• Revamped lineup gives Braves plenty of hope heading into ’17

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — After two dismal seasons, there’s hope for the Atlanta Braves.

  • Mets happy to have Yoenis Cespedes back

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — When the Mets and Yoenis Cespedes agreed just after Thanksgiving to a $110 million, four-year contract, Mets fans rejoiced that the Cuban slugger was returning to Citi Field.

  • Penguins acquire D Ron Hainsey from Carolina

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford turned to an old friend to give his team’s injury ravaged defense a needed boost.

  • AP Source: Mavericks get Noel from 76ers for Bogut, Anderson

    DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks made two plays for the future Thursday, acquiring big man Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers before the trading deadline and waiving point guard Deron Williams to clear the way for rookie Yogi Ferrell.

  • D-League getting respect as legit NBA minor league system

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joel Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Development League’s Salt Lake City Stars and the Utah Jazz 15 times since November.

  • Rakell gets 2 goals, Ducks snap Bruins’ streak with 5-3 win

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston’s four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

  • AP source: Hawks acquire Ilyasova from 76ers for Splitter

    ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to trade center Tiago Splitter to the Philadelphia 76ers for forward Ersan Ilyasova.

  • AP Source: Wizards acquire Bogdanovic in trade with Nets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards added scoring punch to their bench Wednesday, acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

  • Pac-12 return for Matt Lubick is coach’s 4th job in 3 months

    SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Lubick has returned to the Pac-12 at Washington, the assistant coach’s fourth job in three months after brief stops at two other Power Five conference teams since the end of last season.

  • New Cyclones coach Kevin Dresser saw chance to “come home.”

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser saw the opportunity to leave a secure gig at Virginia Tech to lead the scuffling Cyclones as a “chance to come home.”