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Yankees re-sign GM Cashman, 55, to four-year contract

By ESPN.com news The New York Yankees have re-signed Brian Cashman to a four-year contract, the team announced. The new deal will run through the 2026 season, and Cashman, 55, will retain the title of senior vice president and general manager. The longest-serving general manager in franchise history, Cashman built a club that won the American League East last season and advanced to the ALCS, where it lost to the Houston Astros. The Yankees have posted a winning record in each of Cashman's 25 seasons as general manager but haven't won a World Series since 2009, when they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies. The news comes as Major League Baseball holds its winter meetings in San Diego. Among the key talking   ... Read More

Phillies, SS Trea Turner reach 11-year, $300M deal

By ALDEN GONZALEZ SAN DIEGO -- Shortstop Trea Turner and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed on an 11-year, $300 million contract Monday, sources told ESPN, adding the best power-speed player in baseball to the National League champions' already-potent lineup. The aggressive courtship of 29-year-old Turner by the Phillies accelerated as other teams, including the San Diego Padres, stepped up in recent days. Philadelphia, which lost in the World Series to the Houston Astros, targeted Turner as the perfect complement to a lineup that already includes his former Washington Nationals teammate Bryce Harper, All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto, slugger Kyle Schwarber and first baseman Rhys Hoskins. The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause and no deferred money, ties Turner to the Phillies   ... Read More

Nike officially terminates partnership with Kyrie Irving

By NICK DEPAULA After initially suspending its partnership with Kyrie Irving and scrapping the release of his upcoming Kyrie 8 signature shoe last month, Nike confirmed Monday that it has fully cut ties with the Brooklyn Nets point guard. "Kyrie is no longer a Nike athlete," a Nike company spokesperson told ESPN. Irving's agent, Shetellia Riley Irving, called the decision mutual. "We have mutually decided to part ways and wish Nike the best in their future endeavors," she told CNBC on Monday. Irving's signature endorsement agreement with the company was set to expire on Oct. 1, 2023. The deal was abruptly suspended 11 months before expiring after Irving posted a link on social media to a book and movie containing   ... Read More

Bennett, Williams, Duggan, Stroud named finalists for Heisman

By PAOLO UGGETTI Georgia's Stetson Bennett, USC's Caleb Williams, TCU's Max Duggan and Ohio State's C.J. Stroud were announced Monday as the Heisman Trophy finalists. The four quarterbacks, who play for four of the top 10 teams this season, including three that will play in the College Football Playoff, will be in New York for the Heisman ceremony Saturday. USC's Williams is the odds-on favorite (-2500) to take home the award even after the Trojans were eliminated from the College Football Playoff after a loss to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game Friday. The sophomore, who transferred to USC from Oklahoma after the Trojans hired Lincoln Riley, surpassed 4,000 passing yards this season and had 37 touchdowns, tied for the   ... Read More

Golden Knights’ shootout win ends Bruins’ home win streak at 14

By ESPN.com news BOSTON -- The Vegas Golden Knights made former Boston coach Bruce Cassidy's return a success, as Reilly Smith scored in the fifth round of the shootout to beat the Bruins 4-3 and end their NHL record for home victories to open a season at 14 games Monday night. The 57-year-old Cassidy was fired by Boston following 5½ seasons in June after the Bruins were eliminated by Carolina in the opening round of the playoffs. Eight days after he was let go, he was hired by Vegas. In a matchup of two of the league's top three teams, Western Conference-leading Vegas opened a 3-0 lead early in the second period on two goals by Paul Cotter and the   ... Read More

Brady sets record with 44th career 4th-quarter comeback

By JENNA LAINE TAMPA, Fla. -- Even Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady's own daughter, Vivian, who turned 10 years old Monday, expressed skepticism that her father could defeat the New Orleans Saints at home on her birthday. "She was a little worried when I said, 'We're playing the Saints,'" Brady told the ESPN broadcast. "She said, 'I don't know, Daddy.'" He hadn't done it in two previous tries at home and hadn't even scored a touchdown in those games. And with the Bucs trailing 16-3 with 5:21 to go, it didn't look like it was going to happen in 2022, either. But the 45-year-old Brady, down yet another offensive lineman in All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs, threw two touchdowns   ... Read More

Nike drops Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving over antisemitism

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nike has severed ties with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving following criticism for antisemitism. "Kyrie Irving is no longer a Nike athlete," the company said in a statement to ABC News. Irving received widespread criticism after he posted a link to an antisemitic film on Twitter in late October. The NBA star was suspended by his team in November after he and the Nets received criticism for not coming down more forcefully. Irving was suspended for "at least" five games on Nov. 3 for failing to "disavow antisemitism" when questioned by the media about the Twitter post. "We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say   ... Read More

Davis drops 55 points, grabs 17 rebounds in Lakers’ win

By DAVE MCMENAMIN WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the ball fell through the hoop late in the fourth quarter on Sunday -- Anthony Davis' 20th made field goal, accounting for his 49th and 50th points of the night -- the Capital One Arena crowd let the visiting Los Angeles Lakers big man hear their appreciation. "M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!" Davis, who finished with 55 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots in L.A.'s 130-119 win over the Washington Wizards, isn't just hearing the praise from fans, either. " Jayson Tatum is playing his ass off, but when you're talking about people in the MVP race or category, that probably will change after tonight," Lakers starting guard Patrick Beverley said. "[Davis] should be   ... Read More

Smith hits Metcalf for late TD, Seahawks top Rams 27-23

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Whenever Geno Smith looked across the line in the final minutes at SoFi Stadium, he saw an inspired Bobby Wagner leading an entire Los Angeles Rams team desperately in need of a victory. The Seattle quarterback didn't flinch while he finished out the most productive game of his decade in the NFL with style. DK Metcalf caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Smith with 36 seconds to play, completing the Seahawks' late rally for a 27-23 win over the spiraling Rams on Sunday. Smith passed for a career-high 367 yards and threw three TD passes for the Seahawks (7-5), who barely snapped their two-game skid. Smith's offense racked up 438 yards   ... Read More

Carr-Adams connection rallies Raiders past Chargers 27-20

By MARK ANDERSON AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS -- The last time the Raiders played at home, they lost to an Indianapolis Colts team playing for an interim coach and Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr emotionally criticized some unnamed teammates for not completely buying in. Carr had no trouble smiling Sunday following the Raiders' 27-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. The suddenly hot Raiders (5-7) are 3-0 since Carr's teary news conference. “Things needed to be said," Carr said after passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns against Los Angeles. "Things needed to be handled. When you love a place so much, you put your heart into it. To see the way we've responded since then, it's a proud   ... Read More

Heyward brothers lead Steelers to 19-16 win over Falcons

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA -- Ironhead would've been proud of his boys. After a morning trip to their father's grave, Cameron and Connor Heyward played an inspired role in Pittsburgh's first winning streak of the season. Connor hauled in the first touchdown of the rookie tight end's NFL career, Cameron anchored a defense that allowed only a single touchdown, and the Steelers made it two victories in a row by holding off the Atlanta Falcons 19-16 Sunday. It couldn't have come in a more appropriate place. Their father, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, was a bruising runner who spent three seasons with the Falcons in 1990s. After a bout with cancer, he died at the age of just 39   ... Read More

Cowboys score 33 points in 4th quarter, rout Colts 54-19

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas safety Malik Hooker had no idea what he was starting with a fumble return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter against his former team. The 38-yard TD return was part of a 33-point fourth quarter that turned a close game into the Cowboys' 54-19 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. It was just the third time in NFL history a team has scored at least that many in the fourth. And it was a little bit personal for Hooker, who also had one of three interceptions of Matt Ryan. Hooker was drafted 15th overall by the Colts in 2017, but didn't get a second contract   ... Read More

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo out for season with broken foot

By NICK WAGONER SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- By the time the San Francisco 49ers left the locker room for the start of the second half against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the bad news already had circulated. For the second time this season, the Niners had lost their starting quarterback to a season-ending injury. This time, it was a broken left foot for Jimmy Garoppolo, who already had been through a career's worth of injuries and was amid one of his best stretches of football as a professional. The news, as expected, hit hard. "I saw him at halftime and I was pretty emotional," defensive end Nick Bosa said. "It sucks. Kind of similar to how I was feeling in   ... Read More

Bengals tout Joe Burrow after win over Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

By BEN BABY CINCINNATI -- Bengals coach Zac Taylor didn't hesitate when asked whether quarterback Joe Burrow should be in contention to win the NFL's Most Valuable Player award. "Absolutely," Taylor said. Burrow added to his growing list of credentials in a statement 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Burrow became the first quarterback to beat K.C. counterpart Patrick Mahomes in three straight games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady is the only other quarterback to have that many victories versus Mahomes, the 2018 MVP. Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase firmly agreed with his coach about Burrow's MVP candidacy. "He's one of the best quarterbacks in this league," Chase said. "Everybody knows that. He should be in   ... Read More

Georgia, Michigan, TCU, Ohio State top four teams in AP Top 25

By ESPN.com Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State were the top four in the final Associated Press college football poll of the regular season. The Bulldogs (13-0) are No. 1 for the ninth straight week and 12th time this season in the AP Top 25. Georgia received 62 first-place votes, and Michigan (13-0) received the other one in the poll released Sunday. Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State also were the top four teams in the final College Football Playoff rankings, setting the four-team field for the national championship tournament. TCU (12-1) remained third, despite losing for the first time this season in the Big 12 title game Saturday. The Horned Frogs lost in overtime to Kansas State. The Buckeyes   ... Read More

Police seek to arrest former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown for domestic battery

Elsa/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- An arrest warrant has been issued in Florida for former NFL star Antonio Brown in connection with a domestic violence incident earlier this week. Brown, who is not yet in custody, allegedly got into a verbal argument with a woman and threw a shoe at her on Nov. 28, according to the Tampa Police Department. The troubled former wide receiver also "attempted to evict" the woman and then locked her outside of the South Tampa home, Tampa police said. Tampa police are currently outside Brown's home, according to Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS. in a statement to ABC News, Tampa police said: "Officers are working to bring about a resolution without incident, by a variety of means   ... Read More

NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. removed from American Airlines flight after crew ‘concerned’ for his health: Police

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Star NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr was "removed" from an American Airlines flight in Miami after the flight's crew expressed concern over the football player's health, according to police. Officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department were dispatched to a medical emergency on an American Airlines flight Sunday at around 9:30 a.m., the department said in a statement. As members of the flight crew tried to wake Beckham to fasten his seat belt prior to departure, "he appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness," according to the statement. The flight attendants then called 911 due to concerns that Beckham was "seriously ill" and that his condition could worsen during the five-hour flight to   ... Read More

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