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Pelicans’ Davis wants out…Royals extend Merrifield…Surgery for Dinwiddie, Oladipo

UNDATED (AP) – The agent for New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis says the five-time All-Star has told the team that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension. The Pelicans have issued a statement yesterday saying they will make a deal on their terms and their deadline, adding that they will only accept a trade that makes the most sense for the team. Davis is having the best season of his career, averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals and versatile second baseman Whit Merrifield have agreed to a four-year, $16.25 million contract, pending a physical. Merrifield led the American League with 193 hits and 45 stolen bases last season while batting .304 with 12 home runs and 60 RBIs. He’s a lifetime .293 hitter in 384 games since breaking into the majors with the Royals in 2016.

UNDATED (AP) – Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has undergone surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb. Head coach Kenny Atkinson declined to provide a timeline for Dinwiddie’s return. The 6-foot-6 guard is averaging 17.2 points, mostly coming off the bench. And Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) has undergone season-ending surgery for a ruptured tendon in his right knee suffered last week against Toronto.

NEW YORK (AP) – Tennessee is spending a second straight week atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll after claiming 48 of 64 first-place votes. The top six remained unchanged, with second-ranked Duke followed by Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan and Michigan State. The Spartans kept the sixth spot despite Sunday’s loss at Purdue. Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Marquette round out the top 10.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin  from Los Angeles. The Kings receive forward Carl Grundstrom and the rights to unsigned defenseman Sean Durzi in the deal along with a 2019 first-rounder. The 29-year-old Muzzin has four goals and 17 assists in 50 games this season.

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