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FREE AGENT SPORTS NEWS - DECEMBER 2014

Free agent Kenyon Martin to work out for Bucks
sportingnews.com | December 31, 2014
imageForward Kenyon Martin is slated to work out for Milwaukee coach and former teammate Jason Kidd. The 37-year-old veteran free agent will reportedly meet Kidd in Cleveland on Tuesday, a day before the Bucks play the Cavaliers, according to a Yahoo! Sports source.

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NBA Free Agents Rumors: LeBron James Could Leave Cleveland Cavaliers Again
latinpost.com | December 31, 2014
imageLeBron James made the Cleveland Cavaliers a title contender again this season, but the Cavs have yet to live up to expectations, creating speculation that the four-time Most Valuable Player will consider leaving in the summer.

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Rosenthal: Rays agree to deal with free-agent INF Cabrera
foxsports.com | December 31, 2014
imageThe Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a deal with free-agent shortstop/second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday. Cabrera, 29, had spent his entire eight-season major-league career with the Cleveland Indians before he was dealt to the Washington Nationals on July 31 last season.

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Explaining what Tom Brady's contract restructuring means
espn.go.com | December 31, 2014
imageIt creates cash-flow flexibility for the Patriots. On Saturday, the final three years of Brady’s contract -- $7 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017 -- became fully guaranteed for “skill.” When that happened, it required the Patriots to have a $24 million cash commitment on their budget, and by the end of March, the team would have had to have put that money up with the NFL because of league requirements.

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Orioles still showing interest in free agent Nori Aoki
sportingnews.com | December 31, 2014
imageFree-agent outfielder Nori Aoki is on the Orioles' radar, along with some other high-profile names. FOX Sports reports Baltimore is discussing opportunities with Aoki, while the team also reportedly is interested in free agent outfielders Colby Rasmus and Ichiro Suzuki.

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Kyle Orton surprises Bills with decision to retire
bills.buffalonews.com | December 31, 2014
imageKyle Orton, the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback for the last 12 games in the 2014 season, surprised the team this morning by announcing his retirement after 10 seasons in the NFL. The news came as the players were cleaning out their lockers for the offseason, the day after their 17-9 season-ending victory against the New England Patriots.

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freeagentsports.com | December 30, 2014
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Brewers considering free agent closer Rodriguez
fantasynews.cbssports.com | December 30, 2014
imageThe Brewers are open to the possibility of signing free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez, but are looking to trade for one first, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Rodriguez was 44 for 49 in save opportunities last season. It was his highest save total since he bagged 62 for the Angels in 2008, but he struggled along with the rest of the team down the stretch. He yielded nine earned runs in 13 2/3 innings from late July to early September before righting himself.

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2015 Top Free Agent Running Backs
nflspinzone.com | December 30, 2014
imageWith the season winding down, teams are looking toward the offseason. Free agency and the NFL draft will be the topic of discussion in a couple of weeks. The armchair GMs will be looking around to see what potential free agents are available on the open market. We already have started the list of the top wide receivers available on the open market.

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Mariota the favorite to land No. 1 in Tampa
cbssports.com | December 30, 2014
imageIs Marcus Mariota to Tampa Bay with the No. 1 pick a slam dunk? No. But it makes a lot of sense. The Buccaneers will be in the market for a long-term option at the quarterback position and Mariota is not only one of the best passers in this class, he might be the most talented prospect overall.

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Jason Grilli & Braves Make a Deal
espn.go.com | December 29, 2014
imageATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and veteran reliever Jason Grilli have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. The Braves took to Twitter to announce the deal, which includes a club option for 2017. The 38-year-old right-hander will fill a setup role for closer Craig Kimbrel. He will help replace Jordan Walden, who was traded with right fielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals in the offseason deal that sent starting pitcher Shelby Miller to Atlanta.

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Lakers Scoop Tarik Black Off Waivers
espn.go.com | December 29, 2014
imageThe Los Angeles Lakers have claimed rookie forward Tarik Black off of waivers. The Lakers on Sunday secured the rights to Black, who was let go Friday by the Houston Rockets when Houston needed to clear roster room to sign Josh Smith.

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Where is Rex Ryan Headed?
espn.go.com | December 29, 2014
imageFLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik were fired early Monday morning, the first casualties of the New York Jets' fourth straight year out of the playoffs.

