Compiled from wire reports

Baseball

Athletics bring back Lowrie in transaction with Astros

•?Infielder Jed Lowrie is returning to Oakland after a one-year stay in Houston.

The Athletics acquired Lowrie from the Astros on Wednesday for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry less than a year after Lowrie left Oakland to sign a three-year deal with Houston.

The 31-year-old Lowrie hit .222 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games for Houston this year, starting 45 at third and 16 at shortstop. He was sidelined for more than three months by a torn ligament in his right thumb but A’s GM David Forst said he has no concerns about his health.

•?Free agent catcher Alex Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Avila is a .242 hitter with 66 homers and 282 RBIs during seven big league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers, and has thrown out 24.5 percent of attempted base stealers. The 29-year-old was limited to 67 games with Detroit last season because of injuries, including a left knee bone bruise. Avila was an All-Star in 2011 when he set career highs with a .295 average, 19 homers and 82 RBIs.

•?Scott Radinsky has been named the Los Angeles Angels’ new bullpen coach. The Angels rounded out manager Mike Scioscia’s major league coaching staff on Wednesday. Radinsky made 557 relief appearances with four teams over 11 big-league seasons. The Southern California native spent the past three years as a minor-league pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen coach from 2010-11.

•?The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris. The 30-year-old split last season between Baltimore and San Diego, going 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA over 38 games, including 11 starts.

HOCKEY

Canadiens sign executive vice president to new deal

•?The Montreal Canadiens have signed general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin to a multiyear contract extension through the end of the 2021-22 season. The Canadiens have made the playoffs in three straight seasons under Bergevin’s watch, including an appearance in the Eastern Conference final in 2013-14. Bergevin took over Montreal’s vacant general manager position on May 2, 2012, and quickly turned a franchise that finished with just 78 points in 2011-12 under Pierre Gauthier, who was fired near the end of that season. The Canadiens have posted a 141-68-25 record under Bergevin.

Soccer

Atletico Madrid advances in Champions League play

•?Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half as Atletico Madrid comfortably defeated Galatasaray 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the third straight season. Griezmann scored in the 13th and 65th minutes at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

— From wire reports