LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's California home after his mother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in May.

St. Louis received Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock in the deal.

The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season, spending stretches on the disabled list because of a strained hamstring and groin. He hit 22 home runs with 85 RBIs in 2016, and agreed in May to a $33.5 million, six-year contract.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract, bringing a three-time All-Star closer to a bullpen in need of a ninth-inning specialist.

The deal was reached on the last day of Major League Baseball's winter meetings, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Rodney turns 41 on March 18 and will be in his 16th big league season. He had 39 saves in 45 chances this year for Arizona, going 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations said side-arming reliever Steve Cishek and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.

A 31-year-old right-hander, Cishek had a 2.01 ERA and a 3-2 record in 49 relief appearances this year for Seattle and Tampa Bay. He would join rejoin a rebuilt Cubs bullpen that includes right-hander Brandon Morrow, who finalized a $21 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.

Cishek is 24-28 with a 2.73 ERA and 121 saves over eight seasons.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Miami completed its trade that sent All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals. St. Louis dealt four prospects to the Marlins: right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and left-hander Daniel Castano.

The Cardinals also finalized an $11 million, two-year contract with reliever Luke Gregerson. The right-hander was 2-3 with a career-high 4.57 ERA in 61 innings this year for World Series champion Houston. He did not allow a run in five postseason games.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte 49ers fired men's basketball coach Mark Price. Assistant coach Houston Fancher, who has 12 years of head coaching experience, will serve as the 49ers interim head coach.

The 53-year-old Price, a four-time NBA All-Star guard, was in his third season with the 49ers and had a 30-42 record overall. He was 16-20 in Conference USA play. Charlotte is 3-6 this season.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic is out because of a blockage in his lungs.

The team said pulmonary embolisms were discovered in both of Teletovic's lungs. The 32-year-old consulted with Milwaukee team physicians after experiencing unusual fatigue earlier this week.

Following a 10-day rest period, Teletovic will begin a supervised rehabilitation program. No other timetable was provided for what was considered a long-term injury.

Teletovic missed about three months of the regular season because of blood clots in his lungs while playing with the Brooklyn Nets in 2015.


CHICAGO (AP) — At age 19, Christian Pulisic became the youngest winner of the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year award.

The USSF said Pulisic received 94 percent of the votes. Landon Donovan had been the youngest winner, earning the honor at 21 in 2003.

A midfielder from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Pulisic had six goals and four assists in nine games for the national team this year and was involved in 13 of the 17 American goals in games he played. He had three goals and three assists in 25 matches in 2016-17 for Borussia Dortmund, his first full season with the Bundesliga team.


NEW YORK (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are back for another run with the U.S. women's basketball team.

The four-time Olympic gold medalists were among 29 players chosen for the national team pool. Eleven members of the 2016 Olympic team that won a sixth consecutive gold medal for the Americans are in the group. The only player missing from that team is Tamika Catchings, who retired after the 2016 WNBA season.

The U.S. already has qualified for next year's FIBA World Cup, which will be held in Spain.


DALLAS (AP) — Scott Frost, who led Central Florida to a perfect regular season before taking the Nebraska job, won the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year.

The Football Writers Association of America and the Sugar Bowl announced the winner. In his second season at UCF, Frost guided the Knights to a 12-0 record, the American Athletic Conference championship and a Peach Bowl bid.

He is transitioning from UCF to Nebraska, where he will coach his alma mater. He still expects to coach UCF in its bowl game.

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Texas A&M University-Commerce quarterback Luis Perez won the Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II's player of the year.


LONDON (AP) — Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome said a "wealth of information" can prove his innocence after he failed a doping test. The Team Sky rider has to explain to the UCI why a urine sample provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.