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  • Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Once starter Yu Darvish was signed by the Cubs and first baseman Eric Hosmer was picked up by the San Diego Padres, the feeling was that more big name MLB free agents would start coming off the board. Now, J.D. Martinez is off the market.
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  • Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- You'll be seeing less visits to the mound this baseball season. This part of Major League Baseball's effort to speed up the nine-inning game which was on average a record three hours and five minutes last season.
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  • Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James says he didn't know who Laura Ingraham was until she started an NBA-like trash-talking feud with him on her Fox News show by telling him "shut up and dribble" in response to his bashing of President Trump.But the 33-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers star said Ingraham couldn't have picked a better time than NBA All-Star weekend to launch her attempt to silence his social commentary."I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to 'shut up and dribble,'" James said at a news conference ahead of Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles. "So, thank you, whatever her name is. I don't even know her name."On Sunday, the 54-year-old conservative host of "The Ingraham Angle" defended her on-air comments about James, in which she slammed his "barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical take on President Trump" in a podcast. She said people who described her comments as racists in an avalanche of social media posts took them wrong."In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to 'Shut Up & Act,' Jimmy Kimmel to 'Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,' and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to 'Shut up & Coach,'" she said in a statement to ABC News."If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks -- false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."Ingraham's brouhaha with James started Thursday night when she aired part of a segment from the podcast "Uninterrupted," hosted by ESPN's Cari Champion, in which James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant talked basketball and social issues while riding in an Uber."I feel like our team, as a country, is not ran by a great coach," Durant tells James in the piece.James responds: "It's not even a surprise when he (Trump) says something. It's laughable and it's scary."Referring to Trump, Champion added: "I shouldn't be numb to your racist comments. I shouldn't be numb to your behavior."When the camera cut back to her, Ingraham said, "I'm numb to this commentary" before slamming James, specifically."Must they run their mouth like that?" she said. "Unfortunately, a lot of kids, and some adults, take these ignorant comments seriously."Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids," she continued. "This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred-million-dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin, you're great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble."During his news conference Saturday with reporters from around the world, James said, "We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that.""I also wish she did a little bit more fact checking because I actually did finish high school and didn't leave early. I graduated high school," James said. "You know, to be an African-American kid and grow up in the inner city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable, and to make it to where I've made it today, I think I've defeated the odds and I want every kid to know that and everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well."Pointing to his two young sons sitting near him, James said he feels an ob
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  • Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro battled it out in the NBA dunk contest. Larry Nance Jr. dressed in his father's old uniform and also had his father, who won the contest in 1984,  help him with one of his dunks.  But Nance's nostalgia was no match for Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz rookie.Mitchell's show at the Staples Center won him the slam dunk contest and capped off NBA All Star Saturday. Mitchell sealed his victory over Nance Jr. with the 360 degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest. "I wanted this so badly," Mitchell said. "This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it's crazy."Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey to reveal a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.Mitchell needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.Nance had earned a perfect 50 with a slam off a double alley-oop off the glass.Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as Kevin Hart and the comedian's son as props. Mitchell's sister, Hart and the comedian's son, crouched in a line in front of the basket. Mitchell had an assistant toss the ball off the side of the backboard. He caught it and did a one-handed tomahawk dunk as he jumped over his sister, Hart and his son.For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.It earned a perfect 50.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from today's sports events: NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  L.A. Kings   4  Buffalo       2 Final SO  Anaheim      3  Minnesota     2 Final  Ottawa       6  N-Y Rangers   3 Final  Arizona      1  Edmonton      0 Final  New Jersey   4  Tampa Bay     3 Final  Vegas        6  Montreal      3 Final  Pittsburgh   5  Toronto       3 Final  Detroit      3  Nashville     1 Final  Chicago      7  Washington    1 Final  Vancouver    6  Boston        1 Final  Florida      6  Calgary       3 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (2) Michigan St.          65  Northwestern         60 Final  (3) Villanova             95  (4) Xavier           79 Final  Baylor                    59  (7) Texas Tech       57 Final  (9) Gonzaga               81  Pepperdine           67 Final  South Carolina            84  (10) Auburn          75 Final  (13) Kansas               77  (20) West Virginia   69 Final  (14) North Carolina       93  Louisville           76 Final  (15) Saint Mary's (Cal)   73  Portland             61 Final  Georgia                   73  (18) Tennessee       62 Final  Arkansas                  94  (21) Texas A&M       75 Final  Texas                     77  (23) Oklahoma        66 Final  (24) Nevada               93  Utah St.             87Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  Team World  155  Team USA  124  NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final OT  Philadelphia    2  Columbus    1 Final  N-Y Islanders   3  Carolina    0 Final  Winnipeg        6  Colorado    1 Final  Dallas          2  St. Louis   1 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  St. Bonaventure   77  (16) Rhode Island   74Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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