The Journal Gazette
Monday, December 24, 2018 1:00 am


Wichita grabs rookie Komets tried to trade

Staff, news services

The Wichita Thunder claimed Aidan Muir off waivers from the Komets on Sunday, perhaps completing a whirlwind several days for the rookie.

He had been traded from the Komets to Orlando, along with future considerations, for Brady Shaw on Tuesday. However, the Muir portion of the trade was voided Friday because, according to Komets general manager David Franke, Muir failed a physical.

At issue was an old hand injury – he had been cut by a skate. But the injury had passed muster for him to play at Western Michigan and for the Komets.

The Komets subsequently waived Muir and sent Justin Kea to Orlando on Saturday to complete the Shaw trade. Kea was immediately flipped by Orlando to Toledo for, according to a source, future considerations.

Kea scored for Toledo in its 5-2 loss to the Komets on Saturday.

Shaw has one goal and two assists in two games for the Komets.


Cubs sign injured righty Graveman

The Chicago Cubs signed injured right-hander Kendall Graveman to a one-year contract with an option for the 2020 season. The Cubs announced the deal Sunday, taking a chance on the starting pitcher after his 2018 season was cut short by Tommy John surgery. Graveman was Oakland's opening day starter for the second consecutive season, but he was shut down in late May and had surgery July 30. Terms of the deal weren't announced. Graveman is unlikely to make much impact in 2019, but he could boost Chicago's rotation in 2020.


LSU player kills hold-up man

Two LSU football players were trying to sell an electronic item when one of them fatally shot an 18-year-old man trying to rob them, police said Sunday. A statement released by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police does not identify the players, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that the players are running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and linebacker Jared Small. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because LSU and police have not released the players' names. The man killed was identified by police as Kobe Johnson. He was not an LSU student and died at the scene Saturday. LSU players called police, waited at the scene, were questioned and were released while the investigation continues.

Seminoles hire offensive coach

Florida State hired former Houston assistant Kendal Briles as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Terms weren't disclosed. Briles resigned Saturday after Houston (8-5) finished the season with a 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Cougars were No. 4 in FBS in scoring (46.4 points per game) and No. 6 in total offense (528.6 yards per game) in the regular season.


Sharks' player banned 2 games

San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner, the NHL's department of player safety announced. The illegal hit occurred early in the second period of the Kings' 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks on Saturday. Wagner left the game after getting taken down by Karlsson on a hard hit near center ice. After getting back on his feet, Wagner's legs came out from under him. No penalty was called.


MLS champs hire Dutch coach

Frank de Boer, who appeared in two World Cups for the Netherlands during an illustrious playing career and went on to capture four straight league titles as the coach at Ajax, is taking over at Atlanta United. The Major League Soccer champions announced the coaching hire Sunday. The 48-year-old de Boer agreed to a multiyear contract to replace Tata Martino, who left Atlanta after two seasons amid reports that he is taking over as coach of the Mexican national team.


Ex-US women's coach dies

Ken Foreman, the longtime Seattle Pacific track coach who was the head women's coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team that boycotted the Moscow Games, died Sunday. He was 96. During his five decades at Seattle Pacific, Foreman also coached cross country and basketball and was athletic director. After missing out on chance to direct the U.S. women in Moscow, Foreman led the U.S. teams in the 1983 World Championships and 1986 Goodwill Games.


Olympic winners suspended

Two Olympic champions and three other weightlifters were provisionally suspended after retests on their urine samples from the 2012 London Games were shown to be positive for banned substances. The International Weightlifting Federation announced adverse analytical findings for Ukraine's Oleksiy Torokhtiy, who won gold at London in the 105-kilogram category, and Uzbekistan's Ruslan Nurudinov, who won gold in the 105-kilogram category at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The IWF said retests also came back positive for Azerbaijan's Valentin Hristov, who took bronze in the 56-kilogram class at London, Armenia's Meline Daluzyan and Mikalai Novikau of Belarus.

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