PHOENIX (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a deal that sends three players and a 2019 draft pick to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 31-year-old Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market after hitting .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season. The Diamondbacks receive pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly and minor league infielder Andy Young in the swap.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos will continue their postseason push without Emmanuel Sanders. The team’s leading wide receiver ruptured his left Achilles tendon yesterday during a non-contact drill at the beginning of practice, making him the Broncos’ sixth opening-day offensive starter to suffer a major injury. Sanders had 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in a bounce-back year.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said he is “really close to 100 percent” and expects to play Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams after missing the past two games because of a right shoulder injury. He went through a full practice yesterday, and coach Mike Nagy says he has a strong feeling that Trubisky would play. The Bears split their games started by Chase Daniel, losing to the New York Giants on Sunday following a Thanksgiving Day victory at Detroit.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he’ll be ready to play against the Browns on Sunday despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder. Newton continues to experience discomfort in his right shoulder more than 20 months after undergoing rotator cuff surgery. Newton has thrown downfield fewer times this year than at any point in his career, but he’s also completed a career-high 69.5 percent of his passes due in part to the shorter throws.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Mel Tucker is the new head football coach at Colorado after serving as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. The 46-year-old Tucker replaces Mike MacIntyre, who was 30-44 in almost six full seasons for the Buffs and had just one winning campaign. Tucker had several stints as an NFL defensive coordinator and was instrumental in head coach Kirby Smart’s ability to rebuild the Bulldogs into a national contender.