Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. James Harden scored six of his 23 points in the fourth quarter after leaving the game briefly at the end of the third with a head injury and the visiting Houston Rockets defeated the Toronto Raptors 119-109 Thursday night. Kenya’s Olympic 1,500 meters champion Faith Kipyegon said on Thursday that winning a silver medal at this year’s World Championships in Doha after having a baby had motivated her to try to retain the Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 7:58 am
The Phillies made the largest splash on the free agent market so far this offseason, agreeing to terms with highly-coveted starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on a five-year, $118 million contract on Wednesday. The 29-year-old right-hander reportedly drew interest from a wide array of potential suitors including the White Sox, Reds, Angels, Blue Jays, Twins, Yankees, Rangers, and Astros. After struggling with a variety of injuries and persistent control issues earlier in his big-league career, Wheeler has evolved into a completely different pitcher, recording a sparkling 3.65 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 374/105 K/BB ratio across 377 2/3 innings (60 starts) over the last two seasons.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 5:00 am
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Omar Narvaez from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday for minor-league pitcher Adam Hill and a draft pick. Narvaez, 27, gives the Brewers a catching option after losing Yasmani Grandal to the Chicago White Sox in free agency. Narvaez had a career season for the Mariners in 2019, hitting .278 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs in 132 games, and is considered an offensive catcher.
Posted: December 6, 2019, 4:09 am