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Center fielder Austin Jackson agrees to two-year, $6 million deal with San Francisco Giants

Center fielder Austin Jackson has agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The deal includes bonuses based on playing time and other escalators that could increase the overall value of the deal to $8.5 million. Jackson, who will turn 31 on Feb. 1, played in 85 games for the Cleveland Indians last season, as he gave them some outfield depth and insurance for All-Star Michael Brantley, who missed more than seven weeks because of a bothersome ankle injury….

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Manchester United remains football’s top revenue-generator

Image copyright Getty Images Manchester United have topped the table of the world’s 20 richest football clubs for the second year in a row, and tenth time overall, says Deloitte. Its Football Money League, based on season 2016-17, also shows the combined revenues of the 20 clubs has risen 6% to €7.9bn (£6.97bn), a new record. Real Madrid, which held top spot for 11 years, were second and Barcelona third. There were a record ten English Premier League clubs in the top 20. The number in the top 30 was…

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George Mitchell on the legacy of the Mitchell Report, PEDs and the Hall of Fame.

In November, baseball writers across America received an advisory from a prominent Hall of Famer with suggestions for how to handle the nettlesome issue of immortality and steroid use. A day after the Hall released its 33-man ballot for 2018, Hall of Fame vice chairman and former Cincinnati Reds great Joe Morgan emailed voters with a list of three criteria he thinks should disqualify future candidates from admission to the shrine. “Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids or were identified as users in Major League Baseball’s investigation into…

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NBA All-Star uniform designs leaked, players to wear black-and-white versions of regular team logos on jersey chests

6:42 PM ET Paul LukasESPN.com Close Sports journalism’s foremost uniform reporter ESPN.com columnist since 2004 Also blogs at uni-watch.com It looks like the difference between this season’s NBA All-Star uniforms and previous All-Star designs will be as stark as black and white. For the past 15 years the league has stuck to the traditional format of the Eastern Conference All-Stars wearing blue or blue-trimmed uniforms and their Western Conference counterparts wearing red. But for this season’s All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be played on Feb. 18 at the Staples…

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Ben Stokes: England all-rounder will not fly to New Zealand before court date

Stokes has not featured for England since September’s win over the West Indies All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February. The 28-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The court date coincides with England’s first Twenty20 match in New Zealand. “I’ve decided it would not be right to join my team-mates until after attending court,” he wrote on Twitter. Stokes, who…

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A big Rory McIlroy comeback and a Tiger Woods prediction at Torrey Pines Weekly 18 ESPN Golf

This was a big week for some big names. Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia all secured victories on various tours, one-quarter of the European Ryder Cup team already dialed in early in the year. We’ll get to their individual achievements, but this edition of the Weekly 18 begins with another big name who made a big comeback — and it ends with the biggest name on the verge of a comeback of his own. The last time Tiger Woods was healthy for a season, back in 2013, he…

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New York Giants name former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator as 18th head coach in franchise history

The New York Giants hired Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as the 18th head coach in Giants history on Monday afternoon. Shurmur has a strong history of working with and developing quarterbacks. He succeeds Ben McAdoo, who was fired last month with four games remaining in a 3-13 season. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Shurmur received a five-year contract. The former Cleveland Browns head coach became available after the Vikings were shellacked 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Shurmur opted after the…

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Taylor Hall of New Jersey Devils to miss at least two games

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall will miss at least two games because of a left hand injury. Hall, who is riding a seven-game points streak, will not play in Monday’s home game against the Red Wings or Tuesday’s game at Boston. “We will re-evaluate where he is on Wednesday,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “He has a hand issue, not a long-term concern, but in the next 48 hours he is not going to play.” Hall leads the team with 17 goals and 48 points. Source link

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Man gets life sentence for killing stemming from New Jersey Devils hat comment

PHILADELPHIA — A man convicted of stabbing another man to death near a popular Philadelphia park because of a comment about the killer’s New Jersey Devils hat has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Steven Simminger, 42, was convicted of murder for the 2016 killing of 24-year-old Colin McGovern in Rittenhouse Square. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Judge J. Scott O’Keefe on Monday added a consecutive 2 1/2- to 5-year term on a weapons count. The judge says the defendant “went out looking for trouble that…

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Re-launch of boxing reality series “The Contender” set for next fall

“The Contender” reality series is being resurrected. Premium cable network Epix will begin production in the spring on a 12-episode season of the boxing reality series set to begin airing in the fall, the network announced Monday. The series initially ran from 2005 to 2008 with the first season on NBC, followed by two on ESPN and a fourth on the now-defunct Versus. The series won’t be Epix’s first foray into boxing. It televised top-level world title fights from 2011 to 2013 but has had a renewed interest in the…

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