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Chicago Bears Clean House, Trestman & Emery Gone
espn.go.com | December 29, 2014
imageThe Chicago Bears fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman on Monday after a 5-11 season. In a statement, Trestman thanked the Bears organization for giving him the chance to be the team's coach.

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Nationals Pick Up Dan Uggla & Heath Bell
espn.go.com | December 29, 2014
imageThe Washington Nationals agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla and former closer Heath Bell on minor league deals that include invitations to spring training, the team announced Friday.

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Jim Harbaugh Has Accepted Michigan Job
espn.go.com | December 29, 2014
imageThe Chicago Bears fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman on Monday after a 5-11 season. In a statement, Trestman thanked the Bears organization for giving him the chance to be the team's coach.

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Yankee free agent Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan, pitch for Hiroshima Carps
thestarphoenix.com | December 28, 2014
imageTOKYO - Japanese media report free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan in 2015 to pitch for his first team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. The reports say Kuroda, who turns 40 in February, has signed a one year contract worth $3.3 million. Kuroda pitched for Hiroshima from 1997-2007 and then spent four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the New York Yankees.

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2014 MLB Free Agents: Rumors and Predictions for Remaining Available Aces
bleacherreport.com | December 28, 2014
imageMax Scherzer and James Shields still need homes for 2015 and beyond. The two starting pitchers remain untouched on MLB's free-agent market, waiting to select a new employer before Opening Day. While action predictably intensified once fellow ace Jon Lester made his decision, the other premium hurlers did not budge on expediting the process.

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Jason Pierre-Paul: “I think I am worth a lot of money” in free agency
bleacherreport.com | December 28, 2014
imageGiants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is set to become a free agent in March, and he’s planning to cash in. “I think I am worth a lot of money,” Pierre-Paul told ESPN. Pierre-Paul has started all 15 games and recorded 10.5 sacks this season, and he believes that either the Giants or some other team will be willing to pay handsomely for that kind of production.

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Josh Smith agrees to deal with Rockets
sports.yahoo.com | December 26, 2014
imageJosh Smith has agreed to sign a deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Detroit Pistons on Monday released Smith with two years and $26 million left on his contract, unable to find a trade partner and unwilling to move forward with him on the roster.

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Josh Smith the Perfect Midseason Free-Agent Gamble for Houston Rockets
bleacherreport.com | December 26, 2014
imageJosh Smith and the Houston Rockets are, under the circumstances, made for each other. The Detroit Pistons waived Smith Monday, per a team release, sending seismic shockwaves throughout the NBA. Almost immediately, the Rockets emerged as favorites to land him, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Braves to add free-agent catcher Pierzynski
ajc.com | December 26, 2014
imageThe Braves continued their rebuilding of the roster on Christmas Eve, reaching a one-year deal in the ballpark of $2 million with free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, pending a physical, a person familiar with the decision told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The deal may not be announced till after Jan. 1.

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Will More NBA Players Gamble on Themselves in Free Agency?
bleacherreport.com | December 26, 2014
imageWithout it, those in the NBA are doomed to fail. Professional basketball players have to believe in themselves. They must think they're capable of being the best player on the court at any time—or at least the best in their specialized facet of the game. If they don't, they simply don't belong.

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5 Free Agent Cornerbacks the Eagles could Target to Replace Bradley Fletcher
nj.com | December 23, 2014
imageIt's a safe assumption that Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher will not be back with the team next season. Fletcher's performance over the past two weeks, and the reluctance of Eagles' defensive coordinator Bill Davis to make significant schematic adjustments to give him safety help against two of the more dynamic wide receivers in the league are two reasons why the offseason has been brought into focus with one meaningless game remaining on the schedule.

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Hughes, Twins agree to $58M, 5-year contract
foxsports.com | December 23, 2014
imageMINNEAPOLIS -- Phil Hughes was the lone bright spot in the Minnesota Twins' rotation in 2014. Now the right-hander is being rewarded..

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Free-agent fits for the Knicks
espn.go.com | December 23, 2014
imageThe Knicks' 2014-15 season is in shambles, as the current roster has not taken to the triangle offense, and the defense has been even worse. With New York currently in possession of the second-worst winning percentage in the NBA, the search for a savior has naturally shifted to the offseason -- namely, free agency.

