 53 Boston College 72, Pittsburgh 61 Dayton 57, George Washington 53 Delaware 61, Hofstra 41 James Madison 64, Towson 55 Marist 58, Canisius 47 Maryland 72, Rutgers 54 Mass.-Lowell 65, Vermont 60 New Hampshire 51, UMBC 46 Quinnipiac 83, Siena 72 Rider 80, Iona 53 St. John’s 71, Georgetown 63 Stony Brook 76, Maine 68 Villanova 59, Seton Hall 53 SOUTH Alabama 82, Mississippi 79 Drexel 58, UNC-Wilmington 40 Duke 60, Clemson 35 Elon 97, Coll. of Charleston 44 Florida St. 91, Miami 71 George Mason 71, UMass 60 LSU 80, Texas A&M 78 Mississippi St. 74, Kentucky 55 NC State 73, North Carolina 54 South Carolina 64, Florida 57 South Florida 84, Ohio St. 65 Syracuse 71, Wake Forest 61 Tennessee 62, Georgia 46 UNC-Asheville 78, High Point 59 VCU 77, St. Bonaventure 75 Virginia 64, Virginia Tech 62 William & Mary 71, Northeastern 53 MIDWEST Akron 77, E. Michigan 65 DePaul 73, Xavier 72 Drake 84, Indiana St. 51 Iowa 70, Northwestern 61 Marquette 78, Butler 59 Michigan St. 66, Michigan 61 Minnesota 101, Penn St. 68 Missouri St. 75, Illinois St. 58 N. Iowa 85, Evansville 60 Nebraska 51, Wisconsin 48 Nebraska-Omaha 77, Fort Wayne 61 Notre Dame 85, Georgia Tech 69 S. Illinois 62, Bradley 53 Valparaiso 63, Loyola of Chicago 53 FAR WEST California 84, Utah 73 Oregon 90, Washington St. 79 Oregon St. 95, Washington 57 Southern Cal 78, Arizona 52 Stanford 62, Colorado 53 UCLA 71, Arizona St. 63 College Basketball Scores Sunday, Feb. 11 EAST Albany (NY) 69, Hartford 63 Fairleigh Dickinson 76, Wagner 69 Lafayette 84, Loyola (Md.) 67 Louisville 94, Pittsburgh 60 Stony Brook 64, Maine 61 Syracuse 78, Wake Forest 70 UMBC 68, New Hampshire 59 Continue Reading

Sports For the Record: Feb. 5, 2018

High School Basketball High Schools: Boys Late Saturday Talihina 65, Cashion 47 High School Swimming High Schools Class 6A Regional Girls — Team Scores 1 BARTLESVILLE 518 2 JENKS 301 3 BIXBY 281 4 BROKEN ARROW 258 5 UNION 240 6 OWASSO 157 7 ENID 108 8 WESTMOORE 63 9 CHOCTAW 58 10 MOORE 32 Boys — Team Scores 1 JENKS 570 2 BARTLESVILLE 372.50 3 OWASSO 297.50 4 UNION 216 5 ENID 188 6 BROKEN ARROW 94 7 BIXBY 91 8 MOORE 68 9 CHOCTAW 57 10 SOUTHMOORE 26 11 WESTMOORE 20 2018 Class 5A Regional Girls — Team Scores 1 BOOKER T WASHINGTON 518.50 2 SHAWNEE 271.50 3 HARRAH 229 4 BISHOP KELLEY 192 5 FT GIBSON 183 6 METRO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 149 7 OOLOGAH 135 8 PONCA CITY 92 9 MUSKOGEE 49 10 VERDIGRIS 11 11 CLAREMORE 5 Boys — Team Scores 1 BOOKER T WASHINGTON 406 2 BISHOP KELLEY 363 3 FT GIBSON 243 4 HARRAH 225 5 PONCA CITY 194 6 SHAWNEE 166 7 TULSA MEMORIAL 66 8 OOLOGAH 42 9 CLAREMORE 40 10 MUSKOGEE 32 11 METRO CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 31 12 EDISON 20 College Baseball College Angelo State 11, Oklahoma Christian 8 Sunday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League TEXAS RANGERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Bartolo Colon on a minor league contract. National League PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Agreed to terms with LHP Estalin Ortiz on a minor league contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association ATLANTA HAWKS — Recalled F Tyler Cavanaugh from Erie (NBAGL). HOCKEY NHL STANDINGS ANAHEIM DUCKS — Recalled F Mitch Hults from Utah (ECHL) to San Diego (AHL). ARIZONA CARDINALS — Assigned G Adin Hill to Tucson (AHL)> EDMONTON OILERS — Assigned G Shane Starrett from Bakersfield (AHL) to Wichita (ECHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Assigned G Ken Appleby to Binghamton (AHL). Recalled G Eddie Lack from Binghamton. NEW YORK RANGERS — Recalled F Vinni Lettieri from Hartford (AHL). American Continue Reading

