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  • 13 June 2019
    ATLANTA -- The Braves acquired pricey slugger Matt Kemp and $10.5 million from San Diego for troubled outfielder Hector Olivera.Atlanta had tried for several months to deal Olivera following his April 13 arrest on domestic violence charges. He is eligible to play again in the major leagues on Tuesday following his 82-game domestic violence suspension. The Padres plan to designate Olivera for assignment when he comes off the restricted list Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.Despite arthritis in both hips, Kemp could boost the weakest offense in the major leagues. Atlanta has baseballs worst record and ranks last in runs scored and homers.The Braves have just one marquee everyday player, first baseman Freddie Freeman, and need more star appeal as they move a few miles north into a new suburban ballpark next year.Kemp has a $21.5 million salary this year and is owed the same amount in each of the next three seasons.San Diego is sending Atlanta $3 million this year as part of the trade: half on Aug. 15 and the rest on Sept. 15. From 2017-19, the Padres will pay the Braves $2.5 million annually, half each May 15 and July 15.Olivera agreed in early 2015 to a $62.5 million, six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, then was traded to the Braves last July. He has a $4 million salary this year, but lost $1,792,350 because of his suspension. He is owed $6 million next season, $6.5 million in 2018, $7.5 million in 2019 and $8.5 million in 2020.San Diego acquired Kemp, a two-time All-Star outfielder with the Dodgers, from Los Angeles in December 2014. It took several days to consummate the trade because Kemp had to be cleared medically.In 254 games with the Padres, Kemp is hitting .264 -- 28 points lower than his nine-year batting average with the Dodgers -- with 46 homers, 169 RBI and 247 strikeouts.Atlanta acquired Olivera from the Dodgers last July 30 in a three-team, 13-player swap that sent Alex Wood and Jose Peraza to Los Angeles.This trade made financial sense with both teams trying to shed expensive contracts of players no longer fitting long-term plans.Olivera is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett but was removed from the lineup before Saturday nights game.He was arrested April 13 at a hotel near Washington, D.C., and Major League Baseball announced May 27 that he had agreed to the suspension, which was retroactive to April 30.Olivera, who was moved from third base to left field before the start of spring training, hit .245, two homers and 13 RBI in 30 games with Atlanta. He has a pending court date in Alexandria, Virginia.In rebuilding the Braves, president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella have traded Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Melvin Upton Jr. and Andrelton Simmons for prospects.Atlanta also has taken on bad contracts for declining players such as Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Bronson Arroyo. Dan Uggla was released in July 2014 despite the Braves still owing him $18 million.---AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson contributed to this report. Custom Hawks Jerseys . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Custom Hawks T-shirts . JOHNS, N. . 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And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse has made a habit of feasting on lesser opponents this season. That trend continued Monday night, so it was difficult to gauge just where Jim Boeheims team is with just two games to go before the start of ACC play.We made some shots tonight. Were still making some mistakes we want to eliminate, Boeheim said.Eight Orange players scored in double figures and Syracuse cruised to a 105-57 victory over Eastern Michigan.Syracuse (7-4) shot 59 percent from the field, including a season-high 15-of-28 from beyond the arc. The Orange had 34 assists on its 37 baskets and assisted on all 19 field goals in the first half. Frank Howard had 10 points and 11 assists. Backcourt mate John Gillon had 14 points and nine assists.Tyus Battled had 18 points to lead the Orange, Andrew White III scored 14, and Dajuan Coleman added 12. Taurean Thompson had 11, and Tyler Roberson had 10.Tyler Lydon had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in the first 16 minutes before leaving the game with a strained Achilles. Boeheim said he didnt know if Lydon would be available Wednesday against St. Johns.We dont have any more leeway to lose so were just going to approach it with that mentality. This is just one game in the right direction. No disrespect to that team but these havent necessarily been the games that have determined what well be as a team, White said. Were 7-4. Its not where we wanted to be.White was brutally honest when asked if his team was ready for ACC play, which starts New Years Day.Today were not because our record doesnt show anything that would determine us to be a good team in the ACC right now, so luckily we have two games to get ready. We have a lot of work to do but we can be ready by ACC play if we choose to.Eastern Michigan coach Robb Murphy was a bit more impressed.ddddddddddddThis was a huge step for them, losing four out of their last six, and then to win a game like this builds confidence. Syracuse is going to be a good basketball team moving forward.Quaran Jones led the Eagles (6-5) with 12 points. Jordan Nobles had 11 and 10 rebounds for his first-career double-double, while Willie Magnum IV scored 10.The Orange raced to a 52-24 halftime lead on 19-of-32 shooting from the field, including eight 3-pointers.Syracuse freshmen Thompson and Battle came off the bench and combined for 21 first-half points.Eastern Michigan, which entered the game shooting 47 percent from the field and averaging 84.8 points a game, shot 35 percent.BIG PICTUREEastern Michigan was sloppy Monday, committing a season-high 20 turnovers, many of which were unforced.Syracuse continued its pattern of beating up on lesser opponents.TIP INSEastern Michigan: The Eagles three leading scorers were held below their season averages. Willie Mangum IV (17.5) had 10; Ray Lee (17.4) scored just two; James Thompson IV (15.6) managed four.Head coach Rob Murphy spent seven seasons as an assistant under Jim Boeheim.Entering Mondays game the Eagles were fifth in the country with 117 steals, and second in steals per game at 12.6.Syracuse: Tyus Battle hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.Andrew White was 4 of 8 from behind the arc.White has scored in double figures in all of Syracuses games.Taurean Thompson had five assists, several of the no-look variety. Frank Howard leads the ACC in assists.UP NEXTEastern Michigan hosts Marygrove College Thursday.Syracuse hosts former Big East rival St. Johns Wednesday. ' ' '