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MLB Rumors: Breaking Down Offseason's Trade and Free-Agent Whispers
espn.go.com | December 22, 2014
imageAll MLB fans want for the holidays is a big offseason acquisition to unwrap this spring. Not everyone has thrown caution to the wind like the San Diego Padres, so several clubs are still searching for upgrades before Opening Day. With three months remaining before the season commences, plenty of time remains to complete some deals.

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Marshall Zelaznik: If UFC signed 'Rampage,' it was confident he was free agent
mmajunkie.com | December 23, 2014
imageBARUERI, Brazil – The UFC’s managing director of international development doesn’t anticipate a fight with Bellator MMA over Quinton Jackson, despite the Viacom-owned promotion’s stance that he is still under contract.

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Cubs Bring In Veteran Catcher David Ross
espn.go.com | December 22, 2014
imageFree-agent catcher David Ross has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, he told ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes via text message. The deal is for two years and $5 million, a source told ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers. Fox Sports earlier reported the deal.

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Justin Upton Acquired By Padres
espn.go.com | December 22, 2014
imageThe San Diego Padres have acquired left fielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, the team announced. The Padres also got right-hander Aaron Northcraft in the deal. Atlanta received minor league left-hander Max Fried, infielders Dustin Peterson and Jace Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and international bonus compensation.

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Rondo's Role In Dallas Will Be Important
sports.yahoo.com | December 22, 2014
imageThe Boston Celtics traded former All-Star guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Dallas wants to make a run at a championship with the aging Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler still playing at high levels. The Mavericks will pair Rondo with explosive guard Monta Ellis in the backcourt.

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Deron Williams Possibly Going To Sacramento
sports.yahoo.com | December 22, 2014
imageThe Nets and Sacramento Kings have engaged in trade talks involving Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams, league sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com, but no deal is imminent. Sources confirmed Saturday that the Kings have inquired about Williams.

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Philbin Will Be Returning To Miami
espn.go.com | December 22, 2014
imageMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said after Sunday's 37-35 win against the Minnesota Vikings that coach Joe Philbin will return for a fourth season. "It's frustrating that we didn't make the playoffs. I feel as bad as everybody," Ross said. "But I think we're building something here, and I believe in the coach."

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Goran Dragic Is Open Minded About Playing For Knicks
nydailynews.com | December 22, 2014
imagePhil Jackson is concerned that all the losing by the Knicks will drive off potential free agents this summer. And Saturday’s 99-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns only feeds into that fear. But one of those soon-to-be free agents, Goran Dragic, who finished with 10 points for the Suns in his second game after returning from a lower back injury on Saturday, said that Jackson shouldn’t be so concerned.

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Harbaugh Is Considering Michigan Job
espn.go.com | December 18, 2014
imageMultiple NFL and Michigan sources had said for weeks that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was not expected to wind up at Michigan, but in recent days at least one person familiar with his thinking said he was at least "considering it."

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Kings' Owner Wants Flashy Offense Minded Coach
espn.go.com | December 18, 2014
imageVivek Ranadive is grateful for the discipline and order that Mike Malone restored in the Kings. But he wants Sacramento's next head coach to be an offensive-minded "jazz director." Ranadive discussed Malone's firing and the Kings' coaching search in an interview Tuesday with ESPN's James Ham, saying he wants a coach who will help showcase the players' offensive talents.

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Once Again, Timberwolves Are Shopping Corey Brewer
espn.go.com | December 18, 2014
imageThe Minnesota Timberwolves have put veteran swingman Corey Brewer back on the trading block, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Timberwolves, beset with injuries and mired at the foot of the Western Conference with a record of 5-19, are again engaging contending teams in trade discussions for Brewer after making him available in mid-November and then abruptly pulling him off the market.

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Rondo Maybe Heading To Dallas
espn.go.com | December 18, 2014
imageThe Boston Celtics, after years of flirting with potential Rajon Rondo deals, are in substantive discussions on a trade that would send Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

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Rockies Sign Former Cardinal; Descalso
stltoday.com | December 18, 2014
imageA complementary infielder who had exemplary moments in October for the Cardinals, Daniel Descalso didn't have to linger long in the free-agent market before being signed by a western club.

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49ers Release Ray McDonald
espn.go.com | December 18, 2014
imageThe San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald. "This is about a pattern of poor behavior," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday. "We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions."

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Brandon Morrow And Padres Make Deal
sports.yahoo.com | December 18, 2014
imageSAN DIEGO (AP) -- Free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season.

