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    Sports log: Diamondbacks ship Upton to Atlanta


    Justin Upton is joining older brother B.J. Upton in a new-look Braves outfield he expects to be called the best in baseball. Arizona traded Justin to Atlanta in a seven-player deal Thursday that sent former All-Star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks. The Upton brothers join right fielder Jason Heyward, who won a Gold Glove in 2012, in an outfield packed with power and speed. ‘‘If we push ourselves to the next level, I feel with the extra push from each other there’s no question we can be the best outfield in baseball,’’ Justin Upton said in a telephone interview. ‘‘I'm not going to give us that label until we prove it.’’ The Braves, who also get third baseman Chris Johnson, are giving up one of their top pitching prospects, Randall Delgado, and three minor leaguers: righthander Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed, and first baseman Brandon Drury . . . The entrance to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis looked more like that of a Cardinals game, just the way Stan Musial would have liked it. Thousands of fans turned out for Musial’s public visitation at the ornate Roman Catholic church, many of them bundled up against the bitter cold in red Cardinals jackets. Musial, a 24-time All-Star who remained a beloved figure in his adopted hometown a half-century after his playing career ended, died Saturday after years of declining health. He was 92 . . . The Reds invited 22-year-old outfielder Billy Hamilton to spring training. Hamilton set a professional record with 155 steals last season, which he split between Single A and Double A teams . . . Free agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Central League for one year and $1.6 million.

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    LSU gives Miles a two-year extension

    LSU offered football coach Les Miles a new contract, one that will give him a two-year extension through the 2019 season and increases his annual salary from $3.75 million to $4.3 million. The contract will be presented to the LSU Board of Supervisors for approval Feb. 1. The half-million-plus raise brings Miles even with Ohio State’s Urban Meyer as the fourth-highest-paid coach in college football, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban, Texas’s Mack Brown, and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops . . . Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley is leaving his alma mater for the same job at archrival Miami. The 39-year-old Coley is the sixth Seminole assistant leaving Jimbo Fisher’s staff since the end of the season. Fisher’s lone remaining assistants are holdovers from former coach Bobby Bowden’s staff. NHL

    Flyers’ Hartnell sidelined 4-8 weeks

    Flyers forward Scott Hartnell is expected to miss 4-8 weeks because of a broken left foot. Hartnell, an All-Star last season, was injured by a shot taken by teammate Kimmo Timonen in Tuesday’s game against New Jersey . . . The Rangers acquired former Boston College forward Benn Ferriero from the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Chad Kolarik. Ferriero had four goals and 14 assists in 34 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this season . . . Maple Leafs All-Star left wing Joffrey Lupul will miss at least six weeks after breaking his right forearm. Lupul, who recently signed a five-year, $26 million contract, was injured during Wednesday's win over the Penguins when a shot by teammate Dion Phaneuf struck him in front of the net.miscellany

    Kyle Busch with Gibbs for long haul

    Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Kyle Busch has signed a long-term extension to continue driving the No. 18 Toyota. In addition, JGR will field the No. 54 Toyota in the Nationwide Series for at least 25 races with Busch as the primary driver. Terms of the deal were not disclosed . . . The New Orleans Hornets officially will change their name to Pelicans, starting next season. The team also will change colors to blue, gold, and red . . . The New York Red Bulls removed the interim label from Mike Petke and officially announced him as coach . . . AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi said the team will not be signing Kaka or Mario Balotelli . . . Dayron Robles, the 2008 Olympic Games 110-meter hurdles champion and former world record-holder, will retire from athletics owing to a lack of attention from Cuban sports officials, his coach said . . . Russian star Evgeni Plushenko fell in the short program and dropped out of the European figure skating championships in Zagreb, Croatia, with a back problem . . . Two years before golf returns to the Olympics, the LPGA Tour is creating a tournament to determine the best in the world. The International Crown will start in 2014 and be played every other year. It will feature four days of team matches among eight countries that can field the strongest four-player teams based on world rankings. The inaugural event will be in July at Caves Valley GC outside Baltimore.