Washington Wizards trading for Trevor Ariza of Phoenix Suns

1:09 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN After a three-team trade crumbled in spectacular fashion hours earlier, the Washington Wizards resurrected a deal to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN. Brooks was here. Then he wasn’t. How a three-team deal involving Trevor Ariza and two like-named players fell through and then finally happened. Can Ariza help turn around Washington’s season? Kevin Pelton grades the move. Get the latest intel and analysis from our experts here. 2 Related The Wizards are sending forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin…

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SA coach Gibson not worried about Amla’s dip in form

1:11 PM ET Liam Brickhill Ahead of what is expected to be a tough home series against Pakistan, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has insisted he has no concerns regarding the form of his top order. Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram averaged below 15 during South Africa’s last Test series, in Sri Lanka, but Gibson said the difference in conditions between playing at home and playing in the subcontinent meant those disappointing returns in July are irrelevant. “There is no concern with regards to them,” said Gibson. “What…

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Trevor Ariza trade finally happens

Trevor Ariza began Friday as a member of the Phoenix Suns. He ended Friday as a member of the Phoenix Suns. But for a few brief hours, it looked as though the 15th-year forward was going to be on the move. A deal that would’ve sent him to the Washington Wizards was completed, then fell apart in a fashion unlike we’ve ever seen before in the NBA. Then on Saturday, a deal was finally made sending Ariza to the Wizards with Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers going to the Suns.…

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Top spenders Red Sox owe nearly $12 million in luxury tax

NEW YORK — The World Series champion Boston Red Sox owe $11.95 million in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll. That’s according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2.39 million. Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it also became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June’s amateur draft will…

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz ruled out vs. Rams with back injury

The Eagles have ruled out quarterback Carson Wentz for Sunday night’s game at the Los Angeles Rams while he deals with a stress fracture in his back. Coach Doug Pederson said Friday that he could take about three months to heal, but the team listed him as doubtful before conceding Saturday that the quarterback will not be able to play this week. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start in Wentz’s place for the 6-7 Eagles. It was a year ago in L.A. where Foles stepped in for an injured…

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BCB changes timing of Sylhet T20I due to floodlight issue

WINDIES IN BANGLADESH, 2018 Atif Azam • Last updated on Sat, 15 Dec, 2018, 09:44 PM The game will now start at 12.30 PM local time. © AFP Bangladesh Cricket Board officials said on Saturday that they have opted to change the timing of the three-match T20I series opener between Windies and the hosts at Sylhet as there is a technical problem in the tower that supplies power for the flood light. The game was scheduled to start at 5:00 PM local time initially but BCB first decided to change it and…

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Picks From The Paddock Best Bet – Sunday 16th December

ONE FOR ROSIE (Sam Twiston-Davies) wins at CARLISLE 4/11/18 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 13:20 Carlisle Nigel Twiston-Davies has sent six hurdlers to Carlisle in the last three years and has emerged with five winners for an 83% winning strike rate. He looks to have a great chance of enhancing that record even further today with One For Rosie who beat a subsequent winner (Glen Forsa) in commanding fashion last month, travelling noticeably stronger than rivals and having enough left in the tank to win going away despite a clumsy…

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Patrik Berglund suspended by Buffalo Sabres for failing to report to team

WASHINGTON — The Buffalo Sabres have suspended forward Patrik Berglund indefinitely for failing to report to the team. The Sabres announced the suspension Saturday, hours before facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. They said there would be no further information or comment at this time. Berglund missed the past two games with what coach Phil Housley called an illness. The 30-year-old Swede has two goals and two assists in 23 games this season. After missing the past two games due to illness, the Sabres have indefinitely suspended veteran…

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White Sox have limits on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper

The White Sox slashed their payroll in recent seasons as they traded away players such as Chris Sale and Adam Eaton and went about the business of stockpiling prospects. This leaves them in perfect position to grow their payroll now, to make moves like the transaction they executed Friday, when they agreed to take on first baseman Yonder Alonso, a $9 million salary dump of the Cleveland Indians. Alonso happens to be the brother-in-law of superstar free agent Manny Machado, and both players are represented by agent Dan Lozano. This…

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Sometimes the Road Less Taken Also Leads to the N.B.A.

Playing in China was another stop on an arduous journey. Mudiay was born in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). After his father died when he was young, the family emigrated to Dallas, where his mother raised her three sons. But Mudiay’s time in China was challenging, too, in part because he was sidelined for three months after an ankle injury. Still, he said he wouldn’t change a thing. “That decision was strictly for her,” he said in reference to his mother. “I didn’t even need that money.…

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