Jan. 31 Sports Briefs

NFL: Chiefs deal quarterback Alex Smith to Redskins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas City has agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, a move that spells the end of Kirk Cousins’ time with the Redskins and hands the Chiefs’ job to Patrick Mahomes.

Two people with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the move to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the transaction can’t be completed until the start of the new league year in March. One person told the AP the Redskins had agreed to a four-year extension with Smith, who had one year left on his contract.

Smith, who turns 34 in May, spent the past five seasons with the Chiefs, leading them to the playoffs four times while throwing for 102 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He carries a $17 million salary-cap hit for 2018.

Kansas City saves cap space and can turn to Mahomes, the 10th pick in last year’s draft out of Texas Tech, as its new starter.

Olympics: South Korean skiers to train in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Several South Korean skiers headed to North Korea to train with its athletes in a conciliatory gesture the countries planned to mark the Winter Olympics in the South.

The chartered flight carrying a delegation of 45 — 20 athletes plus support staff and journalists — will arrive at North Korea’s Kalma Airport before the skiers head for Masik ski resort, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday.

The skiers are reserve members of South Korea’s national team and won’t be participating in the Pyeongchang Games that start Feb. 9.

The South Koreans will fly back Thursday accompanied by North Korean alpine and cross-country skiers who have been invited to participate in the Olympics, the ministry said.

NBA: Slumping Cavaliers lose Love to hand injury

DETROIT (AP) — Kevin Love left Cleveland’s game at Detroit with a broken left hand.

Love went down the tunnel toward the locker room during the first quarter. He had X-rays at the arena, which the Cavaliers say showed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal. The team says his status will be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland. Love played only 4:41 on Tuesday night and went scoreless.

The 29-year-old Love has missed only one game this season, and he’s the Cavs’ second-leading scorer behind LeBron James. With the trade deadline looming, Cleveland has been in a funk lately. The Cavs had lost 10 of 15 heading into Tuesday’s game, and they trail Boston and Toronto atop the Eastern Conference.

Love’s injury will likely affect the Cavs’ plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. The Eastern Conference champions may have to make a significant move to replace Love, who could be out for more than a month.

NHL: Minnesota beats Blue Jackets 3-2 in shootout

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zach Parise and Chris Stewart scored in the shootout as Minnesota topped Columbus 3-2.

Devan Dubnyk had 28 saves for the Wild (27-18-5), who earned their 10th road win of the season. Jason Zucker scored his 20th goal, and Charlie Coyle added his fifth in the third period.

The Blue Jackets (27-19-4) lost for the fourth time in six games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 stops, and Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist.

NHL: Vancouver stops
Avalanche 4-3 in overtime

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sven Baertschi scored 1:07 into overtime and Vancouver defeated Colorado 4-3.

Bo Horvat, Michael Del Zotto and Daniel Sedin also scored for the Canucks. Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots, and Christopher Tanev had three assists. Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and J.T. Compher had the other goal for Colorado, which got 22 saves from Jonathan Bernier.
Mikko Rantanen added two assists for the Avalanche, who lost leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon to an upper-body injury in the second period. Colorado has dropped three in row after winning 10 straight games.