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Sports briefs for Nov. 22, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Pats’ Cannon, Bucs’ McCoy each fined $15,750

The NFL fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy $15,750 for his hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dominque Davis during last Sunday’s game, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

The NFL also fined New England Patriots right tackle Marcus Cannon $15,750 for his leg-whip of Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson during Sunday’s game against Carolina, ProFootballTalk.com reported.

McCoy was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty when he hit Davis in the knees. Davis had to leave the leave the game with a bruised knee, but he was available as the Falcons’ backup for Thursday’s game.

Cannon apologized to Johnson after the game for his leg-whip, but Johnson will miss this week’s game against the Miami Dolphins because of an MCL sprain suffered from Cannon’s action.

Angels acquire Cards’ Freese in trade

EditorsNote: Updating, teams confirm trade Angels acquire Freese in trade

The Los Angeles Angels acquired third baseman David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando Salas from the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade that sent center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk to the Cardinals, the teams confirmed Friday.

Freese hit .293 with 20 home runs for the Cardinals in 2012, which was his third straight season hitting .293 or better. But his batting average slipped to .262 with nine homers in 138 games in 2013.

Freese became expendable because the Cardinals feel prospect Kolten Wong is ready to take over at second base. Matt Carpenter, who played second base for the Cardinals this past season, would shift to third base.

Knicks coach Woodson fined $25,000

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson was fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials, the NBA announced Friday.

Woodson made the comments during an ESPN radio interview on Thursday.

Toward the end of the Knicks’ loss to the Indiana Pacers that dropped them to 3-8 on the season, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert brushed Pacers forward Paul George’s elbow while he shot a 3-pointer and was called for a foul. Then, George bumped Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony while he was shooting the final shot of the game but no foul was called.

“I think Melo gets hit more than ever,” Woodson said. “I’ve been at this thing 30 years. Sometimes I’m starting to wonder what’s a foul and what’s not a foul. What are you going to do?”

Rodriguez’s lawyers delay releasing evidence

Lawyers for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said Friday they will publicly release evidence next week related to the star’s suspension appeal, according to the New York Times.

Rodriguez’s defense team said Thursday it would “release all of the evidence” Friday but decided to delay the announcement, though it is not clear why.

The hearings in New York concluded Thursday but a decision on Rodriguez’s 211-game ban related to performance-enhancing drugs is not expected until January. Rodriguez’s fate for next season and beyond is in the hands of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Rodriguez was not at Thursday’s hearing after storming out Wednesday.

Phillies hire McClure as pitching coach

Nearly two months after relieving Rich Dubee of his duties as the Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach, the team named his replacement.

The Phillies announced Thursday that they hired Bob McClure as their new pitching coach.

McClure, 61, pitched for 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Royals, Brewers, Expos, Mets, Angels, Cardinals and Marlins. He was the Kansas City Royals’ pitching coach from 2006 through 2011 and the Boston Red Sox’s pitching coach in 2012. He did not finish out the 2012 season with Boston, however, because of differences with Bobby Valentine, then the Red Sox manager.

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