Last Update on December 20, 2014 02:21 GMT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade veteran swingman Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks. The trade gives the Rockets another proven veteran defender in Brewer to compete in the demanding Western Conference, where they were in fourth place at 19-6 after Thursday's games.
BOSTON (AP) -- Danny Ainge (AYNJ) says a major reason he traded Rajon Rondo (RAH'-zhahn RAHN'-doh) to the Dallas Mavericks was the possibility the Boston Celtics would lose the star point guard in free agency after the season.
Boston's president of basketball operations also says giving up the best player in the trade is not philosophically what the team likes to do.
The Celtics traded Rondo and forward Dwight Powell on Thursday night for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, two draft picks and a $12.9 million trade exception.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is the third member of the team to be diagnosed with mumps. The Penguins issued a statement saying he tested positive for the virus and remains in isolation. Teammates Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett were diagnosed with mumps in the last week.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Defenseman Robyn Regehr (reh-GEER') was placed on injured reserve by the Los Angeles Kings with an upper-body injury that is expected to sideline him at least two weeks.
DETROIT (AP) -- Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a "miraculous" improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial. The 86-year-old Howe had a serious stroke in late October, but his family says his physical therapists have been "astonished" by his progress after undergoing a two-day, non-surgical stem cell treatment protocol.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Austin Dodge led Southern Oregon to its first NAIA football championship, throwing for 429 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-31 victory over Marian College.
Dodge, the NAIA Player of the Year, was 21 of 39 for the Raiders, who finished 13-2. Melvin Mason, Dylan Young and Ryan Retzlaff caught touchdown passes and Mason also ran for 56 yards and three scores.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Dodgers have ended the Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders.
The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. That is more than $20 million above the previous high, set by the Yankees last year.
For the first time since the current luxury tax began in 2003, the Yankees won't be paying the most. The luxury tax was put in place as a slowdown on spending by high-revenue teams, and teams pay based on the amount they are over the $189 million threshold.
The Dodgers have a tax bill of $26,621,125 due to the commissioner's office by Jan. 21.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Phillies and Dodgers have finalized the trade that sends All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles for pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.
Rollins is a three-time All-Star who hit .243 last season with 11 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 steals. The 36-year-old had started 14 consecutive openers for the Phillies and helped Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series title.
The 20-year old Elflin was 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA this year in 24 starts in Class A ball while the 22-year old Windle went 12-8 with a 4.26 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance this year in Class A action.
In other moves;
-- Kansas City has signed veteran outfielder Alex Rios (REE'-ohs) to an $11 million, one-year deal that includes a mutual option for the 2016 season. Rios will take over right field for departed free agent Nori Aoki (ay-OH'-kee). The 33-year-old Rios should provide more pop to a lineup that lacked home-run hitters last season. He hit.280 with four homers and 54 RBIs for Texas last season.
-- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The 33-year-old right-hander helped Boston win the 2013 World Series. He was traded to San Francisco on July 26 and won another championship with the Giants this season.
-- The busy San Diego Padres have agreed to acquire slugger Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for a group of prospects, a person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press. The Padres already made two huge trades in recent days, acquiring slugger Matt Kemp from the Dodgers and former AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay. Upton had 29 homers and 102 RBIs last season.
-- The Rays, Padres and Nationals have finalized an 11-player trade that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays. Overall Tampa Bay acquired five players, San Diego four and Washington two.
-- The Yankees have acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado (mar-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) and pitcher David Phelps. The right-handed Eovaldi throws at up to 98 mph and was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA last season. Prado was obtained by the Yankees from Arizona at the July trade deadline and hit .316 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 133 at-bats.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- All signs point to DeMarco Murray playing for Dallas against Indianapolis Sunday despite the NFL rushing leader's broken left hand. Murray was listed as questionable a few hours after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show that the team "should be able to count on" him playing.
The fourth-year back went through individual drills Wednesday before expanding his role in workouts Thursday and Friday. He says he will ultimately decide whether to play on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he's confident quarterback Cam Newton will be able to start Sunday's game against Cleveland. He says he is waiting for final clearance from team physicians before officially naming Newton as his starter.
The fourth-year quarterback suffered two lower back fractures in a two-vehicle accident a week and a half ago.
VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) -- American alpine skier Steven Nyman has won the World Cup downhill race on the classic Saslong course in Italy for the third time. His other wins on the course came in 2006 and 2012. For some reason he has never won anywhere else.
The race was originally scheduled for Saturday but was moved up a day amid concerns that warm weather would ruin the course.