Padres acquire closer Kimbrel in blockbuster trade

The revamped San Diego Padres acquired closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Atlanta received outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin and two minor-leaguers, right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck.

Both teams shed unwanted contracts in the deal, but the prize was Kimbrel, who led the National League in saves each of the past four years.

Kimbrel, 26, was the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year, and he was an All-Star in each of his full major league seasons. Last year, he went 47-for-51 on save chances and posted a 1.61 ERA. He finished in the top 10 in NL Cy Young Award voting for the fourth year running.

Kimbrel is entering the second year of a four-year, $42 million deal.

Upton, 30, was a flop since signing a five-year, $75.25 million deal with Atlanta in November 2012. In two seasons with the Braves, he batted a combined .198 with a .279 on-base percentage, a .314 slugging percentage, 21 homers and 61 RBIs.

Dozens arrested near University of Kentucky after loss

Thirty-one people were arrested overnight near the University of Kentucky after the school’s previously undefeated men’s basketball team was knocked out the NCAA’s Final Four tournament in a semi-final loss to Wisconsin, police said on Sunday.

Hundreds of fans flooded the streets around the school’s Lexington, Kentucky, campus after the Wisconsin Badgers stunned the No. 1-ranked Wildcats with a 71-64 win in Indianapolis. Kentucky had been a favorite to win the tournament.

Those arrested face charges including public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Lexington Police Sgt. Scott May said. Some people set pieces of furniture on fire, burned T-shirts and other items, but there were no reports of serious injuries or property damage, May said.

Police had geared up for a big turnout, expecting a win, May said.

In Madison, home of the University of Wisconsin, there was also a heavy police presence as Badger basketball fans took to the streets near the campus to dance, climb trees and throw toilet paper rolls.

Final Four TV ratings soar

Wisconsin’s stunning upset win over previously undefeated Kentucky drew the highest television rating for an NCAA Tournament semifinal game in 22 years.

The Badgers’ 71-64 victory Saturday night averaged a 13.3 overnight rating and 24 share across TBS, TNT and truTV, according to Turner Sports and CBS on Sunday. The telecast was up 48 percent from last year’s Wisconsin-Kentucky semifinal matchup.

Although Duke started the night with an 81-61 blowout win over Michigan State, the doubleheader averaged an 11.4/22 overnight rating/share to help the Final Four to the highest average overnight rating for the event since 1995. The ratings improved 39 percent from last year’s Final Four.

Avery Johnson to coach at Alabama

Former NBA coach Avery Johnson has agreed to become the head coach at Alabama, according to multiple reports Sunday. and reported an agreement in principle has been reached.

Alabama athletic director Bill Battle interviewed Johnson, an ESPN analyst, on Saturday night and they were expected to talk again Sunday.

Johnson, 50, is from New Orleans and played in the NBA. He coached the Dallas Mavericks from 2005 to 2008 and the Brooklyn Nets from 2010 to 2012.

Manziel golfs, but still in treatment

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel played some weekend golf with his father in Shreveport, La., leading to speculation that he may be released soon from his rehab treatment.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Manziel could be out of treatment as early as this week.

Manziel is allowed to make occasional trips as part of the program, and reported he is expected to return to treatment.

The Shreveport Times reported Saturday that Manziel was in the area with his father to play golf at 265, a facility built by PGA Tour player David Toms.

Manziel entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28 for an undisclosed problem.

The Browns have said they expect Manziel to be out of rehab in time to participate in the team’s workouts, which start April 20.