The Rockies acquired veteran righthander Jeremy Guthrie yesterday from the Orioles, a move that bolsters their young rotation. In exchange, the Rockies sent reliever Matt Lindstrom and righthander Jason Hammel to Baltimore. Guthrie, the Orioles’ Opening Day starter three of the last four seasons, lost 17 games last season, the most in the American League, and finished with a 4.33 ERA. Guthrie, who turns 33 in April, agreed to a one-year, $8.2 million contract with the Rockies, avoiding an arbitration hearing . . . The Mariners agreed to a $750,000, one-year contract with righthander Shawn Camp and a $500,000, one-year deal with lefthander Hong-Chih Kuo in an attempt to add bullpen depth . . . Infielder Alex Cora agreed to a minor league contract with the Cardinals and would get an $800,000 deal if added to the 40-man roster. The 36-year-old former Red Sox played all four infield positions for the Nationals last season . . . The Nationals agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Rick Ankiel. If he’s added to the 40-man roster, Ankiel would have a $1.25 million, one-year contract and could make $1.5 million in performance bonuses. The 32-year-old Ankiel batted .239 with nine home runs and 37 RBIs in 122 games with Washington last season . . . The Braves unveiled a new alternate home uniform based on the attire worn when the team moved from Milwaukee in 1966. The cream-colored uniforms feature the customary Braves script across the front, but without the tomahawk. There is a patch on the arms with crisscrossing tomahawks and the year “1876’’ - when the franchise was founded in Boston.
Sox reliever Atchison clears waivers
Red Sox righthanded reliever Scott Atchison, who was designated for assignment last month, cleared waivers and was assigned to Pawtucket. He will be in major league camp for spring training. Atchison, who turns 36 next month, appeared in 60 games with the Sox over the last two seasons with an ERA of 4.08.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was suspended for two games by the NBA for stomping on Rockets forward Luis Scola’s face in Saturday night’s game. The incident occurred when Scola fell to the court during the third quarter. As Love headed back to the other end, he stepped on Scola’s face and upper body. Love said after the game that the stomp was not intentional and he went to the Rockets’ locker room to apologize to Scola . . . Hazell Stoudemire, the brother of Knicks star Amare Stoudemire, died in a car crash in Lake Wales, Fla., yesterday after the SUV he was driving slammed into the back of a trailer. Authorities are awaiting test results to find out if alcohol was a factor. The Florida Highway Patrol said the 35-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. Amare Stoudemire returned to Florida to be with his family and missed last night’s game against Utah. Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said he doesn’t know how long Stoudemire will be away . . . Former Olympic gold medalist and two-time WNBA champion Ruth Riley signed with the Chicago Sky.
Harvard bounces back into AP Top 25
Harvard, off to its best overall (20-2) and Ivy League (6-0) starts in school history, moved back into the Associated Press Top 25 poll at 25th. Kentucky held the top spot for the third straight week. The Wildcats, who were also No. 1 for two weeks earlier this season, received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Syracuse, which got the other No. 1 votes, Ohio State, Missouri, North Carolina, and Baylor held second through sixth. Kansas moved up one spot to seventh, while Florida jumped four places to eighth. Murray State, the lone unbeaten team in Division 1, moved one spot to ninth and Duke dropped three places to 10th. On the women’s side, Atlantic 10 Conference-leading St. Bonaventure (22-2, 9-0) broke into the Top 25 poll for the first time in program history. The Bonnies came in ranked 25th after receiving votes on 31 of 40 ballots . . . Alabama coach Anthony Grant suspended forward Tony Mitchell indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
Crosby practices, but not set to return
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced but said he is no closer to returning from a concussion and neck injury that have sidelined him for most of the season. Crosby moved with plenty of energy and took part in every drill. “It was good to be out there,’’ he said. “I wasn’t going to skate by myself if I didn’t have to.’’ He said he is not ready to resume practicing full-time with the team . . . Sabres coach Lindy Ruff sustained three broken ribs in what was described as “a freak accident’’ after he was upended by defenseman Jordan Leopold in practice. Ruff is expected to be back at practice today to “resume his coaching responsibilities.’’ . . . The league fined Avalanche forward Chuck Kobasew $2,500 for tripping Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis. The former Boston College star received a minor penalty for the infraction . . . The Wild signed defenseman Nate Prosser to a two-year contract extension.
Djokovic and Clarke receive awards
Novak Djokovic won the top individual honor at the 2012 Laureus Sports Awards, and Barcelona captured the team prize. The winners were chosen by 47 international sports stars who make up the Laureus sports academy. Golfer Darren Clarke was honored with the comeback of the year award. The 43-year-old Northern Irishman won his first major by capturing the British Open at Royal St. George’s last year . . . D.C. United signed midfielder Marcelo Saragosa, who returns to MLS after two seasons in Azerbaijan.