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Giants making strides on trade for Giancarlo Stanton

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton talks after winning the National League Hank Aaron Award at baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award in 2017.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed Wednesday on San Francisco’s flagship radio station that the club has reached the parameters of a potential trade for Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Evans spoke Wednesday of the Giants’ pursuit of the Marlins star, saying San Francisco executives gathered with the NL MVP and his representatives in ‘‘a good meeting’’ last week. ‘‘In terms of our deal it just has a number of contingencies, one of course that’s paramount is relative to his full no-trade [clause] and that’s a decision that really comes from him,. But our terms with the Marlins are clear,’’ Evans said. Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Tuesday Miami has not decided whether to trade Stanton, still owed $295 million from his record $325 million, 13-year contract.

Rangers meet Ohtani, ink LHP Minor

A day after meeting in Los Angeles with the Japanese pitcher-outfielder Shoehi Ohtani, Texas Rangers officials returned home to Arlington to introduce lefthander Mike Minor after finalizing a $28 million, three-year contract with the standout Kansas City reliever. General manager Jon Daniels described Minor as a primary target in the team’s offseason pursuit to replenish its pitching staff. Daniels and other team officials declined to talk about the Ohtani, the pitcher-outfielder, or their visit with him. Ohtani was put up for bid last week by the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. The 23-year-old has until 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 22 to agree to a contract with an MLB team. The Rangers are among seven teams he is considering.

. . . The Oakland Athletics’ proposed site for a new ballpark near Laney College fell through. A’s President Dave Kaval and his team had considered a site near the Oakland community college the top spot . . . The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins will be the latest MLB teams to expand safety neeting at their ballparks in 2018. At least six other MLB teams expanded safety netting in the last three months since a scary incident in which a young girl at Yankee Stadium was hit in the face by a foul ball. The Red Sox notified season ticket holders last month the screens at Fenway Park will be extended, but plans were still being finalized.


Hornets’ Clifford on indefinite leave


Hornets coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time to deal with a ‘‘health issue,’’ the team announced in a release. The 56-year-old Clifford, who has battled heart problems, missed Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because he was not feeling well. Associate head coach Stephen Silas filled in for Clifford and will continue to coach the team during Clifford’s absence . . . Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker is expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks because of a groin injury. Booker, 21, strained his left adductor late in a 126-113 loss in Toronto on Tuesday night and is expected to have an MRI . . . Former Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas scrimmaged with the Cavaliers, playing in a 4-on-4 along with injured forward Tristan Thompson, rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic. Thomas moved freely and didn’t appear to have any restrictions in his recovery from a hip injury during the half-court workout . . . The NBA fined Grizzlies center Marc Gasol $15,000 for using a profanity during a live television interview. Gasol cursed during the interview after Memphis snapped an 11-game skid Monday night with a 95-92 win over Minnesota. It was the Grizzlies’ first win since Nov. 7

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. . . The league fined Allen Crabbe of the Brooklyn Nets $15,000 by the NBA for violating a rule prohibiting players from throwing any item, including the game ball, at the basket stanchion. Crabbe was ejected after fouling out in the fourth quarter of the Nets’ 110-90 win over the Hawks on Monday night.


Sarachan remains US interim coach

Dave Sarachan will remain the interim US coach for the Americans’ Jan. 28 exhibition against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Carson, Calif. The US Soccer Federation said Sarachan, who coached the team in last month’s 1-1 draw at Portugal, will hold a training camp with about 30 players starting Jan. 10 at Carson. The US failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup, ending a streak of seven straight appearances that led to the resignation of coach Bruce Arena. . . Cristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record, scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund to become the first player to find the net in all six group-stage matches . . . Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick as Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moscow, 7-0, to clinch first place in its Champions League group and become the fifth English team to qualify for the last 16

. . . Lionel Messi lobbied for striker Gonzalo Higuain to be picked for Argentina’s World Cup squad. Higuain lost his place to Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and Boca Juniors’ Dario Benedetto for Argentina’s final matches in the South American World Cup qualifiers under coach Jorge Sampaoli.

College basketball

BC’s Hawkins (knee) out for season

Deontae Hawkins, a 6-foot-8-inch graduate transfer from Illinois State who averaged 12.4 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Boston College men’s basketball team, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury during a 71-62 loss at Nebraska Nov. 29. “Teddy means so much to everyone in our program and he made a big impact in his time here,” BC coach Jim Christian said in a statement. “He brought maximum effort to every practice and game and was a positive influence on both our veterans and our younger players. His leadership on and off the court will be missed.”

Joe Sullivan

Towns lifts Harvard over Fordham


Seth Towns (9 points, 11 rebounds) made a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to cap an 8-0 run that helped Harvard (4-6) edge host Fordham (3-5), 47-45, in New York . . . Luwane Pipkins scored 13 points with two steals and four assists to help UMass (4-5) snap a four-game losing streak in a 64-50 victory over visiting Holy Cross (2-6) . . . UCLA canceled Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game with Montana because of wildfires in the area. The school also canceled other team workouts and practices scheduled for Wednesday.

College football

SMU’s Morris hired at Arkansas

Arkansas hired SMU’s Chad Morris, ending nearly two weeks of uncertainty following Bret Bielema’s firing after the season ended. The 49-year-old Morris inherits a program in disarray, though his arrival — along with the hiring earlier in the week of new athletic director Hunter Yurachek from the University of Houston — represented a fresh start for a program desperately in need of it. Morris agreed to a six-year contract worth $3.5 million annually. He leaves the Mustangs after agreeing to an extension through the 2023 season last year

. . .Willie Taggart was introduced as Florida State’s new football coach. He will earn $30 million over six years. Florida State will also pay the remaining $1,370,122.28 he still owes South Florida and $3 million owed to Oregon as part of buyouts of his previous contracts


IOC eyeing no weightlifting in 2024

The IOC has left weightlifting at risk of being cut from the 2024 Olympics, and ordered retesting of more stored doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics. Asked to update the IOC executive board about handling the sport’s doping problem, the International Weightlifting Federation must now report again by June . . . Kami Craig and Courtney Mathewson have decided to retire from the US women’s water polo team after winning consecutive Olympic titles . . . Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, reached an agreement with a private developer to renovate KeyArena so it could be ready for an NBA or NHL team.

. . . Calgary forward Jaromir Jagr, 45, sat out the Flames’ game Wednesday night against Toronto because of a lower-body injury. Jagr has a goal and six assists in 17 games this season.