NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.,NFL read more

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

It would provide a great opportunity for some new rules/idea to be experimented with and implemented, such as but not limited to:

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At home, the Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins, the Indianapolis Colts, the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams.,RELATED STORIES:

For away games, the Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.,Dates and times for all games will be announced in April. read more

The road to the Super Bowl will go through New Orleans after the Saints won a 31-28 thriller against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are now suddenly on the brink of missing out on the NFL play-offs altogether.,In a pulsating game played in a deafening atmosphere inside the Superdome, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to Michael Thomas with just over a minute to play to put New Orleans ahead.,The magnitude of the result for both teams cannot be overstated, as New Orleans are a different side at home with their boisterous fans behind them, while they're also unbeaten in five home play-off games in the Brees era.,The New England Patriots earned a scrappy 24-12 over the Buffalo Bills to seal a remarkable 10th straight AFC East title and move into second place in the AFC, which means quarterback Tom Brady and company can earn a familiar week off with a win on the final Sunday next week.,Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a thrilling 28-27 comeback victory over the New York Giants to set up a huge final-week showdown for the last play-off spot in the AFC against the Tennessee Titans, who beat the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

He learned this from his father, Tim, the former high school football coach and decorated Vietnam War veteran, and his mother, Sally, the government teacher and town mom who was running about 10 miles a day before cancer took her.Pushing 40, Kingsbury says he wants a family that exists outside of football too.,Dave Campbells Texas Football magazine summed up their plight thusly:Portrait of former New Braunfels High School football coach Tim Kingsbury at the school in New Braunfels, Texas.Pity poor New Braunfels, Tim says from memory.The whole town freaked out, he continues.,She got her first teaching job at New Braunfels High, so Tim followed.The head coach there, Jim Streety, heard Tim had a football background and asked him if he wanted to help coach the middle school.,Tim and Sallys boys, Klint and Kliff, spent most of their time up at the high school, sharing their parents with kids from all over New Braunfels, a charming river burg nestled in Texas sprawling Hill Country along Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio, then a town of about 20,000.,He played with a fire that did not have to be coached out of him.Portrait of former New Braunfels High School football coach Tim Kingsbury at the school.Tim picks up the tale with the state quarterfinal game against San Antonio power MacArthur, which had handed the Unicorns their only defeat.They get ahead of us 14-0 at the half, Tim says, and the kids are all in the locker room, and the only thing I say to them as they come inTim is suddenly all choked up again.We got them right where we want them!

Westmont 3, Somerset 1 EBENSBURG — The Somerset Golden Eagles varsity hockey team hosted Westmont Hilltop Thursday, losing a tightly contested battle 3-1.,Somerset’s next game is Tuesday against Holidaysburg at Galactic Ice in Altoona at 8:40 p.m. CT charity volleyball DAVIDSVILLE — Conemaugh Township Area High School SADD will hold its 3rd annual charity volleyball marathon event on Thursday to raise money for “Love for Lona.”,MVP basketball Here are scores from Thursday’s MVP Basketball League at East Hills Recreation: K-2 Atlantic BB 12, STC Tech 7 HR Block 19, East Hills Rec 11 DB Homes 5, JRC Visuals 5 3-4 Girls Jakubowski Appraisals 27, Penn Highlands 16 3-4 Boys Windber Sheetz 19, John’s Body Sculpting 17 OT Oakridge Center 15, East Hills Rec 4 Penguins give to victims PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have donated nearly $350,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit the victims of last month’s synagogue massacre.,Police: Brown pulled over PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was stopped for speeding over 100 mph in his Porsche, just hours before the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers.,“I’m ready to rule him out as a starter for this week,” coach Todd Bowles said of Darnold on Thursday.