Rangers get hurler...No surgery for Stanton...Judge limits Hernandez prosecution

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UNDATED (AP) — The Rangers and Washington Nationals have completed a deal that sends lefty Ross Detwiler to Texas for minor leaguers Chris Bostick and Abel De Los Santos. The trade allows Detwiler to become a starter again, likely as the No. 4 man in a rotation that includes Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis. He has started 69 of his 132 games and is 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA since his big league debut.

UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had encouraging news today concerning the health of Drew Stanton, who was injured during Thursday's win over St. Louis. Arians says his quarterback will not require right knee surgery and "definitely has a chance" to play again this season. However, Arians also says he would be surprised if Stanton is able to play when the Cardinals are home against Seattle in a crucial NFC West showdown Dec. 21.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons coach Mike Smith says he still expects Julio Jones to play on Sunday against the Steelers after the star wide receiver missed his third straight practice today with a hip injury. Jones had 11 catches for a team-record 259 yards with one touchdown before the fourth-quarter injury in the 43-37 loss to the Packers.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has ruled that prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won't be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged, or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He has also pleaded not guilty to the fatal shootings of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub.

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has earned a big raise after leading the program to a nine-win season and a spot in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. The school says it has finalized a contract with Freeze that will pay a base salary of $4.3 million next season, a raise of more than a million from his 2014 salary. The increase puts him closer to some of his highly paid SEC Western Division contemporaries.

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