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Cleveland Indians’ Andrew Miller hopes to avoid ‘ugly showdown’ with MLB over pace of play

Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller, a prominent voice in the Major League Baseball Players Association, said he hopes that MLB’s plan to introduce a pitch clock in 2018 doesn’t lead to a “big fight or some sort of ugly showdown,” even though players are overwhelmingly opposed to the idea. Miller — who serves as one of four elected association representatives, along with Washington’s Daniel Murphy, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and the New York Mets‘ Matt Harvey — has been heavily involved in pace-of-game talks, which hit a wall Thursday when players…

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New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson arrested for second time in eight months

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was arrested for the second time in eight months, this time on Friday in South Florida. Anderson is facing nine charges, including fleeing police, resisting an officer and harming a public servant, according to police records. The other charges are traffic related. The arrest occurred in Broward County, not far from Anderson’s home in the Fort Lauderdale area. “We are aware of the situation,” a Jets spokesman said. “This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment.” Anderson was…

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All Boxing 

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Lamont Peterson fight preview and predictions

Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. is considered by many to be the most talented fighter in the weight class, a multi-dimensional boxer and a possible future pound-for-pound king. If boxers were stock, pretty much everybody would be loading up on shares of Spence. Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New YorkWhen: SaturdayTV: Showtime, 9 p.m. ET He was a 2012 U.S. Olympian, looked unbeatable on his way up the pro ladder and then traveled to Kell Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England in May and ruthlessly disposed of him in the…

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NHL — Fantasy hockey forecaster for the week of Jan. 22-28

Those in weekly transaction leagues will be limited to looking at this week’s Forecaster with a detached acceptance. Standard ESPN leagues that set weekly lineups locked this past Monday until after the All-Star break. That will hamper your ability to take any action on any of the notes here. That said, there have been some extremely important updates to share from the hockey world over the past several days, so skipping a Forecaster this week would have been irresponsible. After a quick couple of notes on the schedule, I’ll dive…

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All Football 

Aaron Lennon: Burnley agree deal to sign Everton winger

Lennon has provided two assists in 19 appearances in all competitions for Everton this season Burnley have agreed a deal with Everton to sign winger Aaron Lennon for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old, who is surplus to requirements at Goodison Park following the arrival of Theo Walcott, still needs to have a medical, but personal terms have been agreed. Lennon joined Everton from Tottenham in 2015 and has scored seven goals in 63 appearances. The former England international has played 19 games this season. The second half of the 2016-17…

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All MMA 

MMA — Daniel Cormier – ‘It’s all about competition for me’

BOSTON — Daniel Cormier was squinting as he tried to listen to the questions being thrown at him at UFC 220 media day Thursday at Fenway Park before he briefly paused and positioned someone besides him to stand in front of the spotlight that had been piercing his eyes. It was perhaps the first time, it could be argued, that any spotlight for Saturday’s UFC 220 pay-per-view was directed in Cormier’s direction. Nearly six months after his last fight in the UFC — a knockout loss to Jon Jones at…

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All Rugby 

European Rugby Champions Cup: La Rochelle v Harlequins

Smith (left) has been included as an apprentice player in the England squad to face Italy in the Six Nations opener European Rugby Champions Cup Venue: Stade Marcel DeflandreDate: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMT Coverage: Live score updates on the BBC Sport website Harlequins have made four changes for their final Champions Cup pool game against La Rochelle on Sunday, having already been eliminated. England apprentice Marcus Smith starts at fly-half with James Lang moving into the centre in place of Jamie Roberts. Ian Prior and Ross Chisholm come…

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All Tennis 

Rafael Nadal describes Australian Open conditions ‘dangerous to health’

10:56 AM ET ESPN staff World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has joined calls for a review into the heat policy of the Australian Open after several players complained about the extreme heat in Melbourne. The tournament’s current heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature, which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit). The policy was last…

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Nathan Earle: Saracens winger to join Harlequins

Nathan Earle has scored five tries in eight Premiership appearances for Saracens this season Harlequins have agreed a deal to sign Saracens winger Nathan Earle at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is yet to make his full international debut, but has been named in England’s squad for their Six Nations opener in Italy on 4 February. “Nathan has a number of weapons at his disposal, the most potent of which is his blistering pace,” Quins director of rugby John Kingston said. “I have been impressed with his desire…

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All Golf 

Rory McIlroy takes route 66 to underline his title threat in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy saved the best until last to surge into contention for his first win since September 2016 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy carded four birdies and an eagle from 25 feet on the 18th in a second round of 66 to reach nine under par, three shots behind Ryder Cup partner Thomas Pieters. Leader Pieters had earlier holed out from a bunker on the ninth — his final hole — for one of his seven birdies in a bogey-free 65, with Spain’s Jorge Campillo his nearest challenger…

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