Red Sox get Carp
The Boston Red Sox added some bench strength by acquiring first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The lefty hitting Carp is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he appeared in just 59 games, hitting .213 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. Carp, 26, showed promise as a rookie in 2011, hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in 79 games. Off-season additions of Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez cut into potential playing time for Carp in Seattle.
Parisse out of Six Nations
Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the rest of the Six Nations Championship after picking up a 30-day ban on Wednesday for swearing at a referee. The Stade Francais No. 8 saw red in his club’s French Top 14 game against Bordeaux-Begles last Saturday and has been suspended until March 18 by the French rugby national league’s disciplinary commission. Parisse will miss Italy’s Six Nations games against Wales tomorrow, England on March 10 and the concluding fixture against Ireland on March 16. He was sent off in the 36th minute of Saturday’s game for verbally abusing the referee, a charge he denies. He later appealed the decision and the new hearing will be either on Monday or Tuesday next week, which definitely rules him out of the Wales game. Italy caused the shock of the Championship so far when they beat pre-tournament favorites France 23-18 on the opening weekend in Rome, following that with a 34-10 defeat against Scotland to leave them second from bottom.
Rockets trade three players
The Houston Rockets acquired first-round draft pick Thomas Robinson and forwards Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt from Sacramento on Wednesday in a trade for three of their own players. Going to Sacramento are forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and point guard Toney Douglas, the Rockets announced on their Web site on Wednesday night. NBA.com also reported that the deal involved Houston shipping forward Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round pick this year. Robinson, the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, had been coming off the bench this season for Sacramento. He is averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game as an NBA rookie.
Sabres fire coach Ruff
Lindy Ruff, the longest-tenured coach in the National Hockey League, was fired as coach of the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, despite being the most successful coach in the club’s history. Ruff had compiled a record of 571-432-162 in 15 seasons since taking charge of the Sabres in 1997, but was axed after the team stumbled to a 4-10 start with one over-time loss and fell to 11th among 15 Eastern Conference teams. Since making the East finals in 2005 and 2006, the Sabres have not won a playoff series and have missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. Ruff, 53, guided the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to Dallas. He was named the NHL Coach of the Year in 2006. He guided the Sabres to the playoffs eight times in all, going to the East finals four times. Ruff, whose 13 NHL seasons as a player included a decade with the Sabres, had the second-longest active run of any coach in North American professional sports, trailing only Gregg Popovich of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.