Yankees continue to load up on relievers, agree to deal on Adam Ottavino
Reliever Adam Ottavino and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal was subject to a successful physical. Ottavino, 33, is a native New Yorker who went to Berkeley Carroll High School in Brooklyn. The righthander had a career-high 112 strikeouts in 77⅔ innings last year for Colorado, going 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA in 75 relief appearances. He will join Dellin Betances and Zach Britton as setup men in the Yankees’ bullpen for closer Aroldis Chapman. He is the second free agent to leave the Rockies for the Yankees this offseason, following infielder DJ LeMahieu.
Seahawks sign QB Lynch as a potential backup
The Seattle Seahawks signed quarterback Paxton Lynch, a former first-round pick, to be directly in the mix as a potential backup for Russell Wilson. Lynch was cut by the Denver Broncos before the start of the 2018 season. He started four games in his first two seasons for Denver after being the No. 26 overall pick in 2016 but was not signed in 2018 after being released . . . The San Francisco 49ers hired Joe Woods as their defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Woods replaced Jeff Hafley, who left after three years as defensive backs coach to take a job at Ohio State.
Silver backs Kanter’s decision to skip London
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, who is Turkish, did not travel to London for his team’s game against the Washington Wizards out of fear of being attacked over his opposition to Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ‘‘There are significant issues he is dealing with, and I recognize that for the NBA, by virtue of the fact that we’re a global business, we have to pay a lot of attention to those issues as well,’’ Silver said. The Wizards posted a 101-100 victory over the Knicks after New York’s Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on a layup attempt by Thomas Bryant with 0.4 seconds remaining . . . Houston Rockets center Clint Capela will be out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb . . . The Miami Heat fined Dion Waiters an undisclosed amount for his expletive-laden comments to reporters from two South Florida newspapers about playing time after a lopsided loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
Vonn takes it easy in downhill training session
American ski champion Lindsey Vonn took a conservative approach in her first World Cup downhill training session this season at the Olympica delle Tofane course in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy. Vonn, who plans to retire at the end of the season, injured her left knee in November and will ski downhills Friday and Saturday and a super-G on Sunday. ‘‘I was really happy to be back in the starting gate. I was a little bit nervous — a couple more butterflies than normal,’’ Vonn said . . . The Minnesota Wild acquired center Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes for left wing Nino Niederreiter, in a swap of underperforming but still young players on long-term contracts . . . Skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka, who won golds in both events at last year’s PyeongChang Olympics, will compete in the Alpine skiing world championship, not the snowboard worlds . . . Providence middleweight Demetrius Andrade will make his first defense of his WBO belt in a bout against Artur Arkov Friday night at Madison Square Garden . . . Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez will defend his 160-pound WBC and WBA titles May 4 against IBF champion Danny Jacobs. No venue has been announced . . . The top two teams in Hockey East will square off this weekend when No. 1 UMass (17-3-0 overall, 9-1-0 Hockey East) and No. 8 Northeastern (14-4-1, 8-2-1) play a home-and-home series beginning Friday night in Amherst and concluding Saturday night at Matthews Arena.
. . . Michigan State ousted interim president John Engler, a week ahead of his scheduled departure, as the school stepped up efforts to move beyond the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Satish Udpa, a former engineering dean, was promoted as interim until a permanent president is announced in June. . . Experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency finished retrieving data from the Moscow lab that could lead to sanctions against Russian athletes implicated in the country’s wide-ranging doping conspiracy with WADA president Craig Reedie calling it “a major breakthrough for clean sport.” . . . Davit Modzmanashvili, a freestyle wrestler from Georgia, was stripped of his 2012 London Olympics silver medal after testing positive for an anaboli steroid.