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College basketball notebook: Nike under fire for shoe blowout

Nike’s stock price slid 1.05 percent Thursday as the company faced a social media backlash after Duke freshman star forward Zion Williamson sustained a knee injury when his shoe split apart Wednesday night. FILE PHOTO: Feb 20, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after falling during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Shares in Nike Inc. were down as much as 1.7 percent before rebounding a bit. Williamson was injured…

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NBA notebook: Knee soreness sidelines Embiid

Joel Embiid’s return from the All-Star break is expected to be delayed as the Philadelphia 76ers forward/center is experiencing left knee soreness, the team announced Wednesday. Feb 17, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Giannis forward Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers (21) shoots the ball against Team Lebron forward Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (23) during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports In addition, an MRI on the right knee of guard/forward Furkan Korkmaz revealed a meniscus tear, with a…

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MLB notebook: Giants, Phillies reportedly in lead for Harper

Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, still hunting for a long-term deal, has reportedly turned down multiple offers worth at least $300 million in recent weeks, according to a report Wednesday by Jon Heyman of MLB Network. FILE PHOTO – Sep 26, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs off the field at the end of the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins prior to the game being called for rain in the eighth inning at Nationals Park in what may be his final home game…

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MLB notebook: Machado, Padres reportedly agree to deal

The San Diego Padres reached an agreement with free agent infielder Manny Machado on a 10-year, $300 million deal, according to multiple reports Tuesday. FILE PHOTO – Oct 27, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) celebrates after scoring on a three run home run hit by outfielder Yasiel Puig (66) in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox in game four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports It would be the most lucrative free agent…

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NFL notebook: Cowboys, DE Lawrence hope to avoid tag

The Dallas Cowboys could put the franchise tag on defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence beginning Tuesday, but they apparently do not want to be forced into using that option. Dec 9, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) rushes the passer in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that the Cowboys hope to reach agreement with Lawrence on a long-term contract extension before the March 5 deadline for franchise tags. The…

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MLB notebook: Padres reportedly offer Machado up to $280 million

The San Diego Padres are willing to sign free agent infielder Manny Machado to an eight-year contract worth between $240 million and $280 million, USA Today reported on Monday. Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) reacts after striking out against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The contract offer includes “heavily deferred” compensation, the newspaper said, citing two people familiar with the negotiations.…

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NFL notebook: Kaepernick, Reid settle NFL grievances

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have decided to settle their collusion grievances with the NFL, according to a joint statement released by their attorneys and the league on Friday. FILE PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, U.S. October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Loren Elliott According to Yahoo Sports, the final hearing in the players’ joint collusion case against the NFL was scheduled for later this month. Yahoo added that sources…

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MLB notebook: Padres continue pursuit of Machado

The San Diego Padres have doubled down on their pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado. Padres general manager A.J. Preller flew to Miami last week to have a second meeting with Machado, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Multiple media outlets subsequently confirmed the report on Thursday. Oct 28, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) is out at second against Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) in the seventh inning in game five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory…

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NBA notebook: Lakers’ Walton reportedly will finish season

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton “will definitely finish the season,” a source close to the situation told the Los Angeles Times. Walton’s status has been a topic of discussion among fans and the media as the Lakers have slid to 28-29 in an injury-plagued season. FILE PHOTO: Feb 7, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches from the sideline during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports But the Times on Wednesday cited…

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NFL notebook: Steelers’ Brown requests trade

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said it’s “time to move on” in a tweet Tuesday and also officially requested a trade from the team, ESPN reported. Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) looks on during warm-ups before the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field. Brown has been ruled out of the game due to injury. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports “Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years … time to move on and forward,” Brown tweeted with the…

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