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Report: Josh Donaldson and Jays Agree to 2-Year, $29M Contract

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(TORONTO) – The Toronto Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract, according to a Sportsnet Canada report released Monday.

The contract deal cancels the salary arbitration hearing for Donaldson that was set for Feb. 15.

The 2015 American League MVP took to Twitter prior to the Sportsnet report:

Mood right now. pic.twitter.com/QCJBAcc0GW

— Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) February 9, 2016

The deal has not yet been confirmed by either side.

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Sources: Sacramento Kings to Fire Head Coach George Karl

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO) — With a subpar record more than halfway through the season, the Sacramento Kings feel they need a coaching change — so they’re planning to fire head coach George Karl in the next few days, league sources told ESPN.

The Kings made the decision internally that Karl will be fired after Sacramento’s last game before the All-Star Break Wednesday in Philadelphia, the sources said.

Final details are still being worked out, but NBA sources said former Kings forward Corliss Williamson remains the favorite to become the interim coach.

So far this season, the Kings are 21-31, putting them in 10th place in the Western Conference.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/8/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 108, Chicago 91
Indiana 89, L-A Lakers 87
OT L-A Clippers 98, Philadelphia 92
Cleveland 120, Sacramento 100
Brooklyn 105, Denver 104
Toronto 103, Detroit 89
New Orleans 116, Minnesota 102
OT Orlando 117, Atlanta 110
OT Portland 112, Memphis 106
Oklahoma City 122, Phoenix 106

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6, Anaheim 2
N-Y Rangers 2, New Jersey 1
Detroit 3, Florida 0
Ottawa 5, Tampa Bay 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Oklahoma 63, (24) Texas 60
Duke 72, (13) Louisville 65

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Colleen Crowley’s Lawyer Says Johnny Manziel Ruptured Her Eardrum

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DALLAS) — More details are coming out of the Dallas criminal investigation into an alleged assault involving Johnny Manziel and his former girlfriend.

Kathy Kinser, the attorney for Manziel’s ex-girfriend Colleen Crowley, told Dallas-Fort Worth television station NBC5 on Monday that the quarterback hit her so hard he ruptured her left eardrum, ESPN reports.

Dallas police opened the investigation into the Cleveland Browns quarterback on Friday after they “received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016.”

A protective order was signed by a judge on that day that ordered the quarterback to stay away from his ex-girlfriend for two years.

According to ESPN, Dallas police said Monday they had no new information in the investigation.

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Super Bowl MVP Von Miller Offers Advice to Former Teammate Johnny Manziel

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Von Miller is rooting for Johnny Manziel.

After the game on Sunday night, the Super Bowl 50 MVP posted a message on Instagram along with a photo of former Texas A&M teammate Manziel.

“I Love you fam! Grind, get back to Johnny all the ags know and love, Grind bro, 2yrs ago they counted me out, 2yrs frm now you can do the same!! Support no matter what! #love @jmanziel2,” the message said.

Manziel, the Cleveland Browns quarterback who has been involved in a number of domestic abuse allegations and is currently being investigated by Dallas police, posted his own message for Miller– a picture of Miller from Sunday night’s win with the message “Champ.”

According to ESPN, Miller also told TV cameras after the game, “Hey, Johnny Man, I know it’s a hard time. I’ve been in the same situation. I’m here with you, buddy. Keep grinding, and you, too, can be here in two more years. I love you.”

Miller was referring to his NFL six-game suspension in 2013 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

ESPN reports that Manziel could be released from the Browns in March after two rocky seasons both on the field and off.

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WWE Wrestler Daniel Bryan to Retire

Valerie Macon/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — Former WWE champion and professional wrestling star Daniel Bryan is retiring.

“Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude,” he tweeted on Monday.

Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016

The 34-year-old, born Bryan Lloyd Danielson, is a former heavyweight champion who got his big break on the WWE show “NXT.” He first won the U.S. Championship in 2010, followed by other belts and honors, including the 2013 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award.

Bryan was also known for his relationship and marriage to fellow WWE star Brie Bella, which was featured on the show “Total Divas.” Bryan started to withdraw from matches in 2014 due to injury.

