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Yankees acquire two relievers from Braves.

BASEBALL

Yanks get relievers from Braves

The New York Yankees have bolstered their bullpen by acquiring David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. Carpenter went 6-4 with three saves and a 3.54 ERA in 65 games with Atlanta last year. Shreve made his major league debut in July, and the left-hander allowed one earned run in 12⅓ innings covering 15 games. The Braves received minor league left-hander Manny Banuelos in the deal. Banuelos went 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 26 games over three stops last season, finishing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Carpenter made his major league debut with Houston in 2011. The 29-year-old righty is 11-10 with a 3.62 ERA in 188 career games.

HOCKEY

Oilers' Aulie suspended 2 games

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Keith Aulie was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan. Aulie was assessed a match penalty in the first period of the Flames' 4-3 overtime victory Tuesday night in Calgary. The suspension will cost Aulie $8,602.

The Minnesota Wild have sent forward Tyler Graovac to the Iowa Wild of the AHL. Graovac, recalled on Sunday, played two games with Minnesota. He registered four shots and averaged 10:34 in ice time. The 21-year-old player from Brampton, Ontario, made his NHL debut on Monday at Winnipeg.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are placing forward Joffrey Lupul on the injured list due to the lower-body injury sustained in a shootout victory over Boston on New Year's Eve. Lupul, injured in the second period Wednesday night, is returning to Toronto for further evaluation. The veteran left wing has nine goals and eight assists in 26 games this season. Fellow forward Peter Holland sustained an upper-body injury during Wednesday's game and will also undergo further evaluation in Toronto.

BASKETBALL

James, Curry lead all-star voting

LeBron James and Stephen Curry remain the leading NBA All-Star vote-getters after the second tally of fan ballots. Cleveland's James leads all with 775,810 votes at the Eastern Conference frontcourt spot. Golden State's Curry has 755,486, good for second in the league and tops among the Western Conference guards. In the results released Thursday, Chicago's Pau Gasol and the New York's Carmelo Anthony follow in the East frontcourt. Washington's John Wall remains the East's leading vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by Miami's Dwyane Wade. Kobe Bryant is second to Curry in the West backcourt. The frontcourt is led by the New Orleans' Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Memphis center Marc Gasol. Voting runs through Jan. 19, and starters for the Feb. 15 game in New York will be announced Jan. 22.

The Phoenix Suns recalled rookie guard Tyler Ennis, second-year guard Archie Goodwin and rookie forward T.J. Warren from Bakersfield of the NBA Development League. The three players each played three games for the Jam. Ennis averaged 15.7 points and 3.3 assists, Goodwin 15.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, and Warren 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Bob Hall, a key showman for the Harlem Globetrotters, basketball's barnstorming comedy troupe, from the late 1940s until the mid-1970s, died Dec. 24 near his home in Detroit. He was 87. His wife, Kittie Barksdale-Hall, said the cause was complications of cancer. Hall joined the Globetrotters in 1949, one year before Chuck Cooper, Nat Clifton and Earl Lloyd integrated the National Basketball Association. At the time, the team was one of the few on which a talented black basketball player could earn a living. Hall started playing with Goose Tatum, who helped him become a master of "reams,'' or ball-handling legerdemain. According to the Globetrotters' website, Hall played more than 5,000 games in almost 90 countries with teammates like Connie Hawkins, Marques Haynes and Wilt Chamberlain. (Hawkins and Chamberlain went on to play in the NBA.) Hall was small by Globetrotter standards, "only six-foot-two but built like a Sherman tank,'' Ben Green wrote in his history of the team, "Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters.'' Nicknamed Showboat, Hall took over as the on-court ringmaster when Tatum left the team in 1955. One of Hall's specialties was launching one-handed, no-look, behind-the-back passes with fearsome accuracy. "He was without a doubt the best one-handed ball handler that ever came to the Globetrotters,'' Meadowlark Lemon said.

SOCCER

Gerrard ending Liverpool career

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to announce he will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires. British newspaper reports said the announcement from the 34-year-old midfielder, who has spent his entire career at Liverpool, would come on Friday. There was no denial from Liverpool, and former teammate Jamie Carragher appeared to confirm the news. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Gerrard has been free to talk to foreign clubs since New Year's Day. Gerrard, who retired from England duty after the 2014 World Cup, said in October that he would not retire in 2015.

FOOTBALL

Sullivan Giants QB coach again

Mike Sullivan is returning to his old job as the New York Giants' quarterbacks coach. Coach Tom Coughlin announced the hiring on Wednesday, a day after the team confirmed that Danny Langsdorf was leaving to become the offensive coordinator at Nebraska. Sullivan worked with Coughlin from 2004 to 2011, serving as the wide receivers coach from 2004-09 and the quarterbacks coach for the last two years. He left after the Giants won their second Super Bowl under Coughlin to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator in 2012-13.
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