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Grizzlies End Warriors' Winning Streak
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A big boost from the very deep Memphis bench put a stop to the Golden State Warriors' 16-game winning streak. With all backups on the floor, Vince Carter and the Grizzlies scored 20 straight points to start the second quarter and went on to beat Golden State 105-98 on Tuesday night.

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Manziel Shows Assertiveness, 1 Hour Early To Practice
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageBEREA, Ohio -- Johnny Manziel called his ugly debut as an NFL starter an "absolutely" humbling experience, and his midweek preparation habits for Sunday's game at Carolina seem to validate those words.

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Jabari Parker Out For Season With Torn ACL
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageMilwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is expected to miss the rest of his rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday night.

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Chandler Shows Pity Towards Melo
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler feels sorry for former New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony, the face of a team that fell to 5-22 with Tuesday's 107-87 loss to the Mavs.

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Chris Davis Granted Permission For Use Of Adderall
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageBaltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis, who was suspended 25 games in September for testing positive for amphetamines, has received clearance from Major League Baseball to use Adderall in the 2015 season, manager Buck Showalter told reporters Tuesday.

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Alex Rodriguez Is Now A Full Time DH
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over. At best, he hopes Rodriguez will be New York's full-time designated hitter.

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Murray Participates In Practice Less Than 48 Hours After Surgery
espn.go.com | December 17, 2014
imageIRVING, Texas -- Less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left hand, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on the practice field Wednesday, taking part in individual drills.

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Bryce Harper Will Be a National For At Least 2 More Years
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageOutfielder Bryce Harper has agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Washington Nationals, avoiding a scheduled grievance hearing this week with the team, baseball sources told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

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Melky Cabrera & White Sox Agree on Deal
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageCHICAGO -- The White Sox have found an upgrade in left field by agreeing with free agent Melky Cabrera, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com. The three-year contract is worth $42 million, pending a physical exam which is expected to take place early this week, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

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Durant & Westbrook Lead Thunder to 6 Straight Wins
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageOKLAHOMA CITY -- When Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were out with injuries the Oklahoma City Thunder stumbled to a 3-12 start, leaving some wondering if they'd be able to make up enough ground to qualify for the playoffs once their stars returned.

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49ers Are Out Of Playoff Contention
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageSEATTLE -- Doug Baldwin was caught. Not in the sense of getting tackled, but caught being an observer. Baldwin couldn't help himself. When Seattle's wide receiver saw that Green Bay had lost, he gave a little fist pump knowing what that meant for the Seahawks.

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Warriors Continue Hot Streak Of 16 Straight Wins
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageNEW ORLEANS -- As Stephen Curry watched his second 3-pointer in overtime go down from 26 feet out, he shrugged his shoulders then pounded his chest. It's as if Curry just can't help himself when the chance to hit a devastating shot arises, and the Golden State Warriors can't help but win -- even when it looks like they shouldn't.

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Cincinnati Cashed Out On Johnny Manziel
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageCLEVELAND -- Johnny Manziel flashes money signs when he reaches the end zone, but Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry beat him to it in the rookie's first NFL start.

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Kobe Passes The GOAT to Become 3rd on NBA Scoring List
espn.go.com | December 15, 2014
imageMINNEAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time scoring list Sunday and moved into third place behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

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Stanton Out, Who's Next In Line For Cardinals QB?
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals won't know the extent of QB Drew Stanton's right knee injury suffered in Thursday night's 12-6 win over the St. Louis Rams until they get back to Arizona and put the quarterback through more tests, coach Bruce Arians said.

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Marlins Are Building Around Stanton
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageThe Miami Marlins are serious about contending in the NL East. If signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a monster contract last month wasn't proof enough, a late flurry at the winter meetings sure made it clear.

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Jimmy Rollins Is Now A Dodger
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageJimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending his 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. It is unclear what Philadelphia acquired in exchange for the 36-year-old Rollins, a three-time All-Star shortstop who won the National League MVP in 2007.

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Dwight Hopeful For Return On Saturday
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageOAKLAND, Calif. -- Injured Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said Wednesday that he's aiming to return for the team's game Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. Howard missed his 10th consecutive game with right knee soreness in Wednesday's 105-93 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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Harden Powers Rockets Over Kings In Overtime
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Although he struggled to hit shots in regulation, James Harden demonstrated in overtime why he's the NBA's leading scorer. Harden scored a season-high 44 points, including 10 in the extra period, and also had eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets over the Sacramento Kings 113-109 on Thursday night.

