Traded The Kansas City Royals traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and minor-league southpaw Ryan Verdugo. Sanchez was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this past season before missing the final month with a left ankle sprain. Cabrera hit a career-best .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs in his first season with the Royals.
Fired The Colorado Rapids are searching for a new coach after firing Gary Smith, who led them to their first MLS Cup a year ago. Managing director Jeff Plush said he decided not to renew Smith’s contract, which expired after this season. The Rapids were eliminated from the playoffs last week by Sporting Kansas City after a 12-9-13 regular season. Smith had clashed with the team’s technical director, Paul Bravo, and complained about the team’s budget this season.
• The Minnesota Twins have fired general manager Bill Smith and returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis. Smith was one of Ryan’s assistants who took the job four years ago when Ryan stepped down to become a special assistant. Smith’s decisions have not turned out well, trading Johan Santana, Matt Garza, J.J. Hardy and Delmon Young for little production in return.
Indicted A grand jury in North Carolina has indicted former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield on charges of possessing methamphetamine. The indictment comes about a week after Mayfield was arrested following a raid at his rural mansion that turned up 69 guns and what authorities allege were $100,000 in stolen goods from at least two businesses. During the search, deputies also said they found about 1.5 grams of meth. Mayfield was later released on a $30,000 bond.
Resigned Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt says he isn’t surprised he’s been asked to resign. “The thing about the SEC that I know,” Nutt said. “They pay you to win.” He was asked to resign at the end of the season. The fourth-year coach’s Rebels (2-7, 0-6 SEC this season) have lost 12 straight Southeastern Conference games. Nutt’s overall record at Mississippi is 24-23. Ole Miss is responsible for a $6 million buyout.
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