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Astros Second Baseman Jose Altuve Named AP’s Male Athlete Of Year

Houston Astros Jose Altuve, who was one of only a handful of players who endured the Astros’ painful rebuilding process en route to this year’s championship, was chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Results of voting by U.S. editors and news directors was announced Wednesday. The 5-foot-6 second baseman got 715 points, beating New England quarterback Tom Brady, who had 646, and third-place finisher LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward, with 626. ...Read more

Righty Reliever Jared Hughes Signs 2-Year Deal With Reds

The Reds have signed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal with a club option for 2020, according to a team announcement. Hughes will receive $4.5 million guaranteed, according to a baseball source, with the third-year option being valued at $3 million with a $250k buyout. Hughes has spent his entire career in the NL Central, posting a career 2.85 ERA in 369 innings with Pittsburgh (2011-16) and Milwaukee (2017). He’ll provide a veteran presence in a Reds bullpen. ...Read more

Former Steelers LB James Harrison Visits Patriots At Gillette Stadium

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is visiting the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Last week, Harrison was released by the Steelers in order to make room on the roster for right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Harrison, 39, has played 40 snaps through 14 games on the season and has just one sack and has recorded 788 tackles, 82.5 sacks and eight interceptions in his 14-year career. Harrison went unclaimed on waivers. The Patriots will play the New York Jets on Sunday. ...Read more

Cancer Survivor David Quessenberry Makes NFL Debut For Texans

Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry made his regular-season NFL debut on Christmas Day against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quessenberry fought non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma for three years before finishing his treatments in the spring. He was promoted to Houston’s active roster last week, according to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling. The 2013 sixth-round pick was named a captain for Monday’s game and saw action as an extra blocker in the Texans’ “jumbo” packages.  ...Read more

Shohei Ohtani Bid Farewell To Fans With A Ceremonial Last Pitch

Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club on Monday as he sets off to join his new Major League Baseball team. For five seasons, Ohtani called Sapporo home, playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The reigning Pacific League MVP threw one final ceremonial pitch from the Sapporo Dome mound. The Angels plan to use Ohtani as a hitter and a pitcher, and the 23-year-old player said Monday he is confident he can succeed in both in a more challenging environment. ...Read more

New Orleans Saints Send Kenny Vaccaro To Injured Reserve

Sources say that New Orleans Saints starting safety Kenny Vaccaro needs season-ending groin surgery and is being placed on injured reserve. Vaccaro has been with New Orleans since they made him a first-round draft choice in 2013. This season, Vaccaro has played through wrist and groin injuries. He’s made or assisted on 60 tackles, including a sack-and-a-half and seven tackles for losses. He has three interceptions to go with seven passes defended and also has recovered a fumble. Vaccaro’s impending surgery comes as the Saints prepare to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in a game vying for NFC South Division crown. ...Read more

McKayla Maroney Sues USA Gymnastics For Trying To ‘Conceal’ Doctor’s Sexual Abuses

Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney has filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics, saying the organization sought to silence her claims of sexual abuse against disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar last year. Maroney, who earned international fame during the 2012 Summer Games, alleges that American gymnastics’ governing body not only failed to protect athletes from Nassar, but also had her sign a confidentiality agreement last December — after the first of more than 100 women and girls began coming forward with their stories of abuse. The complaint did not disclose the amount Maroney was paid as part of the settlement, but reports state it was $1.25 million.  ...Read more

Washington Nationals Sign Free Agent Matt Adams To One-Year Deal Worth $4 Million

The Washington Nationals have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent/first baseman Matt Adams in a deal that would bring him to D.C. If finalized, the contract is expected to include a $4M guarantee and $500K of available incentives for a single season. Adams was the lefty bat the Nationals have needed since parting ways with Adam Lind at the end of the season. The 29-year-old Adams was non-tendered by the Braves after projecting to earn a $4.6MM salary through arbitration.  ...Read more

Phillies Introduce Their New Slugger, Carlos Santana

The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with former Cleveland Indian Carlos Santana. The signing, which includes a fourth-year club option, was officially announced Wednesday. The Phillies introduced Santana at a noon press conference Wednesday. Santana, 31, is a high-walk power hitter. From 2011 through 2017, he walked between 88 and 113 times each season, all while maintaining relatively low strikeout totals. Santana is a switch-hitter who came up as a catcher, but he hasn’t caught since 2014. The last three seasons, he has played primarily first base. In his eight seasons, Santana has also started 26 games at third base and seven in right field. ...Read more

Texas Rangers Pitcher Martin Perez Hurts Non-Throwing Elbow In Mishap With Bull

Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez broke his non-pitching elbow in a mishap with a bull and is likely to miss the start of the season. Perez had surgery Monday in Dallas and is expected to start throwing in about a month; but the Rangers said Tuesday that Perez won’t be ready for games for about four months, which could push his season debut into May. The injury occurred on Perez’s ranch in his native Venezuela. General manager Jon Daniels said Perez told him he was startled by a bull and fell on the elbow. After missing most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons because of reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, Perez has led the Rangers in starts each of the past two seasons. ...Read more