Photo: Sporting News Bryce Harper has secured the bag, signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the former NL East rival Phillies Joe Rivera | The Sporting News Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies will keep him in the National League East David Schoenfield | ESPN Why Would You Make Bryce Harper the Highest Paid … Read moreBRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES


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Nolan Arenado, the four-time all-star and six-time Gold Glove winner, is remaining with the Rockies. The 27-year-old third baseman has agreed to a lucrative contract extension with the club that could keep him in a Rockies uniform for as long as eight years and for more than $255 million, a source confirmed to The Denver Post.

Photo: The 23-year-old Miguel Andujar, left, and the 22-year-old Gleyber Torres, right, with Didi Gregorius at George M. Steinbrenner Field last week.CreditCreditEve Edelheit for The New York Times

 When the Yankees’ young slugger Aaron Judge looks up and down the team’s roster, he sees many players like him. There’s the soon-to-be-24-year-old third baseman, Miguel Andujar, who was the runner-up for the American League Rookie of the Year Award last season — just ahead of a teammate, second baseman Gleyber Torres, 22. Continue Reading By James Wagner New York Times

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The Cardinals and starting pitcher Miles Mikolas have agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension, MLB Network reported.

The deal — after Mikolas went 18-4 in his first season with the Cardinals in 2018 — is expected to be announced at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Continue Reading By Bob Hille, Omnisport

FILE – In this Monday, May 14, 2018, file photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games. The Nevada Gaming Control Board says the state has the proper controls in place to minimize the league’s integrity concerns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Photo: People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Nevada regulators have rejected a request from Major League Baseball to ban… (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada gambling regulators have rejected a request by Major League Baseball to ban betting on spring training games.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a letter to MLB that casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere have taken bets on exhibition baseball games for decades without problems.

The league asked for the ban on Wednesday last week, the day before the first scheduled spring training game between the Mariners and A’s, which was rained out. Bryan Seeley, MLB’s deputy general counsel, said in the request that wagers on spring training games carry “heightened security risks.” The league says the games are “more vulnerable to manipulation” because teams are focused on getting players ready for the season, not on winning.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan responded Thursday saying sportsbooks have the proper controls in place to minimize concerns about players potentially fixing bets.

MLB acknowledged the tardiness of its request and said it planned to make similar requests in other states where sports betting has become legal since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to allow expansion last year. From



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Duke has no plans to shut down Zion Williamson after the freshman sensation suffered a knee injury earlier this week, according to coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Blue Devils coach explained Saturday after his team topped Syracuse, 75-65, that he hasn’t had any conversations with Williamson or his family about ending the forward’s collegiate career earlier than expected.

“We would never play a kid who’s not ready,” Krzyzewski said, per ESPN. “We would never play a youngster who didn’t want to play. It’s not about that. He wants to play. He loves being at Duke.

“He doesn’t like being injured. It’s an injury you can get over in a shorter period of time. There’s just a protocol that we have to go through to make sure he’s completely ready. We’re not rushing anything, so that’s why we said day to day because it’s literally day to day.” From Chelsea Howard Omnisport

Williamson, projected by many as a potential top pick in June’s draft, suffered a mild knee sprain less than 40 seconds into his team’s rivalry matchup against North Carolina on Wednesday. He slipped, ripped open his shoe and fell to the ground before walking off to the locker room for further evaluation. He did not return to that game and missed Saturday’s game.

“He’s in good spirits and everything,” Blue Devils guard Tre Jones said of Williamson. “There’s no rush on whatever is best for him. Make sure his health comes first before everything.” From AMEER TYREE

The process of writing off Kansas in its quest for a 15th straight Big 12 regular-season title began in early February, after the Jayhawks lost by seven at Kansas State. But after a three-game win streak for Kansas, a home loss by Kansas State and some Bill Self voodoo, suddenly the Jayhawks were only one game out of first place entering the weekend. Continue Reading By Jeff Borzello


It’s still possible for Kansas to extend its streak of consecutive Big 12 championships to 15. But it’s no longer a likely scenario now that the Jayhawks are tied for third in the league standings, and two games back of Kansas State, with just four regular-season games remaining. Continue Reading By

Kentucky coach John Calipari is in favor of the NBA’s latest move to end its one-and-done draft rule. Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal

Lowering the NBA age limit would not raise the caliber of college basketball. It would not plug the pipelines that provide Duke and Kentucky with the best talent. It would not bring parity to a sport long dominated by self-perpetuating powers.

