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Edwin’s heroics

A year after Jose Bautista delivered the bat flip heard 'round the world, it was Edwin Encarnacion's turn to come through with home run heroics in the postseason. Encarnacion hit a walk-off extra-innings blast against Baltimore in the AL wild-card game to kick off a Blue Jays postseason run that would end in the ALCS for a second straight season. (Getty Images)

Blue Jays spring training

A look at the Toronto Blue Jays as they prepare for the 2013 baseball season.

  • Hot Stove Digest: Rich Hill expected to re-sign with Dodgers

    COMING BACK: Though a deal is not yet complete, multiple reports on Saturday suggested that the Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of re-signing left-hander Rich Hill. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons was the first to report that at least one rival executive believed that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that while no deal is confirmed, the known competition for Hill had reportedly moved on, leaving the door open for a deal to be completed soon. Rich Hill seems pumped up at the thought of returning to the Dodgers.

    Big League Stew
  • Chelsea come back from halftime deficit to defeat Man City

    After following behind by a goal in the first half, Chelsea scored three goals in the second half to beat Man City and strengthen its position at the top of the table.

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  • Bryan Price likely to use Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen in closer’s role

    C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds manager Bryan Price is likely going to use a trio of pitchers in the closer’s role: Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani, and Michael Lorenzen. At RedsFest on Saturday, Price said: I’d say right now that we have a series of guys that I’m comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen). Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there’s no defined closer. There are multiple options and I’d like to stick with the philosophy that we’re going to have our

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  • Draymond Green fires back at league: “It’s funny how you can tell me… how my body is supposed to react”

    It’s not hard to find out how Draymond Green felt after picking up a flagrant foul Thursday night when his leg flew up after a foul and caught James Harden in the face. Just go to his Twitter feed. Saturday at Warriors’ practice, Green expanded on the subject, here’s the video via Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. If you prefer to read are Green’s comments transcribed: “I just laugh at it. It’s funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react. I didn’t know the league office was that smart when it came to body movements. I’m not sure if they took kinesiology for their positions to tell you how your body is going to react when you get hit in a certain position.

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  • Chiefs' Eric Berry shed 'a few tears' in win over Falcons

    After recording a stunning pick-two to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome, Eric Berry explains why he was so emotional throughout the game.

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  • Mets Hot Stove: What is the ideal Mets outfield?

    Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon. The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold. In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent.  Teams will still

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  • Will Andrew Luck shine in his return?

    Yahoo Sports' Fantasy Football Live crew looks ahead to Monday night's Colts vs. Jets meeting in New York.

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  • Rosberg: Hamilton’s late-season form ‘the best Lewis I’ve ever seen’

    Nico Rosberg believes that Lewis Hamilton produced some of the best performances of his career towards the end of the 2016 Formula 1 season when the Briton had nothing to lose in the championship fight. Rosberg clinched his maiden F1 drivers’ championship by five points in Abu Dhabi last Sunday, defeating Hamilton for the first time during their time as teammates. Rosberg closed out the season with four straight second place finishes, with Hamilton’s run of victories in the same period not being enough to catch up in the standings. Speaking in a video produced by Mercedes after his championship win, Rosberg said that he felt the most pressure after his final win of the season in Japan, the result that meant he could wrap up the title without taking another victory.

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  • Report: Peyton Manning invited to join Augusta National Golf Club

    Peyton Manning carries a 4.4 USGA handicap index. Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is apparently set to become a member of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, according to a report from Austin Rhodes of the Augusta-area radio station, WGAC. Augusta National does not (and is under no obligation to) discuss membership matters, so it’s not like there will be confirmation or denial.

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  • Yankees agree to deal with Matt Holliday for $13 million

    Cardinals’ outfielder Matt Holliday obliges the fans with a curtain call after hitting a pinch-hit home run during a 7-0 with against the Pirates. Before general manager Brian Cashman could make his grand entrance at the Winter Meetings, the New York Yankees have landed a key free agent. According to FanRag Sports Jon Heyman, the Yankees have reached a one-year, $13M agreement with Matt Holliday, who will likely serve as a part-time first baseman and designated hitter.

    Big League Stew
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it 4-1 for Arsenal

    Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends a curling shot from the top of the box and scores to give his side a 4-1 lead over West Ham.

