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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

Super Bowl LII Averaged 103.4M Viewers; Lowest Rated Since ’09

Viewership in the United States for Super Bowl LII was the lowest for the event since 2009, ESPN reported Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots drew an average of 103.4 million U.S. viewers, a noticeable drop from Super Bowl LI, when an average of 111.3 Americans watched the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons. The drop in Super Bowl viewership fits with the general trend regarding the NFL’s television ratings. A number of factors likely played into the ratings dip, be it the protests during the national anthem, significant injuries to stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt and the overall awareness regarding the long-term effects of playing football.   ...Read more

Former Eagles Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos Will Get Super Bowl Ring After Career-Ending Heart Surgery

Jon Dorenbos didn’t play for the Eagles this season but he will be receiving a Super Bowl ring. Dorenbos, who had been Philadelphia’s long snapper since 2006, was traded to the Saints before the start of the season. His post-trade physical revealed an aortic aneurysm that would require immediate open-heart surgery, ending his career at age 37. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie stated “Jon Dorenbos is like family to me and to the Eagles.”  Lurie invited him to come to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis and promised him he’d get a championship ring after the Eagles won, Dorenbos told The Advocate. Dorenbos, one of the longest-tenured players in Eagles history and a beloved figure in Philadelphia, will get a souvenir to commemorate everything he did to lead the team to their first Super Bowl win. ...Read more

Philadelphia Eagles Win Super Bowl LII Beating The New England Patriots 41-33

Nick Foles threw the go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go and the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl by outscoring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night. The Eagles blew a 12-point lead in the high-scoring matchup before rallying behind their backup quarterback, after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching another on a fourth-down trick play to give the Eagles their first championship since 1960.   ...Read more

NFL’s Edwin Jackson Of Indianapolis Colts Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver

Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson was killed Sunday when he was struck by a suspected drunk driver in Indiana.  Jackson was killed, along with another man, after a black Ford F-150 pickup struck both of them as they were standing on the side of a highway. Indiana police told the newspaper the incident took place in the early morning hours on Sunday, when the truck drove into the emergency shoulder where the men were standing near a stopped vehicle. “We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,” the Colts said in a news release. “Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality.”  Jackson was signed by the Colts in January 2016. He started eight games in 2016, making 66 tackles. He was placed on injured reserve in September 2017. ...Read more

Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball Out 2 More Games With MCL Sprain

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is expected to miss at least two additional games because of a left knee injury, according to head coach Luke Walton. The Lakers have officially ruled out Ball for a minimum of 10 games, Walton said Thursday. The team initially expected the 20-year-old to be out just three weeks. Walton said he hoped Ball would play during the road trip, which began Jan. 26 against Chicago. Ball has traveled with the team and received treatment for his injury.  Walton has stated that Ball will not return until he could participate in team practice. Ball injured his left leg during a 107-101 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 13. He has missed eight straight games so far.  ...Read more

Vikings’ Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s Contract Status Unclear Due To Time Spent On PUP List

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could become a free agent during the 2018 signing period, a decision that will be left up to the NFL and NFLPA, general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday. Bridgewater started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but was cleared to return to practice Oct. 16. It’s unclear whether Bridgewater’s contract will be tolled for next season due to his time spent on the PUP list. If it is tolled, Bridgewater is eligible to become a free agent.  ...Read more

Former NBA Player Rasual Butler, Wife Leah LaBelle Die In Los Angeles Car Crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.  The couple’s death was confirmed by one of Butler’s former teams, the Miami Heat, who selected him in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft. The couple’s Range Rover crashed at around 2:30 a.m. on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Los Angeles police said in a statement that Butler was speeding before his vehicle jumped a curb, hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and then flipped over twice. The vehicle came to rest inside a shopping mall parking lot. Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Autopsies were pending. ...Read more

Kansas City Chiefs Trade Quarterback Alex Smith To Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs have engaged in the first blockbuster of the 2018 offseason. ESPN has confirmed that the Redskins will acquire quarterback Alex Smith, allowing them to part ways with previous starter Kirk Cousins. The Kansas City Star first reported the trade, which won’t become official until the start of the league year on March 14. The Redskins would give Kansas City a third-round pick and Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller as compensation. Smith, 33, came to the Chiefs in a 2013 trade that sent two second-round draft picks to the San Francisco 49ers. He guided the team to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. The Chiefs won the AFC West in each of the past two seasons.  ...Read more

New Orleans Pelicans Player DeMarcus Cousins Will Have Surgery to Repair Season-Ending Achilles Injury

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry announced player DeMarcus Cousins will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair his Achilles injury. The All-Star suffered a ruptured Achilles in his left leg and will miss the remainder of the season. He will finish the season with averages of 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. His rebound and assist averages are the highest of his career. The 27-year-old has been one of the best players in the NBA at his position for the past few years, earning five straight All-Star selections, although the latest injury will prevent him from competing this season. He has also been named second-team All-NBA twice in his career.  ...Read more