Astros pick up 7 in a 10-player trade with Toronto
HOUSTON – The Houston Astros acquired closer Francisco Cordero and outfielder Ben Francisco as part of a 10-player trade with Toronto on Friday.
Houston also will receive four minor leaguers in the deal – right-handed pitchers Joe Musgrove and Asher Wojciechowski, left-handed pitcher David Rollins, catcher Carlos Perez and a player to be named later.
The Blue Jays, who entered Friday at 45-47 and in last place in the AL East, will receive pitchers Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ and David Carpenter from Houston.
CLEVELAND – The Baltimore Orioles acquired infielder Omar Quintanilla on Friday from the New York Mets for cash.
Quintanilla was designated for assignment by the Mets on Tuesday when they activated outfielder Jason Bay from the disabled list.
NBA approves uniform ads and late-game video replay
LAS VEGAS – The NBA Board of Governors approved a new look for uniforms and a couple of changes in the use of video replay.
Commissioner David Stern met with the media Thursday after the Board of Governors held their annual summer meeting.
He said the league is looking to add possibly $100 million in revenue by permitting small advertising patches on uniforms starting in the 2013-14 season.
The competition committee altered a few rule changes with respect to the use of video replay, primarily in the final 2 minutes or overtime of games.
At any point in the game, officials now can check video replay on all flagrant fouls.
Officials now can use video replay in the final two minutes or overtime to decide whether a defender was in or out of the restricted area around the basket on charges and blocking fouls. Replay also can be used for goaltending calls in the late stages of games as well.
In September, the competition committee will look at flopping and fouls away from the ball.
Avs welcome the Cutthroats to their Colorado family
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche reached an affiliation agreement with Denver’s new minor league hockey team.
The Denver Cutthroats, who will begin play this fall in the Central Hockey League, will serve as a resource for the Avalanche and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.
Three CHL teams – the Allen Americans, Arizona Sundogs and Missouri Mavericks – had ties with NHL teams last season.
The Cutthroats will begin their inaugural season in October, bringing pro hockey back to the Denver Coliseum after a 13-year absence.
Leading up to Sochi Games, Utah will be a busy host
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah will host five major winter action sports events, including the official announcement of the first U.S. freeskiing Olympic team, leading up to the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert made the announcement Friday along with Bill Marolt, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, the Olympic governing body for skiing and snowboarding.
Utah’s Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort will host events in freestyle skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
The series will culminate with the announcement of the Olympic freeskiing team in January 2014.
Serena will rest her back before the London Games
WASHINGTON – Serena Williams is going to rest her back for the Olympics. Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title this month and eight days later captured the Bank of the West Classic in California. Olympic tennis will begin July 28 at Wimbledon.