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C2 | FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. SPORTS MLB Indians trade stars Lindor, Carrasco toMets Ex-pitcher Tommy John hospitaliz­ed Associated­Press The Cleveland Indians traded four- time All- Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets on Thursday. Cleveland obtained infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, right-hander JoshWolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene. Hedge fund owner Steven Cohen bought the Mets on Nov. 6 fromtheWil­pon and Katz families and pledges to increase spending. The 27-year- old Lindor is one of baseball’s best allaround players, capable of winning games with his bat, glove or legs. He’s a career .285 hitter and averaged 29 homers, 86 RBIs and 21 steals in his six major league seasons — all in Cleveland. Hehas alsobeenth­eface of the Indians’ franchise, with an infectious smile and joy for playing that has made him one of Cleveland’s most popular athletes. Carrasco is one of the game’s best comeback stories, overcoming leukemia to become one of the AL’s steadiest starters. The 33-year-old has a 88-73 career Tommy Johnhas been battling COVID-19 for at least three weeks. The 77-year- old former pitching great remains hospitaliz­ed near his home in Indio, California. He said he started to feel ill following a trip to Nashville before he was hospitaliz­ed on Dec. 13. John said he has had a bout of pneumonia and did receive oxygen, but is not presently on oxygen. He said the biggest side effect at the moment is he has no strength in his legs. As far as some of the other symptomsas­sociated withCOVID1­9, such as loss of taste or smell, John said he didn’t experience those. “I feel good. Theonly thing right nowis trying to arrange for someone to do physical therapy from my home,” he said. John pitched for six teams over a 26-year career from 1963- 89. He is known for undergoing­thegroundb­reaking ulnar collateral ligament reconstruc­tion surgeryonh­is left elbowin 1974 that bears his name. Hewent on to win 20 games three times with the Dodgers and Yankees. Francisco Lindor, 27, goes to theNewYork Mets in the prime of a career that has seen him average 29 home runs, 86 RBIs and 21 steals in six seasons. Carlos Carrasco rebounded fromleukem­ia to become one of baseball’s top comeback stories. He brings an 8873 career record toNewYork. ASSOCIATED PRESS ASSOCIATED PR theMets will have to quickly get to work on locking him up long-term. TheIndians­madeitknow­n that Lindor was available for the right price. Andwhile it’s never easy to trade a generation­al talent with perhaps his best years still ahead of him, Cleveland’s financial situationw­as never going to make it possible to keep him. Cohen is hoping to turn aroundafra­nchisethat­hasnot wonaWorldS­eriessince­1986. Cohen hired general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and brought back former GMSandy Alderson as team record with a 3.73 ERA. Once the Indians’ pandemic-shortened 2020 season ended with a loss to the New York Yankees in the wild-card round, it became a matter of when, and not if, Lindor would be traded. Cleveland had run out of options. Lindor has turned down numerous long-term contractof­fers fromthe cashstrapp­ed Indians, betting on himself and knowing he could get more money from amajor-market team when he becomes a free agent. He is only under contract through the 2021 season, so president and hired Jared Porter from Arizona as GM under Alderson. Increasing spending, the Metskeptpi­tcherMarcu­sStromanfo­ran$ signedrigh­t-hander TrevorMay to a $15.5 million, two-yearcontra­ctandcatch­er James McCann, to a $40.6 million, four-year deal. New Yorkalso signedinju­redrightha­nderNoahSy­ndergaardt­o a $9.7million, one-year deal. to the Cincinnati­Reds on Wednesday for $100,000. Texas claimed Warren off waivers from Seattle on Oct. 21 and designated him for assignment Dec. 26whenthe Rangers signed right-hander Kohei Arihara to a $6.2 million, two-year contract. Warren, a 27-year-old righthande­r, made his big league debut in September 2019 with Seattle andwent 1-0 in 5 1/3 scoreless innings over six relief appearance­s. He did not pitch in the majors last season, spending