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NY Islanders Sign Defenseman Scott Mayfield To Five-Year Contract Extension

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Scott Mayfield to a five-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. The deal announced Thursday has an average annual value of $1.45 million . The 25-year-old Mayfield has two goals and eight assists in a career-high 29 games this season. He led the team with 35 penalty minutes before Thursday night’s game at Philadelphia. The Islanders selected the St. Louis native in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. ...Read more

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads NBA In All-Star Voting

The NBA All-Star Game voting has been live since Dec. 21, and so far, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is ahead of the pack. Milwaukee’s 23-year-old superstar leads the entire NBA with 863,416 votes, which is over 7,000 ahead of four-time league MVP LeBron James. An All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference last season, Antetokounmpo is averaging career highs in points (29.1), rebounds (10.4) and minutes (37.9) per game. NBA voting closes Jan. 15, with another update of the voting tallies coming Jan. 11. ...Read more

Fired Arizona Wildcats Coach Rich Rodriguez Disputes Sexual Harassment Allegations, Admits To Extramarital Affair

The Arizona Wildcats fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez on Tuesday, citing “the direction and climate of the football program” as the reasoning. Arizona will pay Rodriguez his full $6.3 million buyout and will hire a search firm as it looks for its new head coach. Rodriguez went 43-35 in six seasons in Tucson, but was also recently alleged of sexual harassment by a former administrative assistant. Rodriguez released a statement Tuesday night following his firing. He shed more details on his dismissal, disputed the sexual harassment claims, and admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman who is not affiliated with the University. ...Read more

Isaiah Thomas Drops 17 Points In Cleveland Cavaliers Debut

Isaiah Thomas made his 2017-18 NBA season debut, and his Cleveland Cavaliers debut, on Tuesday night. Playing for the first time since May of 2017 in a game against the Trailblazers, Thomas scored 17 points, with three assists, and four three-pointers in only 19 minutes of play. The Cavs went on to win 127-110 over the Blazers. Since Thomas and his health is still the main priority for the Cavaliers, they elected to not play Thomas on Wednesday versus his old team, the Boston Celtics.  ...Read more

Quarterback Carson Palmer Of Arizona Cardinals Retires After 15 Seasons

Quarterback Carson Palmer released a letter announcing his retirement from football on Tuesday. He played 15 seasons in the NFL and has been with the Cardinals for the past five years. Palmer spent 8 years in Cincinnati and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006. He then spent two years with the Raiders before moving to the Cardinals, where he reached the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. His 2017 season was cut short by a broken left arm, suffered in a 33-0 loss to the Rams in Week 7. Palmer’s retirement comes just two days after the Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians retired after Arizona beat the Seahawks to finish 8-8 on the season.  ...Read more

Bengals Sign Head Coach Marvin Lewis To Two-Year Contract Extension Through 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed a two-year contract extension with head coach Marvin Lewis to keep him at the helm through 2019. Lewis met with the team’s ownership on Monday to discuss the future plans. The Bengals missed the playoffs at the end of the season with a 7–9 record. Lewis’ contract and his 15th season as head coach came to an end with a 31–27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Under Lewis, the Bengals are 0–7 in the playoffs, which is the worst postseason coaching record in NFL history. However, his 125 career victories for the Bengals are the most in franchise history. Lewis is the second-longest active tenured coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick’s 18 years with the New England Patriots. ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Are Back In The Playoffs For The First Time Since 1999

After the Buffalo Bills beat the Dolphins in Miami, all they needed to secure a playoff spot was a victory by the Bengals, who were playing the Ravens in Baltimore.  As the Bills watched in their locker room, the game came down to a fourth-and-12 play at the Ravens 49 with 53 seconds left and then a touchdown that lifted Buffalo to its first playoff berth since 1999. The Bills now turn their attention to the wild-card game against the Jaguars on Sunday in Jacksonville. ...Read more

Indianapolis Colts Fire Coach Chuck Pagano After Six Seasons

The Indianapolis Colts announced they’ve fired head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons. The news comes as the 4-12 Colts had their worst season since finishing 2-14 in 2011 and have missed the playoffs for the last three seasons. Pagano coached his way through a season that was without quarterback Andrew Luck because of a shoulder injury. Pagano arrived in Indianapolis for the head coaching job in 2012, after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. ...Read more

MLB Investigating Sexual Assault Allegation Against Twins’ Miguel Sano

Minnesota Twins All-Star slugger Miguel Sano is under investigation by Major League Baseball for a 2015 incident in which a photographer alleges Sano attempted to sexually assault her. The photographer, Betsy Bissen, wrote about the incident on her Twitter account on Thursday and said it happened after Sano participated in an autograph session at a local shopping mall. Bissen, who worked for Twins Daily at the time, said Sano repeatedly tried to kiss her and attempted to force her into a bathroom. MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said in a statement that “we are aware of the allegations and are now in the process of looking into it.” ...Read more

Dave Gettleman Hired as Giants GM After Jerry Reese Firing

The New York Giants have hired former Carolina Panthers architect Dave Gettleman as their new general manager following Jerry Reese’s ouster on Dec. 4. The Giants announced Gettleman’s hiring on Thursday with a joint statement from team president John Mara and chairman Steve Tisch.  Kevin Abrams is expected to remain with the Giants as assistant GM.   ...Read more