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.

“Our coaching staff, we’re just trying to stay Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China positive and just try to make it as simple as possible Cheap Kids Jerseys for those guys until we’re able to catch on.”

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.