Update on the latest sports
— Mike Vrabel (VRAY’-bul) has finalized his Titans coaching staff by hiring Jim Haslett as Tennessee’s inside linebackers coach. Haslett was Vrabel’s defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh between 1997 and 1998. He has been a defensive coordinator for 12 seasons including New Orleans in 1996, St. Louis from 2006-2008 and Washington from 2010 through 2014. Haslett also was the Saints’ head coach from 2000 through 2005 and was AP coach of the year in 2000. Vrabel didn’t hire a defensive coordinator to replace Dean Pees. Vrabel lured Pees out of retirement in January 2018 after being hired as Tennessee’s head coach. Pees announced his retirement for the second time Jan. 20, a day after the Titans lost the AFC championship game to Kansas City.— Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich (ryk) added three assistant coaches to his staff Thursday and reassigned two others.The Colts announced the hiring of Brian Baker as defensive line coach, Mike Groh as receivers coach and Tyler Boyles as assistant to the head coach. Kevin Patullo, the receivers coach the last two seasons, will now become the Colts’ passing game specialist. And Parks Frazier takes over as offensive quality control coach after serving as Reich’s assistant in 2018 and 2019. The moves come a little more than a month after Indy completed a 7-9 season and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five years following quarterback Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement in August.TOKYO GAMES-TORCH RELAYFemale athlete to launch Olympic torch relay for 1st timeATHENS, Greece (AP) — For the first time, a woman has been chosen to launch the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Games at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in Greece. February 6, 2020 — A person familiar with the trade says the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to acquire center Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. The person says the sides agreed to the package shortly before the NBA’s 3 p.m. Eastern time deadline. Cleveland is sending forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of its two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons, the person said. The Cavs need help. They are just 13-39 and struggling in their rebuild under first-year coach John Beilein.— A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that center Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Atlanta Hawks in a trade that sends center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker to the Sacramento Kings. The Kings also are giving the Hawks two second-round picks in a deal that has not yet been completed. Dedmon enjoyed his two most productive seasons in Atlanta, from 2017 to 2019. The trade satisfies his wish to leave Sacramento. He was fined $50,000 last month for making a public request to be traded.— A person familiar with the trade says the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for draft picks. The Sixers will send Golden State a 2020 second-round pick via Dallas, a 2021 second-round pick via Denver, and a 2022 second-round pick via Toronto. The 76ers made room at the deadline when they traded James Ennis III to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick, according to the person familiar with the deal.— Andre Iguodala’s (ihg-ah-DAH’-lahz) trade to Miami was getting closer to the finish line Thursday after the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms on a six-player trade, according to two people with direct knowledge of the terms. The portion of the trade involving Iguodala was agreed upon Wednesday night, as the 2015 NBA Finals MVP agreed to a two-year extension with Miami that will be formalized when the totality of the deal gets approved by the league on Thursday.MLB-NEWS — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the New York Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. The Mets said in December that the contemplated deal between Sterling Partners and Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to remain as controlling owner and chief executive officer for five years. Cohen bought an 8% limited partnership stake in 2012 for $40 million. The deal under discussion would have seen him acquire an 80% controlling share in a transaction valuing the team at $2.6 billion.— Dozens of students welcomed Hank Aaron to their Atlanta college as the school named a building for the baseball icon on his 86th birthday. Atlanta Technical College christened the Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron Academic Complex for the Atlanta Braves slugger Wednesday. Aaron is a longtime supporter of the college. He donates thousands of dollars to the school every year and his Chasing the Dream Foundation awards scholarships to several students. Aaron told the students and teachers assembled that he didn’t feel like he was 86. Former President Bill Clinton sent a video message. NFL-NEWSSafety Eric Weddle says he’s done after 13-year NFL careerUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle says he is done with his 13-year NFL career. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-NEWSWolves send Wiggins to Warriors for RussellUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Andrew Wiggins to the Golden State Warriors for D’Angelo Russell in a swap of high scorers. Weddle apparently made his long-expected retirement announcement on Twitter on Thursday, although the hard-hitting safety with the famously big beard didn’t use the specific word.Weddle played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and three more for the Baltimore Ravens before spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams. The native of the far-flung LA suburbs started all 16 games for the Rams, but said in December that he didn’t expect to return for the second season of his contract with the club.The 35-year-old Weddle became one of the NFL’s toughest and most durable safeties after San Diego drafted him out of Utah in the second round in 2007. He became a starter for the Bolts in 2008, and he only missed six games over the next 12 seasons while making 29 interceptions in the regular season and one more in the playoffs.Weddle was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the Chargers. He joined Baltimore in 2016 and earned three straight Pro Bowl selections, but the Ravens released him last March.In other NFL news: Max Muncy, Dodgers agree to $26 million, 3-year contractLOS ANGELES (AP) — Infielder Max Muncy and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Muncy gets a $4.5 million signing bonus and a salary of $1 million this year. The Dodgers have a $13 million option for 2023 with a $1.5 million buyout.Muncy hit 35 home runs last season despite missing a lot of time in September because of a broken wrist. The 29-year-old’s offense has made him a mainstay in the lineup, and he can also play a variety of positions. He made $575,000 last year and had been eligible for arbitration for the first time. He had asked for $4,675,000 and had been offered $4 million.Three Dodgers remain on track for hearings. They are outfielders Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor, and reliever Pedro Báez. Pederson may soon be traded to the Los Angeles Angels.In other baseball news: Update on the latest sports Greece’s Olympic committee said Thursday it has picked Rio de Janeiro shooting gold medalist Anna Korakaki as the first torchbearer following the flame-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia on March 12.The carefully-choreographed ceremony is led by an actress posing as an ancient Greek priestess who lights the flame using a a bowl-shaped mirror to focus the heat of the sun’s rays on her torch. She will then pass it on to Korakaki.The torch relay will course through Greece for a week before the flame is handed over to Tokyo organizing officials at a ceremony in Athens. The last torchbearer will also be a woman — Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi who won the pole vault gold medal at Rio.Greece’s national Olympic committee president Spyros Capralos said Korakaki’s selection was a “historic” moment.BOSTON MARATHON-START TIMES The deal was first reported by ESPN and confirmed to The Associated Press.Russell, a dynamic point guard in his fifth NBA season, has been on Minnesota’s radar for months. He averaged 23.6 points per game for the injury-wrecked Warriors, a career high after coming in an offseason trade with Brooklyn. Minnesota will be Russell’s fourth NBA teamWiggins was averaging 22.4 points per game for the Wolves in his sixth season in the league.In other NBA news:— The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on center Nenê (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade. The 37-year-old hasn’t played this season due to a left adductor strain. He started in only two of 42 games with Houston last season, averaging 3.6 points per game. The Hawks have also acquired center Clint Capela from the Rockets in a four-team trade Wednesday involving 12 players. In the deal, Atlanta sent guard Evan Turner and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to Minnesota and a 2024 second-round pick to Houston. Associated Press Boston Marathon tweaks start times to emphasize women’s raceBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon is tweaking its start times to send the elite men off before the women for the race’s 124th edition this year, a reversal that organizers hope will give the women’s race more attention.The men will leave at 9:37 a.m. for the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston’s Back Bay, with the elite women leaving eight minutes later.Boston Athletic Association officials said the new times will minimize the chance of the top men passing women in the elite field and overtaking coverage of the women’s finish. Since the leaders are accompanied by media trucks and police motorcycle escorts, it was also a safety issue.The switch to separate starts in 2004 was designed to give the women’s race more attention. But the short time between finishes in recent years has undermined that goal.