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Justin Upton joins Braves, brother B.J.

January 25, 2013|Staff and Wire Reports
  • Justin Upton, 25, will join his brother B.J. in Atlanta after the Diamondbacks sent him to the Braves as part of a seven-player deal.
Justin Upton, 25, will join his brother B.J. in Atlanta after the Diamondbacks… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

Justin Upton is having a family reunion in Atlanta.

Arizona traded its star right fielder to the Braves on Thursday in a seven-player deal that sent former All-Star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks.

For the first time since he was a high school freshman, Upton will have older brother B.J. Upton as a teammate. The brothers combine with Jason Heyward, who won a Gold Glove in 2012, in an outfield potentially packed with power and speed.

"If we push ourselves to the next level, I feel with the extra push from each other there's no question we can be the best outfield in baseball," Justin Upton said in a telephone interview.

The Braves, who also get third baseman Chris Johnson, are giving up one of their top pitching prospects, Randall Delgado, and three minor leaguers in the deal.


Te'o voicemails are played

The person Manti Te'o says was pretending to be his online girlfriend told the Notre Dame linebacker "I love you" in voicemails that were played during his interview with Katie Couric.

Taped earlier this week and broadcast Thursday, the hourlong talk show featured three voicemails that Te'o claims were left for him last year. Te'o said they were from the person he believed to be Lennay Kekua, a woman he had fallen for online but never met.

After the first message was played, Te'o said: "It sounds like a girl, doesn't it?"

"It does," Couric responded.

The interview was the All-American's first on camera since his tale of inspired play after the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day in September unraveled as a bizarre hoax in an expose by on Jan. 16.

The home of the Galaxy and Chivas USA could have a new name by the end of the year.

The $70-million, 10-year naming rights agreement for the Home Depot Center expires in May, and Jean Niemi, a spokeswoman for the home improvement company, told the Associated Press it will not be renewing the deal. Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns the Galaxy, says it's in the "final stages" of negotiations with a new naming rights partner for the sprawling complex.

Olympic beach volleyball champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who won their third straight gold medal in last summer's London Games, have been named 2012 sportswomen of the year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. They will be honored at the eighth annual L.A. Sports Awards on March 3 at the Beverly Hilton.

European Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia were among four players tied for the lead after the second round of the Qatar Masters at Doha.

Kaymer shot a five-under-par 67, and Garcia had a 66 to match Ricardo Santos (70) and Marcus Fraser (67) at nine-under 135. Michael Campbell (68) topped the group at eight under.

Former Texas All-American and NFL kicker and punter Russell Erxleben, who previously served a federal prison sentence for securities fraud, was arrested on new charges of running an illegal Ponzi investment scam that netted more than $2 million.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Kyle Busch has signed a long-term extension to continue driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry.

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