Cleveland Indians exercise option on Carlos Carrasco, sign him to 2-year extension

The Cleveland Indians exercised their option on Carlos Carrasco for 2020 and signed the right-hander to a two-year extension Thursday that takes him through the 2022 season. The 2020 option is valued at $10.25 million, according to The Athletic. Terms of the extension were not disclosed. Between free agents and potential trades, the premium pitchers teams might pursue this offseason offer big benefits — and a few risks. The Indians had already exercised their $9.75 million option for Carrasco for the 2019 season on Oct. 30. The extension comes amid…

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New Texas Tech coach Wells hires 6 more Utah St assistants

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — New Texas Tech coach Matt Wells has brought six more of his assistant coaches from Utah State to be on his staff with the Red Raiders. The new Tech hires were announced Wednesday. When Wells was hired away from his alma mater last week to replace Kliff Kingsbury, he initially also brought offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson with him. Now outside receivers coach Jovon Bouknight, defensive backs coach Julius Brown, offensive line coach Steve Farmer, running backs coach DeAndre Smith, tight ends/inside…

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Jazz look to keep hot shooting going against Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY — Have the Utah Jazz finally turned a corner on offense? On that end of the court, Utah feels like a different team than the one that struggled through an offensive slump for the better part of November. The Jazz head into their Thursday night showdown with the visiting Houston Rockets with tons of momentum generated from a historic shooting performance against San Antonio. Utah beat the Spurs 139-105 on Tuesday night after making a franchise-record 20 3-pointers. The Jazz shot a season-high 60.6 percent from long…

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Wild attempt to contain sizzling Flames

CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Flames earned a well-deserved day off on Wednesday following their wild 9-6 road victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets a night earlier. The Flames (17-9-2) will look to build on their come-from-behind win over the Jackets when they host the Minnesota Wild (15-10-2) at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. “We just battled back and stuck with it,” said defenseman Noah Hanifin in regards to how he and his Calgary teammates were able to battle back from a 4-1 deficit to beat Columbus. “This team, it’s…

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MLB players concerned about retooling teams, attendance drop

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and may be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs. Union head Tony Clark and new collective bargaining director Bruce Meyer said Wednesday their members also are concerned about rapid change in the way games are played, such as the increased use of relief pitchers, and are willing to speak with management this offseason about whether counteracting changes are…

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Woods holds talks over 2019 pre-Presidents Cup schedule

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. captain Tiger Woods will have discussions with golf officials in Melbourne on how to best prepare his team for the 2019 Presidents Cup next December at Royal Melbourne. Woods, in Melbourne for a promotional visit, said the talks later Thursday would focus on the options of the Americans playing his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming to Melbourne the week prior for practice with sand-belt techniques, or playing the Australian Open as the lead-up event at The Australian in Sydney. “We have to figure…

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