Tigers, Rangers agree to trade Fielder, Kinsler
DETROIT (AP)— They say everything is bigger in Texas, so Prince Fielder would appear to be a great fit for the Texas Rangers. In a blockbuster trade, the Rangers are acquiring the portly first baseman from Detroit in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision. But the big first baseman was set to approve the deal. With Fielder gone, Detroit may shift Miguel Cabrera to first base.
Kinsler just finished the first season of a $75 million, five-year contract.
Fielder hit .279 with 25 homers this year, his lowest home run total over a full season. Kinsler batted .277 with 13 homers. He was limited to 136 games because of injuries to his ribs and right side.
The Rangers are also receiving what Texas calls "cash considerations" from the Tigers. A source tells the AP that amounts to $30 million.
A-Rod storms out of grievance
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lig) to testify. Horowitz was in the midst of presiding over the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the suspension given to Rodriguez by Major League Baseball for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.
A person familiar with the session said that after Horowitz made his ruling, Rodriguez slammed a table, uttered a profanity at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and left. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.
In a statement Rodriguez said he was disgusted with what he called "this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails." He added, "The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce."
Later, appearing on WFAN radio, Rodriguez said, "I'm done. I don't have a chance." He added, "My position doesn't change. I didn't do it."
MLB-HOT STOVE LEAGUE
New pact for Cards skipper...Padres ink Johnson
UNDATED (AP) — Manager Mike Matheny (muh-THEE'-nee) has been given a three-year contract extension by the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals lost the World Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox this fall and were one game shy of reaching the World Series in 2012, his first season managing at any level.
The team has also announced that pitcher Chris Carpenter has retired. The 38-year-old right-hander missed all of this season with a recurring nerve issue in his shoulder.
In other Hot Stove League news:
— Josh Johnson and the San Diego Padres have agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract. The right-hander was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Miami last offseason but went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA 16 appearances this year. He missed significant time with a triceps injury. The 29-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow at the end of the season.
— The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with former starting shortstop Jason Bartlett on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Bartlett was a contributor to playoff teams with the Twins in 2006 and Rays in 2008 and 2010.
Eight straight for Blazers and Spurs
UNDATED (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points, Damian Lillard added 17 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 for their eighth straight win.
Wesley Matthews had 15 points, all in the first half, to help Portland complete a sweep of a four-game Eastern Conference road trip. The Trail Blazers have won 10 of 12 to start the season.
In other NBA action:
__ The San Antonio Spurs also won their eighth in a row, 104-93 over Boston. Tony Parker led the way with 19. Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard added 16.
__ The L.A. Clippers downed Minnesota 102-98 behind Blake Griffin's 20 points and 10 boards. Chris Paul scored 16 of his 20 in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 assists for his 12th straight double-double.
__ Monta Ellis had a season-high 37 points and assisted on the go-ahead basket to spoil Dwight Howard's best offensive night for Houston, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Rockets 123-120. Howard had 33 for the Rockets.
— LeBron James scored 21 points and handed out seven assists, Chris Bosh scored 18 points and the Miami Heat beat the Orlando Magic 120-92 for their fifth straight victory. James Jones scored 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter, when the Heat turned what was a five-point game into a runaway.
— Paul George made three throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored nine of his season-high 35 points in overtime as the Indiana Pacers pulled out a 103-96 victory over the New York Knicks. That's the Knicks' sixth straight home loss while the Pacers improved to 10-1.
— Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the turnover-prone Brooklyn Nets their sixth loss in their past seven games 95-91. The Nets committed 18 turnovers.
__ Atlanta beat Detroit 93-85, spoiling Josh Smith's return to Atlanta. Paul Millsap, signed in the offseason to replace Smith, led the Pistons with 19. Smith had 11 on 5 of 15 shooting.
__ Anthony Davis had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their second straight game, 105-98 over the Utah Jazz.
— DeMarcus Cousins overcame a sore shoulder to score 19 points and grab 12 rebounds, leading the Sacramento Kings past the Phoenix Suns 113-106 for their first road victory.
— DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points and Rudy Gay had 18 to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-98.
__ Washington won its second game in two nights, 98-91 over Cleveland. Bradley Beal led the way with 26 and Nene (nuh-NAY') added 24 points.
__ In overtime, Memphis rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit and beat Golden State 88-81 in overtime. Marc Gasol led the way with 18 points and 11 boards.
Penguins outclass Caps
UNDATED (AP) — The first-place showdown for the Metropolitan Division turned out to be all Pittsburgh. The first-place Penguins blanked the Washington Capitals 4-0 to stay on top in the division by three points over Washington.
Sidney Crosby had a goal and one assist. It's his seventh multi-point game this season. Paul Martin, Beau Bennett and James Neal also scored.
Marc-Andre Fleury (marhk-ahn-dray FLOOR'-ee) needed to make just 18 saves to earn the shutout between the pipes for the Pens. It's his second shutout this season and the 25th of his career.
In other hockey action:
__ Mikko Koivu (MEE'-koh KOY'-voo) scored the tiebreaking goal in the closing minutes and added two assists to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
__ Columbus nipped Calgary 2-1 in overtime. Nikita Nikitin got the game-winner at 2:25 of OT.
__ New Jersey scored a 4-3 overtime win at Anaheim. Travis Zajac ended it with a goal at 1:58 of the extra session.
Buckeyes improve to 4-0
UNDATED (AP) — Amir Williams scored a career-high 16 points and Shannon Scott added 13 to lead No. 8 Ohio State to a 63-52 victory over American University. The 4-0 Buckeyes shot just 36 percent, but won it with defense once again. Ohio State limited American to just 21 baskets.
The Buckeyes were coming off an impressive 52-35 win over No. 17 Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday. The 35 points were the fewest the Buckeyes have ever allowed against a ranked opponent.
In other AP Top-25 action:
__ Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker each scored 21 points and No. 14 Wichita State finished with a 26-6 run to shake free of pesky Tulsa, 77-54.
— Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double already this season and Isaiah Austin also scored 16 points as No. 20 Baylor beat Charleston Southern 69-64.
__ The 21st-ranked Iowa Cyclones improved to 4-0 by rallying for a 90-88 road victory at BYU. Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane each scored 21.
Report: Union wants an investigation
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The NFL Players Association will conduct its own investigation into the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the union hadn't announced its plans.
Richard Smith, outside counsel for the union in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, will investigate tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations that he was harassed by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who has been suspended. Smith will examine the roles coach Joe Philbin, his staff and Miami management may have played in the matter.
NFL special investigator Ted Wells has been questioning players, coaches and staff at the Dolphins complex this week. Wells was appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') after Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked the league to look into the case.
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Huskies win MAC West
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The 20th-ranked Northern Illinois Huskies have won the Mid-American Conference West championship and remain one of six undefeated major college football teams. The Huskies broke open a close game in the second half and improved to 11-0 by beating Toledo 35-17 at the Glass Bowl.
Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns and 161 yards to lead the 20th-ranked Huskies, who still are eying a BCS Bowl berth. NIU has won 24 straight MAC games.
Vonn suffers another knee injury
VAIL, Colo. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's attempt to come back from knee surgery and compete in the Winter Olympics next February may be on hold. Her publicist says the reigning Olympic downhill champion partially tore a ligament in her surgically repaired right knee during a training crash Tuesday.
Lewis Kay said in an email he was not clear when Vonn might be able to compete and if the Olympics are still a possibility. The email said that Vonn will rest for a few days and then start "aggressive physical therapy."