Sports For the Record: Feb. 1, 2018

Tennis College: Men Texas A&M 7, Tulsa 0 Singles Patrick Kypson (TAMU) def. Joshua Goodger 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Majed Kilani 7-5, 6-4 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Jared Hing 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Lucca Baptista 6-0, 6-3 Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. Louis Corker 6-4, 6-2 Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Mitchell Pritchard 6-2, 6-3 Doubles Rinderknech/A.J. Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Hing/Kilani 6-1 Arconada/Aguilar (TAMU) vs. Baptista/Goodger 4-3, unfinished Kypson/Vacherot (TAMU) def. Corker/Kamdem 6-1 High school basketball Boys Claremore Christian 40, Dove Science 39 Cl. Christian 3 7 14 16 — 40 Dove 6 11 15 7 — 39 Cl. Christian: Bemies 16, Easterling 15, Mullins 6, Montalbano 3 Dove: Fryer 11, Pitman 9, Isokariari. 8, Weaver 4, Johnson 4, Ferrell 3 Dewey 86, Nowata 74 Dewey 21 22 27 16 — 86 Nowata 19 17 8 30 — 74 Dewey: Frye 23, Hayes 20, Thornton 16, Rippy 15, Baughn 12. Nowata: Callahan 21, Brock 18, T. Bell 13, H. Bell 9, Hewitt 7, Smith 5, Mathis 1. Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League TAMPA BAY RAYS — Fired team physician Michael Reilly. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Agreed to terms with C Alex Avila on a two-year contract. Designated OF Rey Fuentes for assignment. MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Named Dave Joppie hitting coach for Colorado Springs (PCL); Dave Chavarria pitching coach and Al LeBoeuf hitting coach for Biloxi (SL); Sandy Guerrero hitting coach for Carolina (Carolina); and Connor McCarthy strength and conditioning specialist for Wisconsin (MWL). NEW YORK METS — Traded LHP Josh Smoker to Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Daniel Zamora and cash. Can-Am League SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS — Signed LHP Kenny Roder. FOOTBALL National Football League CAROLINA PANTHERS — Named Chase Blackburn special teams coordinator, Brady Hoke defensive line coach, Steve Russ Continue Reading

Sports For the Record: Jan. 28, 2018

Wrestling WRESTLING College WESTERN STATE 26, CENTRAL OKLAHOMA 18 125: Eli Hale, UCO, tech. fall Trenton Piatt, 17-2 133: Josh Breece, UCO, major dec. Colby Duncan, 8-0 141: Jody Sandoval, WSC, dec. Rio Zamora, 6-4 (SV1) 149: Will Steltzlen, UCO, dec. Diego Calderon, 8-2 157: Bryan Dutton, UCO, dec. Shawn Beiriger, 3-2 165: Ryan Pellow, WSC, pinned Briar Stopp, 3:57 174: Brandon Supernaw, WSC, def. Miguel Barreras (medical forfeit) 184: Brendan Gonzales, WSC, pinned Joel Dixon, 4:08 197: Konnor Schmidt, WSC, tech. fall Colton Looper, 19-2 Hvy: Caleb Cotter, UCO, dec. Kristofer Davis, 10-5 Tennis College: Men ITA Kickoff Weekend Oklahoma 4, Northwestern 1 Singles 1. Alex Bakshi (OU) def. Antonioni Fasano (NU) 6-3, 6-3 2. #17 Ferran Calvo (OU) vs. Dominik Stary (NU) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished 3. Nick Brookes (NU) def. Adrian Oetzbach (OU) 6-3, 7-5 4. Jake Van Emburgh (OU) def. Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 6-4, 7-6(2) 5. Jochen Bertsch (OU) vs. Jason Seidman (NU) 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 0-2, unfinished 6. Max Stewart (OU) def. AJ Joshi (NU) 6-1, 6-2 Doubles 1. Jake Van Emburgh/Ferran Calvo (OU) def. Dominik Stary/Ben Vandixhorn (NU) 7-6 (7-5) 2. #43 Adrian Oetzbach/Jochen Bertsch (OU) def. Nick Brookes/Antonioni Fasano (NU) 7-5 3. Chris Ephron/Michael Lorenzini (NU) def. Alex Bakshi/James Davis (OU) 6-3 Oklahoma State 4, Kentucky 2 Singles 1: Julian Cash (OSU) def. No. 84 Will Bushamuka (UK), 6-3, 7-5 2: No/ 34 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. Tristan Meraut (OSU), 6-4, 6-4 3: Artur Dubinski (OSU) def. No. 77 Trey Yates (UK), 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) 4: Enzo Wallart (UK) def. No. 93 Mathieu Scaglia (OSU), 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 5: Jurence Mendoza (OSU) def. Austin Hussey (UK), 6-0, 6-3 6: Luke Hammond (OSU) def. Kento Yamada (UK), 7-5, 2-6, 6-6 (0-5), unfinished Doubles 1: Cash/Hammond (OSU) def. Wallart/Bourgois (UK), 6-3 2: Dubinski/Theodorou (OSU) def. Bushamuka/Matsumura (UK), 6-2 3: Mendoza/Draheim (OSU) vs. Continue Reading

