Mavericks ramp up efforts to deal PG Dennis Smith Jr., sources say

10:28 PM ET Adrian Wojnarowski Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM The Dallas Mavericks are escalating talks to trade guard Dennis Smith Jr., pushing to end a partnership that has run its course for both the franchise and former first-round pick, league sources tell ESPN. Two teams in pursuit of a point guard — Phoenix and Orlando — have been active in talks with the Mavericks, league sources said. Dallas has…

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DJ LeMahieu reaches deal with New York Yankees

DJ LeMahieu has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees on a two-year, $24 million deal, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. LeMahieu will join the Yankees after seven impressive seasons with the Colorado Rockies that included two All-Star selections, three Gold Glove Awards and the 2016 National League batting title. The 30-year-old ranked as one of the best defensive players in the National League in 2018 and led all major leaguers — at any position — in defensive regression analysis. Offensively, 6-foot-4 LeMahieu is known as a slap…

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Monaco sign Chelsea’s Fabregas on three-and-a-half-year deal

Following his exclusive interview with Christian Pulisic, ESPN FC’s Raf Honigstein reflects on how the U.S. star has grown at Dortmund and how he’ll fare in the Premier League. Craig Burley was astounded by how unhappy Álvaro Morata looked, despite scoring Chelsea’s two goals against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, Monaco have signed midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea. “Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco,” Chelsea said on their website as Monaco confirmed he had signed with them until June, 2022. Fabregas, who had six months left…

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John Ryan Murphy, D-Backs reach $900,000, 1-year deal

11:48 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print PHOENIX — Catcher John Ryan Murphy and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract, a raise from his $558,000 salary last year. The 27-year-old set career bests with nine homers and 24 RBI in 223 plate appearances, hitting .202. He split time behind the plate with Alex Avila and Jeff Mathis, who left for Texas. Ten Diamondbacks remain eligible for Friday’s exchange of proposed arbitration salaries: outfielders David Peralta and Steven Souza; shortstop Nick Amed; third…

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Blue Jays reach one-year deal with free-agent RHP David Phelps

The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander David Phelps, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Thursday night. The one-year deal is worth $2.5 million and includes a club option, sources said. Phelps, 32, missed the 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow while throwing the final pitch of his last spring appearance while with the Mariners, with whom he was expected to serve as a setup man in 2018. Phelps spent his first three…

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Group Led by Nets Co-Owner Nears Deal for W.N.B.A.’s Liberty

One of the W.N.B.A.’s original franchises could soon have a new owner. An investment group led by the billionaire Joseph C. Tsai, who completed the purchase of a 49 percent stake in the Nets in April, is close to an agreement to purchase the Liberty, according to a person briefed on the negotiations who was not authorized to comment publicly. The Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Liberty as well as the Knicks, the Rangers and Madison Square Garden itself, announced 14 months ago that it was seeking to…

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Jed Lowrie agrees to two-year, $20M deal with New York Mets

6:19 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The New York Mets have reached a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent infielder Jed Lowrie, league sources told ESPN on Thursday, adding a versatile veteran to an overhauled team that hopes to compete in the loaded National League East this season. The 34-year-old Lowrie is coming off the best year of his career, setting highs with 23 home runs, 99 RBIs and 78 walks as the…

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Yasmani Grandal, Milwaukee Brewers agree to 1-year, $18.25 million deal

12:45 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN, joining the reigning National League Central champions on a short-term deal after passing up longer-term options earlier in the winter. Halfway through the offseason, we look at which teams have gained ground, which have fallen back and what moves could be made to shift things further.…

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Dustin Ackley returning to Seattle Mariners with minor league deal

SEATTLE — Former No. 2 overall pick Dustin Ackley is returning to the Seattle Mariners on a minor league deal after spending the past two seasons in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. It reunites Ackley with the team that took him second in the 2009 draft. Ackley had a rocky career with the Mariners after being touted as one…

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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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