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AP source: Bears release embattled kicker Cody Parkey

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bears have decided to release embattled kicker Cody Parkey after one season. The person spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. Signed to a four-year contract in March, Parkey made just 23 of 30…read more »

Cards pitcher Martinez shut down 2 weeks, builds up shoulder

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been shut down for two weeks to build up shoulder strength after an injury-plagued season. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Tuesday that Martinez won’t throw before being reevaluated on March 5. Shildt said an MRI this week showed Martinez’s right shoulder was structurally sound.…read more »

Blue Jackets acquire center Matt Duchene from Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick and two top prospects, adding a veteran center as they make a push for a playoff spot. The 28-year-old Duchene, one of the top players available ahead of Monday’s NHL…read more »

Patriots owner Robert Kraft accused of soliciting prostitute

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday. The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The case comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from…read more »

McIlroy opens with 63 has Woods struggles in Mexico debut

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy flirted with a hole-in-one on the same par 4 where Tiger Woods hit out-of-bounds with his first shot in Mexico. That’s about how their days went Thursday in the Mexico Championship. McIlroy, already off to a solid start on the back nine, hit a 2-iron on the 305-yard opening…read more »

Padres announce Machado’s $300 million, 10-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres are getting closer to getting Manny Machado in uniform and on the field. San Diego announced its $300 million, 10-year contract with the All-Star infielder on Thursday, more than two days after the deal was agreed to. Machado will be introduced Friday morning at spring training in Peoria, Arizona.…read more »

Ex-Phillies star Howard joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ crew

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Former Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard has joined ESPN as an analyst on “Baseball Tonight.” The network said Thursday that Howard will start in early March. He also will appear on other television and radio formats at ESPN. Howard was a three-time All-Star and the 2006 NL MVP. The first baseman…read more »

Washington Capitals acquire forward Carl Hagelin from Kings

(AP) – The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals got faster ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring speedy winger Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Washington sent a 2019 third-round pick and a conditional 2020 sixth-round pick to Los Angeles. “We are pleased to welcome Carl to our organization,” general…read more »

Sports betting bill advances in Kentucky legislature

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took the first step to legalizing sports betting on Wednesday as a legislative committee strongly endorsed a bill that one estimate says would bring in at least $20 million a year in new taxes. Kentucky seems to be in a race with its neighbors to make sports betting legal following…read more »

Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Steve Spagnuolo spent much of his year out of coaching making the 45-minute drive from his home in Philadelphia to the headquarters of NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Spagnuolo had finished a tour as the interim coach of the New York Giants and missed out on the full-time…read more »

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