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SAN DIEGO (AP) The Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and were working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies in a remake of their middle infield.

In a flurry of moves late, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.

The Dodgers then sent Heaney, considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.

Friedman wouldn't say how close he was to finalizing a trade for Rollins or a $48 million, four-year contract with free-agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The Dodgers also have been talking about dealing outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Alex Rodriguez isn't yet at the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Matthew Krause, the team's strength and conditioning coordinator, visited A-Rod on Wednesday in Miami.

Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. The third baseman turns 40 in July.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez.

The 29-year-old Bastardo went 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA this year with the Phillies. He struck out 81 and walked 34 in 64 innings. In six big league seasons - all with the Phillies - he is 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA. He has 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.

The Pirates were searching for left-handed bullpen help after sending Justin Wilson to the New York Yankees for catcher Francisco Cervelli last month.

Bastardo made $2 million this year and is the 12th Pirates player that is arbitration eligible. He can be a free agent after next season.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Houston Astros have bolstered their bullpen by agreeing to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handers were subject to physicals.

Gregerson, 30, spent five years with San Diego, then went 5-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 72 appearances for Oakland last season. Neshek, 34, has pitched for Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis. He was 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA for the Cardinals this year, when he struck out 68 in 67 1-3 innings and was picked for his first All-Star game.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has stepped down to become the head coach at Oregon State.

Andersen, the Badgers' coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision Wednesday afternoon.

Wisconsin (10-3) is scheduled to play in the Outback Bowl against Auburn (8-4) on Jan. 1. Athletic director Barry Alvarez said he hoped to have a replacement in place by then.

Andersen replaces Mike Riley, who left the Pac-12's Beavers to accept the head coaching job at Nebraska after the dismissal of Bo Pelini. Oregon State finished this season 5-7 and had two conference wins, but one came at home against then-No. 7 Arizona State.

Andersen thanked Wisconsin in a prepared statement.

PRO FOOTBALL

IRVING, Texas (AP) - NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds.

The league announced it will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct to oversee initial discipline, but Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain authority to rule on appeals. The commissioner also may appoint a panel of independent experts to participate in appeals.

Amid questions over his handling of domestic violence cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the union wants Goodell removed entirely from the disciplinary process. The players believe any changes to the personal conduct policy should be part of labor negotiations.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton is thankful to be alive after escaping a horrific-looking automobile accident without any life-threatening injuries.

The Panthers quarterback posted a lengthy introspective message to his Instagram account late Wednesday night with a photo of his mangled truck.

Newton fractured two bones in his lower back when his truck crashed and overturned one block from the team's downtown stadium, but will not need surgery. Coach Ron Rivera said Newton, who has started 60 of 61 games during his career, will not play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Rivera confirmed that Derek Anderson will start and Joe Webb will be his backup.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first major ''I Can't Breathe'' protest from college sports would naturally come from Georgetown, where societal statements are part of the school's DNA.

And what a powerful one it was. The entire roster emerged for the final warmups before the Hoyas' loss to No. 10 Kansas wearing black short-sleeve T-shirts with the words ''I CAN'T BREATHE'' in bold white letters.

The players wore the T-shirts during the national anthem while lined up across the court, an image that could bring to mind protesters blocking traffic on a city street in silent, nonviolent defiance. Then they shook hands with the Jayhawks before taking off the shirts for the announcement of the starting lineups.

Many notable professional athletes - including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant - have written the message on their warmups or other equipment in recent days, echoing the last words spoken by Eric Garner as police were attempting to arrest him in New York in July. A grand jury decided last week not to indict the officers involved, spurring protests across the country.

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