Sports For the Record: Jan. 13, 2018

College tennis College: Men Tulsa 4, Bryant 2 Singles 1. Majed Kilani (TU) def. Wilson Dong 7-5, 6-0 2. Joshua Goodger (TU) def. Luke Lorenz 6-1, 6-4 3. Jarod Hing (TU) def. Jorge Isaias Ortiz-Garcia 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 4. Artur Jakubowski (Bryant) def. Louis Corker 6-4, 6-3 5. Lucca Baptista (TU) def. Andrew Quiros 6-2, 6-0 6. Boriss Kamdem (TU) vs. Scott Plutt 7-5, 6-5, unfinished Doubles 1. Majed Kilani/Jarod Hing (TU) def. Matt Kuhar/Luke Lorenz 6-4 2. Jorge Ortiz-Garcia/Jorge Isaias Ortiz-Garcia (Bryant) def. Louis Corker/Joshua Goodger 6-3 3. Artur Jakubowski/Grant Purtile (Bryant) def. Mitchell Pritchard/Lucca Baptista 7-5 Arkansas 5, Tulsa 2 Singles 1. Jose Salazar (Arkansas) def. Majed Kilani 6-3, 6-0 2. Joshua Goodger (TU) def. Adam Sanjurjo 6-4, 6-4 3. Oscar Mesquida (Arkansas) def. Jarod Hing 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 4. Josh Howard-Tripp (Arkansas) def. Louis Corker 6-2, 6-1 5. Lucca Baptista (TU) def. Pedro Alonso 7-6, 6-3 6. Jose Alonso (Arkansas) def. Mitchell Pritchard 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 Doubles 1. Jarod Hing/Majed Kilani (TU) vs. Adam Sanjurjo/Oscar Mesquida 4-4, unfinished 2. Josh Howard-Tripp/Jose Salazar (Arkansas) def. Louis Corker/Joshua Goodger 6-4 3. Jose Alonso/Pedro Alonso (Arkansas) def. Lucca Baptista/Mitchell Pritchard 6-1. Hockey ECHL At A Glance Eastern Conference North W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Manchester 21 12 3 1 46 137 107 Adirondack 21 15 1 2 45 125 123 Wheeling 20 15 3 0 43 137 124 Reading 20 16 2 0 42 111 106 Worcester 15 15 3 2 35 89 103 Brampton 14 16 1 2 31 96 112 South W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Florida 26 6 1 2 55 122 86 South Carolina 22 8 3 1 48 109 86 Greenville 18 16 2 1 39 129 140 Atlanta 17 19 1 2 37 108 123 Orlando 16 17 4 1 37 115 134 Norfolk 13 18 4 1 31 110 140 Jacksonville 10 20 3 2 25 101 125 Western Conference Central W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Toledo 22 10 2 1 47 113 91 Fort Wayne 21 12 2 0 44 135 104 Cincinnati 21 12 1 0 43 110 92 Kansas City 21 16 0 Continue Reading

