How the Manny Machado-Padres leak surprised Padres, White Sox

PEORIA, Ariz. — White Sox GM Rick Hahn had just finished sweating when he got the call that made his heart race. On the line was Dan Lozano, who represents free-agent shortstop Manny Machado, the player Chicago most coveted this offseason. Hahn was drenched, having just returned to the locker room from his morning run of the ballpark stairs. It had been a rough workout. “In retrospect,” he said, now that the Padres have reportedly given Machado the richest free-agent contract in sports history and the White Sox have been…

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Ex-Houston coach Major Applewhite to be analyst for Alabama

Former Houston football coach Major Applewhite will join Alabama‘s program as an analyst this season, AL.com reported on Tuesday. It will be Applewhite’s second stint with the Crimson Tide; he spent one season as the school’s offensive coordinator in 2007 before joining Texas. Applewhite was fired by Houston in December after going 15-11 in two-plus seasons leading the program. He was owed a $1.95 million buyout by the Cougars. Houston rose to as high as No. 17 in The Associated Press poll in 2018 following a 7-1 start, but the…

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Sami Khedira Out of Juventus’ Clash Against Atletico Madrid With Irregular Heartbeat

Juventus will be without Sami Khedira when they face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, as the midfielder has not travelled with the squad due to an irregular heartbeat.  Massimiliano Allegri confirmed Khedira’s absence from the travelling contingent in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, revealing the 31-year-old had stayed in Italy for ‘medical checks’. A report on the Juve website later explained that the German midfielder has stayed in Turin for tests and ‘eventual treatment of an atrial arrhythmia’ – a condition commonly known as an irregular heartbeat. The worrying news means Khedira joins…

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Red Sox owner John Henry says spending more tends to helps teams win

FORT MYERS, Fla. — In apparent contradiction to his own commissioner, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry said Monday that, while there is not a perfect correlation between a bigger payroll and winning, “spending more money helps.” His Red Sox had the highest payroll in the sport in 2018 and won their fourth World Series title since Henry became principal owner of the franchise in 2002. During a media session on Sunday in West Palm Beach, commissioner Rob Manfred, addressing the cold free-agent winter that has Bryce Harper and Manny…

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Todos los cruces de la fase 3 de la Copa Libertadores 2019

La Copa Libertadores, el máximo torneo de clubes del continente americano, entra en su recta final. Resta disputarse el último eslabón de las rondas preliminares, la fase 3. Definida esta etapa, el 5 de marzo se dará inicio formalmente a la competencia con todos las zonas definidas. Los grupos A, E, F y H aguardan a un integrante más.  Talleres avanzó a la última instancia clasificatoria luego de empatar sin goles frente al San Pablo en el mítico Morumbí. El partido de ida jugado en Córdoba había logrado una diferencia importante (2-0) frente…

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‘Obviously awesome’ — Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade said goodbye to the All-Star Game stage in style as both future Hall of Famers were honored during Sunday night’s Team LeBron 178-164 victory over Team Giannis. Nowitzki and Wade were added to the All-Star pool of players by NBA commissioner Adam Silver and both players appreciated the gesture and the emotional moments that were created throughout the weekend — the biggest one coming between the third and fourth quarters when each player was presented a…

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Inter 2-1 Sampdoria: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Nainggolan Seals Victory for Nerazzurri

Inter put aside the off-field controversy surrounding Mauro Icardi to defeat Sampdoria 2-1 on Sunday evening. The early action was relentless, but it took until midway through the second-half for the teams to get on the scoresheet. Danilo D’Ambrosio opened the scoring for Inter after 70 minutes, but the lead lasted just moments before Manolo Gabbiadini cropped up in the box to find an equalising goal, silencing the rapturous home crowd. Emilio Andreoli/GettyImages Incredibly, Inter were able to regain their lead soon after. Sampdoria failed to clear a corner and Radja…

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G2 Esports look to keep the crown at Six Invitational

MONTREAL — In a city where the Flag of Europe flies freely in the chilled winter winds, it feels almost poetic that the finals of the Rainbow Six Siege world championship will be contested between two teams representing the European region. The Japanese Rainbow Six Siege team isn’t shy about its celebrations after wins, and that confidence has carried Nora-Rengo to the semifinals of the Six Invitational. Apex Legends recorded 8.28 million hours of viewership on Twitch on Tuesday, beating the platform’s single-day record, according to The Esports Observer. Market…

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Kentucky student hits $19k half court shot on GameDay (video)

The student celebrated with the Kentucky team–and a handful of f-bombs on live television. ESPN’s College GameDay traveling pregame show was on site at Rupp Arena on Saturday ahead of Saturday night’s SEC clash between No. 5 Kentucky and No. 1 Tennessee. As per GameDay tradition, one Kentucky fan was selected to try and make the show’s StateFarm half court shot for a chance at $19,000.  With just four seconds remaining, the student sunk the shot and was swarmed by the Wildcats team as he yelled, “Let’s f—–g go,” repeatedly…

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Oregon looks like a Final Four team in win over Oregon State

1:39 AM ET Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. EUGENE, Ore. — The further we get from Oregon’s lone loss this season, the further we get from believing the Ducks are going to lose again in 2018-19. They’re that good. We’ve known this all along. But then there was last Sunday’s stomping of Stanford on the Cardinal’s home court, a 40-point win that was bizarrely…

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