Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Golf: Bubba targets U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy and Hall of Fame
Bubba Watson's career goals include being a Ryder Cup captain and making it into the World Golf Hall of Fame, the American told reporters on the eve of his defense of the Genesis Open title at Riviera on Wednesday. Having surpassed his initial target of 10 wins on the PGA Tour with 12 victories including his Masters triumphs in 2012 and 2014, Watson has set his sights on leaving a lasting legacy in the sport. Cubs add veteran reliever Cedeno: reports
The Chicago Cubs signed veteran left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Cedeno agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract that also includes $300,000 in performance incentives. NFL notebook: Ravens trading QB Flacco to Broncos
The Baltimore Ravens agreed in principle to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday. Flacco, 34, was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 season. He was the Ravens' starter since 2008 until a hip injury in 2018 sent him to the sideline after Week 9. Rookie first-round pick Lamar Jackson took over for Flacco, who has been hampered by hip and back injuries, and Jackson didn't relinquish the starting role. NBA notebook: Lakers' Walton reportedly will finish season
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton "will definitely finish the season," a source close to the situation told the Los Angeles Times. Walton's status has been a topic of discussion among fans and the media as the Lakers have slid to 28-29 in an injury-plagued season. But the Times on Wednesday cited sources saying Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka agree that Walton should coach the rest of the season. Tennis: Youngster Munar ousts Italy's Fognini in Argentina
Spain's Jaume Munar battled back from a set down to defeat second-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-4 7-5 in the Argentina Open on Wednesday and advance to the quarter-finals. The unseeded 21-year-old, who qualified for last month's Australian Open but retired against Fognini in his first match, followed up his run to last year's ATP Next Gen semi-finals by beating the world number 15 at the second time of asking. MLB notebook: Phillies extend Nola, announce Arrieta surgery
Philadelphia Phillies pitchers made news on Wednesday, with the announcements that Aaron Nola agreed to a four-year contract extension and Jake Arrieta underwent pre-spring training surgery on his left knee. Terms of Nola's contract were not released, but ESPN and The Athletic placed the value at $45 million. Nola, 25, had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing this week. Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Vols win 19th straight
Admiral Schofield scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead five Tennessee double-figure scorers Wednesday night as the No. 1 Volunteers extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games with an 85-73 victory over South Carolina in Knoxville, Tenn. Jordan Bowden came off the bench to score 16 points for Tennessee (23-1, 11-0 Southeastern Conference), while Jordan Bone, Lamonte Turner and Kyle Alexander each added 10. SEC scoring leader Grant Williams was held to eight points, far below his 19.9 average, but he contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. Sixers C Embiid fined $25000 after ripping refs
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $25,000 for his criticism of the officiating in the team's latest loss to the Boston Celtics, the NBA announced Wednesday afternoon. "The referees f---ing suck," the All-Star center said during his postgame press conference on Tuesday. Kuchar on caddie pay: '$5,000 is a great week'
Calling the outcry over his caddie's pay from a tournament in November "a social media issue more than anything," Matt Kuchar said he had no regrets about the $5,000 he paid his emergency replacement to be on the bag for the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. Kuchar, who won the tournament, his first Tour victory in four years, pocketed a check for just under $1.3 million, a contrast to what he paid substitute caddie David Giral Ortiz. Caddies typically receive a percentage of what their player earns, sometimes as high as 10 percent. ATP roundup: Canada's Schnur pulls off N.Y. shocker
Brayden Schnur, who had never won a top-level ATP Tour match before Tuesday, added an impressive second victory Wednesday. The 23-year-old Canadian, ranked 154th in the world, upset third-seeded American Steve Johnson 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) to advance to the quarterfinals of the New York Open at Uniondale, N.Y.