Mets land Cespedes to give offense boost

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NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes put on a scintillating show at Citi Field while winning the 2013 Home Run Derby. Now he has two months to power the New York Mets into the playoffs.

Eagerly chasing offense as the clock ticked down on Friday's trade deadline, the Mets landed the big right-handed bat they desperately needed by acquiring Cespedes from Detroit for two minor league pitchers.

Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs and 61 RBIs in 102 games for the Tigers. The outfielder, who can become a free agent after this season, joins his fourth team in a year and a day and represents a major boost to a weak lineup that threatened to derail New York's postseason hopes.

Seahawks' Wilson signs 4-year extension

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Drawn out to nearly the last moment before a deadline that was not just for show, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks discovered a compromise in contract talks.

Those worries about Wilson hitting free agency or Seattle having to use a franchise tag are now tabled for another five seasons. Wilson is locked up in Seattle for the prime of his career after signing an $87.6 million, four-year extension on Friday that includes a $31 million signing bonus. (MORE)

Beijing picked to host 2022 Winter Games

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years.

The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008. (MORE)

Woods 3 back at Quicken Loans after 66

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) Tiger Woods showed a rare flash of anger on a mostly stress-free day when his second shot on the eighth hole failed to clear a massive fairway bunker. The best he could do was to squeeze it onto the front of the green.

The mistake on the par-5 hole set up the signature moment of a 5-under 66 on Friday in the Quicken Loans National that put Woods in contention for his first victory in nearly two years. (MORE)

Buccaneers name Winston starting QB

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning over their offense to Jameis Winston.

Coach Lovie Smith officially named the first overall pick in the NFL draft his starting quarterback on Friday, saying the 2013 Heisman Trophy is ready for the role. (MORE)

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