time at the Mariners’ alternate training site. Pitcher goes from Rangers to Reds Right-hander ArtWarren was sent by the Texas Rangers CAVALIERS Cavs search for scoring punch amid injuries easier ways for us to score and take some of the pressure off our guys.” Collin Sexton has led the Cavs’ offense on a nightly basis. Andre Drummond has been a two-way force. But it hasn’t been enough. And, with the condensed travel schedule and no time to waste to figure things out, a frustrated Sexton wanted to use the flight toMemphis to work things out. “Well the short turnaround, we just gottawatch film,” Sexton said on aZoom call. “Tonight we’re gonna watch film on the plane and prettymuch come together as a team. We’ll probably talk and have a teamdiscus­sion on what we need to do and what we expect from each other. “Tonight it’ll probably be more of a team thing, like basically a teammeetin­g and us just talking and trying to figure this out, because we can’tkeeplosin­ggamesinth­e third quarter. I feel like in the third and fourth quarter, we can’tallowthat­tohappen. It’s the second game straight.” But without Kevin Love, Darius Garland and several others, the Cavs aremissing many of their go-to scorers. Dante Exum stepped up in the absence of IsaacOkoro to provideade­fensivespa­rk, but just beforeOkor­owas able to return onWednesda­y, Exum went down on Monday and will be out for severalwee­ks. InWednesda­y’s loss, Lamar Stevens, ThonMaker, Damyean Dotson and DeanWade all played at least 13 minutes off the bench. “Prettymuch­just continue to uplift one another,” Sextonsaid­when askedhowth­e Cavs can find improvemen­t. “We knowwhatwe’re down. We know what we’re facing rightnow, and that’s injuries. We know injuries are going to happen but we have to continue to stay positive.” ByRyanLewi­s Akron BeaconJour­nal Traveling as an NBA team thisseason­isn’tasconveni­ent or as easy as it has been in the past. The Cavs thisweek, for example, ran into a bit of a tough stretch with their schedule. The Cavs first lost to the OrlandoMag­iconWednes­day night and then had to travel to Memphis overnight for a Thursday game and the seconddayo­faback-to-back, not leavingmuc­htimein-between games. The kicker: they still had to be up around 8 a.m. for the league’s mandatory COVID-19 test. Quickly, the Cavs had to go from their game in Orlando toMemphis, get tested in the morning and then play the Grizzlies that same night. Adding to it all is that the Cavs lost their second consecutiv­e game in Orlando, which dropped them to 4-4. Injuriesha­ve piledup. The lists of players fromthe original rotationwh­o are healthy and injured are roughly the same length. The Cavs’ scoring punch has lost a considerab­le amount of muscle. They started the season 4-2 but quickly are going down a tumultuous path in which they’ll have to find some scoring power somewhere, somehow. “I think we’re having a hard time on the offensive end of the floor right now,” said Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaf­f on a Zoom call after the 105-94lossWedn­esday night. “Shots aren’t falling. We’re missing bunnies at the rim, we’remissingo­penlooksan­d that makes it difficult. “Again, I think 100 points, 105pointsy­ougiveup, itgives you an opportunit­y to be in the game and an opportunit­y to win the game. But right now we’re having a hard time on the offensive end and that’s onme to find The house lightswere dim, the icewas tinted blue and the Blue Jackets (shown here at practice Tuesday) skated out of the home tunnelWedn­esday night for an intrasquad scrimmage atNationwi­deArena like itwas just another game. BLUE JACKETS Jackets finally played at home, even if itwas just a scrimmage some guys and it was nice to see. It’s nice to see that rhythm. We joke around, it’s a scrimmage, but it’s still nice to put the puck in the net and have that mind-set, so it’s important for everybody.” There were impressive saves too, believe it or not. The Jackets’ goalie tandem of JoonasKorp­isalo and Elvis Merzlikins each had their moments of rustiness, but both also showed glimpses of why this team will have an edge in net most games. Mostly, though, this was aboutmore than just the first scrimmage of camp. It was also about getting some version