A's trade Kotsay
The A's continued their rebuilding process Monday, dealing away center fielder Mark Kotsay (shown) to the Braves for reliever Joey Devine and a minor-league pitching prospect. Oakland is expected to pick up about $5 million of Kotsay's $7.35 million salary. The deal was finalized after Kotsay, who missed most of last season with back spasms, was examined by Braves doctors. The A's already had dealt away ace pitcher Dan Haren and outfielder Nick Swisher for prospects this offseason. In Devine (1-1, 6.86 ERA in 2007 with Atlanta) they have Atlanta's top pick in the 2005 draft. The A's also received 21-year-old righty Jamie Richmond.
Chargers in pain
While running back LaDainian Tomlinson (hyperextended left knee) said he should be able to play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, the Chargers know quarterback Philip Rivers will be gimpy if he's able to play against the undefeated Patriots. Rivers, listed as questionable, injured his medial collateral ligament Sunday when he landed awkwardly after completing a touchdown pass. Tight end Antonio Gates, who played Sunday with a dislocated left big toe, is questionable for Sunday. NFL, Page C-3
LeBron James acknowledged driving 101 mph on the highway on his 23rd birthday, and gave no assurance he wouldn't go that fast again. The Cavaliers star was ticketed for speeding by Ohio's highway patrol at nearly 3 a.m. on Dec. 30. He was driving in a 65 mph zone, and the patrol said it's the first time James was ticketed. "I was doing 101," James said Monday after practice. "I was speeding." Lawyer Colin Jennings filed a not guilty plea for James in municipal court. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 11, when the Cavs play in Orlando. When asked if he will continue traveling at such speed, James said: "I don't know, maybe at times. It's not a big deal to me. You've just got to abide by the rules, that's all." NBA, Page C-4
WTA combats fixes
Several female tennis players have been approached to throw matches, and the WTA Tour is taking "all reasonable steps" to keep the game free of corruption. "We have identified that there's an awful lot of gambling on tennis," WTA Tour chairman Larry Scott told BBC Sport. Scott said the players have been approached by people who are willing to pay to fix a match or get information about a match. Scott said any player found to have been involved in corruption should be banned for life. In August, an online betting site voided all wagers on a men's match in Poland between Nikolay Davydenko and Martin Vassallo Arguello because of irregular betting patterns. The ATP opened an investigation, but no findings have been announced. See Australian Open, Page C-4