Update on the latest sports
More than 20 teams trade players
UNDATED (AP) – The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, with more than 20 teams swinging deals.
Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are among the teams making moves to fortify their lineups. The Raptors are getting former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis, the Bucks are getting Nikola Mirotic (NEE’-koh-luh MEER’-uh-tihch) from New Orleans and the 76ers sent former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz to Orlando, a day after acquiring forward Tobias Harris from the Clippers.
More than 20 draft picks changed hands in the days leading up to the closing of the window at 3 p.m. Thursday. Some of those draft picks extend until 2024. That means these deals will impact the NBA for years.
Vikings fill out staff, tapping Maalouf for special teams
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings have completed their coaching staff for 2019, hiring Marwan Maalouf as special teams coordinator and Rick Dennison as offensive line coach.
The Vikings also announced Friday the promotion of assistant quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing to wide receivers coach, where Darrell Hazell was not retained.
Maalouf was Miami’s special teams coordinator for the last six seasons. He replaces Mike Priefer, who took the same job in Cleveland.
Dennison, who was also given the title of running game coordinator, begins his 25th year as an NFL assistant. The majority of his time was spent in Denver with Gary Kubiak, who has joined the Vikings as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser. Dennison has served 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator.
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Assault charge dropped against Alabama’s Deionte Thompson
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – An assault charge has been dismissed against Alabama safety and NFL top prospect Deionte Thompson linked to a 2017 spring break fight in Texas.
Prosecutors in Galveston County requested the charge be dropped against Thompson, an All-American who announced for the NFL draft last month. A judge signed the order Wednesday.
Thompson was among four men indicted in October 2017 over the alleged beating of a man on Crystal Beach, near Galveston. Thompson and the three others are from Orange, about 100 miles northeast of Houston.
Attorneys for Thompson have said he wasn’t involved in the fight. Prosecutors cited new evidence in dropping the charge.
Two men still face assault charges. The third man pleaded guilty last year to assault and was sentenced to one year in jail.
Jim Small becomes head of MLB’s international efforts
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Jim Small has been promoted to Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of international and will move back to the New York area after establishing MLB’s Tokyo office and running it for 15 years.
Small worked in the public relations departments of the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and the commissioner’s office, spent two years with Nike, then returned to MLB in August 1998 as a vice president of MLB International.
He opened the Tokyo office during the second half of the 2003 season and helped launch the World Baseball Classic in 2006. Small had been vice president of Asia-Pacific.
Charlie Hill, the head of MLB’s London office, was promoted Friday to vice president of international strategic development from managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Rodrigo Fernandez, who opened a new office after he was hired as managing director of Mexico in 2016, becomes managing director of Latin America.
Sami Kawakami, who has worked for MLB in Tokyo since 2004, becomes managing director of Japan and takes over many of Small’s responsibilities.
Vonn has rib trouble to go with black eye
ARE, Sweden (AP) – Lindsey Vonn is struggling with a rib problem.
After completing the downhill portion of the Alpine combined as a training run, Vonn said her “upper rib kind of went out.” She said the problem affects “moving, in general,” but she can still ski.
Vonn, who will retire after Sunday’s downhill race, also has a black eye from crashing in the super-G on Tuesday.
Still, she says she’ll be aiming to win on Sunday: “Whether I’m ready or not I’m just going to go full throttle.”
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland retained her Alpine combined title after beating Petra Vlhova by 0.03 seconds Friday. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway was third, 0.45 seconds behind Holdener.
Vonn has 82 World Cup victories, second on the all-time list behind Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s 86. Vonn is wearing a racing suit this week featuring blue and yellow trim in honor of Stenmark.