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Sox Accept White House Invitation

December 4, 2018

The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.

Team President Sam Kennedy says the ballclub is working out a date with the White House.

The traditional champions’ visit to Washington has become more politicized, with some teams declining invitations from President Donald Trump.

Kennedy says it’s up to players to decide whether they want to attend.

Manager Alex Cora says he’ll be there. A native of Puerto Rico, Cora has been vocal in his call for the president to do more in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island. He says he will use the platform “in the right way.”

The New York Mets made a splash when they acquired eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and major league saves leader Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners in a seven-player trade.

In his first big move as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen brought the 36-year-old Cano back to New York. The rebuilding Mariners also sent $20 million to the Mets for outfielder Jay Bruce, reliever Anthony Swarzak and three prospects: former first-round draft picks Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, plus right-hander Gerson Bautista. ... The Philadelphia Phillies acquired two-time All-Star shortstop Jean Segura from the Seattle Mariners for veteran slugger Carlos Santana and infielder J.P. Crawford.

The Phillies also get left-hander James Pazos and righty Juan Nicasio in the trade. Segura hit .304 with 10 homers, 63 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and had a .341 on-base percentage last season.

PRO FOOTBALL

Hunt goes unclaimed

Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on NFL waivers, three days after a video was released that showed the star running back shoving and kicking a woman in an incident that ultimately led to his release by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Police did not charge Hunt with a crime, but the Chiefs released him for being untruthful with them about what happened during the February incident. Hunt currently is on the commissioner’s exempt list and cannot play even if another team signs him. The NFL says it is continuing its investigation.

GENERAL

Flyers hire Fletcher

The Philadelphia Flyers turned to an outsider to try and win their first Stanley Cup in nearly 45 years. The Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as their general manager in hopes that he can resuscitate a playoff team from a year ago that has become one of the worst teams in the NHL. He’s the eighth GM in team history -- and the first with no ties to the Flyers since Russ Farwell had the job from 1990 to 1994.

Fletcher, who replaces the fired Ron Hextall, had been working as a senior adviser to the New Jersey Devils after spending the last nine seasons as GM of the Minnesota Wild.

Detroit forward Tyler Bertuzzi was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for his hit on Colorado’s Matt Calvert during the weekend. ... Louisville has tabbed Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield to be the Cardinals’ next football coach. Satterfield has led the Mountaineers to a 51-24 record in six seasons.

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