A'S TRADE RHP ROSS TO PADRES IN 4-PLAYER DEAL: OAKLAND (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Tyson Ross and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones to the San Diego Padres for infielder Andy Parrino and left-hander Andrew Werner.
The deal was announced Friday.
Ross was 2-11 with a 6.50 ERA in five stays with the A's last season. The 25-year-old made 13 starts during his first four stints and later had five relief appearances in September with the AL West champions.
The 24-year-old Kirby-Jones hit .248 with 21 home runs and 69 RBIs at Class A Stockton.
Parrino, a 27-year-old switch-hitter, batted .207 with one home run and six RBIs in 55 games with San Diego.
The 25-year-old Werner went 2-3 with a 5.58 ERA in eight starts for the Padres.
MELKY CABRERA, BLUE JAYS REACH DEAL: NEW YORK (AP) — The busy Toronto Blue Jays struck again Friday with their latest big deal: All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera is set to join them in his return from a drug suspension.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the free agent outfielder and the Blue Jays have reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $16 million. The deal is pending a physical, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
NO. 4 STANFORD WOMEN UPSET NO. 1 BAYLOR 71-69: HONOLULU (AP) — Brittney Griner and Baylor were rarely challenged during a 42-game winning streak that included a national title and a quick start to this season.
But the unfamiliar scene of Hawaii and an eager opponent in No. 4 Stanford — keen on avenging a loss in the Final Four — were too much for the top-ranked Lady Bears on Friday, who fell 71-69 to the fourth-ranked Cardinal.
Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the Lady Bears rally from a 14-point deficit in the first half. Her shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim and Stanford celebrated the victory. It was the Lady Bears' first defeat since losing to Texas A&M in the regional finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Baylor went 40-0 last year with no team coming within five points of the Lady Bears.
REF CORRENTE FINED FOR OBSCENITIES: NEW YORK (AP) — Referee Tony Corrente has been fined one game check by the NFL for uttering some obscenities with his microphone on during a Nov. 4 game in Indianapolis between the Colts and Miami Dolphins.
The fine was issued Friday by NFL officiating director Carl Johnson.
A referee of Corrente's experience — 18 seasons — earns approximately $9,000 a game.
In the fourth quarter of the game, Corrente inadvertently left his microphone open during a conference with members of the officiating crew. During that conference, Corrente used obscenities that were heard by the crowd and the CBS television audience.
Johnson says the conduct "is inappropriate for a game official."
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR'S SKYHOOK CAPTURED IN BRONZE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook has been captured in bronze for future generations of basketball fans.
Staples Center unveiled a nearly 16-foot-tall statue of the top scorer in NBA history Friday night, immortalizing Jabbar's famed hook shot alongside statues of fellow Los Angeles Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Jerry West.
The 65-year-old Abdul-Jabbar pronounced himself humbled and grateful during a ceremony attended by numerous NBA greats ranging from Johnson and West to Pat Riley and Elgin Baylor — and even Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson.