Natl. Sports Headlines for Tuesday, March 13th:
Yanks get IF Walker…Rox keep Cargo…Bills deal with Bengals…Venus beats Serena
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – The New York Yankees have acquired another infielder by inking free-agent Neil Walker to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee, who acquired him Aug. 12. Walker likely will start at second base, while newly-acquired Brandon Drury will play third.
UNDATED (AP) – The Colorado Rockies have finalized a one-year, $5 million deal with three-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, a deal that includes another $3 million in bonuses based on days on the active roster. The 32-year-old Gonzalez is coming off a down year in which he batted .262 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs in 136 games. Gonzalez has played nine of his 10 big league seasons with the Rockets, hitting .288 with 215 homers and 711 RBIs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals have swapped draft picks in a deal that also sends a lineman to Southern Ohio. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Bills get the 12th overall selection and a sixth-round pick from the Bengals for the 21st selection and a fifth-rounder. Cincinnati also gets high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn, who had been a Bills starter since his rookie season in 2012.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Venus Williams has defeated younger sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. They played Monday night for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena won her 23rd Grand Slam title before taking maternity leave. Serena still has a 17-12 advantage in the head-to-head series after Venus beat her for the first time since 2014.
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) – Lorenzo Romar is returning to Pepperdine for a second stint as men’s basketball coach. The 59-year-old coach previously guided the Waves from 1996-99, going 42-44 in his first head coaching job. He is 391-284 in time spent with Pepperdine, Washington and Saint Louis.