Neil Walker reaches one-year agreement with Yankees

The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran second baseman Neil Walker.

A Silver Slugger winner at second base in 2014, Walker is a career .272 hitter with 130 homers in parts of nine seasons with the Mets, Brewers and Pirates.

He had been working out at the camp for free agents in Bradenton, Florida, organized by the players’ association.

To make room for Walker on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated for assignment outfielder Jake Cave.

The Yankees also released infielder Danny Espinosa from his minor league contract.

But he’s played in just nine games all season. So nobody’s expecting imminent rescue by Leonard, even though his elite skill set suggests he probably could save San Antonio’s season.

I saw the reports that say he wants to come back Thursday, Parker said. So it’ll be 14 games left. It is what it is. We’ll try to do our best. I know everybody wants to keep fighting. There’s a lot of character on this team. If Kawhi comes back, hopefully he can help us. We know it’s not going to be easy. He didn’t play for like two months. It’s going to be a tough situation regardless, but we’ll try to do the best we can.

A two-season layoff following an August 2016 knee injury naturally depresses Bridgewater’s value. But in a best-case scenario, a team could acquire a quarterback who — after knocking the rust off — could start for 10 seasons or more. At the very least, Bridgewater will bring supreme professionalism and attitude to any role he receives. — Seifert

Teams don’t step out much for linebackers unless they are also pass-rushers, but Brown can make a big difference relative to what he is likely to be paid. He’s a tackling machine (512 in four seasons) who hasn’t missed a game in the NFL. — Seifert

Veteran running backs are usually bargains on the open market, considering their short shelf life. But whoever signs McKinnon will get a player who fits well into today’s incarnation of NFL running backs. He is equally fluent in the running and passing games, and offers value as a returner as well. — Seifert

If Fulmer is healthy, he could be as attractive a trade target as will exist on the in-season market, with the stuff to be a No. 2 or 3 in a contending rotation and four years of team control remaining. That combination should command a hefty price in another team’s prospects.

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76ers rally to beat Hornets 110-99, 13th straight in Philly

Ersan Ilyasova’s return to Philadelphia came in time to key a comeback against the Hornets.

The “Trust the Process!” chants rang out in the final minute and the 76ers — who won just 10 times in 2015-16 — won the type of game that proved why they might make some noise in the playoffs.

Ilyasova scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in his first home game since he rejoined the Sixers, Joel Embiid had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Philadelphia beat Charlotte 110-99 on Friday night.

Hill, also acquired at the trade deadline, scored a season-high 26 points and Cleveland placed six in double figures.

Russell led Brooklyn with 25 points. Caris LeVert scored 18 while DeMarre Carroll had 16. Brooklyn broke an eight-game losing streak Monday by beating Chicago.

James took a strong stance on the NCAA in light of the FBI’s investigation into recruiting in college basketball.

“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” he said. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”

Smith, who missed Cleveland’s 108-97 loss to the Philadelphia Sixers on Thursday, is expected to start against the Nuggets. He declined to speak to reporters Friday at practice.

“I had a little discussion with him,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said, declining to disclose any further details on Smith.

The Cavs are just 2/3 since the All-Star break. All three losses have come at home, and they failed to score 100 points in any of those contests.

With four new players added and six sent out in trades on Feb. 8, Lue has decided to simplify the offense until everyone is on the same page.

“I feel good about this team,” Lue said. “No doubt about it. We got a lot of young talent. We got a lot of good pieces. We’re just trying to figure it out, put it together. I think we’ve only played seven games right now and those guys are still trying to figure it out.

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The Nuggets (34-28) beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-102 on Friday to start a stretch of 11 of 15 games in March on the road.

Lakers say they won’t rush rookie Josh Hart back after surgery

Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Josh Hart will undergo surgery Friday on a fractured metacarpal bone in his left hand.

The Lakers said there was no timetable for the rookie’s recovery, but head coach Luke Walton did not rule him out for the season. The Lakers have 21 more regular-season games after Thursday night’s game in Miami.

Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy took his starting five to task for their offensive failure at the end of regulation and in overtime.

“We didn’t play very well,” Van Gundy said. “Those are the guys that are supposed to win games for us. We just stand around. Clearly if we had answers, we would have won.”

Fournier’s scoring burst gave Orlando a 110-104 lead going into the final two minutes of overtime. That proved to be plenty of cushion against a Detroit team that went from shooting 52.4 percent in the first three quarters to making just one of their last 17 shots in regulation and overtime.

Kemba Walker made his first eight shots and led Charlotte with 23 points. Dwight Howard had 21 points for the Hornets, who were coming off a victory over Chicago on Tuesday night and couldn’t keep up with the Celtics after halftime.

“That’s a product of how we started the game. We’ve got to do a better job of starting and making sure we don’t allow guys to get in a rhythm early,” Howard said. “We didn’t start the second half the right way. We started it like we did in the first half. They capitalized on it and they didn’t look back.”

Boston led 67-59 at halftime and opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run, followed by an 8-0 spurt a few minutes later as the Hornets continued to wilt.

“What we got was what we deserved. Our defense was Baseball Jerseys For Sale embarrassing,” coach Steve Clifford said. “The things that have made us the Hornets over the years … none of it was there.”

Charlotte didn’t have much luck, either, in the third period. Irving barely beat the shot-clock buzzer with a turnaround jumper that put Boston up 86-67 with 6:29 left Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal in the third, and bounces continued to fall for the Celtics.

Burnett’s 24 points lead Mississippi over Alabama 78-66

It’s no secret that Mississippi’s basketball team is built around a quartet of veteran guards.

The first half of the game featured wide swings in momentum with Ole Miss taking an early 18-9 lead.

Alabama responded with 18 straight points before Ole Miss came right back with 14 in a row. The Rebels ended the first half on a 23-4 run to take a 10-point lead by halftime.

I’m really proud of our guys to take that punch and then finish the half strong, Kennedy said.

Ole Miss’ Burnett led all players with 16 points in the first half, making 6 of 8 shots from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Alabama was led by Donta Hall’s 14 points. Dazon Ingram scored 10.

Burnett’s 24 points gave him 1,020 for his career. He’s scored 825 points during three seasons at Ole Miss and also had 195 points during his freshman season at Miami.

Alabama: It was a tough night for Alabama, which came into Oxford on a roll, but struggled with its shooting touch. Sexton was a little rusty in his return after missing two games, but the Tide will certainly need him during the rest of the season.

Ole Miss: The Rebels are a handful to deal with on their home court and shot nearly 55 percent in the second half to pull away for the win. Ole Miss has some big games over the next week, traveling to Texas before a crucial SEC home game against No. 19 Auburn.

Philadelphia and New England were the best teams in the league all season, and they have backed it up with strong playoff runs. The Eagles and Patriots match up well with each other, offensively and defensively.

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NFL senior VP of officiating Al Riveron will return in 2018

Alberto Riveron will return as the NFL’s senior VP of officiating in 2018, according to ESPN.

The 58-year-old was the NFL’s first Hispanic referee spending and started calling games at the highest level in 2004. He was eventually made a referee in 2008.

I am, in my heart of hearts, a better driver today than I was at 35, Johnson said Tuesday at the NASCAR media days at the Charlotte Convention Center. There’s just a lot of pieces of the puzzle to get it right.

That [talent piece] is not it. If you look at the car count I went through [because of crashes], it showed I was taking more chances and [driving] on that ragged edge a lot more.

Or all those crashes could mean that Johnson has lost that edge, that advantage that made him virtually untouchable.

Doleman was picked fourth overall by the Vikings in the 1985 NFL Draft. After eight years in Minnesota, he spent two seasons with the Falcons and three with the 49ers before returning to the Vikings for his final season in 1999. He was elected to the Pro Bowl eight times and was the NFL sacks leader in 1989.

Doleman was elected to the Hall of Fame five years ago and was also inducted to the Vikings’ Ring of Honor.

Kevin Knox got things started with his jumper, PJ Washington created opportunities at the foul line and other Wildcats chipped in as needed to get it done.

Washington had a career-high 22 points, Knox scored 19 with four 3-pointers and Kentucky pulled away late for a 78-65 victory over Mississippi State Tuesday night to end a two-game losing streak.

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NFL launches ‘Let’s Listen Together’ campaign focused on social justice

The NFL announced Tuesday they are launching a joint program between players and coaches with a commitment to focusing on social justice.

The Let’s Listen Together campaign will focus on supporting programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority on supporting improvements in education and economic development, community and police relations, and the criminal justice system.

We are pleased to have developed a new initiative that focuses on creating meaningful solutions to improve our communities, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. In developing this plan, we have taken the lead from our players and are honored to join them in this work. Their work has deepened our understanding of the unique platform we have to help advance progress in a profound and unifying way.

Running back Jordan Scarlett, receiver Rick Wells and linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller are enrolled in school and rejoining team workouts.

The four entered a pretrial intervention program in late October that could result in the dismissal of felony credit card fraud charges. The players needed to make restitution and comply with probation protocols over a 12-month period to get the charges dropped without any legal findings.

A source told ESPN that the four players will go through workouts, spring practice, summer workouts and fall camp, but there is no promise that they will play in the first game of next season.

A fifth player, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis, also remains enrolled in school but is recovering from a non-football injury.

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Four suspended players allowed to rejoin Gators

Four players suspended last season by the Florida Gators amid felony fraud charges will officially rejoin team activities Wednesday, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Receiver Antonio Callaway, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, defensive end Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort have moved on from Florida. Callaway entered the NFL draft; the others have expressed intentions to transfer.

There is particularly intense interest about what will happen with Romo, the four-time Pro Bowl selection likely to leave the Dallas Cowboys after rookie sensation Dak Prescott took over as the team’s successful starter this past season while Romo was hurt.

Playing in Saturday’s college all-star game also wasn’t the main reason Mayfield accepted the Senior Bowl’s invitation. Mayfield recently said his purpose was to dispel maturity concerns NFL teams may have stemming from his on-field antics at Oklahoma and an arrest last February on alcohol-related charges.

The committee of both players and owners includes Cardinals owner and president Michael Bidwill, Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum, retired wide receiver Anquan Boldin, Jets quarterback Josh McCown, Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and retired cornerback Aeneas Williams.

The collaboration between the NFL and its players should be celebrated, as it’s the first professional league or entity that has taken the concerns of its players and put resources behind it, Boldin said. Our country has some real issues when it comes to social and racial equality that must be addressed. The only way these issues will get solved is to fight together.

The NFL is planning to highlight certain subjects in the coming weeks and will debut a series of features on NFL Network highlighting various societal issues.

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Oral Roberts has 3 players with double-doubles in win

Albert Owens was one of three Oral Roberts players to notch a double-double with 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and the Golden Eagles beat Division III East Texas Baptist 93-66 on Tuesday night.

Emmanuel Nzekwesi added 12 points and 11 rebounds with three steals for Oral Roberts (8-15). Javan White and R.J. Fuqua each scored 11 and Jontray Harris had 10 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists. Owens was 10 of 17 from the field and reached his second career double-double after just 25 minutes of playing time.

As anyone familiar with the pro game will tell you, the left tackle is among the most important positions in the game. While we bounce between peak, inferno Blake Bortles and the less-than-stellar normal version of him with each week (and sometimes, each possession), Robinson has been a constant. His presumed availability is great news for the Jaguars as they head toward the postseason for the first time in 10 years.

That wasn’t the only blow for the Jaguars, as wide receiver Jaelen Strong announced on his Instagram he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Big South and school record for individual 3s is 11 by CU’s Scott Neely in 1994.

Clemons scored 42 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field, and 10 of 14 from the free-throw line. Burk was 11 of 17 and finished with 32 points. The duo made 22 of Campbell’s 27 baskets. No other Campbell player made more than one field goal.

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz scored 24 points to lead Liberty (12-10, 3-6), which shot 50 percent from the floor (26 of 52), but was just 9-of-24 shooting from long range (37.5 percent).

Right now, though, the Gators are a hot team. The 8-1 stretch includes victories last week over Arkansas and No. 18 Kentucky.

That helped put the Gators in first in the SEC with a 6-1 record.

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Rider finishes on 8-0 run, tips Fairfield 90-88

Dimencio Vaughn scored 20 points with 13 rebounds and his extra effort underneath the basket paid off with the game-winner Tuesday night as Rider edged Fairfield 90-88 in a wild finish.

Really for me, my decision is just going to come down to do I feel like I’m healthy enough to survive another season?

It’s a valid concern for a 32-year-old who played every down possible until the middle of his 11th season. It’s also fair for an all-time great lineman who’s been trapped on an island of ineptitude — save for his rookie season in which the Browns won 10 games but missed the playoffs — since 2007. He’s more than earned the right to move into the next phase of his life if he so desires.

For this year’s game, the league asked the FBI to perform security checks on all credentialed personnel, including members of the media, McCarthy said. The NFL’s security department, which controls the composition of the application form, attempted to make the press credentialing process consistent with checks that are done for others who receive a working credential, which includes requesting racial information.

The FBI has said that while providing racial information is helpful to conducting security checks, it has not been, and was not intended to be, a required field on the application form.

On Wednesday, 19th-ranked Auburn will travel to face a Missouri team that features three players — Jordan Barnett, Kassius Robertson and Jordan Geist — who all shoot better than 40 percent from behind the arc.

You’ve got to do it consistently, Robertson said. We’ve been in countless close games this season. We’ve got to learn how to consistently keep leads and take care of the ball at the end of the game and execute at the end of the game.

Over its past eight games, Missouri (13-6, 3-3 SEC) alternated wins and losses, but as Pearl noted, is 12-1 at home.

Auburn, which will have sizes issues inside and outside against Missouri, will need a repeat performance from Bryce Brown, who made 5 of 9 shots from long range and scored 28 points in the win on Saturday.

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Remember the hype the Capitals had for their game against the Penguins?

Now picture the absolute opposite, and you’d have the lead-up to their game against the Blackhawks.

After years of pitting geographic and traditional rivals against each other, the NHL made the truly bizarre choice to pit teams from opposite conferences with no discernible association in its marquee event. The result was a game seen by few people outside the D.C. area — the 3.47 million viewers in the U.S. was, at the time, the event’s smallest audience — which is a shame because it was one of the most exciting Winter Classics in history.

This is the world we live in. I was thinking about ESPN and they laid off, I don’t know 100 people? … How many people did they lay off over the last year? More?!

Many of which were talented journalists covering the NBA. So this is not an ESPN judgement, it’s a societal thing more than anything. But where we’re going is away from covering the game and we’re getting closer to just sensationalized news, and it’s not even news, it’s just complete nonsense. But if you package that irrational nonsense with some glitter and ribbon, people are gonna watch.

I’ve talked to people in the media and said ‘Why do you guys have to cover that guy.’ They say ‘We don’t want to. Nobody wants to. But our bosses tell us we have to because of the ratings and the readership.’

Field goal Chiefs. Kansas City fails to punch it in after the turnover as Alex Smith’s third-down pass to Kareem Hunt narrowly falls incomplete. Harrison Butker adds a short field to increase the Chiefs lead to 20-13 with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Turnover Chargers. Rivers attempts to force a deep ball into double-coverage on the second play of the possession and his pass is picked off by Marcus Peters, who returns it all the way to the LA 6.

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On Monday night, while some of you (hopefully not many) were watching the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia, a certain young Wolves player found himself in the midst of his own three-act performance.

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