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Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Yankees officially release Gio Gonzalez

The New York Yankees released left-hander Gio Gonzalez from his minor league contract on Monday, officially making the 33-year-old a free agent. Gonzalez opted out of the deal on Saturday, leaving the Yankees facing a 48-hour deadline in which to either place on him on the 25-man roster or grant him his release.

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Ex-caddie: Tiger's comeback 'an incredible story'

Steve Williams, who caddied for Tiger Woods for 13 years, was as transfixed as any observer when his former employer made a run to his fifth Masters title earlier this month. Williams, who retired to his native New Zealand in 2017, told ESPN in a story published Monday that he hadn't watched any golf on television since retirement -- until Woods was making a run on Sunday at Augusta. Williams said he tuned in from New Zealand -- where it was around 5 a.m. on Monday -- as the final grouping was reaching the 15th hole.

Film Study: Best, worst of Murray and 2019 quarterback class

The 2019 quarterback class has a consensus top four, but all four bring wildly different styles, skill sets, strengths, weaknesses -- and opinions from evaluators. Let's dig into the "wows" and the "red flags" for each, starting with the likely first overall pick.

Heat C Whiteside allegedly embezzled by Avenatti

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside was allegedly embezzled out of $2.75 million by attorney Michael Avenatti 27 months ago, the Los Angeles Times reported. Alexis Gardner, a former girlfriend of Whiteside, retained Avenatti to negotiate a potential lawsuit against Whiteside and Avenatti struck a $3 million deal.

MLB notebook: Red Sox’s Eovaldi to undergo elbow surgery

Boston Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Eovaldi's surgery is to remove loose bodies in his right elbow. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

NBA roundup: Celtics move on after sweep of Pacers

The Boston Celtics completed a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs Sunday afternoon, using key baskets from Marcus Morris and Gordon Hayward to hold on for a 110-106 victory in Indianapolis. The fourth-seeded Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they will face the winner of the Milwaukee-Detroit series.

NHL to purchase carbon offsets to counter playoff air travel

The National Hockey League said on Monday it would purchase carbon credits to offset airline emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases during the Stanley Cup playoffs. For the first round of the playoffs, which has the highest number of teams traveling and is currently underway, the NHL will offset more than 465 metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking 99 cars off the road for one year.

NFL notebook: Cardinals reportedly fielding offers for top pick

The Arizona Cardinals still haven't tipped their hand as to how they'll use the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft on Thursday, and teams continue to inquire about a trade, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. He also said general manager Steve Keim, coach Kliff Kingsbury and owner Michael Bidwill have a final meeting scheduled to make a decision.

MLB roundup: Braves crush Indians as Donaldson homers twice

Josh Donaldson homered in his first two at-bats, and Max Fried tossed 6 1/3 strong innings as the visiting Atlanta Braves breezed to an 11-5 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night. Donaldson drove in four runs, while Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI singles to highlight his three-hit performance.

Wilson gifts O-line teammates $12K in Amazon stock

A week after Russell Wilson agreed to his four-year, $140 million deal with the Seahawks, he reportedly decided to share the wealth with the Seattle offensive linemen, gifting them each $12,000 in Amazon stock. Each of Wilson's 13 lineman reportedly received a letter with the gift, expressing his gratitude and hopes that the gift would help them "prepare for life after football."

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