Sports Briefs

Published 11:57 pm Thursday, July 20, 2017

’Bama RB Emmons
transfers to Hutchinson
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama running back B.J. Emmons has transferred to Hutchinson Community College.
Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said Thursday that Emmons has already arrived at the Kansas junior college.
Emmons was one of the nation’s top running back recruits in 2016 and rushed for 173 yards as a freshman. He sustained a foot injury against Texas A&M.
He was the 36th-rated prospect overall and No. 2 running back in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Emmons was stuck in a crowded backfield where Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and freshman Najee Harris are all former five-star recruits.
Sophomore Josh Jacobs was a less heralded recruit, but he also topped 500 yards rushing last season.
Emmons would be able to transfer to another FBS program after one season.

C-USA’s best 6th man
transfers to Iowa State
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has added Zoran Talley, last season’s Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year, as a graduate transfer.
The Cyclones announced Thursday that Talley, a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 11.3 points in 2016-17 for Old Dominion, will join the team after he graduates in August.
Talley redshirted as a freshman for the Monarchs before playing two seasons. He will have two years of eligibility for Iowa State.
The addition of Talley, along with fellow graduate transfers Hans Brace and Jeff Beverly, is designed to help the Cyclones rebuild next season without falling too far down the Big 12 standings.
Iowa State (24-11) lost four senior starters to graduation after winning the Big 12 Tournament last season.

Florida safety will miss
year with Achilles injury
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida senior safety Marcell Harris will miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during conditioning drills, a significant setback for a defense already replacing seven starters.
Harris sustained the season-ending injury while running with teammates on Wednesday.
Harris played in all 13 games last season, starting eight at safety.
He could petition the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.

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Mariners acquire Phelps
for 4 Miami prospects
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have traded right-hander David Phelps to the Seattle Mariners for four prospects, including highly regarded outfielder Brayan Hernandez.
Also going to the Marlins in the deal Wednesday are right-handed pitching prospects Pablo Lopez, Brandon Miller, and Lukas Schiraldi.
Phelps is 2-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 44 games and 47 innings this season, all out of the bullpen. He’s a six-year veteran with 64 career starts.
Hernandez, a 19-year-old Venezuelan, is batting .259 in 31 games in the minors this year. He’ll be assigned to short-season Single-A Batavia.

Report: Sandoval to ink
SF minor league deal
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval plans to sign a minor league contract to return to the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of his intentions said Thursday.
Sandoval technically will not be free to agree to a deal with a team until 1 p.m. EDT on Friday upon clearing waivers. Giants general manager Bobby Evans declined to confirm San Francisco’s interest in bringing back Sandoval.
or the Kung Fu Panda, as he became known and beloved in the Bay Area.
Whether that affection for the burly switch-hitter remains is yet to be seen — and Sandoval is scheduled to play with Triple-A Sacramento at least initially.
The Boston Red Sox released Sandoval on Wednesday when the third baseman didn’t report after being designated for assignment last week.
It officially ended the Boston tenure for the slugger, who never was healthy enough to live up to the expectations that came with the $95 million free agent contract he signed in 2014 — bolting the Bay Area shortly after helping the Giants win their third World Series title this decade. At the time, he had pondered an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years.