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Friday
Jan042019

Lakers star LeBron James out at least one more week

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles forward LeBron James will miss at least three more games as he recovers from a groin strain.

In a statement, the team said James is receiving daily treatment and continues to progress with his recovery. The team added he will be re-evaluated in one week. 

The injury dates back to the team's Christmas game against Golden State. James left in the third quarter of that game.

James will miss game's against the Knicks, Timberwolves and the Mavericks. He could also miss the team's game against the Pistons next Wednesday.

The Lakers have lost three of four games James has been out. They sit in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 21-17 record.

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Friday
Jan042019

West Virginia hire's Troy's Neal Brown as next head coach

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) -- West Virginia is has hired Troy Head Coach Neal Brown as their next head coach, sources tell ESPN.

The Mountaineer's search for a new head coach only lasted two days after Dana Holgerson left for Houston.

Brown went 35-16 in his four season's leading Troy and is one of only three coaches in the FBS to win at least 10 games each of the past three season's.

Troy won the Sun Belt Conference title in 2017 and were co-Sun Belt East champion's this past season.

West Virginia went 8-4 and finished 4th in the Big 12 in 2018.

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Friday
Jan042019

Grizzlies acquire Justin Holiday from Bulls in trade

Tim Warner/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired Justin Holiday from the Chicago Bulls, the team announced late Thursday.

In exchange for the 29-year-old guard, Memphis sent guard MarShon Brooks and guard/forward Wayne Selden Jr. to Chicago. The Grizzlies also gave up two future second round draft picks to the Bulls.

This season with Chicago, Holiday has started in every game in which he’s appeared. He’s averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

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Friday
Jan042019

Reliever David Robertson signs two-year deal with Phillies

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Free agent reliever David Robertson is heading to Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Thursday that the 33-year-old right-hander has agreed to a two-year contract with the team. The deal also includes a third-year club option.

A source tells ESPN Robertson will earn $10 million this upcoming season and $11 million in 2020. The third-year club option in 2021 will be for $12 million and includes a $2 million buyout.

Last season with the New York Yankees, Robertson pitched in 69 games and went 8-3 with a 3.23 ERA. He had a total of five saves and 91 strikeouts.

Robertson opted for free agency at the end of the season.

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Friday
Jan042019

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/3/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
San Antonio 125, Toronto 107
Denver 117, Sacramento 113
OT Houston 135, Golden State 134

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Minnesota 4, Toronto 3
Carolina 5, Philadelphia 3
Buffalo 4, Florida 3
Boston 6, Calgary 4
OT NY Islanders 3, Chicago 2
Montreal 2, Vancouver 0
St. Louis 5, Washington 2
Tampa Bay 6, L.A. Kings 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) Michigan 68, Penn St. 55
(18) NC State 87, Miami 82
(21) Indiana 73, Illinois 65
Minnesota 59, (22) Wisconsin 52
Purdue 86, (25) Iowa 70

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Thursday
Jan032019

Domestic charge against Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster dropped

Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The domestic violence charge pending against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster has been dropped.

The State Attorney's Office dropped the misdemeanor charge, which stemmed from an incident in Tampa, Fla., between Foster and his ex-girlfriend on the night of Nov. 24, according to a Hillsborough County filing. Prosecutors said evidence in the case was insufficient to follow through with the charge.

Foster was due to appear for his arraignment on Thursday before the charge was dropped.

Police in Tampa had said at the time of the incident that Foster and Elissa Ennis were involved in a verbal altercation when "Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face."

Ennis later told her story to ABC's Good Morning America in December.

"We're disappointed. The prosecutor's choice is yet another slap in the face to Miss Ennis, just like the one Mr. Foster gave her in Tampa," Ennis' attorney, Adante Pointer, told ABC News Thursday. "Elissa Ennis was fully ready to participate and hold him accountable. This is not a situation where she recanted, nor that the prosecutor had new evidence that it didn't happen."

Foster and Ennis had previously been involved in another domestic incident in February 2018. In that case,  a domestic abuse charge against Foster was also dropped after Ennis retracted her allegations that the football player had hit her.

