Update on the latest sports
Smart had significant symptoms while battling COVID-19
UNDATED (AP) — Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka (SHAH’-kah) Smart say he had “significant” symptoms while in extended isolation from his team and family after testing positive for COVID-19. Smart returned to the team Sunday and will be on the bench against Baylor this weekend.
He didn’t detail the extent of the symptoms he experienced. But he appeared frustrated that Texas played last week’s home loss to now-No. 9 Oklahoma when the Longhorns were missing their head coach, two starters and a key reserve because of COVID-19 protocols.
In other men’s basketball news:
— Top-ranked Gonzaga has announced that Thursday’s game against Loyola Marymount will not be played as scheduled due to a COVID-19 related protocol within the Lions’ program. The Bulldogs come off Saturday’s 22-point win at Pepperdine and now aren’t scheduled to play until Feb. 11 at Santa Clara.
— Boston College will have only four scholarship players available for Tuesday’s men’s basketball game against No. 20 Florida State. Coach Jim Christian says he will fill out the rest of his bench with players from the scout team. Christian said the team was off for 11 days and he has only had two practices with the five walk-ons who will be on his bench against the Seminoles.
— DePaul’s game next week at third-ranked Villanova has been postponed, one of three schedule adjustments for the Blue Demons announced by the Big East Conference. Wednesday’s game against Xavier is postponed due to COVID-19-related issues, and DePaul’s previously postponed game at St. John’s on Jan. 2 has been rescheduled for Feb. 20.
— Kentucky will play at No. 18 Missouri on Wednesday night, one day later than scheduled. The move is an adjustment following a weekend pause because of positive COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and quarantining within the Wildcats’ program. The pause resulted in the cancellation of Saturday night’s meeting in Lexington, Kentucky, against No. 5 Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
— Gonzaga and Baylor continue their season-long run atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Zags received 61 first-place votes from a media panel and Baylor had the other three. Third ranked Villanova is followed by Michigan and Houston, with Texas, Ohio State, Iowa, Oklahoma and Alabama rounding out the top 10.
Chiefs’ Robinson, Kilgore on COVID-19 list as close contacts
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have placed a pair of backups on the COVID-19 list as close contacts as they begin their final preparations for Super Bowl 55 against Tampa Bay.
Neither wide receiver or center Daniel Kilgore actually tested positive for COVID-19, which means they could still play on Sunday.
Both would need to return negative tests throughout the week to get off the list.
In other NFL news:
— Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur say they expect Aaron Rodgers to remain their team’s starting quarterback in 2021 and beyond. Rodgers had said after the Packers’ 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC championship game that “there’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included.”
Warriors’ Wiseman out with wrist injury
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors rookie James Wiseman will be sidelined more than a week with a sprained left wrist suffered against Detroit on Saturday.
The 7-foot center landed on his wrist when he was bumped coming down from a dunk off an alley-oop pass by Draymond Green with 6:21 remaining in the third quarter of the 118-91 rout of the Pistons but kept playing.
Wiseman is averaging 12.2 points and leads all rookies with 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
DeAngelo ‘has played his last game’ for NY Rangers, GM says
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton says Tony DeAngelo has played his final game for the team despite going unclaimed on waivers.
Gorton said the 25-year-old defenseman has been assigned to the taxi squad but won’t be around the team after an undisclosed “incident.” Gorton said Alexandar Georgiev (GUR’-gee-ehv) was fine after reports of an “altercation” between the backup goaltender and DeAngelo.
Also around the NHL:
— The league has announced the Devils have been forced to postpone three games this week after four more players tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. New Jersey was scheduled to play the Penguins on Tuesday and Thursday in Pittsburgh. They also had a home game against the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.
Pedroia retires after 17 seasons with Red Sox
UNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY’-ah) has retired. Pedroia was the 2007 Rookie of the Year and the AL MVP in his second season. But he played in a total of nine games in the last three seasons because of a knee injury.
The three-time All-Star spent all 17 of his seasons with the Red Sox. Pedroia played in two World Series and collected a third ring in 2018, when he was injured. In his career, he batted .299 with 140 homers and 725 RBIs.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Free agent outfielder Delino DeShields has agreed to a minor league contract with Texas that includes an invitation to spring training with the team that traded him away just more than a year ago. DeShields and hard-throwing reliever Emmanuel Clase were traded to Cleveland in December 2019, with two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber going to the Rangers. The 28-year-old DeShields hit .252 with seven RBIs in 37 games last season with the Indians, who didn’t offer him a contract for 2021.
— The White Sox have finalized a one-year, $3 million contract with pitcher Carlos Rodón. The White Sox didn’t offer Rodón a contract in December, making him a free agent. The 28-year-old left-hander is 29-33 with a 4.14 ERA in 97 career major league games, including 92 starts.
— The Mets have acquired pitcher Jordan Yamamoto from the Marlins for minor league infielder Federico Polanco. The 24-year-old Yamamoto was 4-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 15 starts in 2019, striking out 82 and walking 36 in 78 2/3 innings. The right-hander was 0-1 with an 18.26 ERA in 11 1/3 innings over three starts and one relief appearance during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
— Left-hander Derek Holland has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers and was invited to major league spring training. The 34-year-old Holland is 79-81 with a 4.61 ERA in 12 major league seasons. He went 1-3 with a 6.86 ERA in 12 appearances for the Pirates last year.