Sports Briefs 12-5-12

BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Published:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shane Victorino bolted for Boston, Marco Scutaro stayed with San Francisco, and the Miami Marlins shed more payroll in a late-night trade.

It was another busy day at baseball's winter meetings, where it's easy to tell which teams are making major changes (the Red Sox), which ones want to remain intact (the champion Giants) -- and which ones are saving their cash (the Marlins, of course) and the Yankees (come again?).

Boston kept spending freely, though, this time revving up the lineup Tuesday with a $39 million contract for Victorino. Over in the National League, the well-armed Washington Nationals neared a $13 million deal with pitcher Dan Haren.

In the first two trades of the week, Colorado got effective reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named from Houston for young right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham, and Miami sent recently acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay.

• Football

Sleeping in car: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his "girlfriend," but that she wasn't home.

The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey.

Urlacher out: Brian Urlacher acknowledged he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning the linebacker might have played his last game with the Chicago Bears.

In an interview with FOX Chicago, Urlacher said doctors told him he could be out "two to four weeks, three, could be four." The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reported earlier in the day that he was expected to miss three games and possibly the rest of the regular season because of a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.

Long on IR: Left tackle Jake Long was placed on injured reserve Tuesday by the Miami Dolphins because of a left triceps injury, ending his season and perhaps his tenure with the team. The perennial Pro Bowl pick and No. 1 overall choice in the 2008 draft was hurt in Sunday's loss to New England. Long might have played his final game for Miami because he can become an unrestricted free agent this winter.

Receivers done: The Detroit Lions put wide receivers Titus Young and Ryan Broyles on injured reserve Tuesday. Young has been inactive for the last two games after what coach Jim Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior in a game against Green Bay last month. Broyles needs surgery on his right knee.

Stallworth on Pats: The New England Patriots have placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed Donte' Stallworth at that position. Edelman has five touchdowns this season -- three on receptions, one on a punt return and on a fumble recovery.

• Elsewhere

New home for Wings: Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch is planning a $650 million multiuse development in downtown Detroit that includes a new home for his hockey team, it was announced Tuesday. Ilitch said he's proposing a "substantial investment in the development of a new residential, retail, office and entertainment district in downtown Detroit."

Ilitch long has said he wants to build a new downtown home for the Red Wings, who now play at Joe Louis Arena.

New job for George: Ohio State University says Heisman Trophy winner and former Tennessee Titans star running back Eddie George is returning to his alma mater as assistant vice president for business advancement. His new duties at Ohio State include promoting health and wellness initiatives, helping with fundraising and alumni relations, and mentoring student-athletes about professional development.

AD fired: Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley was fired Tuesday, a week after he was named in a federal investigation of a man accused of running a gambling operation in Oklahoma City. Tulsa President Steadman Upham released a letter to students and faculty of the private university Tuesday night, saying Parmley "admitted he had not been truthful" about his role in the mess when he told him in October 2011 that he was cooperating in an FBI investigation.

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