Sports Minute: Here is the latest Connecticut sports news from The Associated Press - New York News

Sports Minute: Here is the latest Connecticut sports news from The Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees have acquired veteran infielder Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Peter O'Brien. The Diamondbacks will also get either a player to be named or cash in the deal that was completed before yesterday's trade deadline.

BOSTON (AP) - Nine months after winning the World Series, the last-place Red Sox have unloaded five key members of that championship team. They sent left-hander Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics and John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. Then they traded lefty reliever Andrew Miller to the Baltimore Orioles. They also dealt away two underachieving hitters. Outfielder Jonny Gomes went with Lester to Oakland and shortstop Stephen Drew headed to the New York Yankees.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Marty Mornhinweg's offense has had a rough start to training camp for the New York Jets. The offensive coordinator is trying to get a group - that appears much-improved from last year with the additions of Eric Decker and Chris Johnson - through some early growing pains. Mornhinweg is in his second season with the Jets.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor has returned to practice on a limited basis as he recovers from a concussion. The first-round draft pick wore a red, no-contact jersey yesterday during positional drills after being cleared for physical activity by team doctors. He still has yet to be cleared for physical contact as he goes through the NFL's protocol for head injuries.

NEW YORK (AP) - Two-time major champion Li Na is pulling out of the U.S. Open because of a knee injury. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title is also withdrawing from hard-court events in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks.

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA is adding its Twitter handle to its official game ball for next season. The handle @NBA will be added to the left of the league's logo, making it the first game ball to have it in any of the four major pro sports in North America.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A former New York Yankees outfielder has been convicted of sexually abusing a young girl. Rosendo "Rusty" Torres was convicted in a Nassau County court of five counts of sexual abuse yesterday. He faces up to seven years in prison on each count when he's sentenced in October.

NEW YORK (AP) - In men's college basketball, defending champion Connecticut will face St. John's in the ninth annual Maggie Dixon Classic on January 4th. The Huskies, who went 40-0 last season en route to a record ninth national title, will be making their fourth appearance in the game at Madison Square Garden. The event honors former Army coach Maggie Dixon, who died in 2006.

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