NEW YORK - Jacoby Ellsbury's lengthy injury history prevented him from ever being the impact player the Yankees hoped they'd signed prior to the 2014 season. Today, he's a footnote in Yankees history. On Wednesday night, the Yankees released Ellsbury with one guaranteed year remaining on his massive, albatross seven-year contract. The Yankees also released oft-injured first baseman Greg Bird ...

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Panthers owner David Tepper has made it clear he will not accept mediocrity. At 5-5 with six games to go, Carolina is the definition of mediocre heading into Week 12. When Tepper spoke to the media Monday, it was requested he not be asked specifically about coach Ron Rivera or general manager Marty Hurney, which left some questions about this team's future open-ended. Rivera ...

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Florida State interim coach Odell Haggins said he is not focused on earning a new job. He's focused on the present and the Seminoles' upcoming game against rival No. 11 Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 in Gainesville, Fla. 247Sports.com's Brendan Sonnone reported Haggins interviewed for the head coaching position Sunday following FSU's 49-12 win over Alabama State. He has gone 2-0 since ...

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TAMPA, Fla. ? Jameis Winston says he won't let a left ankle injury prevent him from playing Sunday in Atlanta, which he considers almost a "home game." "When it's time to play football, I'm here to play football," said Winston, who injured his left ankle late in Sunday's 34-17 loss to New Orleans. Playing the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a special treat for Winston, who is from ...

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NFL Thursday ___ Indianapolis (6-4) at Houston (6-4) TV: 8:15 p.m. EST, Fox, NFL Network. Line: Texans by 3 {. Over/under: 45 {. Sam Farmer's pick: The Colts will try to do what they did against Kansas City and slow it down to keep Deshaun Watson off the field. But the Texans are desperate to bounce back and they will to take division lead. Texans 23, Colts 21 Troy Aikman says: "This is an ...

RENTON, Wash. - The topic that may be at the top of mind for many/most/all Seahawks fans - will Jadeveon Clowney re-sign and continue his career in Seattle? - is one Clowney says he's trying to keep as far out of sight as possible. Clowney can be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season and if he piles up a few more games like last Monday's - when his dominance on the defensive line led ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Kings forward Marvin Bagley III continues to make progress but is not ready to return from the broken thumb that has sidelined him since the season opener, the team said. Bagley underwent X-rays while being evaluated by the team's medical staff Wednesday. The evaluation indicated that Bagley is progressing, but he won't be cleared to play for at least another week, the ...

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FRISCO, Texas - When you win the NFL rushing title twice in three years, have a signature feed-me gesture and hold out for a $90 million contract extension, a narrative naturally develops about you and your supposed attitude toward your production, worth and team. Such was the backdrop of questions Wednesday for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, coming off a 45-yard effort on the ...

ST. LOUIS - It's funny, these phases of fans. Last summer, as Randy Arozarena obliterated baseballs in the minors, fans pleaded on social media and radio shows to get Randy to St. Louis. He would be our town's biggest Randy since Savage came to Kiel Auditorium in '86. After all, in Class AAA Memphis, the outfielder slashed .358/.435/.593 in 283 plate appearances. So, the kid got the call in ...

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - As the Detroit Lions' season circles the drain, don't tell injured quarterback Matthew Stafford he should be shut down. That logic is incongruent with his own mindset, regardless of whether the team is out of the playoff picture. "I understand your question, but this is what I do," Stafford said. "I love playing football, I appreciate all the hard work the guys in this ...

Mark Dantonio said his intent is to return as Michigan State's football coach. His plan, in his words, is "to complete the circle." He said what he had to say, and it was important to hear. Not as important as what he has to do. Does the winningest coach in program history, an imposing figure with three Big Ten titles, a playoff berth and an overall record of 111-57 in 13 seasons, deserve a ...

BEREA, Ohio - The one-game suspension of Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was upheld Wednesday by appeals officer James Thrash. Jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFL Players Association, Thrash rescinded Ogunjobi's fine of $10,527 stemming from his involvement in the fight between the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers late in Cleveland's 21-7 win on "Thursday Night Football." ...

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Antonio Brown is working out in Florida and apologizing to Patriots owner Robert Kraft on social media. Josh Gordon is practicing with Seattle, and Demaryius Thomas is suiting up for the New York Jets. Meanwhile, in Foxboro, the Patriots started the week without veteran receivers Mohamed Sanu (ankle injury) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion). And Julian Edelman was limited ...

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LOS ANGELES - The fight against baseball's plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams hit California on Wednesday, when Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a statement in support of the Lancaster JetHawks. "Closing down Minor League teams like the JetHawks would be a disaster for baseball fans, workers and communities across the country," Sanders said. "We must protect these ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - When it comes to assessing his play, the start to Kentucky's season has shown that Nate Sestina is unsparing. He found his defense, especially away from the basket, inadequate in the stunning loss to Evansville last week. "Couldn't really guard anybody," he said. Nor was he defensive or evasive about his defense in Kentucky's follow-up victory (escape?) against Utah Valley on ...

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In his first game action in two months, Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles had plenty of rust to shake off. He underthrew receivers, forced a few attempts in double coverage and was intercepted once in this past Sunday's 33-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Despite going winless in their past two games after getting outscored 59-16 by Houston and ...

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - The 10-year-boy wounded in the shooting during a high school football game in Pleasantville, N.J., on Friday has died, according to the Pleasantville Police Department. Word of the death of Micah Tennant, a fifth grader at Atlantic City's Uptown School Complex known as Dew, came just hours before the high school teams from Pleasantville and Camden were to play the ...

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The Florida Panthers have been steadily picking up points all season and have been rewarded. With their 11-5-5 record through their first 21 games comes 27 points - two for each win and one for each overtime or shootout loss - and a second-place standing in the Atlantic Division behind the Boston Bruins (13-3-5, 31 points). "We're just having fun," Panthers top-line center and captain ...

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Former Miami Dolphin Mark Walton is expected to be released from the Broward County Jail after his bond was set at $10,000 during his first court appearance Wednesday morning. Broward Judge Jackie Powell also ordered Walton to get a substance abuse evaluation after he is released from jail and to have no contact with the pregnant woman he is accused of hitting. "Anybody who gets arrested, it's ...