What it would do is cause more high school players to make more irrevocable mistakes and eliminate some of the embarrassment American universities feel for acting as accomplices for quasi-students. As reported by USA Today, the NBA proposal to lower the league’s age limit from 19 to 18 is an idea with strong appeal on a libertarian level, one that would restore the perception of college as a choice rather than an obligation for high-level hoopsters, but while virtually guaranteeing some unpleasant and unintended consequences. Continue Reading By , Louisville Courier Journal

From left, Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim and Duke Coach Krzyzewski after their team’s matchup on Saturday. Photo: Nick Lisi/Associated Press

Jim Boeheim, the Hall of Fame coach of the Syracuse Orange, returned to the bench Saturday night, three days after he had struck and killed a pedestrian on a darkened highway.

Boeheim’s first public appearance since the crash that killed Jorge Jimenez, 51, on Wednesday night near Syracuse, N.Y., was in a 75-65 loss at home to top-ranked Duke and Coach Mike Krzyzewski, a close friend. Boeheim, 74, in his 43rd season as coach at his alma mater, received an ovation from a record crowd of 35,642. Continue Reading By The Associated Press


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If an opponent called Complacency indeed is the most significant challenge remaining on the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ schedule, that poor victim is taking a beating that would lead even the most ardent masochist to signal surrender.

Complacency? Gonzaga by 30 over BYU.

Complacency? Gonzaga by 30 over San Francisco.

Complacency? Gonzaga by 48 over Saint Mary’s.

How is this a discussion? The Bulldogs have not relaxed for an instant. They are winning their West Coast Conference games by an average of 28 points, every single one of them decided by a double-figure margin. They have not lost in 66 days, and their winning streak stands at 16 games. Continue Reading By Mike DeCourcy

Top international prospect Oumar Ballo has committed to Gonzaga, a source told ESPN.

A 6-foot-10 Malian center with a 7-6 wingspan, Ballo averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds at the FIBA Under-17 World Cup in Argentina last summer. He is only 16 but will enroll this summer as a 2019 recruit.

Ballo plays at the NBA Academy Latin America in Mexico City. He took part in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp at NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, last weekend as one of youngest participants.

Ballo came to the attention of NBA scouts and college coaches two years ago with a dominant performance at the FIBA U16 African Championship. He averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game despite having turned 15 just days before the tournament. From Jonathan Givony ESPN


Since being acquired by the Cleveland Browns, Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has quickly become ingrained in the franchise that led to him working out an extension to remain with the team for the long haul without even playing a single game. This has now seen him loft some major praise toward offensive coordinator … Read moreAROUND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES


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THE MICHAEL BARI SHOW CLICK THE BAR BELOW   Ready or not, the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. It’s 40 days away as of Thursday, and the first significant in-season deal of 2018 has already taken place, with Kelvin Herrera going from Kansas City to Washington. So while the market may not get super-hot for another few weeks, … Read moreMICHAEL BARI SHOW DAILY JULY 31, 2018 MLB NL WEST DIVISION


Tony Parker will go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. But there are still some question about whether Parker will actually play in San Antonio next season. The veteran guard is a free agent heading into this summer, and several teams have some interest in Parker as a … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS & NOTES


From almost every direction, they came charging, some with water bottles in hand, ready to celebrate just as Mike Fox encouraged them to. Just six days earlier, after North Carolina clinched the Chapel Hill Regional with its second win over Houston in as many days, the Tar Heels chose not to commemorate the victory with a dogpile. … Read moreNORTH CAROLINA TARHEELS OREGON STATE BEAVERS ADVANCE TO COLLEGE WORLD SERIES


The Warriors are set to become only the sixth team in league history to win a championship three times within four years. That’s fantastic and dynastic. But where do the Warriors, led by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, rank among NBA dynasties? Would they be tough enough to beat Michael Jordan … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NEWS


With the series tied 1-1, Washington carries the momentum into Game 3 and got a boost Friday when center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who left Game 2 with an upper-body injury in the first period, took part in an optional practice. Brooks Orpik took a slash from Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula in the waning seconds of … Read moreNHL NEWS-STANLEY CUP FINALS