One Upton deserves another: Braves now have both
PHOENIX – Justin Upton is joining older brother B.J. Upton in a new-look Braves outfield he expects to be called the best in baseball. He said he’s not willing to endorse that label, however, until it is proven in 2013.
Arizona traded Justin Upton to Atlanta in a seven-player deal Thursday that sent former All-Star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks.
The Upton brothers join right fielder Jason Heyward, who won a Gold Glove in 2012, in the outfield packed with power and speed.
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.
The other minor leaguers headed to Arizona are right-hander Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury.
B.J. Upton, 28, signed a five-year, $75.25-million contract with Atlanta in November. Justin Upton, 25, said the brothers will be on the same team for the first time since he was a freshman in high school.
Busch re-signs with JGR, Hamlin and Kenseth
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday that Kyle Busch has signed a long-term extension to continue driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry.
In addition, JGR will field the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for at least 25 races with Busch as the primary driver.
Busch, who has won 24 Sprint Cup races and made the Chase for the Cup five times since 2005, has 105 career wins spanning all three NASCAR series.
Busch, 27, joins Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team.
LPGA Tour creates a new global championship
SAN DIEGO – Two years before golf returns to the Olympics, the LPGA Tour is creating a tournament to determine the best in the world.
The International Crown will start in 2014 and be played every other year. It will feature four days of team matches among eight countries that can field the strongest four-player teams based on the world rankings. The inaugural event will be in late July at Caves Valley Golf Club outside Baltimore.
The players will be in uniforms of their country, free of corporate sponsorships. The purse will be $1.6 million, with $400,000 going to the winning team.
The eight-team tournament will be divided into two brackets, and every team in each bracket will face each other over three days of fourball matches. Five teams will advance to the final round of singles matches, with the points carrying over. The fifth team will be determined by a playoff between each of the countries that finish third in their brackets.
Real Madrid makes history: $666M revenue barrier
LONDON – Real Madrid remained soccer’s biggest money maker for the eighth consecutive year as many of Europe’s leading clubs boosted their revenue despite economic hardship on the continent.
The Spanish champions became the first sports team anywhere to break the 500-million euro ($666 million) revenue barrier as it stayed ahead of Spanish rival Barcelona in the Football Money League compiled by accountant firm Deloitte.
Slagter wins Stage 3, while Thomas leads Down Under
ADELAIDE, Australia – Tom-Jelte Slagter of the Netherlands earned his first professional stage win when he topped the third stage of the Tour Down Under on Thursday, while Britain’s Geraint Thomas retained the overall race lead.
Australia’s Matthew Goss was second on the 87-mile stage, and world road racing champion Philippe Gilbert was third.