Detroit Pistons Trading Andre Drummond To Cleveland Cavaliers

The Detroit Pistons traded Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, just one hour before the NBA trade deadline. Cleveland is sending Brandon Knight, John Henson and a 2023 second-round pick to Detroit.

Both Henson and Knight, whom the Pistons drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft, have contracts that expire this offseason. After 7½ seasons, Drummond leaves the franchise with three rebounding titles and two All-Star appearances.

AP Source: Cavaliers to acquire Drummond from Pistons

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Warriors D’Angelo Russell Traded To Timberwolves For Andrew Wiggins

The Golden State Warriors have agreed to trade shooting guard D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman, and Jacob Evans to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 protected first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick.

The Warriors acquired Russell, 23, in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason. While Russell averaged 23.6 points and 6.2 assists with the Warriors, shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 37.4 from three, he was always a candidate to be traded ahead of the deadline for a more natural fit as the Warriors attempt to gear up for a playoff run next season.

BREAKING: Warriors Trade D’Angelo Russell To Minnesota For Andrew Wiggins

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U.S. Tennis Player Abigail Spears Receives 22-Month Doping Ban After Positive Test

American tennis player Abigail Spears received a 22-month doping ban on Wednesday, after a positive test taken from last year’s U.S. Open. The 38-year-old Spears has won 21 women’s doubles titles during her career and won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in 2017.

Spears’ urine sample was found to have contained two prohibited substances, prasterone and testosterone, the International Tennis Federation said. Spears was charged and provisionally suspended on Nov. 7. The ITF accepted her explanation that her use of the substances was unconnected to sports performance, but said “her fault was deemed to be high.”

The ban was backdated to start on the day Spears was provisionally suspended. It ends at midnight on Sept. 6, 2021

American tennis player Spears handed 22-month doping ban

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Police Chase Ends Along Kansas City Chiefs’ Parade Route Celebrating Super Bowl Win

Kansas City police say that two suspects are in custody after a car chase along the parade route for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. The incident began at 8:12 a.m. local time when the car broke through a parade barrier.

Police deployed Stop Sticks, which the vehicle ran over, but the car kept going down the parade route, which was lined with people. Video footage from local TV stations showed police making contact with the car before spinning it around and wedging it in with a second police cruiser. The car was immediately surrounded by a multitude of law enforcement officers.

Police say the driver is under investigation for, and there is no known motive at this time.

Police arrest driver taking ‘joy ride’ on Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade route

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New York Knicks Fire President Steve Mills

The New York Knicks have fired longtime team president Steve Mills, just two days out from the NBA trade deadline.

Knicks owner James Dolan is hoping to hire Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who is under contract in the same position with the Toronto Raptors through 2021, to oversee basketball operations. In the interim, Scott Perry, who has served as the Knicks’ general manager since 2017, will take over as the head of basketball operations at least for the time being, per multiple reports. 

New York Knicks fire Steve Mills, begin search for new president

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Houston Astros Hire Former Rays Executive James Click As New General Manager

The Houston Astros formally introduced former Tampa Bay Rays executive James Click as the club’s new general manager. Click, 42, served as vice president of baseball operations for Tampa Bay from 2017-19. The Yale graduate joined the Rays organization in 2006 and gradually worked his way up in the team’s front office. Click will take over for former Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was fired by the team last month in the wake of a Major League Baseball investigation that found the Astros cheated by using an illegal camera-based system to steal signs of opposing teams.

“I am excited to join the Astros family,” Click said in a statement. “The Astros are a progressive and innovative organization with a deeply talented group in the front office. I am grateful to [owner] Jim Crane and the Astros for giving me this opportunity to help lead this team to more championships.”

Rays exec Click to replace Luhnow as Astros’ GM

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Seattle Mariners Sign Starter Marco Gonzales To Four-Year, $30M Extension

On Monday, the Seattle Mariners announced a four-year, $30 million extension for lefty starter Marco Gonzales which will kick in for the 2021 season and includes a club option that could keep him in Seattle through the 2025 season. Gonzales is already set to make $1 million for the coming season. 

Gonzales, who turns 28 years old in two weeks, made 34 starts for the Mariners last season, posting a solid 3.99 ERA with 147 strikeouts and 56 walks over 203 innings. He was one of only 15 pitchers in the league to accrue 200-plus innings.

Mariners ink starter Gonzales to 4-year extension

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Colorado Rockies Finalize $27.5M, 2-Year Deal With Shortstop Trevor Story

The Colorado Rockies and All-Star shortstop Trevor Story finalized a $27.5 million, two-year deal, and avoided arbitration -leaving 18 players still headed to arbitration hearings, which run from Tuesday through Feb. 21.

The 27-year-old Story remains eligible to become a free agent following the 2021 World Series. He hit 35 homers and swiped 23 bases last season. He also set career highs in runs (111), batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.363). Story is a career .276 hitter since making his debut in April 2016. He was a first-round draft pick in 2011.

All-star Trevor Story reaches 2-year, $27.5M US deal with Rockies: report

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Kansas City Chiefs Defeat San Francisco 49ers 31-20 To Win Super Bowl LIV

The Kansas City Chiefs came from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV.  

Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, as Kansas City’s defense held San Francisco scoreless over the final 15 minutes. Damien Williams added a touchdown with 1:12 to play just for good measure, ensuring the victory for the AFC champions. It is the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl title in 50 years.

Patrick Mahomes rallies Chiefs to victory

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Novak Djokovic Wins Men’s Singles Final At 2020 Australian Open

Novak Djokovic became the 2020 Australian Open‘s winner in men’s singles on Sunday, defeating Dominic Thiem in five sets, (6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4) in a match that lasted almost four hours at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

This is the eighth time Djokovic, 32, has won the Australian open and his 17th Grand Slam title overall. Only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won more titles, with 20 and 19 respectively.

While accepting his trophy, Djokovic started by congratulating Thiem, 26, for his “amazing” run throughout the tournament.  Djokovic paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, wearing a green jacket with “KB” embroidered on it alongside the late NBA player’s jersey numbers.

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic wins 8th title, beating Dominic Thiem

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