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Sources — MLB querying players on Astros sign-stealing allegations

[ad_1] 11:21 PM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"Major League Baseball officials investigating whether the Houston Astros cheated over the past three seasons by electronically stealing signs have asked players associated with the organization what they know about a range of alleged sign-stealing techniques, sources familiar with the conversations told ESPN.Players have been asked about buzzing, Band-Aid-like
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49ers set to embark on historically difficult three-game stretch – San Francisco 49ers Blog

[ad_1] SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- To say the San Francisco 49ers' schedule is about to get tougher over the next three weeks would drastically understate what's coming.The journey the Niners are about to begin -- with games against the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints -- could be the most difficult stretch any team has faced this late in the season in the Super Bowl era.Through Week
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Sources — Yankees say Jacoby Ellsbury got unauthorized medical treatment

[ad_1] The New York Yankees do not intend to pay Jacoby Ellsbury the remaining $26 million due under his contract, contending he violated the deal by receiving unauthorized medical treatment, sources confirmed to ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday.According to multiple reports, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sent a letter to Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras, informing them that the team had converted his contract to a nonguaranteed deal.2 RelatedThe
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Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) out vs. Patriots

[ad_1] FRISCO, Texas -- Leighton Vander Esch will not play Sunday at New England because of a neck injury, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday, and it is not clear whether the linebacker will be able to play again this season."Leighton was having some symptoms yesterday, so we had him checked out. It was determined that he has an issue in his neck," Garrett said. "He's not gonna be
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Celtics guard Kemba Walker stretchered off, has concussion symptoms

[ad_1] Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms, the team announced, after he was stretchered from the court late in the second quarter of Friday night's game in Denver against the Nuggets. He was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.Walker ran head-first into the abdomen area of teammate Semi Ojeleye and immediately went to the ground. Early indications are that Walker did not suffer
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Steelers’ Anthony Chickillo cleared by NFL in alleged domestic incident

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH -- The NFL has cleared Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo and closed its investigation into an alleged domestic disturbance incident in October involving him and his girlfriend, a league source confirmed to ESPN.Chickillo was cleared because of insufficient evidence and will not face any punishment, the source said.The Athletic first reported the case closure Friday night.Chickillo, 26, was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors stemming from an Oct. 20
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Walter Payton, Jim Brown ranked among NFL’s 12 best RBs

[ad_1] Jim Brown and Walter Payton are unanimous choices at running back for the NFL's All-Time Team.As part of its celebration of its centennial season, the league announced the first portion of the squad Friday night. A 26-member panel is selecting the team.Also chosen were two coaches, Paul Brown and Bill Belichick. Eight more coaches will be selected over the next month.Walter Payton celebrates with teammates after breaking Jim Brown's
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Walter Payton, Jim Brown headline NFL’s All-Time Team RBs

[ad_1] Jim Brown and Walter Payton are unanimous choices at running back for the NFL's All-Time Team.As part of its celebration of its centennial season, the league announced the first portion of the squad Friday night. A 26-member panel is selecting the team.Also chosen were two coaches, Paul Brown and Bill Belichick. Eight more coaches will be selected over the next month.Walter Payton celebrates with teammates after breaking Jim Brown's
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Dana White — Jon Jones to defend title vs. Dominick Reyes on Feb. 8

[ad_1] UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Dominick Reyes on Feb. 8 in Houston, UFC president Dana White told ESPN.The 205-pound championship fight will headline the UFC's pay-per-view event, which does not yet have an official number, inside Toyota Center. In the co-main event, women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (18-3) will face No. 1 contender Katlyn Chookagian (13-2).For Jones (25-1), it will mark his 15th
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JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner ruled out; Diontae Johnson to be cleared

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without their top two playmakers when they face the winless Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner have been ruled out on the final injury report. Conner aggravated his shoulder injury in the first quarter of last Thursday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns, and Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion and a knee injury. He was seen wearing a