UFC reportedly sold for $4 billion, making it largest sale in history of sports

In one of the biggest sports transactions of all time, the Ultimate Fighting Championships has sold itself for $4 billion to William Morris Endeavor, the giant talent agency. The sale of the mixed martial arts franchise marks an astonishing windfall for Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, the casino operators who bought the UFC in 2000 for just $2 million. Signals that such a transaction was in the works were visible in retrospect, according to Doug Merlino, author of the 2015 book “BEAST: The Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts.” “There’s been this effort in the last few years to make it so much more respectable,” says Merlino. “When it started in 1994 it was a kick boxer knocking the teeth out of a sumo wrestler.” Merlino points to several recent UFC initiatives to “steer the ship more towards the mainstream,” including the funding of a scientific studies to research the impact of head injuries among fighters, as well the UFC’s establishment of a serious anti-doping program, led by former federal criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky and partnering with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. “Ronda Rousey and other female fighters, that was definitely a huge change in their public image,” says Merlino. “Before, it had a niche audience, and was a spectacle of extreme violence that I think young men wanted to see.” The UFC’s new owner, William Morris Endeavor, is led in part by Ari Emanuel, best known as the inspiration for the character of Ari Gold, the agent in the HBO series “Entourage.” WME purchased another large agency, IMG Worldwide, in a $2.2 billion deal that closed in 2013. The Fertitta brothers will retain a “passive minority interest” in the UFC after the deal is formally closed, according to a press release. Dana White, who has been the public face of the business, will Continue Reading


Ohio was the decisive battleground in the 2004 election, and President Bush might have been sent back to his Texas ranch if it hadn't been for coin dealer Tom Noe, the Bush-Cheney campaign chairman in northwest Ohio who raised more than $100,000 for the president's re-election bid. Noe was a powerful political insider for many years, thanks to the mountains of money he raised for Republican candidates in Ohio and elsewhere. Noe's political connections eventually led to his downfall: He convinced Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation officials to give him $50 million to invest in two rare coin funds. Most publicly held funds shun investments like that as too risky, but Noe argued he could get a better return than traditional stocks and bonds. Instead, according to officials, he used some of the funds to further his political network and bankroll his lavish lifestyle. Authorities launched an investigation after the Toledo Blade published a series of stories about Noe and the coin funds last year, and state auditor Betty Montgomery reported that more than $13 million is missing from the funds. Republican pols - including Bush, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - donated Noe's contributions to their campaigns to Ohio charities and rushed to distance themselves from their now-tainted ally. Now the scandal has even spread to the world of sports memorabilia: Ohio investigators say Mastro Auctions, the world's largest sports auction house, may have played a role in what is being called "Coingate. " Investigators who searched Noe's Vintage Coins and Collectibles in Maumee, Ohio, last year found a cache of collectibles - everything from Beanie Babies to 19th-century political banners to Bob Gibson-signed baseballs - worth an estimated $3. 5 million. Investigators believe the GOP insider purchased most of the collectibles with state money; the largest source was Mastro Auctions, the Burr Ridge, Ill., company that until recently was known as Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: New Jersey sports marketing company ISM entangled in FIFA bribery, kickback scandal

For more than 15 years, one of FIFA's most powerful executives trusted a small sports marketing company operating out of an obscure office in Jersey City to ink corporate sponsorship deals for South America's biggest soccer tournament, the Copa Libertadores. With the blessing of Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay -- indicted two weeks ago on fraud charges in an international investigation into soccer corruption led by the U.S. Justice Department -- the New Jersey company raised more than $100 million from the likes of Toyota, Bridgestone and Santander. The corporations paid for title sponsorship rights to the annual tournament, which pits the continent's best professional clubs against each other, and the Jersey City firm took a commission on every deal. RELATED: FIFA POSTPONES BIDDING FOR 2026 WORLD CUP Now, the Daily News has learned that the company -- described as "Sports Marketing Company A" in the sweeping indictment of Leoz and other FIFA officials released two weeks ago in the Eastern District of New York -- is International Soccer Marketing, or ISM, a company founded in 1995. ISM's "controlling principal," described in the indictment as "Co-conspirator #5," is Zorana Danis, a one-time cohort of Chuck Blazer, the American soccer official and former FIFA executive who began cooperating with the FBI and IRS in the investigation in 2011 and remains the government's chief witness. According to the indictment, Leoz directed "Co-conspirator #5" to pay millions in bribes and kickbacks over the years in order to retain "Sports Marketing Company's A" lucrative role as the exclusive marketing agent for CONMEBOL, the regional soccer authority for South America, which Leoz led from 1986 until his resignation in April 2013. "Beginning in or about the early 2000s, the defendant Nicholas Leoz at various times solicited bribes and kickback payments from Co-Conspirator #5 in exchange for Leoz's support, as CONMEBOL's president and a member of its executive committee, Continue Reading