BASEBALL

The Boston Red Sox signed Michael Wacha to a $7 million, one-year deal, adding the right-hander to a rotation that lost Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency.

Wacha, 30, was 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA last season for Tampa Bay. He is 63-48 with a 4.14 ERA in nine major league seasons, also playing for the Cardinals and Mets.

• The New York Mets bolstered their lineup with three free-agent deals, adding speedy center fielder Starling Marte to go along with outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar.

Marte’s four-year contract is worth $78 million, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contracts are pending physicals and haven’t been announced by the team.

• The Seattle Mariners acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier in a trade with the San Diego Padres.

The move cost Seattle two minor leaguers, but it addresses one of the team’s biggest needs entering the offseason; adding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford.

The Padres acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier.

BASKETBALL

G LEAGUE: Broderick Thomas scored 32 points, Theo Pinson added 27, and the Maine Celtics extended their winning streak to four with a 131-106 victory over the Westchester Knicks in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Maine led 37-23 after one quarter and 73-50 at halftime.

HOCKEY

ECHL: The Maine Mariners nearly erased a 4-0 deficit but fell short in a 5-3 loss to the Adirondack Thunder in Glens Falls, New York.

Keltie Jeri-Leon and defensemen Andrew Peski and Nate Kallen all scored their first goals for the Mariners. Peski and Kallen struck just 51 seconds apart midway through the third period to make it a one-goal game.

Adirondack’s Patrick Grasso completed a hat trick by scoring into an empty net with 2:17 left.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Curley Culp, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who helped the Kansas City Chiefs win their first Super Bowl during a 14-year NFL career, died Saturday of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

Culp announced this month that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. His wife, Collette Bloom Culp, announced “on behalf of our family and with a broken heart” the five-time All-Pro’s death.

• The Tennessee Titans placed wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve.

Brown already had been declared out for Sunday’s game against New England after he sustained a chest injury during last weekend’s loss to Houston. Now he will be out at least until Dec. 23 and becomes the 17th player currently on IR for Tennessee (8-3).

He is the Titans’ leading receiver with 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns.

The Steelers also placed tight end Eric Ebron and offensive lineman J.C. Hassenauer on injured reserve. Ebron is dealing with a knee injury, while Hassenauer has a pectoral issue.

• The Browns activated running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve, and they will be in the lineup for Sunday night’s game against AFC North-leading Baltimore.

Hunt missed the past five games because of a calf injury. Conklin was out for three games because of a dislocated elbow.

• The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting left guard Damien Lewis and running backs Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer on Monday night at Washington.

Coach Pete Carroll said Lewis hyperextended his elbow in last Sunday’s loss to Arizona. Jones has been bothered by a back injury.

• The San Francisco 49ers activated linebacker Dre Greenlaw off injured reserve to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Greenlaw injured his groin in the season opener.

SOCCER

ENGLAND: Diogo Jota scored twice and Liverpool turned up the pressure on Premier League leader Chelsea by coasting to a second successive 4-0 victory at home, overpowering Southampton.

GERMANY: Erling Haaland scored on his return from injury and Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at Wolfsburg to stay two points behind Bundesliga leader  Bayern Munich, which defeated Arminia, 1-0.

Dortmund hosts Bayern next Saturday.

U.S. WOMEN: Ashley Hatch scored her first international goal just 24 seconds into the match, and Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan added second-half goals as the United States won 3-0 against Australia in Sydney.

GOLF

DP WORLD TOUR: South African golfer Thriston Lawrence won the Joburg Open in Johannesburg after the third round was abandoned because of bad weather, meaning the result was called after 36 holes of the inaugural event on the DP World Tour.

The event was reduced to a 54-hole tournament late Friday to help non-South African resident players, caddies and support staff return to their home countries, a move triggered by international travel restrictions being imposed on South Africa because of the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant in the country.

Lawrence had a four-shot lead at the end of the second round. He claimed his first win on what was formerly named the European Tour.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Austria’s Matthias Mayer won the season-opening men’s downhill at Lake Louise, Alberta.

Mayer finished in 1 minute, 47.74 seconds. Fellow Austrian Vincent Kreichmayr was second, followed by Switzerland’s Beat Feuz.

• A women’s giant slalom in Killington, Vermont, was canceled because of strong winds and snow after just nine competitors completed their first runs.


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