Sunday, January 21, 2018
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BASEBALL

ENCARNACION REPORTEDLY JOINS INDIANS

The AL champion Indians and free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion have agreed on a $60 million, three-year contract, the Associated Press reported. The sides agreed to terms Thursday night, and the deal is contingent upon the 33-year-old passing a physical after the holidays. Encarnacion had 42 home runs and an AL-high 127 RBIs last season for the Blue Jays. In other deals, RHP Ivan Nova agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract with the Pirates, according to the Associated Press. Pittsburgh acquired the 29-year-old from the Yankees on Aug. 1, and he went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA for the Pirates.

SOCCER

Solo joins fight for better pay

Hope Solo says she hopes that someday she can return to the U.S. women's national team, but the goalkeeper vows to keep fighting for equal pay for the players. Solo, 35, was suspended for six months and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated following the Rio Olympics after calling Sweden's team "cowards.'' Solo is not eligible for reinstatement until February. "There's no turning back for me," she said. Women's players are negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer. Their current CBA expires on Dec. 31.

U.S. MEN: Jozy Altidore was named U.S. player of the year for the second time. Altidore, 27, received 52 first-place votes and 223 points in media voting conducted by American radio network Futbol de Primera. Altidore also won the award in 2013.

ENGLAND: Alan Pardew was fired as Crystal Palace's manager. Former England manager Sam Allardyce will meet with the London club for the job, according to multiple reports.

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Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

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Wozniacki advances to quarterfinals

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Sports in brief

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Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

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Avalanche climbs into playoff spot with ninth straight win

DENVER — The Avalanche has gone from pushover to powerhouse in less than a season, and its recent streak is evoking memories of past glory. Nathan MacKinnon, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist each, Jonathan Bernier made 27 save...
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After rout, LeBron scoffs at playoffs

After rout, LeBron scoffs at playoffs

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McIlroy shoots third-round 65, trails by 1 at Abu Dhabi

McIlroy shoots third-round 65, trails by 1 at Abu Dhabi

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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

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National Hoopfest: St. Petersburg’s Serrel Smith shines in loss to national power

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