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Sports Briefs December 20, 2010

| December 20, 2010 8:00 PM


The Milwaukee Brewers are going all in for 2011, acquiring former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in a trade Sunday with the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals acquired shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-handed pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers in exchange for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, a former Seattle Mariner, and cash considerations.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the deal made sense for Kansas City because the young players they acquired from Milwaukee fit into what is expected to be a wave of promising young players coming up through their system. Third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Eric Hosmer could join the big league club this year.

Greinke was 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA for the Royals last season. It was a step back from his standout 2009 season, when he went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and won the Cy Young award.

Top 25 Men

No. 24 Notre Dame 88, Stony Brook 62: At South Bend, Ind., Carleton Scott made all eight of his shots, including four 3-pointers, and scored 20 points to lead the Irish (10-1) over Stony Brook (4-6).

Ben Hansbrough had 14 points with eight assists and Tim Abromaitis scored 22 points for Notre Dame.

Celtics 99, Pacers 88: Paul Pierce had his seventh career triple-double and host Boston extended its winning streak to 13 games by holding off Indiana.

Lakers 120, Raptors 110: Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, Pau Gasol had 19 and visiting Los Angeles won its fifth straight game by beating Toronto.

Nets 89, Hawks 82: At Newark, N.J., Devin Harris had 22 points and eight assists to help New Jersey past Atlanta.

Pistons 111, Hornets 108, OT: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Will Bynum made a driving layup with 7.4 seconds left in overtime to push Detroit past New Orleans.

Rockets 102, Kings 93: Kevin Martin scored 22 points to lift visiting Houston over Sacramento.

Suns 113, Thunder 110: Grant Hill scored a season-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds and visiting Phoenix snapped Oklahoma City's five-game winning streak.

Capitals 3, Senators 2: Mathieu Perreault scored twice and visiting Washington ended its losing streak at eight games, beating Ottawa.

Stars 4, Red Wings 3: Loui Eriksson scored at 4:18 of overtime to lift visiting Dallas over Detroit.

Blackhawks 3, Kings 2: Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Fernando Pisani scored and host Chicago beat Los Angeles.

Avalanche 3, Canadiens 2: At Denver,

T.J. Galiardi broke a second-period tie, Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots and Colorado won its sixth straight game, beating Montreal.


American Ted Ligety raced to his third straight World Cup giant slalom victory, in Alta Badia, Italy, matching a feat last accomplished by Hermann Maier 10 seasons ago.

Ingemar Stenmark (1979) and Micheal von Gruenigen (1995) are the only other skiers to open a season with three straight giant slalom victories.

• Lindsey Vonn moved back to the top of the World Cup standings with another dominant performance in Val d'Isere, France, winning a super-combined race the day after a masterful downhill.

Vonn had the fastest time in the super-G in the morning and followed it up with an assured slalom run in the afternoon.


Ryan Lochte won three more events at the short-course world championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and headed home with an impressive haul of six golds and one silver.

On the final night of competition, Lochte started off with personal victories in the 200 backstroke and 100 individual medley, and then pushed the United States ahead of Russia in the third leg of the 400 medley relay and celebrated as teammate Garrett Weber-Gale held on for the win.

- The Associated Press

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