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Accident Humbled Cam Newton
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton feels lucky to be alive every time he gets a "glimpse or flash" at the truck he was driving in Tuesday's wreck near Bank of America Stadium.

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Kobe Goes Off On Teammates During Practice
espn.go.com | December 12, 2014
imageEL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant returned to practice for the first time this month and called his teammates "soft" during a heated 5-on-5 scrimmage between the starters and reserves Thursday.

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Red Sox Send Cespedes To Tigers For Porcello
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageSAN DIEGO -- In a flurry of moves late Wednesday and early Thursday, the Boston Red Sox added three starting pitchers as they attempt to fill the rotation void left when Jon Lester decided to sign with the Cubs.

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Melvin Gordon Will Declare for 2015 Draft
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageIn a move that was widely expected, Wisconsin star running back Melvin Gordon says he plans to enter the 2015 NFL draft. The redshirt junior confirmed the decision to go pro in an interview Wednesday morning on "The Dan Patrick Show."

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Scuffle At Redksins Practice
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland and receiver Andre Roberts exchanged punches during the individual portion of practice, adding yet another layer of drama to the team's season.

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Turf War Between Nike & Adidas
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageFor years, the world's two largest shoe and apparel companies -- Nike and Adidas -- have battled for supremacy, with the competition occasionally leading to a lawsuit over a particular design or material, which one considers proprietary.

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Carmelo & Hardaway Make Peace
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageSAN ANTONIO -- New York Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. denied Wednesday that they have a poor relationship in response to a report earlier in the day by ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.

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Matt Kemp Headed To San Diego
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageThe Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a trade that will send Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, a Padres official confirmed to ESPN.com. Los Angeles will receive catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and another prospect, the source said, while the Padres get Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz.

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Warriors Have Won 14 Straight
espn.go.com | December 11, 2014
imageOAKLAND, Calif. -- Steve Kerr knew he had a lot of expectations on him after taking over a Golden State Warriors team that Mark Jackson led to a 51-win season and back-to-back playoff appearances.

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Relief For Cam Newton
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was not at fault in the two-car crash Tuesday involving him and another driver near the team's stadium in Charlotte, police said.

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Astros Add Depth To Bullpen
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageThe Houston Astros have agreed to a three-year, $18.5 million contract with Luke Gregerson and also have agreed to sign reliever Pat Neshek, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports.

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John Lester Going To Chicago Cubs
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageThe Chicago Cubs have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, with the free-agent left-hander agreeing to sign with the team late Tuesday night. The deal is for six years and $155 million, a source confirmed to ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers.

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Knicks Have Lost 9th Straight Loss
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageNEW ORLEANS -- Tyreke Evans wasn't about to let his recent shooting slump limit his aggression. Certainly not with the reeling New York Knicks in town. Evans scored 27 points, Anthony Davis added 18 and the New Orleans Pelicans dropped the Knicks to their ninth straight loss, 104-93 on Tuesday night.

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Magic Johnson Hopes The Lakers Lose Big Time
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageMagic Johnson thinks that the Los Angeles Lakers should get serious about losing. Johnson, speaking at Steiner Sports' In Their Own Words product launch Tuesday in New York, said he wants his former team to lose enough games to contend for a high lottery pick in next year's NBA draft.

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Big Game For 49ers This Sunday vs Seattle
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageThe San Francisco 49ers are double-digit underdogs for the first time in coach Jim Harbaugh's four-year tenure. A $30,000 limit bet on Seattle was placed Tuesday and forced the MGM sports book to bump up the point spread on Sunday's game against the 49ers. The Seahawks are now 10-point favorites over their NFC West rivals.

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Cavs Have Won 8 Straight
espn.go.com | December 10, 2014
imageCLEVELAND -- LeBron James acknowledged that it didn't look good for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. As usual when his team is in trouble, he did something about it. James scored 35 points, making the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining, and Cleveland rallied to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-101 for its eighth straight victory.

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Everyone Awaits Lester's Decision
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageThe Jon Lester talks have reached the homestretch with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed by having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources. Sources said that, because of the negotiations, Lester could wait until Wednesday to make his final decision.