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  • Report: Marlins intent on adding a big-three reliever

    The Marlins are intent on adding one of the three best relievers available on the free agent market, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Those three, of course, are Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon. As Ashley noted earlier, Melancon is reportedly fielding multiple four-year offers in excess of $60 million. The price tags for Chapman and Jansen are likely to match or exceed that. The Marlins haven’t typically been eager to whip out the checkbook for free agents but with the bullpen being the name of the game in baseball these days, GM Michael Hill may feel the need to match his rivals. The Nationals, Giants, Yankees, Cubs, and Dodgers are the teams most often linked to the “big-three”

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  • Coyotes' Mike Smith sets franchise record with 58 saves in loss

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one to remember but also one to forget for Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith. The Coyotes dropped their third straight with a 3-2 shootout loss, but Smith was outstanding as he made a franchise record 58 saves on the night, including 22 in the third period.

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  • Emre Can puts Liverpool up two again with precise strike

    Liverpool's Emre Can gets the ball at the top of the box and sends a first time shot into the back of the net to give his side a 3-1 lead over Bournemouth.

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  • Chapecoense fiancee: We should be married now

    Dener Assuncao Braz was one of the 19 Chapecoense players killed in the Colombian plane crash last week. Amanda Machado had been with Dener for seven years and she's at a loss to explain the sudden turn of events.

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  • Alderson talks OF trade, Wheeler in bullpen on eve of winter meetings

    Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon. The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold. In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent.  Teams will still

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  • Vettel, Raikkonen complete hot laps in Ferrari F1 cars at Daytona

    Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed their final Formula 1 run-outs of 2016 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, taking part in a special demonstration for the Ferrari Finali Mondiali. The Finali Mondiali acts as the world final for the continental Ferrari Challenge series, bringing together competitors from the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific championships. As part of the weekend’s running, Vettel and Raikkonen were on hand to complete demonstration laps behind the wheel of recent Ferrari F1 cars, with Vettel also completing some donuts in front of the main granstand at Daytona. Here are some of the videos and pictures from the event.

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  • Penn State moves to No. 5 in post-championship weekend AP poll

    Penn State is in the top five after beating Wisconsin. (Getty) If the AP poll is any indication of how the College Football Playoff field will look, Penn State is going to miss out. The Nittany Lions moved up to No. 5 — or the first team outside the CFP

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  • Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz

    Orioles’ star Adam Jones presents David Ortiz with a dugout phone, which Ortiz smashed during a game in 2013. The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown.

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  • Early Fantasy Football Pickups for Week 14

    Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football expert Liz Loza reveals her top three waiver claims for Week 14 based on Sunday’s early game results.

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic chips Maarten Stekelenburg to give Man United the lead

    Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg comes off his line to try to get the ball, but Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic chips Stekelenburg and does just enough to score to give his side a 1-0 lead.

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  • Best from the Sprint Cup Awards red carpet

    Here’s a look at the stars of the Sprint Cup Series arriving with their families on the red carpet for Friday night’s award banquet in Las Vegas

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  • Report: Dodgers could pursue three-year deal with Rich Hill

    Free agent left-hander Rich Hill is rumored to be entertaining a three-year, $40+ million offer from the Dodgers, reports Peter Gammons. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo corroborated the report, adding that Hill could receive somewhere between $46 and $48 million from his former team. Hill, 36, pitched to a 2.12 ERA and 3.91 FIP in back-to-back stints with the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016. While a chronic case of blisters on his pitching hand limited the frequency of his starts, he still figures to be one of the most productive and noteworthy starting pitchers on the market this winter. The Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Astros have all been mentioned as potential suitors for the left-hander’s

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  • Cam Newton explains why he didn't have a tie and violated Panthers' dress code

    Cam Newton has had some interesting press conferences, some combative ones, some short ones, but none like the one he had on Sunday night. Newton was benched for the first series of Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks for a dress-code violation. Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t get into details, but Newton said it was because he didn’t wear a tie on the team’s flight to Seattle.

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  • Will increased level of chemistry between Anthony and Rose continue?

    Carmelo Anthony was red hot as the Knicks built up a lead against the Timberwolves on Friday. Connecting on five shots from long range, there was clearly an extra pep in his step as he broke out of what has been a much too long offensive slump. Anthony ran the floor with gusto as he made shot after shot in transition. It's clear he can create for himself when necessary, but his teammates undoubtedly aided his efforts to have a breakthrough game against Minnesota. His 29 point performance was needed. With more talent than ever before in Anthony's Knickerbocker tenure gracing this roster, he no longer has to carry New York on his back. He does, however, have to learn how to trust and lean on those

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