Update on the latest sports


Loaisiga leaves bases loaded in 7th, Yanks beat Red Sox 5-3

UNDATED (AP) — Jonathan Loaisiga escaped a no-outs, bases-loaded jam in the final inning, and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Loaisiga pitched a perfect sixth inning before Boston loaded the bases with no outs against him in the seventh on three singles. Loaisiga retired pinch-hitter Travis Shaw on a lineout and struck out Kiké Hernandez and Hunter Renfroe for his fifth save of the season. The Yankees capitalized on a wild outing by Boston’s bullpen and took the lead in the fifth on Luke Voit’s well-placed two-run single.


Woman says violence by Trevor Bauer left her in pain, fear

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman seeking a five-year restraining order against Trevor Bauer testified that her horror grew as bruises emerged and her pain surged the day after a sexual encounter in which she said the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher choked her and punched her.

The woman testified about the aftermath of the night with Bauer in her second day on the stand in an LA court. She said she was at first determined to tell no one. But her injuries sent her to an emergency room, and brought a visit from police.

Bauer has said that everything that happened between the two was wholly consensual.


AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree to $196 million, 4-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have kept their trust in Joel Embiid. They signed the All-Star center to a multiyear contract that a person familiar with the situation says is a four-year, $196 million extension that takes Embiid through the 2026-27 season.

The 27-year-old Embiid was NBA MVP runner-up this season and led the Sixers to the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers lost in the second round to the Atlanta Hawks. Embiid averaged more than 28 points and 10 rebounds and became eligible for the NBA’s super-max extension.


Celtics complete sign-and-trade, sending Fournier to Knicks

BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics have finalized a sign-and-trade with the Knicks, sending guard Evan Fournier along with a 2023 second-round draft pick and conditional 2022 second-round pick to New York in exchange for cash considerations. The deal also generated a trade exception for Boston.

Fournier agreed to a $78 million, four-year deal with the Knicks hours after the official start of the free agency signing period earlier this month. Boston hoped to re-sign Fournier, who was acquired from Orlando at the trade deadline for a pair of second-round draft picks, but was limited by its efforts to stay under the luxury tax threshold.


Bucks to play at home on Christmas

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are staying home for Christmas, which is becoming an annual perk for reigning NBA champions.

The NBA released the schedule for the Dec. 25 quintupleheader and the Bucks will play host to the Boston Celtics in the second of the day’s games. It marks the eighth consecutive season in which the reigning champion has gotten to play at home for the holiday.

Also set for Christmas this year: Atlanta opens the day at New York, Golden State visits reigning Western Conference champion Phoenix, Brooklyn plays at the Los Angeles Lakers, and Denver goes to Utah in the day’s finale.


Tim Tebow’s comeback story ends with Jaguars cutting him

UNDATED. (AP) — Tim Tebow’s NFL comeback seems over. The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Tebow on Tuesday, parting with the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who switched from quarterback to tight end in hopes of rejuvenating his pro football career.

Tebow’s blocking ranged from awkward to awful in Jacksonville’s preseason opener against Cleveland on Saturday night, his 34th birthday. He failed to get a catch and played no snaps on special teams.

Tebow says he’s “thankful for the highs and even the lows, the opportunities, and the setbacks.” He adds, “I’ve never wanted to make decisions out of fear of failure and I’m grateful for the chance to have pursued a dream.”

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Seattle Seahawks and Jamal Adams have reached agreement on a contract extension that is expected to make the former All-Pro the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The agreement is for four years and is expected to include $38 million guaranteed.

— The Kansas City Chiefs waived wide receiver Antonio Callaway and tight end Evan Baylis with injury designations while placing running back Elijah McGuire on injured reserve in a series of roster moves. Wide receiver Chad Williams was released and defensive back Manny Patterson was waived to get the Chiefs to the required roster limit by the first cut-down deadline.

— The Carolina Panthers have traded 2020 second-round draft pick Greg Little to the Miami Dolphins for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022. The Panthers drafted Little with an eye toward him becoming their left tackle, but he’s been a major disappointment in Carolina playing in just 14 games with six starts in part because of concussion problems. The team also placed cornerback Troy Pride Jr. on injured reserve with a knee injury.

— Saints coach Sean Payton says the Saints have cut cornerback Prince Amukamara and waived kicker Brett Maher with an injury designation. Payton says New Orleans also has waived rookie running back Stevie Scott, cut linebacker Noah Spence, placed offensive lineman Kyle Murphy on injured reserve and placed defensive back KeiVarae Russell on the club’s COVID-19 reserve list. The Saints have not disclosed Maher’s injury which again leaves New Orleans without a place kicker.

— The Browns are starting another week of practice with defensive ends Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney watching from the sideline. Garrett is dealing with a hamstring issue while Clowney, who has been slowed by injuries throughout his career, has an unspecified injury. Cleveland signed Clowney to a one-year, $8 million contract in April with the idea of pairing him with Garrett.