The St. Louis Cardinals struck gold in their search for a big hitter, acquiring slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Eager to push for the playoffs after a three-year absence, St. Louis sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick to Arizona.
A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market.
He hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season.
"We've been busy this offseason working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game's premier players," Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement.
Goldschmidt has a $14.5 million salary next year, receives a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade and will be eligible for free agency after next season.
The Cardinals have a history of acquiring top hitters and then signing them to long-term deals, including Mark McGwire and Matt Holliday.
Martinez named MVP
Josef Martinez claimed the MVP award from Major League Soccer after shattering the record for goals in a season and leading Atlanta United to the championship game.
The 25-year-old Venezuelan striker received his Landon Donovan trophy during a ceremony at the headquarters of United owner Arthur Blank.
Martinez already earned the Golden Boot for scoring 31 goals in 34 games this season, breaking the mark of 27 shared by Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips.
He credits his teammates for giving him plenty of scoring chances, including fellow MVP finalist Miguel Almiron.
The other finalists for the award were Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Wayne Rooney of D.C. United and Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC.
New York Giants safety and leading tackler Landon Collins is going to miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Giants said Collins has a partially torn labrum and will need surgery. The team had said earlier Collins would not play Sunday in Washington. The expected recovery time for this type of injury can be anywhere from four to six months.
Duke slams Hartford
Coach Mike Krzyzewski slammed a chair during a timeout shortly after halftime. By the end of the game, RJ Barrett was slamming home an alley-oop pass off the glass.
Just that quickly, Duke can turn a frustrating night into yet another blowout. Barrett had 27 points and a season-best 15 rebounds, and third-ranked Duke pulled away to rout Hartford, 84-54.
LSU's Devin White is the Butkus Award winner as the best linebacker in the country. White is the first LSU player to win the Butkus in its 34-year history and the third straight winner from a Southeastern Conference school. Roquan Smith of Georgia won it last season and Reuben Foster of Alabama was the winner in 2016. White, a junior, led the 11th-ranked Tigers with 115 total tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, He also had three sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Fisher to coach the Sparks
Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five says after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned.
Fisher helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA titles during his 18-season playing career and served as president of the players' union. He coached the New York Knicks from 2014-2016.