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Eagles trade TE Zach Ertz to Arizona Cardinals

By TIM MCMANUS AND JOSH WEINFUSS The Philadelphia Eagles have traded three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round draft pick, the teams announced Friday. Arizona is acquiring Ertz with the idea of making him a featured part of its offense, and Ertz has told others in the past that the Cardinals appealed to him, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Cardinals have yet to enter into any contract negotiations with Ertz, who wanted a new deal with the Eagles, sources told Schefter. Ertz goes from the Eagles (2-4) to the only undefeated team in the NFL, with Arizona at 5-0. The Cardinals lost their primary tight   ... Read More

Chicago Cubs hire Carter Hawkins as general manager

By JESSE ROGERS The Chicago Cubs named Carter Hawkins their 16th general manager in franchise history Friday when they hired him away from the Cleveland Indians, the team announced. Hawkins, 37, spent 14 seasons with Cleveland in various roles, including the past five as an assistant general manager. He fills the job that was vacated by Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer when he was promoted in November after Theo Epstein stepped down as team president. Hoyer committed to going outside the organization for the hire, feeling the need for a new voice. "I am thrilled to bring Carter into our organization," Hoyer said in a statement. "He has earned a fantastic reputation as a leader through hard work,   ... Read More

Browns RB Nick Chubb ruled out because of calf injury

By JAKE TROTTER BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals because of a calf injury. Chubb suffered the injury late in last week's 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and sat out the entire week of practice. In his place, Kareem Hunt will get the start. "You never want to see a guy like Nick go down," Hunt said. "Definitely, what he means to this team is crazy. We've got a lot of good backs. We should be able to hold it down until he gets back." After Friday's practice, coach Kevin Stefanski was not ready to say whether Chubb would have to go   ... Read More

Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. left off ALCS roster against Boston Red Sox

By HOUSTON -- Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. has been left off the team's roster for the American League Championship Series against Boston, a huge blow to a team looking to advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons. McCullers was great in a Game 1 win against the Chicago White Sox in the division series, pitching scoreless ball into the seventh. But the right-hander left Game 4 after four innings because of forearm tightness. He is listed as being part of Houston's taxi squad for the ALCS. Manager Dusty Baker said Friday that McCullers has an injured muscle in his forearm and is "not able to throw a ball right now," but tests revealed   ... Read More

Report: NFL finds no other current team, personnel implicated in Washington Football Team email investigation

By news The NFL has found no other current team or league personnel to have sent emails containing racist, anti-gay or misogynistic language similar to messages written by Jon Gruden that led to his resignation as Las Vegas Raiders coach, a person familiar with the documents told The Associated Press on Friday. The person said the league "did not identify other areas and other individuals it has to contact at club leadership or league leadership levels." The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly released what is in the 650,000 emails the independent investigators collected during an investigation of sexual harassment and other workplace conditions at the Washington Football Team. "The NFL did not   ... Read More

Cody Bellinger’s heroics lift Dodgers over Giants in classic NLDS finale

Cody Bellinger was there when the Los Angeles Dodgers needed him the most. With one out in the top of the ninth, Bellinger came up with Justin Turner on second base and Gavin Lux on first. Bellinger singled to the right side of the field off San Francisco Giants reliever Camilo Doval. Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (35) reacts after hitting an RBI-single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger (35) reacts after hitting an RBI-single against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday,   ... Read More

NBA to primarily use rapid tests for COVID-19 in 2021-22

By BAXTER HOLMES Given the league's high vaccination rate, the NBA's primary form of COVID-19 detection this season will center on designated team officials -- largely members of the medical staff -- using small, at-home, molecular-based testing devices that can return results in 20 minutes. The NBA will still rely on lab-based testing in many instances, though not in the same capacity as last season, when hundreds of outside specialists -- some of whom were embedded with teams -- would collect and transport samples daily to laboratories around the country. The league first began using these FDA-approved molecular diagnostic testing devices, which are about the size of a deck of cards, in a supplementary fashion to other COVID-19 tests in   ... Read More

Cardinals receive three positive COVID-19 tests this week

By JOSH WEINFUSS TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have had three positive COVID-19 tests this week, a source told ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano on Thursday, putting the team one positive test away from going into intensive protocols. That would mean more testing for several players and personnel. The positive tests include one player and two members of the staff, according to a source. Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday because of a positive test. On Wednesday, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Jones was symptomatic. Since he's vaccinated, in order for Jones to return to the Cardinals, he needs to have two negative tests 24 hours apart and be asymptomatic for 48 hours. "Guys just   ... Read More

Yankees shake up staff, won’t renew contracts of hitting coach, 3B coach

By BUSTER OLNEY The fallout from the Yankees' disappointing 2021 season has started, as New York will not renew the contracts of hitting coach Marcus Thames and third-base coach Phil Nevin, sources have confirmed to ESPN. The Yankees also are expected to not renew the deal of assistant hitting coach P.J. Pilittere, sources confirmed to ESPN. The moves mark a staff shake-up under manager Aaron Boone, whose job security also has come under scrutiny after the Yankees' third-place finish in the AL East and loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card Game. Sources told ESPN earlier this week that Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is inclined to keep Boone as manager, although the situation remains fluid.   ... Read More

Celtics’ Marcus Smart suspended for preseason finale

By The Boston Celtics suspended guard Marcus Smart for Friday's preseason finale in Miami against the Heat because he missed the team's flight to Florida earlier this week, a source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "We're going to keep that in-house," Smart said Thursday afternoon after practice in Miami. "It's over and done with. We're excited for the game at MSG, though." The Celtics, already without Jaylen Brown and Al Horford after they tested positive for COVID-19, also sat Smart, Jayson Tatum, Dennis Schroder and Josh Richardson for Wednesday's 103-102 loss in Orlando to the Magic. The plan had been for the Celtics to play their regular players close to regular minutes Friday before they open the regular season Wednesday   ... Read More

Mike Shildt fired as St. Louis Cardinals manager

By Despite a team-record 17-game winning streak that carried the St. Louis Cardinals to an MLB wild-card berth, Mike Shildt was fired as manager Thursday. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak cited "philosophical differences" to explain Shildt's dismissal. He declined to expand on those differences, saying the move was "something that popped up recently." Mozeliak noted that Shildt was heading into the final year of his contract but said that wasn't the sole reason for parting ways. Shildt had signed a three-year extension after the 2019 season. "All I can say is where we felt the team was going, we were struggling to get on the same page," Mozeliak said. "With him having one year remaining on his   ... Read More

Dodgers tab reliever Corey Knebel to start Game 5

By ALDEN GONZALEZ The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin a winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series with right-handed reliever Corey Knebel, not left-handed starter Julio Urias. Urias is not injured, which means Knebel will probably serve as an opener, paving the way for Urias to handle the bulk of the innings beginning with the bottom of the second from Oracle Park in San Francisco on Thursday night. "Why we did it, I think it's more appreciating in one game what gives us the best chance to win,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Roberts said Urias was "all in'' on going this route when they spoke, noting the lefty likely will still pitch for a key stretch. The   ... Read More

Tony La Russa to return as manager for 2022 season

By Tony La Russa will return to manage the Chicago White Sox for the 2022 season, a source told ESPN on Thursday. White Sox stars Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu had both publicly lobbied for the 77-year-old La Russa to return this week after Chicago was eliminated by the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. "I want him to be back," Anderson said Thursday. "At the end of the day, my decision doesn't really matter. I guess it all depends on what the front office thinks. ... I definitely want him in. I think he did a great job with the way he managed and just being open." On Wednesday, Abreu had said he   ... Read More

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