UNDATED (AP) —Robert Covington is going to the Houston Rockets and Clint Capela is going to the Atlanta Hawks as part of the complicated 12-player, three-draft-pick trade that was approved by the league yesterday. The Rockets got Covington and Jordan Bell from Minnesota, plus Golden State’s 2024 second-round pick from the Hawks. Atlanta received centers Capela and Nenê from Houston.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees lefty James Paxton has had back surgery for a herniated disk and is expected to be sidelined until May or June. The Yankees estimated Paxton’s approximate timeline to pitch in a major league game as three-to-four months. The injury weakens a Yankees rotation already missing right-hander Domingo Germán, who must serve the final 63 games of an 81-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
UNDATED (AP) — The SEC had six of the nation’s top eight classes as the remaining unsigned football prospects finalized their college plans yesterday. That’s according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. The rankings included No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn and No. 8 Florida. Only Clemson at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5 broke things up.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have introduced Andrew Berry as their new general manager. The 32-year-old Berry is believed to be the youngest GM in NFL history, and he’s the second current African-American GM in the NFL. He joked he didn’t receive an upgraded parking space upon his return to Cleveland, where he was vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 under GM Sashi Brown before working for the Philadelphia Eagles this past season.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was party time in Kansas City yesterday as hundreds of thousands of Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Fans lined the 2-mile parade route to thank their football heroes for bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Kansas City and ending a Super Bowl drought that began after the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV in 1970.