Indians acquire OF Dickerson from Pittsburgh
CLEVELAND — The Indians acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash.
Dickerson started in left field and batted ninth Monday night as the Indians opened a four-game series with the New York Yankees.
To clear a roster spot, the club designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.
The 32-year-old Dickerson has appeared in 314 Major League games over six seasons with four different teams. He debuted with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.
The Indians needed some depth in the outfield with Michael Bourn expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left hamstring.
Dickerson signed with Pittsburgh in January. He has spent the season with Triple-A Indianapolis, batting .309 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 65 games.
Cuba: Team boots two pitchers after defection bids
HAVANA — Cuban authorities say two pitchers have been indefinitely kicked off their team after they allegedly attempted to defect.
Vanguardia is an official newspaper in the central province of Villa Clara. It says Diosdani Castillo and Yasmany Hernandez Romero will no longer play for the local club, which won the championship last season.
Vanguardia said Monday that the punishment is due to “grave indiscipline.”
OSU’s Sprinkle kicked off team, pleads not guilty
COLUMBUS — Ohio State defensive end Tracy Sprinkle has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, rioting and failure to disperse after a weekend bar fight in Lorain, Ohio.
Also on Monday, coach Urban Meyer kicked the 19-year-old redshirt freshman off the team pending the outcome of his legal problems.
Sprinkle, expected to contribute as a backup defensive lineman this fall, was arrested early Saturday after the fight at the Lorain bar. The police report says the Elyria, Ohio, native was first charged with rioting and failure to disperse and later with drug possession after suspected cocaine was found hidden in the seat of a police car where Sprinkle was held.
NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice
The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.
Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change “in real time” rather than rules passed through legislation.
The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football.
The NCAA is also suggesting that schools have independent doctors to evaluate injuries and a “return to learn” process for integrating athletes back into their academic work after they have been diagnosed with a concussion.
The Safety in College Football Summit was in Atlanta in January.
Nine top NASCAR team owners form Race Team Alliance
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The top nine teams in NASCAR have formed the Race Team Alliance to collaborate as a group on initiatives and issues facing their sport.
Michael Waltrip Racing co-owner Rob Kauffman is the elected chairman of RTA, which aims to lower costs for NASCAR teams and create one voice on issues facing the teams.
Kauffman tells The Associated Press that the RTA is not a union in any shape or form. He said in a Monday phone interview the RTA is a business alliance between the Sprint Cup teams.
The RTA currently includes Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Richard Petty Motor Sports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske.