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