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Confirmed, Eric Berry Has Hodgkin Lymphoma
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Further testing on Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry confirmed that he has Hodgkin's lymphoma, his doctor said Monday. "This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," Dr. Christopher Flowers, a lymphoma specialist at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said in a statement released through the Chiefs.

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Martinez Will Wear No.18 Next Year In Tribute To Lost Taveras
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageSt. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will wear No. 18 next season to honor his late friend and former teammate Oscar Taveras, who died in a car accident in October.

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Royalty In Attendance At Barclay Center For Cavs vs Nets
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Prince William and Kate's royal visit brought an NBA Finals-like buzz to the Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game Monday night. And there was a moment that captivated the entire Barclays Center when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met and exchanged pleasantries with music's royal couple -- Jay Z and Beyonce -- on the court before the start of the fourth quarter.

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Phil Jackson Believes Knicks Have "Loser Mentality"
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageGREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks president Phil Jackson sees a troubling characteristic developing in his team. "It's about a loser's mentality," Jackson said on Monday. "It's not about the skill or the talent level."

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Marvin Lewis Calls Johnny Manziel A Midget
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageMarvin Lewis considers the possibility of facing a Johnny Manziel-led Cleveland Browns team this week as only a small concern, as the Cincinnati Bengals coach referred to the rookie quarterback as a "midget" on Monday. With the Browns (7-6) potentially going away from incumbent starter Brian Hoyer, WLW-AM in Cincinnati on Monday asked Lewis how his first-place Bengals (8-4-1) would handle the possibility of facing Johnny Football.

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John Wall Pays Tribute To Lost Friend
espn.go.com | December 9, 2014
imageWashington Wizards guard John Wall broke down in tears during an emotional postgame interview as he talked about Miyah Telemaque-Nelson, the 6-year-old girl Wall had befriended who died of cancer Monday morning.

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Jayson Werth Sentenced 10 days In Jail Due To Reckless Driving
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageFAIRFAX, Va. -- Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was convicted Friday of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in jail for driving his Porsche over 100 mph on the Capital Beltway earlier this year.

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Kevin Cash is Ray's New Manager
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays aren't wary of Kevin Cash's age and inexperience. The team tabbed the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon's replacement Friday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu.

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Ram's Use 6 Captains That Were Traded For RG3's Draft Slot
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageLANDOVER, Md. - The St. Louis Rams had a little different look during the pregame coin toss of Sunday's 24-0 win against the Washington Redskins. Receiver Stedman Bailey, cornerback Janoris Jenkins, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, running back Zac Stacy, left tackle Greg Robinson and linebacker Alec Ogletree represented the team as coin toss captains.

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Seattle Defense Dismantles Eagles Offense
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageMark Sanchez had his worst performance as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback Sunday, then continued to take more hits from the Seattle Seahawks after the game.

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Warriors Owner Apologizes To Mark Jackson Regarding His Comments
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageGolden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, who criticized Mark Jackson's management skills and likability last week, apologized to his former coach Sunday. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark Jackson and what he accomplished as our head coach,"

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Magic Johnson Praises LeBron's Stance On Today's Social Battles
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageTORONTO -- Decades after he started to become known just as much as an advocate for AIDS and HIV awareness as he was for being a basketball player, Magic Johnson challenged today's athletes to use their platform to take up a cause. And he commended LeBron James for doing just that.

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DeMarcus Cousins Battling Viral Meningitis
espn.go.com | December 8, 2014
imageSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with viral meningitis and will be sidelined at least another week. The Kings said Sunday night that Cousins' symptoms are stable and a full recovery is expected. He has sat out the last five games with what the team initially called a viral infection, which sent him to the hospital for tests last week.

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Clowney's Rookie Season Is Over
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageHOUSTON -- Jadeveon Clowney's rookie season is over. After meeting with renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Wednesday, it was determined that Clowney needs a second surgery on his right knee, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday. The Texans will place Clowney on season-ending injured reserve.

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Kyrie Has Been The Main Reason For Cav's Success
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Kyrie Irving looked ready to slam the ball down in frustration, angry his coach had stopped him when the Knicks couldn't. Everything worked out during that timeout Irving didn't want. David Blatt put the ball right back in his point guard's hands, and Irving delivered one last time.

