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  • Wright and Orioles finalize $1.7 million, 1-year contract

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Reliever Wesley Wright and the Baltimore Orioles have finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract. The deal, announced Friday, includes a $50,000 performance bonus if the left-hander appears in 60 games. The 29-year-old had a 3.17 ERA in 58 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2014,...

  • Phillies finalize deal sending Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and $1 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Friday, a day...

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as...

  • Parity abounds among women's hoops elite

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long. Staley and the Gamecocks (10-0) are the top-ranked women's team in the land for the...

  • Best of the season's 39 bowl games

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year's three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one. There's still a bit of controversy just like there was in the BCS — ask Baylor and TCU — but most college football fans believe the...

  • Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around." Francis, 78, met with members of the Italian Olympic Committee at the Vatican Friday for a Mass to...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 19

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. 6TH MAN SET TO PLEAD GUILTY IN MLB STEROID CASE A sixth man is set to plead guilty for his role in illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to Major League Baseball players and other athletes. A...

  • Brett Gardner visiting SC children's hospital

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A member of the New York Yankees is paying a visit to the children at South Carolina Children's Hospital. Former College of Charleston standout Brett Gardner is scheduled to visit patients at the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital on Friday....

  • Jags' Marks caps 21-13 win over Titans with sack

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Sen'Derrick Marks slipped by Andy Levitre, grabbed Charlie Whitehurst around the legs and dragged him to the ground. It was the most rewarding sack of Marks' six-year career — literally. Forget that it came against his former team. Forget that it came on the final...

  • Warriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury

    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half. Kerr and the Warriors were a lot happier they didn't have to deal with Durant in the second half. Stephen Curry...

  • Matt Kemp's arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports. The former Midwest City High School...

  • For many Capitol Hill alumni, the nickname Redskins is a point of pride, not derision.

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    For the better part of nine decades, youngsters on the south side of the city couldn’t wait to go to Capitol Hill. The school was among the area’s best both athletically and academically, and everything about it was a source of pride. That includes the mascot and the nickname that the Oklahoma...

  • Matt Kemp says farewell to Dodgers, LA via Instagram

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Former Midwest City High School baseball star Matt Kemp confirmed his departure from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday afternoon with a post on Instagram. In his post, Kemp thanked the Dodgers and his fans for their support throughout his career. From Kemp: "It is with a lot of emotion...

  • Report: Dodgers agree to trade Matt Kemp to Padres

    Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a four-player trade that will send Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, a Padres official confirmed to The former Midwest City High School star has been the subject of trade rumors before. The Dodgers currently have an outfield logjam in Kemp,...

  • MLB Ump Dale Scott Comes Out as Gay

    Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    It isn't often that sports officials make history, but Dale Scott has done precisely that by becoming the first active MLBumpire to come out as gay, according to Bleacherreport. According to Jim Buzinski of, the 29-year veteran came out in a profile piece in an...


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