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NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Younger Award winner Jacob deGrom and main league residence run champion Khris Davis reached excessive-priced one-yr offers to keep away from wage arbitration, whereas slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola have been amongst 15 gamers nonetheless on monitor for hearings.

Betts and the World Collection champion Boston Purple Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-yr contract on Friday, a $9.5 million increase that topped pitcher Max Scherzer’s $eight.eight million hike from Detroit in 2014.

Betts’ normal didn’t final the day, damaged when deGrom and the New York Mets agreed at $17 million, a $9.6 million improve.

Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, eligible for the primary time, received a fair greater increase. His wage went up greater than $9.9 million, from $643,200 to $10.55 million.

Davis and the Oakland Athletics reached a $16.5 million deal, a $6 million increase after he hit 48 residence runs with a profession-excessive 123 RBIs.

Among the many 157 gamers eligible for arbitration initially of the day, 142 reached offers on the busiest day of the offseason.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a commerce with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a cope with Milwaukee.

Los Angeles obtained the 35-year-previous Canadian from the Blue Jays for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a proper-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder. Toronto is sending money to offset a few of the $20 million Martin is owed in the ultimate season of his contract.

A 4-time All-Star, Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to 3 playoff appearances. He signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent after the 2010 season and spent two seasons in the Bronx earlier than enjoying two seasons with Pittsburgh and 4 with Toronto.


COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have signed kicker Nick Rose forward of Sunday’s AFC playoff recreation towards New England.

Rose is predicted to deal with kickoffs for the divisional-spherical recreation. Michael Badgley has made 20 of 22 subject objectives in the course of the common season and playoffs however solely 15 % of his kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks (9 of 60), a league low. Rose had a 71 % touchback price (32 of 47) in 10 video games with the Redskins and Chargers final season.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak gained’t return to run the Denver Broncos offense in any case for brand spanking new head coach Vic Fangio, an individual with information of the choice informed The Related Press on Friday.

The individual, who spoke on situation of anonymity due to the delicate nature of the discussions, stated it turned obvious during the last 24 hours that Kubiak wasn’t the best match due to philosophical variations over scheme and employees.

Kubiak had needed to deliver again a number of the assistant coaches who’ve adopted him all through his teaching profession together with dusting off schemes that have been profitable in one other period however don’t match with the Broncos’ quest to modernize their strategy.

Kubiak stays underneath contract with the Broncos and can proceed in his position as a senior personnel adviser to common supervisor John Elway.

—By AP Soccer Author Arnie Stapleton.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets formally have Adam Gase in place.

The staff introduced the hiring of the previous Miami Dolphins coach as their head coach Friday after coming to an settlement on Wednesday night time.

Gase will probably be formally launched because the Jets’ coach at a information convention Monday on the staff’s facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. The 40-year-previous Gase was 23-26 in three years with Miami, together with a playoff recreation in the 2016 season, earlier than being fired final week.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry made 5 three-pointers to maneuver into third place all-time in NBA historical past behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller, and the Golden State Warriors rolled previous the Chicago Bulls 146-109 on Friday night time in their most lopsided win of the season.

Curry moved previous Jason Terry with again-to-again 3s early in the third quarter and ended a 28-point night time with 2,285 three-pointers in his profession, trailing solely Allen (2,973) and Miller (2,560).

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies guard/ahead Dillon Brooks is predicted to overlook the rest of the season due to a ruptured ligament in his proper massive toe.

The Grizzlies introduced that Brooks underwent surgical procedure Friday. The Grizzlies stated Brooks ought to have a full restoration in time for the 2019-20 coaching camp.

Brooks, 22, appeared in 18 video games this season off the bench and averaged 7.5 factors, 1.7 rebounds and 18.three minutes.


Rick Nash has determined to retire at 34 due to unresolved signs from a concussion he suffered in March.

Agent Joe Resnick introduced Nash’s retirement in a press release Friday. Resnick says Nash determined underneath recommendation from docs that the danger of mind damage was far too nice if he returned to play hockey.