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Ryan Dempster Gets Promotion
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageVeteran pitcher Ryan Dempster retired as a member of the Chicago Cubs and will stay on with the team's front office. Not much later Friday, he said he would do his best to lure his friend and former Boston teammate, free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, to the club.

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Pelicans Have Eye On Gal Mekel
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageThe New Orleans Pelicans are in advanced discussions to sign former Dallas Mavericks point guard Gal Mekel, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that the Pelicans have zeroed on Mekel in their search for backcourt depth after auditioning a number of guards this week, including NBA veteran Eric Maynor, Diante Garrett from the D-League's Iowa Energy and former Los Angeles Lakers player Darius Morris.

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Kobe & Rondo Have Social Breakfast
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageThe intriguing breakfast between Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo on Thursday morning in Boston was indeed just breakfast. The two stars had planned for weeks on meeting up for a meal when the Lakers were in Boston, sources told ESPN.com.

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Brandon Marshall Remains In Hospital From TNF Injury
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageLAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will not play again this season after suffering two fractured ribs and a lung injury during the team's 41-28 loss Thursday night to the Dallas Cowboys, two sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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Yankees Acquire New Franchise Short Stop
espn.go.com | December 5, 2014
imageFor the all-time trivia question of who was the man to replace Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees' shortstop, the answer may very well be 24-year-old Didi Gregorius. The Yankees on Friday announced that they have acquired Gregorius from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade that also involves the Tigers.

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Nick Markakis To The Braves
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageThe Atlanta Braves and free-agent outfielder Nick Markakis have agreed on a four-year deal, the team announced Wednesday night. The deal between the two sides could wind up in the range of $45 million, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

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Manziel Being Patient And Understanding
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageBEREA, Ohio -- Johnny Manziel's goal for the future: Turn a no into a yes. Manziel understood Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine's decision to start veteran Brian Hoyer over him for Sunday's game against Indianapolis, but Manziel said he hopes he made the coaching call "very difficult" with his relief performance in Buffalo.

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Ravens' Ngata Busted For PEDs
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageOWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has been suspended for the rest of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Thursday.

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Back To Back Clutch Nights For Monta Ellis
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageMILWAUKEE -- Monta Ellis once again saved his sharp shooting for the end. Ellis hit a wild, fall-away jumper at the buzzer, lifting the Dallas Mavericks over the Milwaukee Bucks 107-105 on Wednesday night.

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Nike Gives Irving Signature Shoe Line
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Nike unveiled the Kyrie 1, its first signature shoe for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, on Wednesday night. "It's great to have the support of Nike and the guys who came before me, like Kobe [Bryant] and LeBron [James]," Irving said. "It makes the juice taste that much sweeter."

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Kyle Seager Gets Payed!
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageSEATTLE -- Kyle Seager was initially "the other guy." When the Seattle Mariners held the No. 2 pick in the 2009 amateur draft, it was clear they were targeting North Carolina outfielder Dustin Ackley. But in the process of scouting Ackley, the Tar Heels' third baseman caught the attention of Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara and general manager Jack Zduriencik.

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Sixers Finally Win 1st Game Of Season
espn.go.com | December 4, 2014
imageMINNEAPOLIS -- The Philadelphia 76ers were 16 seconds into their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Henry Sims was stepping to the free throw line when referee Zach Zarba blew his whistle and stopped the game.

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Judged By Work Not Sexuality In MLB
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imageVeteran Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott revealed in an interview that he is gay and married to his partner of 28 years. "I am extremely grateful that Major League Baseball has always judged me on my work and nothing else," Scott told Outsports.com in an article published Tuesday. "And that's the way it should be."

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Big Ben Wants To Be Cautious About Bell's Workload
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imagePITTSBURGH -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called Le'Veon Bell the "best all-around back in the game," but he also expressed concern about the second-year player's workload.

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Torii Hunter Headed Back To Minnesota
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imageTorii Hunter, the 16-year veteran free-agent outfielder, is returning to his roots with the Minnesota Twins. "You talk about true love,'' Hunter told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "That's the Twins right there.''

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Packers Are Becoming Great Again
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imageGREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers isn't ready to call this the best Green Bay Packers team he has been a part of, even though Sunday's victory over the New England Patriots has put them on the fast track as Super Bowl favorites.

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Warriors Have Won 10 Straight
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imageOAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr saw the look in Stephen Curry's eyes and the bounce in his step as he sprinted with the ball in transition. "I was thinking, 'Don't call timeout," Kerr said. Good move, Coach.

