Washington Nationals pick up $6 million option for 2019 on closer Sean Doolittle

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals have exercised their $6 million club option for 2019 on lefty closer Sean Doolittle. The Nationals announced the move Monday. His contract has another team option, at $6.5 million, for 2020. The 32-year-old Doolittle had 25 saves and a 3-3 record with a 1.60 ERA in 43 appearances this season, earning a National League All-Star selection. He missed two months with an injured left foot. Doolittle has 82 saves in the majors since making his debut in 2012 with the Oakland Athletics, who traded him…

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Inside Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri’s trade for Kawhi Leonard

A version of this story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Oct. 29 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today! ON A GRAY August morning in 2015, Raptors president Masai Ujiri has had enough of an impromptu lockout. He’s outside a weathered basketball gym in Lagos with a camera crew and 55 young men clad in teal T-shirts that read “Nigeria Dreams Big.” Because of the cameras, facility staffers believe there’s money to be made and have barred the doors. Instead of sending staff to deal with them, Ujiri goes himself. What the…

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Van Vleuten pedalling again after surgery

Time trial world champion Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) is pedalling again following surgery to repair the tibial plateau fracture she suffered in a crash during the UCI Road World Championships elite women’s road race late last month. Related Articles The 36-year-old Dutchwoman posted a video on Twitter of herself gingerly pedalling a stationary bike, with the word “Milestone” noting the significance of the day. Van Vleuten, who defended her time trial world title four days before crashing in the road race and finishing seventh, underwent surgery on October 1 to repair the…

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2018-’19 PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list standings (through the WGC-HSBC Champions)

The season-long FedEx Cup points standings will help determine who keeps their PGA Tour cards for the 2019-’20 season as well as who’ll be eligible for the FedEx Cup Playoff in August. In addition this season, a new $10 million bonus will be split among the PGA Tour’s top 10 regular-season finishers—the Wyndham Rewards Top 10— adding more significance to the regular season standings, which culminate with the Wyndham Championship, the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs. For all regular-season PGA Tour events, 500 FedEx Cups are awarded to the…

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Cavaliers’ coaching situation up in air after Tyronn Lue’s firing

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a coach — for Tuesday night. After winning a title with the Cavaliers in 2015-16, Tyronn Lue is out of a job six games into the post-LeBron James era. Kevin Love could miss more than a month with a toe injury, and the Cavaliers and their star forward are consulting with doctors early this week, sources told ESPN. 1 Related Top assistant Larry Drew, who was expected to take over after Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue, said Monday he is not the team’s interim coach but is…

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Hue Jackson Finally Won a Few Games, but the Browns Fired Him Anyway

Hue Jackson coached the Browns to a 1-15 record. He kept his job. Then he coached them to an 0-16 record. He kept his job again. This season, things seemed to be turning around for the regularly hapless Browns, as Jackson led them to a 2-5-1 start, outstanding by the team’s recent standards. Yet on Monday, Jackson was fired. “We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization’s best interest to make the move…

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Dallas Cowboys fire offensive line coach Paul Alexander

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have parted ways with offensive line coach Paul Alexander and promoted Marc Colombo to the position. Alexander was named the offensive line coach in the offseason after a 24-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals, replacing Frank Pollack, who replaced Alexander in Cincinnati. Colombo has been the assistant offensive line coach since 2016 after a 10-year career as a player, including six with the Cowboys, five as the starting right tackle. It is the first in-season move Jason Garrett has made on his coaching staff…

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Devils goalie Cory Schneider returns from injured list

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils activated goaltender Cory Schneider from the injured list on Monday ahead of the team’s seven-game road trip, which starts Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old Schneider is recovering after offseason hip surgery. He has not played in any of the Devils’ eight games this season. Keith Kinkaid has started and played in all eight games so far. Schneider, an 11-year NHL veteran, is in his sixth season with New Jersey after spending the first five years of his career as a backup…

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Oakland A’s give long-term extensions to Bob Melvin, Billy Beane

The Oakland Athletics, who pulled off perhaps the most surprising run to the playoffs this season, rewarded manager Bob Melvin, executive vice president Billy Beane and general manager David Forst with long-term extensions on Monday. “I’m proud of the tremendous success of our team under the leadership of Billy, David and Bob and am excited to have that continue for years to come,” A’s owner John Fisher said in a statement. The A’s did not give further details on the extensions. Bob Melvin is a favorite to win his third…

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Marcus Rashford needs to start replicating his England form and scoring record for Manchester United

Paul Pogba scored and provided the assist for Anthony Martial’s game-winning goal as Manchester United defeated Everton at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba scored and provided the assist for Anthony Martial’s game-winning goal as Manchester United defeated Everton at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba scored and provided the assist for Anthony Martial’s game-winning goal as Manchester United defeated Everton at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba explains his stutter-step penalty style after Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Everton. Sir Alex Ferguson thinks Marcus Rashford is the real deal and enthuses about him in private.…

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