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Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins’ bullpen. The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday. The Twins agreed to a deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney in the …

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Clippers guard Lou Williams named Western Conference Player of the Week

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It’s good to be Lou Williams. The Clippers guard was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, his second such honor in two weeks. Congratulations @TeamLou23! 👏#NBAVote 🔁 Retweet pic.twitter.com/3nY4Rg4Ere — LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 15, 2018 Williams, a 13-year NBA veteran, averaged 35.0 points and 4.8 assists, while shooting …

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Defense rises, but offense is a new concern for Falcons

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons enter the offseason forced to address this startling new reality: Defense is the team’s new strength. That means there are new concerns on offense. Only one year after Atlanta led the league in scoring in its 2016 Super Bowl season, the offense was no better …

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Blue Jays announce plans for extended protective netting

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TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays will extend the protective netting at Rogers Centre to the outfield end of each dugout this season and increase the height of netting behind home plate by approximately 10 feet to 28 feet. The changes announced Monday are being made after several fans at stadiums …

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Avalanche bring six-game win streak into game vs. Ducks

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Nathan MacKinnon didn’t think he deserved to play in the NHL All-Star Game last season. The Avalanche were the worst team in the league, but with at least one player from each club required to be on the rosters, he was Colorado’s representative. This year, his selection is much different. …

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French federation suspends referee who kicked Nantes player

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PARIS (AP) The French soccer federation suspended referee Tony Chapron until further notice on Monday after the official kicked a player during a league match. The federation said Chapron will be summoned by French league officials to a disciplinary hearing following Sunday’s incident, when he kicked Nantes defender Diego Carlos …

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