Car­di­nals ac­quire all-star 1B Paul Gold­schmidt in deal with Ari­zona.

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The St. Louis Car­di­nals struck gold in their search for a big hit­ter, get­ting all-star first base­man Paul Gold­schmidt from the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs in a mul­ti­player trade.

Ea­ger to push for the play­offs af­ter a three-year ab­sence, the Car­di­nals 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 three­time 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 RBI last sea­son and of­ten has fin­ished high in the Na­tional League MVP vot­ing. . . .

Chris Owings agreed to a one-year, $3 mil­lion con­tract with the Kansas City Roy­als, five days af­ter the util­ity man was cut loose by Ari­zona. SOC­CER

Josef Mar­tinez, a Venezue­lan striker who oblit­er­ated the MLS scor­ing record while help­ing At­lanta United to the cham­pi­onship game, was named the league’s MVP.

He won in a land­slide, gar­ner­ing al­most 48 per­cent of the votes from play­ers, club rep­re­sen­ta­tives and re­porters.

Team­mate Miguel Alm­iron was sec­ond with 15 per­cent, and Los An­ge­les Galaxy star Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic was next at 11.6.

Wayne Rooney, who led D.C. United’s sec­ond-half charge from last place to a play­off berth, was fourth at 7.8 per­cent, and Los An­ge­les FC’s Car­los Vela re­ceived 5.3.

Mar­tinez, 25, bested the pre­vi­ous mark of 27 goals with two months left in the reg­u­lar sea­son and fin­ished with 31 in 34 matches.

In the play­offs, Mar­tinez has three goals in four out­ings as At­lanta ad­vanced to MLS Cup on Satur­day against the Port­land Tim­bers at sold-out Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium. — Steven Goff

Manch­ester City just can­not shrug off Liver­pool in what is look­ing in­creas­ingly like a twohorse race for the English Pre­mier League ti­tle.

Three days af­ter scor­ing an in­jury-time win­ner in the lo­cal derby against Ever­ton, Liver­pool came from be­hind to beat Burn­ley, 3-1, and move back within two points of the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

Chelsea lost for the sec­ond time in three matches, squan­der­ing an early lead in a sur­prise 2-1 de­feat at Wolver­hamp­ton.

That al­lowed Tot­ten­ham to climb into third place — six points be­hind Liver­pool — af­ter a 3-1 win over Southamp­ton.

Manch­ester United dropped Paul Pogba and was held to a 2-2 draw with Arse­nal in a bruis­ing match at Old Traf­ford.

The other two matches fin­ished in 1-1 draws be­tween Ful­ham and Le­ices­ter, and Ever­ton and New­cas­tle. . . .

Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth­di­vi­sion vis­i­tor Sant An­dreu that a shock­ing Copa del Rey elim­i­na­tion wasn’t far-fetched.

But with three goals in the open­ing 10 min­utes of the sec­ond half, Atletico’s sec­ond­stringers put an end to any fears of an upset with a 4- 0 win and a place in the fi­nal 16 fol­low­ing a 5- 0 ag­gre­gate vic­tory. . . .

Lyon’s un­beaten run ended at nine games when it lost, 2- 0, in a French league match at home to Rennes, with Hatem Ben Arfa scor­ing against his for­mer club. PRO BAS­KET­BALL

For­mer NBA player and coach Derek Fisher was hired to coach the WNBA’s Los An­ge­les Sparks. The team an­nounced the move five days 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 to 2016. MISC.

Colorado hired Ge­or­gia de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mel Tucker as foot­ball coach af­ter he helped re­build the Bull­dogs into a na­tional con­tender. Tucker got a five-year, $14.75 mil­lion con­tract. He will start im­me­di­ately and won’t coach Ge­or­gia in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. . . .

LSU’s Devin White won the Butkus Award as the best line­backer in the coun­try, and Iowa’s T.J. Hock­en­son won the Mackey Award as the na­tion’s best tight end. . . .

Two-divi­sion cham­pi­ons Don­ald Curry, Ju­lian Jack­son and James “Buddy” McGirt were se­lected for in­duc­tion into the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Hall of Fame.

Also to be en­shrined in a June cer­e­mony in Canas­tota, N.Y., are wel­ter­weight cham­pion Tony DeMarco in the old-timer cat­e­gory, pro­moter Don El­baum, ref­eree/judge Guy Ju­tras, and pub­li­cist Lee Sa­muels and broad­caster Teddy At­las in the non­par­tic­i­pants and ob­servers cat­e­gory. — From news ser­vices and staff re­ports

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