Long dormant Kansas City gets aggressive in blockbuster deal with Rays for pitchers

The Kansas City Royals have acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers and minor league prospects.

The blockbuster deal announced late Sunday night is the Royals’ most aggressive move yet under General Manager Dayton Moore to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years. But doing so came at the cost of Myers, the minor leagues’ top player last season, and a couple more top prospects.

The L.A. Dodgers and free agent Zack Greinke are still nearing a six-year $147 million deal.

The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year deal with Baltimore infielder Mark Reynolds, who batted .221 in 2012.


NCAA: Nikita Kotlov scored off a header from Eriq Zavaleta to give Indiana a 1-0 win over Georgetown at Hoover, Ala., in the NCAA Div. I men’s soccer championship.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao were unstoppable on a night when both stars demonstrated why their teams are first and second in the Spanish league.

Messi broke a 40-year record for most goals in a year by scoring his 85th and 86th goals of 2012 to lead Barcelona to a 2-1 win at Real Betis. Falcao struck five times to power Atletico past Deportivo La Coruna 6-0.


WORLD CUP: Defending World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria protected his first-run lead to comfortably win a giant slalom race in Val d’Isere, France.

Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third straight giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to extend her lead in the overall standings.


TEMPLETON SHOOTOUT: Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla., with a three-day total of 31-under 185.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Scotland’s Scott Jamieson won his first European Tour title, beating England’s Steve Webster and Spain’s Eduardo de la Riva in a playoff in the Nelson Mandela Championship at Durban, South Africa.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Peter Senior shot an even-par 72 to win by one stroke in Sydney.

THAILAND CHAMPIONSHIP: Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under 65 to finish an 11-stroke victory at Hon Buri, Thailand.


NHL: Labor talks could be back on as early as this week after negotiations fell apart just a few days ago, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. 

— From news service reports