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Team USA Wins Bronze In Figure Skating Team Event

Adam Rippon made a dazzling debut and Mirai Nagasu’s performed a history-making routine, bringing Team USA a bronze medal in the figure skating team event at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Team USA amassed a total score of 62, behind the Olympic Athletes from Russia team, which won the silver medal with 66 points. Canada scored 73 points to take the gold.  Rippon, who competed for the U.S. in the men’s free skate on Monday, wowed fans with his near-flawless Olympic debut. He finished third in his event, with 172.98 points. In the women’s free skate, Nagasu also made history, becoming the first U.S. woman (and third overall) to nail a triple axel at the Olympics. She received a personal best score of 137.53 for the routine, ranking second in the event.  ...Read more

Colts Hire Eagles Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich As Head Coach

Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich will become the Colts new head coach, the team announced Sunday. Reich signed a five-year deal with the team.  Reich started his coaching career with the Colts, first serving as an intern in 2006 and 2007, then becoming the team’s offensive assistant from 2008-2011. After that, he went to the Cardinals as their wide receivers coach, and then to the Chargers as the quarterbacks coach. He was the Chargers’ offensive coordinator for two seasons, and then he spent the next two years as Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator. Reich, 56, helped the Eagles defeat McDaniels and the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.  ...Read more

Snowboarder Red Gerard Wins First U.S Gold Medal At 2018 Winter Olympics

Snowboarder Red Gerard has nabbed the first gold medal for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.  The 17-year-old snowboarder, who was initially in last place before going into his final run, overtook his competition on Saturday, February 10, by pulling out some unique moves that resulted in a score of 87.16 from the judges. He’s the youngest American to ever win a medal in snowboarding.  “When that score came up my jaw dropped,” Gerard said, according to Team USA. “I was like, this isn’t real. I would have been happy to just land a run, but to land a run and win, it’s crazy.”  ...Read more

U.S. Women’s Hockey Overcomes Finland To Win First Game Of 2018 Olympics

Powered by talented goalie Noora Raty and a Venla Hove goal with just 5.8 seconds remaining in the first period, Finland took an early lead to wake up the Americans before the U.S. stormed back for a 3-1 victory in its first game of the tournament. The win brings the U.S. into a tie with Canada (three points each) atop the Group A standings, with Finland and the Olympics Athletes from Russia at the bottom with one loss each. The U.S. is scheduled to play Russia on Tuesday. ...Read more

Jimmy Garoppolo And The 49ers Agree To 5-Year, $137.5 Million Contract

On Thursday, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a deal for a five-year, $137.5 million contract, including $74 million in guarantees. The 26-year-old quarterback with seven career starts is now the NFL’s highest-paid player in terms of average annual salary. His $27.5 million per season, on average, is $500,000 more than the Lions’ Matthew Stafford. Garoppolo was traded from New England to San Francisco in late October and all it took was a second-round pick. And after a month of learning the 49ers offense, Garoppolo took over the starting job in Week 13 and proceeded to win five straight games. He took a team that was 1-10 at that point and led them to a 6-10 finish.   ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Dwyane Wade To Miami Heat For Second-Round Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent 12-time All Star and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat, where he has played the majority of his NBA career. In return, the Cavaliers will receive a second round pick that will be sent to Sacramento as part of an earlier trade. Wade, who just turned 36, spent his first 13 seasons in Miami, where he became the Heat’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals, minutes and games played. He led the Heat to its first-ever championship in 2006 and then added two more rings in 2012 and 2013.  This year in Cleveland, he was averaging 11.2 points per game in 23.2 minutes per game coming off the bench, both career lows.  Wade should be able to provide an offense boost for the team, who is 28th in the league in points per game and 24th in points per possession. He’ll also serve as a valuable veteran presence for the Heat’s roster of young players. ...Read more

Yankees Acquire Seahawks QB Russell Wilson For Future Considerations

The New York Yankees have acquired Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a trade with the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations. Wilson is set to appear with the Yankees in Spring Training at some point in February or March, assigning him to Double-A Trenton’s roster.  Wilson, however, has no plans to double up as a two-sport athlete like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson; however he’s maintained his love for baseball and wants to continue his ties to the sport. Wilson was selected by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and spent two years in their farm system as a second baseman. The Rangers picked up Wilson in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 draft. Wilson made a cameo at the Rangers’ Spring Training camp in 2014 and 2015.          ...Read more

MRI Reveals Torn ACL For Knicks’ All-Star Kristaps Porzingis

The New York Knicks took on the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night, and Kristaps Porzingis went down with a knee injury on a dunk on Bucks’ star Giannis Antetokounmpo. After initially needing help to the locker room and walking it off on his way out of the arena, an MRI has revealed that Porzingis has a torn ACL. Porzingis is already scheduling season-ending surgery on his torn ACL and will have a timeline for his return post-op. This will mark a very unfortunate end to what would’ve been his first year an NBA All-Star. In his third season in the league, Porzingis averaged 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game.   ...Read more

Barry Bonds’ No. 25 Jersey To Be Retired by San Francisco Giants

Barry Bonds holds the record for hitting the most home runs in Major League Baseball history with 762, and now the San Francisco Giants will recognize his career by retiring his No. 25 jersey during the 2018 season. The Giants said on Tuesday that they will retire the number on Aug. 11, when they are scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Bonds said in a statement: “I’m both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season. As I’ve always said, the Giants and Giants fans are a part of my family.”  Bonds spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the Giants signed him heading into the 1993 season. He played 15 years in San Francisco, hitting 586 of his career home runs and setting the record for most long balls in a single season. Bonds was a seven-time National League MVP, an eight-time Gold Glover, a 12-time Silver Slugger, two-time batting champion and 14-time All-Star while playing for Pittsburgh and San Francisco. ...Read more

N.Y. Mets Agree Two-Year, $17M Deal With All-Star Todd Frazier

The New York Mets have agreed to sign two-time All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million contract.  Frazier, 32, is a career .245 hitter, with 175 home runs over six-plus seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. He hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI last year, a season where he was traded near the deadline from the White Sox to the Yankees. He also made the National League All-Star team with the Reds in 2014 and 2015.  In addition to Frazier, the Mets will have a new look on both corners after signing aging free agent slugger Adrian Gonzalez to man first base in January. ...Read more