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Red Claws net two players from Brooklyn via flex rule

The Brooklyn Nets assigned rookie guard Markel Brown and rookie forward Cory Jefferson to the Maine Red Claws under the D-League’s flexible assignment rule.

The flexible assignment rule was used because the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Nets’ affiliate, had four players on assignment when Brooklyn initiated Brown and Jefferson’s assignments.

Brown has played in seven game for the Nets, averaging 1.9 points in 5.4 minutes, and Jefferson has appeared in 15 games averaging 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.9 minutes.

These will be the first D-League assignments of Brown and Jefferson’s careers.

BASEBALL

MAJOR LEAGUES: The New York Yankees bolstered their bullpen by acquiring David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.

Carpenter went 6-4 with three saves and a 3.54 ERA in 65 games with Atlanta last year. Shreve made his major league debut in July, and the left-hander allowed one earned run in 121/3 innings.

The Braves received minor league left-hander Manny Banuelos in the deal. Banuelos went 2-3 with a 4.11 ERA in 26 games over three stops last season, finishing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The trade was announced on Thursday.

Carpenter made his major league debut with Houston in 2011. The 29-year-old righty is 11-10 with a 3.62 ERA in 188 career games.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: D.J. Balentine scored 17 points and Evansville came back from 16 down to beat No. 23 Northern Iowa 52-49 in a Missouri Valley Conference opener at Evansville, Indiana.

Egidju Mockevicius added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Purple Aces (11-2). Jaylon Brown made four free throws in the last 7 seconds to seal it.

Seth Tuttle led UNI with 18 points, but fouled out in the final minute. Nate Buss added nine for the Panthers (11-2).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Freshman Kelsey Mitchell had 33 points and 6 assists and Ameryst Alston had 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 85-68 win over No. 16 Rutgers at Columbus, Ohio.

The Buckeyes (9-5, 1-1 Big Ten) raced to a 40-27 lead at halftime and never let the Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1) challenge. Asia Doss and Lisa Blair added 10 points apiece for Ohio State.

Betnijah Laney had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers, her 10th double-double of the season. Tyler Scaife had 17 points.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Harry Kane scored twice and Tottenham capitalized on poor Chelsea defense in a 5-3 win – its first victory over its London rival in almost five years.

It was the most goals allowed by Chelsea in Jose Mourinho’s two stints as manager.

n Frank Lampard’s goal in the 73rd minute sent Manchester City to a 3-2 win over Sunderland and a tie atop the league standings with Chelsea.

n Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to announce on Friday he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old midfielder scored two penalties on Thursday but Liverpool squandered a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 tie with last-place Leicester.

n West Bromwich Albion hired Tony Pulis as its fourth manager in just over a year to keep the club in the league.

The club fired Alan Irvine on Monday just four months into his first season with the team only a point above the relegation zone.

– From staff and news services