BOSTON (AP) - Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers is back in Boston - for the first time as the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Rivers led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title and brought them back to the finals two years later. But he was traded to the Clippers this summer when Celtics general manager Danny Ainge decided it was time to rebuild. Rivers says he'll be emotional when he steps back onto the parquet.
(AP) - The NCAA women's basketball championship committee said Sacramento will be one of four neutral sites to host the 2015 regionals. The other sites will be of Oklahoma City, Greensboro and Albany. The first two rounds again will be played on campus sites with the top 16 seeded teams in the tournament hosting the sub-regionals. The Final Four will be played in Tampa.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Oakland sent left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns, the Athletics' fifth trade in 10 days. Blevins was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games this year and has a 13-6 record with a 3.30 ERA in 281 big league games over seven seasons, all with the Athletics. He's averaged 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Jerry Hairston Jr. is retiring after spending the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 37-year-old utilityman hit .211 this year with two homers and 22 RBIs in 204 at-bats.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -Rod Streater is closing in on a 1,000-yard receiving season. He has a chance to become the first Raiders receiver to gain that many yards in a season since Randy Moss in 2005. Streater needs to average just 71 yards receiving a game over the final three weeks, a mark he was reached three times in four games with Matt McGloin as Oakland's starting quarterback.
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