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Claimed RHP Eric Yardley off waivers from San Diego.

COLLEGE PARK SKYHAWKS — Waived G Ronshad Shabazz. Claimed F Nick Ward off waivers.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed TE Maxx Williams to a two-year contract extension.

CINCINNATI BENGALS — Placed CB Dre Kirkpatrick on the IR. Signed LB Hardy Nickerson and WR Damion Willis from the practice squad.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — Released OT Gerhard de Beer from the practice squad. Signed OT Cedrick Lang to the practice squad.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS — Placed DT Cortez Broughton on the non-football illness list. Signed LS Matt Overton.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Placed RB Darren Sproles on IR. Signed RB Jay Ajayi.

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Assigned G Ilya Samsonov and D Tyler Lewington to Hershey (AHL). Recalled F Travis Boyd and G Vitek Vanecek from Hershey.





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Eli Manning Returns but Giants Lose to Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — Eli Manning isn’t done yet. Neither are the Philadelphia Eagles.

Carson Wentz rallied the Eagles from a 14-point halftime deficit, then tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz in overtime to lead Philadelphia to a 23-17 win over the Giants on Monday night.

The Eagles (6-7) ended a three-game losing streak and moved into a tie with Dallas (6-7) for first place in the N.F.C. East. Philadelphia will win the division if it wins its final three games. The Eagles meet the Cowboys in Week 16.

Manning, the two-time Super Bowl most valuable player, threw two touchdown passes to Darius Slayton in his first game since Week 2. Filling in for the injured rookie Daniel Jones, who had won the starting job in September, Manning was 15 of 30 for 203 yards. But his offense faded badly after halftime, gaining only two first downs, and Manning couldn’t prevent the Giants (2-11) from losing their ninth straight game, tying a franchise record set in 1976, when the team opened the season 0-9.

Wentz threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, including a 5-yard toss to Ertz to tie the score at 17-17 with 1 minute 53 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Already missing three starters on offense, the Eagles lost wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and right tackle Lane Johnson in the first half and were booed off the field trailing by 17-3 at halftime.

They went three-and-out on five straight possessions before Boston Scott caught a 10-yard pass on third-and-5 in the third quarter. Scott then ran 4 yards to the 2 on third-and-3 and scored on the next play to cut it to 17-10.

Wentz drove Philadelphia to the Giants 29 with just under 10 minutes left but Greg Ward dropped what should have been a 29-yard TD pass on third-and-11. Jake Elliott then missed a 47-yard field goal wide left.

But the Eagles’ defense held and Wentz drove the Eagles 85 yards and connected with Ertz to tie the score.

The Eagles won the coin toss in overtime and went 75 yards for the winning score, meaning Manning never got a possession in the extra period.

Ertz finished with nine catches for 91 yards.



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NBA rejects Houston Rockets’ protest over James Harden dunk

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HOUSTON – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver denied the Houston Rockets’ protest over James Harden’s dunk not counting in the team’s double-overtime loss last week to the San Antonio Spurs. 

Although the NBA disciplined three officials for misapplying the coach’s challenge rule and will work with the competition committee to develop more procedures, Silver did not believe that warranted the league overturning the game’s outcome. 

“While agreeing that the referees misapplied the rules, Commissioner Silver determined that the Rockets had sufficient time to overcome the error during the remainder of the fourth quarter and two subsequent overtime periods,” the NBA said in a statement on Monday. “Thus the extraordinary remedy of granting a game protest was not warranted.”

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni conceded that “I didn’t think we were going to win” the protest. The Rockets lodged one anyway, but the players were not about to question the outcome. Not when Harden’s dunk would have given the Rockets a 104-89 lead with 7:50 left in the fourth quarter.

“We had plenty of chances to win the game,” Rockets guard Austin Rivers said. “So whether that layup went in or went out, the Spurs did a good job of continuing to play basketball. We did a bad job of not finishing the game.”

Officials ruled basket interference after the ball went through the net with enough force to spin around the basket and give an appearance that the ball did not go in. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni protested the call, but he missed the 30-second window to issue the coach’s challenge, according to official James Capers. After the game, Capers acknowledged the dunk should have counted.

“I’m sure we’ll be more aware of it and attentive that we need to get the play right,” D’Antoni said. “I’m sure everybody will be on their toes. That’s the only good thing that will come out of it.”

Otherwise, D’Antoni did not find any solace for the NBA disciplining the three officials.

“I hate it for them. They just made a mistake,” D’Antoni said. “We all make mistakes. That’s the worst part of it. They’re trying to get it right. I think all good intentions. It just didn’t work out.”

After deliberating, the officiating crew informed the Rockets’ coaching staff that they were ruling basket interference on Harden. That prompted D’Antoni to issue the coach’s challenge, a request that was denied after the 30-second time window elapsed from the timeout. The NBA clarified the 30-second time limit for coach’s challenges “only applies when the challenge arises during a mandatory timeout or a timeout called by the opposing team.”

The league added that “because Houston called the timeout in this case, it was entitled to challenge the basket interference call upon being informed of it by the game officials.”

