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SAN DIEGO - The Miami Marlins are serious about contending in the NL East. LeBron James Jersey . If signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a massive contract last month wasnt proof enough, a late flurry at the winter meetings sure made it clear.Miami acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday morning for pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and minor league catcher Chad Wallach, just a short nap after landing All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon in a flashy seven-player trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers late Wednesday night.We want to build and we want to be competitive every year, and we want our team to play into October, said Mike Hill, Miamis president of baseball operations.The Reds traded away two arbitration-eligible starters in quick succession Thursday morning to help meet payroll restrictions. They also sent Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers for two more youngsters, right-hander Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez.This is it for now, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said after a busy final morning at the winter meetings. We got close to where we need to be — payroll-wise.The Marlins gave up their top pitching prospect, left-hander Andrew Heaney, in the deal for Gordon and right-hander Dan Haren.Haren has indicated he might retire rather than play for a team far from his family in Southern California, and Miami dealt its next-best pitching prospect in DeSclafani to add rotation depth.I think the Latos deal has really insulated us from that, so if anything happens in that direction, we still have a formidable rotation, Hill said. And if he stays, we have the player that we wanted.The 27-year-old Latos is coming off an injury-plagued season. He made only 16 starts because of knee and elbow problems, going 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA. He will help bolster a Miami rotation that will be without 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez, who is recovering from May elbow-reconstruction surgery, until the middle of 2015.That was the one thing we really wanted to do, is to make sure our rotation didnt have a drop-off and we remain strong until the return of Jose, Hill said.The Reds had to decide which starters to trade and which to try to sign after the season with Simon, Latos, 20-game winner Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake all in line for significant raises. Latos made $7.25 million in the final year of a two-year deal last season and is eligible for arbitration — as is Simon.Latos and Simon both could become free agents after next season. Trading the pair gives the Reds — 12th with a $115 million payroll this year — at least a chance to sign Cueto long-term.Im not sure well be able to do something or not, but its something well explore, Jocketty said. Obviously.The Marlins are adding pieces around Stanton, given a record $325 million, 13-year contract last month.Gordon led the majors with 64 stolen bases last season and made his first All-Star team. He was surprised by the trade but is excited to play in Florida in front of family, including his father, former major leaguer Tom Gordon.Gordon is especially excited to make noise on the bases for Stanton, the NL home run champ. Gordon got to know him while in Double-A.He hit the farthest home run I think Ive ever seen in my life, Gordon said. Its going to be amazing to hit in front of him.Hill said the Marlins arent done yet: Theyre looking for a first baseman.DeSclafani, who will turn 25 in April, was a sixth-round pick by Toronto in the 2011 draft. He made 13 appearances, including five starts, for the Marlins this year, and went 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA.He impressed Jocketty enough that hell get a shot at starting for the Reds.We think that DeSclafani will be a guy who will probably fit in our rotation, he said. He made some great strides with them at the end of the year.Wallach is the son of former big leaguer Tim Wallach. The 23-year-old was the Marlins fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft.Also, the Marlins sent Dan Jennings, a 27-year-old left-handed reliever, to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for 26-year-old right-hander Andre Rienzo.___AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum and Joe Kay contributed to this report. Jose Calderon Cavaliers Jersey . - The Detroit Lions have 13 takeaways this season — three less than all of last season — and the defence isnt the only unit pleased with the performance. Custom Cavaliers Jerseys . - Jordan Addesis shootout goal helped the Plymouth Whalers to a 3-2 win over the Sault Ste. http://www.cavaliersbasketballpro.com/terrell-brandon-cavaliers-jersey/ . The 30-year-old Texas native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2001 amateur draft. Duke spent six years in Pittsburgh and also had stints with Arizona, Washington and Cincinnati.MELBOURNE, Australia - Asked what the future might hold for her young opponent, Venus Williams offered some heartfelt advice that could easily apply to her own career.Skys the limit, said the 34-year-old Williams. There is no limit on what you can achieve. No one can stop you.Sometimes you may not win every match, but theres a lot of them you can win, said the seven-time Grand Slam champion. Really, the skys the limit for her and anyone out there.Williams did not win her quarterfinal Wednesday at the Australian Open. That honour went to 19-year-old Madison Keys, a composed and confident power hitter who might be the future of American womens tennis. After beating Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, Keys now faces her first Grand Slam semifinal against Venuss celebrated sister, Serena, who has already won 18 major titles.But for 10 days, Venus impressive run at the Australian Open provided one of the tournaments feel-good story lines. It was the first time since 2010, that Williams, who has suffered from an auto-immune illness, had reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal.Some called it a comeback, or a late-career resurgence. It was a topic of conversation among other players who called her an inspiration, and in the tennis community at-large.How great is it to see her back playing great tennis deep into a major, now-retired American player, Andy Roddick, tweeted Wednesday. The sport is better for it.Tennis great Billie Jean King had been sending tweets of encouragement throughout the tournament, including one saying, I am inspired by @Venuswilliams every time she takes the court.For the first time in years, Williams did not face a single question in her post-match news conferences about retirement, so she did not have to reiterate that she plans to keeep playing as long as she still enjoys it. Kyle Korver Jersey. She talked instead about how she still loves to win — and at this stage she wants to win big.For me I like to win titles, whether its a smaller event or a big event, she said. Thats what I play for.In her two decades on the tour, Williams has won 46 titles, including her most recent one earlier this year in Auckland.She joked about her age, and Serenas who is 33 and showing no sign of slowing down.We just cant figure out how were still here, Venus said. I think our perspective is were still quite good at what we do. While were here, were going to be here.At times during her stay in Melbourne, she talked about how she was in a good place both mentally and physically on the court, how her years of experience now help her tactics in matches, how she has learned to manage her illness, an auto-immune condition called Sjogrens syndrome, with a diet to reduce inflammation, exercise and knowing her bodys limits.In 2011, she announced she was suffering from the condition, which can cause joint pain and sap energy, and took seven months off from tennis. After tumbling in the rankings to outside the top 100, she climbed back to No. 24 by the end of 2012.She is now No. 18 and as a result of reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne is projected to move up to No. 11 when the new rankings come out Monday.Among those who expressed their admiration for Williams was Keys, who has said that as a small child she remembers watching Venus on TV at Wimbledon and wanted a white tennis dress just like hers.I think Venus has helped the sport, said Keys. Just watching her is inspirational. Shes had her health battles. She loves tennis. Shes still out here, and shes doing it remarkably well. Cheap Hawks Jerseys Cheap Celtics Jerseys Cheap Nets Jerseys Cheap Hornets Jerseys Cheap Bulls Jerseys Cheap Cavaliers Jerseys Cheap Mavericks Jerseys Cheap Nuggets Jerseys Cheap Pistons Jerseys Cheap Warriors Jerseys Cheap Rockets Jerseys Cheap Pacers Jerseys Cheap Clippers Jerseys Cheap Lakers Jerseys Cheap Grizzlies Jerseys ' ' '

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