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San Jose Sharks acquire defenseman Roman Polak from Toronto Maple Leafs

From staff and wire reports

Traded The Sharks acquired defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling from the Maple Leafs on Monday to add veteran depth to help boost the team on a possible playoff run. The Sharks gave up 2017 and 2018 second-round picks and forward Raffi Torres. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003 last season, San Jose is in third place in the Pacific Division and in striking distance of California rivals Los Angeles and Anaheim for the top spot.

Acquired Looking to add an experienced shortstop, the White Sox acquired former National League MVP Jimmy Rollins, 37. If he makes the 40-man roster he would get a $2 million, one-year contract. A three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove shortstop for Philadelphia, Rollins helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008 and the N.L. pennant the following year. Rollins, 37, hit .224 last year with the Dodgers with 13 homers and 41 RBIs.

Signed The Broncos have signed free agent tight end Richard Gordon and defensive lineman Phil Taylor. Gordon is a sixth-year pro and a big blocker who spent seven weeks with Denver last season, playing in one game. Taylor is a fifth-year pro who was out of football last year after playing for the Cleveland Browns from 2011-14.

Cut The Jets have released cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a cost-cutting move that will save the team $8 million in salary cap space.

Retiring SMU women’s basketball coach Rhonda Rompola is retiring after 35 seasons in the program, the last 25 as head coach. Rompola played one season (1981-82), helped the coaches for a year while finishing school and then was an assistant for eight seasons before becoming head coach in 1991. Rompola has a 438-314 record as head coach, including seven NCAA tournament berths.

Leaving Tennessee forward Jasmine Jones won’t play basketball for the Lady Volunteers anymore after missing most of the last two seasons with head injuries. A school statement said the university’s medical staff wouldn’t clear Jones to play basketball “due to the contact nature of basketball and the risks of further injury” and that Jones is “focusing her athletics ability on non-contact and throwing events on the track and field team.”

Improving Boston College has announced plans for $200 million in athletics facilities upgrades including a new field house, recreation center, and intramural playing fields.

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