Seattle will host NHL draft, All-Star Game Gary Bettman says

SEATTLE — On his first trip to Seattle since the city was granted the NHL’s 32nd franchise, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a couple more rewards for the future franchise’s investment. Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host All-Star weekend within its first seven seasons, with the team slated to begin play in 2021-22. Bettman also says Seattle will host the NHL draft, and that event will likely be awarded before the All-Star Game arrives. We asked around at games and sports bars in Alabama and Tennessee to…

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Kliff Kingsbury of Arizona Cardinals — First priority is hiring staff

TEMPE, Ariz. — Kliff Kingsbury’s first priority as the Arizona Cardinals‘ new head coach is to hire a staff, he said during his introductory news conference Wednesday. He’ll be starting from scratch, which has put his timeline in overdrive. “Yeah, today if we could,” joked Kingsbury, 39. Kingsbury, a first-time NFL coach who was hired to replace Steve Wilks on Tuesday, didn’t announce any members of his first staff but said he’s working “closely” with and “leaning heavily” on general manager Steve Keim to identify potential candidates. Arizona rolls the…

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Eyes on the Ashes: Australia’s Test squad talking points

There was another Australia squad with plenty to digest as the selectors brought in a new-look top order to try and overcome the batting woes for the Sri Lanka series. Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Aaron Finch have been dropped – their Ashes hope now hanging by a thread – with Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw and the uncapped Will Pucovski taking their place. National selector Trevor Hohns addressed the media to cover various issues, both in terms of the immediate selection and the bigger picture, and here’s how…

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Latour to start season at Tour Down Under

Pierre Latour will take the reins of the AG2R La Mondiale team next week at the Tour Down Under and again at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on January 27, despite dealing throughout the winter with back injuries suffered in a crash at the Clásica San Sebastián in August. Related Articles Latour was caught up in a high-speed crash during the final 20 kilometres of the 2018 Clásica San Sebastián after a touch of wheels at the front of the bunch caused many more behind to fall. The…

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McCarron signs hemp oil deal he says will help mind and body

(Reuters) – American golfer Scott McCarron is the first PGA Tour player to sign an endorsement deal with a hemp oil manufacturer, the company sponsoring him announced on Wednesday. Colorado-based Functional Remedies said McCarron would be the company’s brand ambassador. Hemp oil contains cannabinoids that some people believe provide health and recovery benefits. It can contain a minute amount of THC, the psychoactive compound in recreational marijuana products. “Functional Remedies EndoSport hemp oil helps my mind stay focused and my body recover, so I can always play my best,” McCarron…

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Houston Astros top Caesars Entertainment sportsbook’s projected win totals at 97.5

With a close eye on impact free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, Caesars Entertainment’s sportsbook started taking bets this week on win totals for the upcoming MLB season. The Houston Astros top the board with 97.5 wins and are among five American League teams projected to win more than 91 games by Caesars, which operates sportsbooks in Mississippi, Nevada and New Jersey. The New York Yankees are right behind the Astros with 96.5 wins, followed by the defending champion Boston Red Sox at 95.5 and Cleveland Indians at 91.5.…

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Patrick McCaw plans sign Toronto Raptors after Cleveland Cavaliers release

5:37 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN The Toronto Raptors are signing free agent guard Patrick McCaw for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN. McCaw cleared waivers on Wednesday afternoon, sources said. McCaw, 23, has been the subject of some intrigue in recent weeks, a Golden State restricted free agent who signed a non-guaranteed offer sheet with Cleveland — only to be waived after three games with the Cavaliers. Golden State declined to match the sheet. The New York Times reported that the NBA is investigating the Cavaliers for…

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Shelby Miller, Texas Rangers reach 1-year deal

Free-agent starter Shelby Miller has signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth $2 million with performance bonuses that can take it to $5 million, league sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Athletic was first to report terms of the deal. “We see this as a chance to add a relatively young power pitcher to the staff,” Rangers president Jon Daniels told MLB.com. “Healthy now after rehabbing last year, we think Shelby has more in the tank, and are excited to…

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Stuart Appleby, Justin Leonard to captain 2019 Junior President Cup

Australia’s Stuart Appleby and American Justin Leonard will serve as captains for the 2019 Junior Presidents Cup. The event will be contested as a run-up to the Presidents Cup on Dec. 8-9 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne in Australia. Both golfers played for their respective teams five times in the Presidents Cup. “Junior golf has developed greatly from when I was a youth when we did not have opportunities such as this,” Appleby said. “Having competed on the victorious 1998 International Team at Royal Melbourne I want to share…

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Fuller sisters dreaming of LPGA success together at Harder Hall Invite

SEBRING, Fla. – Annabell Fuller walked into the clubhouse at Harder Hall, looked up at the big board of past champions and said to older sister Samantha, “One of our names is going to be on this next year.” The Fullers have been coming to sleepy Sebring, Fla., for the past five years. While the weather at the Harder Hall Invitational is notoriously dicey, it’s still miles better than winter in their native London. That’s mostly why 16-year-old Annabell enrolled at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., this fall, and why…

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