Compiled from wire reports
Ex-Buchtel standout Garnett dies at 38
• Ex-Buchtel High School and Michigan State football defensive standout Reggie Garnett died of complications from diabetes. He was 38. Michigan State says Garnett died Tuesday at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Garner was a corporate headhunter and had been living in Detroit.
Former Michigan State teammate Nigea Carter told the Detroit Free Press that Garnett was discovered by his parents last week at his home, after they couldn’t reach him by phone. He was in a diabetic coma for several days before dying, Carter said.
“He had two cardiac arrests, and it looks like the last one killed him,” said Carter.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio says Garnett was “a tremendous player and a true Spartan” who stayed close to the team after finishing school.
Garnett was a linebacker and four-year starter at Michigan State during George Perles coaching era. He was Big Ten freshman of the year in 1993 and led the team in tackles in 1995 with 111.
He is survived by a 13-year-old son, Reggie Jr. of Dearborn.
Red Sox acquire closer Hanrahan
• The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal. Boston completed the trade Wednesday, also receiving infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands. Over the past two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves, fourth most in the National League, and a 2.24 ERA. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves. Holt spent most of last season at Double-A Altoona, then hit .292 in 24 games with the Pirates, all in September.Melancon was 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 41 relief appearances in his only season with Boston. Pimentel spent the season at Double-A Portland. Sands and DeJesus were obtained in a trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 25.
•?The Seattle Mariners officially announced their $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez, returning the veteran to where he began his major league career in 1996. The Mariners designated for assignment right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses. This will be his third stint with the Mariners, after rejoining them from 2004-08. The 40-year-old Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBI in 384 at-bats for the Yankees last season.
• The Texas Rangers completed a one-year contract with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Terms of the deal announced Wednesday weren’t released. The two-time All-Star, who turns 36 on Sunday, hit .278 with a career-high 27 home runs in 135 games for the Chicago White Sox last season.
• The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying wanted to kill her, according to police records. A police report obtained by the Associated Press said the fight happened around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their suburban Atlanta home for Christmas morning. Andruw Jones was free on bond after his arrest on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records. Nicole Jones told officers that she tried to escape upstairs, but her husband grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her down some stairs, got on top of her and said, “I want to kill you,” according to the report. “Due to Andruw’s level of intoxication, Nicole said that she was able to push him back and move away from him,” the report states. Nicole Jones went to her parents’ house.
Knee injury puts Rooney on sideline
• Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss up to three weeks with a knee injury. Manager Alex Ferguson says he strained a ligament behind the knee when he tried to hit a volley late in practice Tuesday.
•?Favorite Wild Oats XI opened up a lead of 15 nautical miles over fellow super maxi and defending champion Ragamuffin Loyal this morning in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. After 19 hours of racing, Wild Oats XI, a five-time line honors winner and race record holder, had nearly 400 nautical miles to go in the 723-mile race.
• Nebraska men’s basketball player Deverell Biggs, 20, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident in Omaha last weekend. According to a police report, the redshirt junior backed his Chevrolet Suburban into a Bellevue man’s vehicle about 1:35 a.m. Sunday. Biggs spoke briefly to the other driver and drove off. Police stopped Biggs several miles away. His blood-alcohol content measured .134.
• Linda Toscano was voted harness racing’s Trainer of the Year, becoming the first woman to win the award. The 57-year-old Toscano’s stable earned a career-high $6.71 million in purses in 2012 and included three division champions. Chapter Seven was Horse of the Year, trotter of the year and best older trotter; Market Share was voted top 3-year-old male trotter; and Heston Blue Chip was best 3-year-old male pacer.
— From wire reports