Follow USA TODAY NBA writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 



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MLB Winter Meetings rumors: Red Sox looking to trade Bradley; Strasburg signs record deal with Nationals

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MLB’s Winter Meetings are here, and that means activity on the free-agent and trade markets should be ramping up soon. Of course, it’s already been an active week-plus by the standards of early December, so we’ll see if the meetings are livelier than normal as well. You can get fully up to speed on all the latest signings with our updated Free Agent Tracker

As for Monday’s rumors, let’s dig in.

Nats re-sign Strasburg to record-breaking deal

In the biggest signing thus far of this offseason, the Washington Nationals have re-signed 2019 World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year, $245 million deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jim Bowden. The contract gives Strasburg, 31, the highest average annual value and most money for a pitcher in MLB history. Here’s the full story.

Red Sox trying to trade Bradley

The Red Sox are actively trying to trade center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., reports the Boston Globe‘s Pete Abraham. They were discussing Bradley with the Mets before New York acquired Jake Marisnick last week. Also, the Red Sox are keeping tabs on their free agents (Rick Porcello, Brock Holt, etc.) but are not actively seeking a reunion, per Abraham.

Boston needs to shed about $20 million this offseason to get under the $208 million luxury tax threshold next year. Bradley is projected to make about $11 million through arbitration, so while trading him would get them closer to their payroll goal, it wouldn’t get them all the way there. Trading Bradley is preferable to trading Mookie Betts, however.

Castellanos market heating up

Before Nicholas Castellanos was traded to the Cubs midseason, the expectation around the league was that he would have to settle for a one-year contract this winter. It made sense. Castellanos was perceived as a good, not great right-handed hitter without much defensive value of which to speak. He then hit .321/.356/.646 over a 51-game stretch with Chicago — a run so good that it shredded the previous assumption.

Indeed, Castellanos appears on his way to landing a much more lucrative contract than previously anticipated, with the Diamondbacks and Giants being among those interested, per Jon Heyman. The Marlins were also tied to Castellanos, but have faded as bidding has increased, according to CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden.

Castellanos, 28 come March, has hit .287/.337/.505 (120 OPS+) over the past three seasons.

Bumgarner wants nine figures

Once Zack Wheeler agreed to a deal worth more than $100 million, it seemed like only a matter of time before Madison Bumgarner landed his own deal for a similar amount. Sure enough, Bumgarner has informed teams that he’s seeking a five-year pact worth $100 million, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Bumgarner is an interesting contrast from Wheeler, who offers more potential than track record. Although Bumgarner doesn’t throw hard, he does generate good spin from a tough angle. He also, obviously, has a substantive history of being an above-average starter, and has earned a reputation for being a big-game pitcher.

Donaldson may land four-year deal

Josh Donaldson, through no doing of his own, is the downmarket alternative to Anthony Rendon. Yet that doesn’t mean Donaldson will come cheaply. Rather, Donaldson still has a chance at landing a four-year deal, per Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

Donaldson, 34, posted a 127 OPS+ with the Braves last season. Just as importantly, he did so while appearing in 155 games. Donaldson had been limited by injury to just 52 games in 2018.

Presumably the Braves, Nationals, Phillies, and Rangers could each make sense for Donaldson — depending on where Rendon lands and how the trade market shakes out.

Dodgers maintaining interest in Ryu

Here’s a predictable one: the Dodgers still have interest in retaining Hyun-Jin Ryu, per Jon Heyman. The Dodgers are, of course, pursuing the top available starters on the open market — both Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg — and it’s unclear how landing either would impact their interest in Ryu.

Nonetheless, Ryu would make for a nifty fallback plan if it comes to that. Over the last three seasons he’s thrown roughly 391 innings and posted a 151 ERA+ and a 4.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This past season was the first time he’d thrown more than 150 innings since 2014.

The Twins and Blue Jays are also said to be interested in Ryu.

Cubs among those with Lindblom interest

The Cubs might be telling everyone they’re capped out, but that hasn’t stopped them from maintaining interest in right-hander Josh Lindblom, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

Lindblom, 32, is drawing interest from numerous teams as he looks to return from a three-year run in Korea. In his most recent campaign, he threw 194 innings and posted a 2.50 ERA and 6.52 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Doosan Bears. Lindblom is no stranger to the majors — he’s made more than 100 career appearances in the Show, notching a 97 ERA+ and 2.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Lindblom is not a particularly hard thrower — his fastball sat in the low-90s throughout his big-league run — but he does have a broad arsenal with which he throws strikes.

Brewers interested in Gregorius

The Brewers have interest in free agent shortstop Didi Gregorius, reports The Athletic’s Robert Murray. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman hears Gregorius is likely to receive $14 million to $15 million per year, which may be too pricey for the Reds, who had interest in Gregorius earlier this year. The Phillies, who hired Sir Didi’s former manager Joe Girardi, are also in the mix.

Earlier this offseason the Brewers acquired Luis Urias to take over at shortstop, though incumbent Orlando Arcia remains with the team. He is currently penciled in at third base with Mike Moustakas leaving as a free agent and Travis Shaw having been non-tendered. Gregorius has been a shortstop exclusively the last five years, though he has played third base in the past.

Adam Jones considering Japan

Outfielder Adam Jones is considering leaving the United States to sign a multi-year pact with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan, per Ken Rosenthal. Jones, 34, spent last season with the Diamondbacks and hit just .260/.313/.414 (87 OPS+) while primarily playing right field. If that represents the end of Jones’ big-league career, it’ll be a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise quality run. 





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