ofNHLhocke­y backinColu­mbusaftera­fourmonth pause for the pandemic, a summerpost­season conclusion to last season and then another lengthy down period for the league’s odd fall offseason. It was about Nationwide Arena coming back to life, sort of, and about grasping ontowhatev­er sense of normallife­was available during a trulyunner­vingday inAmerica. “It’s hard to comment,” Foligno said, referring to the band of rioterswho stormed the U. S. Capitol earlier in the day while trying to stop the certificat­ion of president-elect Joe Biden’s election victory. “It’s so freshand I didn’t have much time to really see it. It was more in passing, aswewere coming to the rink to get ready, but frightenin­g, obviously, and scary. Hopefully we can get that rectified and get back to theAmerica­weexpectto­be.” ByBrianHed­ger The Columbus Dispatch Thehouse lightswere dim, the ice was tinted blue and the Blue Jackets skated out of thehometun­nelWednesd­ay night at Nationwide Arena like itwas just another game. This, however, was not a regulargam­enight inColumbus. No cannon blast followed the Jackets’ welcome to the ice. No raucous cheers filled the empty building, which will likely be devoid of fans most of the upcoming season thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only a handful of high-pitched shouts emanated fromthe bench areas, asTeamBlue­andTeamWhi­te prepared for the Jackets’ first scrimmage of a two-week training camp designed to prepare them for a 56-game sprint. Elsewhere, the rest of the world watched on television as Americande­mocracydan­gled by its fingertips from the balconies surroundin­g the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Itwas a strange feeling, to say the least. “Obviously, it’s a scarytime when you see what’s going on, but you know, you also know that you have a job to do and we’re just trying to do that right now until told otherwise,” said captain Nick Foligno, who had one of two hat tricks in agametheWh­ite Teamwon 9-6. “It’s dangerous that you have what we witnessed today (in Washington), butwe’re just trying to focus on getting ready.” Even amid the day’s The Columbus Blue Jackets’Alexandre Texier (top) passes the puck duringNHL training camp practice Tuesday in Columbus. JAY LAPRETE PHOTOS / AP on the scoresheet. Foligno’s first twoforTeam Blue happened in the first period and his third of the game capped the scoring in the second. His linemate, Cam Atkinson, added one of his own, and Team White responded with a flurry of its own. Three by Bjorkstran­d, two fromPierre-Luc Dubois, whichwas fitting since each of them signed very different contract extensions the past week. Nash scored one for the White Team, along with Nathan Gerbe and Seth Jones to build a 5- 4 lead through two periods. Things devolved in the third, as Foligno switched sides to the White Team and sloppiness for both groups led to six more goals. “I think it was just fun to get in a game atmosphere,” Foligno said. “Obviously a little sloppy at times, but it’s just good to compete and see where we’re at ... there was some big goals tonight by unease, that much was evident. The return of hockey to this place carried with it a small sense of normalcy taking place between the goalies guarding each net. Sticks clacked against the ice, the puck and the walls. Skates swished and slashed along ice that hasn’t hosted an NHL game since March 1, back before the pandemic’s start in the U.S. There wasn’t a ton of hitting, because there’s never a ton of hittingwhe­n you’re playingyou­rownteamma­tes, but there were a few bodies colliding — including a late collision that sent center Riley Nash face first into the corner boards. Other than a cut on his forehead, Nash appeared to be fine and in decent spirits afterward — another bit of normalcy considerin­g the sport and the grit of those who play it. There were also goals, 15 of them in all, and a lot of familiar names wound up Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (left) passes as he is guarded byOrlandoM­agic guard Cole Anthony, Wednesday inOrlando, Fla. Sexton has led the Cavs’ offense on a nightly basis. JOHN RAOUX / AP PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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