Orioles hire Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as new manager
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager Friday, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode.
Eagles' Wentz has stress fracture in back; no surgery needed
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz's back injury means Nick Foles gets another opportunity to rescue the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday that Wentz does not require surgery for a stress fracture in his back and the injury could take up to three months to heal.
Brady, Roethlisberger square off at Heinz Field on Sunday
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady had no reason to believe Ben Roethlisberger's injury last week would keep him out of Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
AP source: McCann agrees to 1-year contract with White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox answered one of their offseason questions on Friday, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with catcher James McCann.
AP source: NFL fines umpire $9,300, reinstates him
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the move says the NFL has fined umpire Roy Ellison $9,300 and reinstated him from administrative leave after his dispute in Miami with Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes.
Giants' Beckham to miss 2nd straight game with quad injury
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants will need to keep their faint playoff hopes alive without Odell Beckham Jr. for the second straight week.
Chiefs left to stew over missed chances against Chargers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will have 10 days to stew over Mike Williams' touchdown catch, Philip Rivers' wave as he trotted off the field and the golden opportunity they let slip away Thursday night.
Rebuilding Memphis, No. 3 Tennessee renew basketball rivalry
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — This is the stage Penny Hardaway wants at Memphis. Excitement, anticipation and a sell-out crowd for the biggest game the Tigers have played in years.
Chicago's Matt Nagy picked by AP writers top coach in 2018
Matt Nagy is making an impressive first impression as an NFL head coach. Nagy has helped develop second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky into a solid NFL starter, convinced Vic Fangio to stay on as defensive coordinator, and has the Chicago Bears in position to earn their first playoff berth since 2010 in his first year on the job.
NFL's theme song should be "Meet Me In The Middle."
Forget Carrie Underwood. Well, don't forget her, she's terrific. But the NFL's theme song these days belongs to Maren Morris, Zedd and Grey.
Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is rising hoops star
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a high school football player, Jaxson Hayes had a slight problem that was only getting bigger: His body. He was getting taller.
Building the Eagles at Eastern Michigan
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan's football team has stepped out of the shadows cast by the neighboring University of Michigan and four professional teams just down the road in the Motor City.
Villanova heads to Kansas for Final Four rematch in December
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson was turning his attention from a harder-than-expected win over New Mexico State to studying for finals when he looked at his cellphone and saw Devonte Graham's name pop up.
Mavs' Nowitzki makes debut in 21st season vs Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter of a 99-89 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Arrowhead Stadium was already emptying by the time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers jogged to the locker room, triumphantly waving his hand as a satisfying cascade of boos washed over him.
Harden's 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were clinging to a lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter on Thursday night when James Harden told coach Mike D'Antoni he needed to come out for a bit to rest — something the reigning MVP never does.
Vasilevskiy shines in return, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 4-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy delivered a record-setting performance after sitting out a month. Tampa Bay's goalie made a career-high 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Thursday night in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams.
Cowboys can prove they are real by grabbing NFC East title
If the Dallas Cowboys are for real, they will win their sixth straight game and clinch the NFC East at Indianapolis on Sunday. If the Colts are for real, they will knock off the Cowboys and stamp themselves as true contenders for the AFC playoffs.
Cowboys trace top-5 defense to draft, starting with Lawrence
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli remembers the night the Cowboys traded up in the second round of the 2014 draft to grab DeMarcus Lawrence because they thought he was the last pass rusher on the board with the skills to become elite.
AP source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contract
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Reliever Joe Kelly agreed Thursday to a $25 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Encarnacion to Mariners, Santana to Indians in 3-team trade
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was in a hospital, making a trade from a bed. Cleveland counterpart Chris Antonetti was boarding a plane headed back home, trying to finalize the deal before the flight pulled away from the gate.
Gordon inactive for Chargers, Berry set to play for Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon joined his backup Austin Ekeler on the inactive list for their high-profile AFC West showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Encarnacion, Santana go, 3-team trade wraps winter meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future.
Jets' well-traveled Roberts hopes to book trip to Pro Bowl
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Andre Roberts is a travelin' man whose passions include hitting the links at golf courses all over the world.
Severity of Carson Wentz's back injury still unknown
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz has a back injury. The severity is still not known. Two people familiar with the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback's injury confirmed reports that Wentz has a fractured vertebra, but no definitive determination has been made regarding his status, pending further evaluation.

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