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Clutch Night For Monta Ellis'
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imageCHICAGO -- Normally, taking 35 shots to score 38 points is not a production level that any NBA coach would embrace. But no one in the Dallas Mavericks' locker room had a problem with Monta Ellis' line in the boxscore Tuesday night.

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KD Scores 27 in Return From Injury
espn.go.com | December 3, 2014
imageNEW ORLEANS -- Kevin Durant didn't look rusty when he drove past Anthony Davis for a two-handed dunk or when he fired off any of his three 3-pointers. The 27 points scored by the reigning NBA MVP in his comeback from a foot injury just wasn't enough for Oklahoma City to overcome Tyreke Evans' relentless drives to the hoop or Davis' all-around dominance.

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Veteran Nelson Cruz Signs Multiple Year Deal
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imageVeteran outfielder Nelson Cruz has agreed to a multiyear deal with the Seattle Mariners, pending a physical, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

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Ray Rice Hopes For A Second Chance
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imageRay Rice wants a second chance in the NFL and hopes that any team interested in signing him will "look deeper into who I am." Rice, who was reinstated to the NFL on Friday after winning his appeal of an indefinite suspension, spoke about his future in football during an interview that aired Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show.

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No Disciplinary Actions For Rams Players' Ferguson Gesture
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imageThe five Rams players who entered the field before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in St. Louis with their hands in the air in "don't shoot" poses will not be fined for their actions.

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John Wall Among Top Guards In East
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imageCLEVELAND -- There's a new guard in the East, and John Wall of the Washington Wizards says he is one of a trio of court generals at the top who will be forever intertwined along with Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and Chicago's Derrick Rose.

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Sixers Are Now 0-17
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imagePHILADELPHIA -- The Spurs didn't have Tim Duncan or Tony Parker, and it gave Kawhi Leonard a chance to shine. Leonard scored a game-high 26 points and had a crucial three-point play in the final minute to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the winless 76ers 109-103, extending Philadelphia's franchise-worst losing streak to start the season to 0-17.

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Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez Introduced As Red Sox Players
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imageBOSTON -- Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the past two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they're teammates, signing with the Boston Red Sox as free agents to try to boost Boston out of the AL East cellar.

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Adidas Reveals NBA All-Star Uniforms
espn.go.com | December 2, 2014
imageAdidas unveiled its designs for the uniforms and apparel for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Tuesday morning. The uniforms are starkly plain compared to those of previous years, a tribute to the style of the host city's basketball past.

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Wade and Melo Return For a Duel In NY
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Dwyane Wade missed the Heat's previous seven games. The Knicks would have liked him to miss at least one more. Wade returned a hamstring injury to score 27 points -- 13 in the fourth quarter -- and Miami beat New York 86-79 on Sunday night.

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MLB Raises Minimum Salary
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageNEW YORK -- Major League Baseball's minimum salary is rising to $507,500 next year from $500,000. The sport's collective bargaining agreement called for a cost-of-living adjustment based on the yearly increase through October of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, rounded to the nearest $500.

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Injury Trouble For Raptors
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageTORONTO -- Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is going to be out an indefinite period with a torn tendon in his left groin. The durable All-Star was injured during the third quarter of Friday night's 106-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He was diagnosed with the injury Saturday.

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Diamondbacks Land Cuban Slugger
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageThe Arizona Diamondbacks and Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas have agreed to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million, according to a report by MLB.com. The report, which cites industry sources, states that the deal is believed to include an opt-out clause after four years.

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Arizona Is In Trouble
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageATLANTA -- Already dealing with a hip flexor, Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington said he suffered a hip pointer after getting kneed in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. "Got a little bruise, wasn't able to put no pressure on it, so that's pretty much it," Ellington said.

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Will Money Manziel Get A Shot?
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Johnny Manziel era has begun in earnest -- and there might be no turning back. Manziel finally got his chance to play significant NFL snaps when the Cleveland Browns benched Brian Hoyer early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

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Kobe Goes Into Record Books
espn.go.com | December 1, 2014
imageLOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant has a habit of making history against the Toronto Raptors, and the Los Angeles Lakers star did so again Sunday. En route to his 20th career triple-double, the 36-year-old Bryant earned his 6,000th career assist midway through the third quarter of L.A.'s 129-122 overtime win over the Raptors.

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