Foster was sentenced to two years of probation due to a gun possession charge connected to the February incident.

As for the impact to Foster's football career, Washington had already received criticism after picking up Foster three days after his arrest in Tampa, ESPN reports. He remains on the NFL commissioner's exempt list.

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Thursday
Jan032019

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/2/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Miami 117, Cleveland 92
Dallas 122, Charlotte 84
Washington 114, Atlanta 98
Brooklyn 126, New Orleans 121
Orlando 112, Chicago 84
Boston 115, Minnesota 102
Detroit 101, Memphis 94
Philadelphia 132, Phoenix 127
Oklahoma City 107, L.A. Lakers 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 7, NY Rangers 2
Calgary 5, Detroit 3
OT Vancouver 4, Ottawa 3
Dallas 5, New Jersey 4
Edmonton 3, Arizona 1
San Jose 5, Colorado 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(5) Kansas 70, (23) Oklahoma 63
(6) Nevada 72, Utah St. 49
(8) Michigan St. 81, Northwestern 55
(11) Texas Tech 62, West Virginia 59
(15) North Carolina 77, Harvard 57
(19) Houston 74, Tulsa 56
Maryland 74, (24) Nebraska 72

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Wednesday
Jan022019

'Mean' Gene Okerlund, an iconic voice of pro wrestling, dies at 76

Bobby Bank/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "Mean" Gene Okerlund, the iconic WWE backstage interviewer who played a role in some of the biggest moments in pro wrestling history, has died, the WWE announced Wednesday. He was 76.

Okerlund stood next to the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Andre the Giant, the Ultimate Warrior and many others from the mid- to late-1980s and teed up the stars of that era to deliver some of their most memorable promos. In the mid-1990s, Okerlund moved to rival WCW and stood in the ring as garbage rained down upon Hogan as he formed the nWo.

"A voice and soundtrack to an entire era of our industry. He was the star of some of WWE's most memorable segments," WWE executive vice president Paul "Triple H" Levesque said on Twitter on Wednesday. "'Mean Gene' was beloved by all who got to work with him. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

Wrestling stars, including Hogan, remembered Okerlund with posts on social media.

Okerlund returned to the WWE fold upon the closing of WCW in a variety of roles and appearances, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, by Hogan.

Okerlund's last WWE appearance came on Jan. 22, 2018, when he appeared on the 25th anniversary of "Monday Night Raw" and interviewed then-WWE champion AJ Styles.

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Wednesday
Jan022019

Ohio State beat Washington 28-23 in Meyer's Rose Bowl finale

Harry How/Getty Images(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Urban Meyer is ending his tenure as Ohio State's coach  a Rose Bowl champion.

The fifth- ranked Buckeyes held off No. 9 Washington 28-23 with a thrilling comeback in the 105th Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

After the confetti flew , the Buckeyes gathered around Meyer for one last celebration of their coach. He is walking away after going 83-9 at Ohio State with one national championship, three Big Ten titles and this Rose Bowl victory.

Last month, Meyer cited his health as his decision to step down. Meyer refused to reflect publicly on his career during the month since he announced his plans.

Sophomore Dwayne Haskins passed for 251 yards and three touchdowns. Haskins could be the first quarterback drafted if he leaves, and he's just one key contributor who must be replaced.

Ohio State Offensive Coordinator Ryan Day will step to become the 25th head coach in the program history. In August of 2018 he was named acting head coach when Meyer was placed on administrative leave after alleged domestic violence incidents against then-fired assistant coach Zach Smith were made public. Day won all three games he coached in Meyers absence.

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Wednesday
Jan022019

Report: Yankees reach deal with free agent SS Troy Tulowitzki

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees have reportedly bulked up their infield in the wake of shortstop Didi Gregorius’ Tommy John surgery.

Citing league sources, ESPN reports the Yankees have reached a deal with free agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. If the deal is finalized following a physical exam, New York will only have to pay $555,000 for Tulowitzki, while the Toronto Blue Jays, who released him last month, will foot most of the 34-year-old’s $20 million contract.

Gregorius, 28, underwent Tommy John surgery in October. He is expected to be back on the active roster before the All-Star break.

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