Nash scored 437 objectives and had 368 assists for 805 factors in 1,zero60 common-season NHL video games.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have acquired middle Jordan Weal from the Philadelphia Flyers for a minor leaguer and a draft decide.

Weal has three objectives and 9 factors in 28 video games for the Flyers this season. Over elements of 4 seasons, Weal had 19 objectives and 42 factors in 124 video games. Weal was initially drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the third spherical of the 2010 draft.


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s wanting ahead to celebrating Clemson’s nationwide champion soccer workforce on the White Home on Monday.

Trump introduced the staff’s go to in a tweet Friday, exclaiming “what a game, what a coach, what a team!”

Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 on Monday night time in the title recreation.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Temple has employed Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey as its subsequent soccer coach, filling a emptiness that abruptly opened in late December after the newly-employed Manny Diaz left to steer Miami.

Athletic director Patrick Kraft says Carey is a confirmed winner and the correct match to maintain the Owls shifting ahead.

Carey arrives after Geoff Collins departed to Georgia Tech and Temple unexpectedly misplaced Diaz as its first alternative.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma backup quarterback Austin Kendall has entered the NCAA switch database portal.

A college spokesperson confirmed Kendall’s entry Friday.

Different faculties can now contact Kendall. He has already graduated, so he can be eligible to play instantly.

Kendall was Baker Mayfield’s backup in 2016 and battled Kyler Murray for the beginning job into fall camp this previous season.


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Gordon Smith, longtime CEO and government director of the U.S. Tennis Affiliation, will retire on the finish of 2019 after 12 years on the job.

USTA chairman Patrick Galbraith stated Friday that Smith “brought our sport to new levels” and “represented American tennis with class and dignity around the world.”

Underneath Smith, the nationwide governing physique completed the 5-yr, $600 million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle. That included two new stadiums plus a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.


DETROIT (AP) — Tigers minor league pitcher Gregory Soto has been suspended 20 video games with out pay by Main League Baseball beneath a provision of the game’s collective bargaining settlement permitting self-discipline for conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the game.

The 23-year-previous left-hander’s suspension resulted from an settlement with the gamers’ affiliation, an individual conversant in the self-discipline informed The Related Press on Friday, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of no assertion was approved. The individual stated the suspension was not associated to playing.

Soto’s self-discipline additionally couldn’t be due to medicine or home violence, that are coated by different agreements between MLB and the union.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama decide briefly reinstated Maori Davenport’s eligibility Friday after the highschool star had been suspended over what her mother and father described as a mistake cost from USA Basketball.

Pike County Circuit Decide Sonny Reagan issued an order stopping the Alabama Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation from disqualifying Davenport till the courtroom guidelines on a grievance filed by the teenager’s mother and father. It’s unclear when the courtroom will rule on the grievance.

Davenport, a senior at Charles Henderson Excessive Faculty in Troy and a Rutgers signee, had been dominated ineligible for her ultimate season by state highschool officers after receiving an $857.20 examine from USA Basketball, which has been repaid.

Davenport returned to the courtroom Friday night time, scoring 25 factors in Charles Henderson Excessive Faculty’s victory over Carroll.


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — John Michels, a School Soccer Corridor of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all 4 of their Tremendous Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87.

Michels’ daughter, Sarah Michels-Dunkel, stated Friday that her father died Thursday in Kingsport.

Michels labored on the Vikings’ teaching employees from 1967-93, making him the longest-tenured assistant coach in franchise historical past. He was the offensive line coach that whole stretch, most of it underneath coach Bud Grant, except for one season a operating backs coach.

He performed for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953 and 1956 earlier than becoming a member of the Canadian Soccer League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the place he performed for Grant.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State’s males’s basketball workforce from 1969-76 and remained a part of the athletic division till his retirement in 2000, has died. He was 92.

Michigan State stated Ganakas died Friday. Tom Izzo, the lads’s basketball program’s present coach, calls Ganakas one of the crucial selfless and constructive individuals he’s ever been round.

Ganakas turned an assistant coach at Michigan State in 1966. After taking up as head coach three years later, he went 89-84 in seven seasons. Jud Heathcote succeeded him and led the Spartans to a nationwide title in 1979.

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