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Phillies get CF Revere for RHPs Worley, May
PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Revere fills Philadelphia’s need for a center fielder. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter batted .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season.
Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and helping the Phillies win their fifth straight NL East title. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training.
May was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Double-A Reading.
Roethlisberger to start against Chargers
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will start on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Roethlisberger missed the last three weeks with a sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib but practiced for the second straight day yesterday without incident. Roethlisberger said he felt “good” but declined to go into details. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said he believes Roethlisberger can make all the necessary throws.
The Steelers (7-5) went 1-2 in Roethlisberger’s absence, including a 23-20 victory over Baltimore last week behind backup Charlie Batch. Tight end Heath Miller said he hasn’t noticed any drop off in velocity from Roethlisberger, who took “90 percent” of the snaps with the first team on Thursday.
Chiefs’ Hillis reacts tersely to Browns’ Thomas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis responded tersely to comments by former teammate Joe Thomas, likening him to a “crazy ex-girlfriend” who won’t move on.
Thomas, the Browns’ offensive tackle, said Wednesday that Hillis didn’t always play hard during his time in Cleveland. He referred to Hillis as “toxic” and accused him of putting his contract situation ahead of the team.
Hillis responded yesterday by saying, “Joe Thomas, he can have his opinions all he wants. It’s kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend, you know? It’s been over a year. Get on with it.”
Hillis said it’s easy for Thomas to rip others for seeking a new contract when “you get paid $100 million by one team.”
Jets’ Keller, Tebow uncertain vs. Jaguars
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller sat out practice for the second straight day with a sprained left ankle, leaving his status for the team’s game at Jacksonville on Sunday uncertain.
Backup quarterback Tim Tebow was limited for the second straight day with two broken ribs, and might not be ready to go against the Jaguars.
Keller, the Jets’ second-leading receiver with 28 catches, was hurt in New York’s 7-6 win over Arizona last Sunday. The Jets’ receiving corps could be a bit short-handed against the Jaguars if Keller can’t play since wide receiver Clyde Gates is unlikely to play after sustaining a concussion against New England on Thanksgiving night and rookie Stephen Hill was limited yesterday with a knee injury.
Caddies fight at Australian Open practice area
SYDNEY – Golf officials are investigating a fight between two caddies near the practice chipping area at The Lakes before the first round of the Australian Open.
PGA Tour of Australasia officials said yesterday that Grant Buchanan and Matt Kelly had to be separated after coming to blows as their players prepared for the opening round. Buchanan is James Nitties’s caddie, and Kelly works for Marc Leishman.
The caddies were interviewed by tour officials and could face disciplinary action.
Tournament director Andrew Langford-Jones said “we’ve spoken to those involved and we still need to speak to a few more people.”
Utah State player improving
SALT LAKE CITY – Hospital officials say a Utah State basketball player who collapsed at practice and had to be revived continues to make progress but was still listed in critical condition yesterday.
Intermountain Medical Center spokesman Jason Carlton says Danny Berger will remain listed as critical as long as he is in the intensive care unit at the Salt Lake City-area hospital.
The 22-year-old Berger collapsed on the court during a practice Tuesday in Logan.
Longtime Utah State assistant athletic trainer Mike Williams is credited with saving Berger’s life after Berger went into cardiac arrest. Williams helped Berger regain a heartbeat with the use of a defibrillator.
Federer hopes to play 2016 Games in Rio
SAO PAULO – Roger Federer said he won’t play as often in the next few years and hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The 31-year-old Federer said this year was especially difficult because he had to play in the Davis Cup and the London Games. He said it took “a lot of sacrifice.”
Federer said he needs to “take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind” to be able to keep playing at a high level for a few more years and be in position to “hopefully play the Olympics” in Rio.