According to WWE.com, Bryan is retiring from “in-ring competition.”

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Knicks Fire Head Coach Derek Fisher

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Derek Fisher is only in his second season as the New York Knicks’ head coach but already, the team has seen enough.

The Knicks announced on Monday that Fisher has been relieved of his coaching duties with just 28 games remaining in the season.

So far this year, New York is 23-31. Coupled with the team’s record last season, Fisher ends his coaching career with the Knicks at 40-96.

While his overall losing record with the team didn’t help, sources tell ESPN that the Knicks decided to fire Fisher because the team felt he was not transitioning well from his role as a former NBA player to a coach.

Associate head coach Kurt Rambis will step in for Fisher until a new coach is hired. ESPN reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are in contention for the job.

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Marshawn Lynch Hints at Retirement with Tweet of Hanging Cleats

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch hanging up his cleats?

The 29-year-old seems to suggest that in a tweet he posted Sunday night.

✌🏿 pic.twitter.com/wesip4IhOR

— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 8, 2016

Many of Lynch’s teammates — including cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker Bruce Irvin and quarterback Russell Wilson — responded to his tweet, saying it was an honor to play alongside Lynch.

Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch … It was an honor sharing the field with you.

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 8, 2016

@MoneyLynch lol only beastmode would announce it like that! Man it was a great run one of the best teammates I ever had! #firstballot

— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) February 8, 2016

Honor playing with one of the best running backs of all time! Going to miss sharing the backfield with you 24… #BeastMode @MoneyLynch

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 8, 2016

Seahawks owner Paul Allen also got in on the action, thanking Lynch for his five seasons with the team.

@Seahawks Thank you @MoneyLynch for a great career as a Seahawk. So many memorable runs and quakes! #BeastMode !

— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) February 8, 2016

ESPN reported earlier Sunday that Lynch has been discussing his retirement plans with friends. Should he officially hang up his cleats, Lynch would end his nine-year NFL career with 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns on 2,144 carries.

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Peyton Manning Knows What He’s Doing After Super Bowl Win

AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Peyton Manning kept with tradition when it came to his Super Bowl celebration plans.

“I’m going to Disneyland,” the Denver Broncos quarterback said with a smile. The Broncos won the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers, 24-10.

During a press conference after Sunday night’s game, Manning said that he was “taking his kids to Disneyland” before he and his family leave California.

The 39-year-old father of two said on ABC News’ Good Morning America Monday morning that he still hasn’t decided whether or not he will be retiring after this season.

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Super Bowl 50: Peyton Manning ‘Very Much at Peace’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Peyton Manning says he’s “very much at peace” as he contemplates retirement from the NFL just hours after winning his second Super Bowl title.

“I’m very much at peace right now and I think, however it works out, it’ll work out the way it’s supposed to,” the Denver Broncos quarterback said Monday on Good Morning America.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity and to be playing with a group of special guys.”

Manning, 39, finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards in the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl game at California’s Levi’s Stadium.

The veteran quarterback said he had yet to go to sleep after his team’s victory but is planning to take time away from the game before he makes a decision on returning to the NFL.

“I got some good advice from my old coach Tony Dungy. He told me just to take some time after this game and not make an emotional decision,” Manning said, referring to his former Indianapolis Colts coach. “There’s been a lot of emotion these past two weeks and certainly in the Super Bowl, so to take some time and to get away and kind of reflect on what’s happened this season and maybe a few other things.”

Manning told GMA he would also pray about the decision and talk with his wife, Ashley, with whom he also celebrated his Super Bowl win, along with the couple’s two young kids.

“I’ve been fortunate to be on a Super Bowl team before and I remember how special that was, almost 10 years ago, and it was just as special tonight,” he said. “It’s even better when you can celebrate with your family and your friends and I’ve been doing that tonight.”

Manning and Broncos co-captain DeMarcus Ware each delivered a speech to their teammates beforehand that seemed to ignite a fire in the players, though both players said the real work was done in the weeks and months before the game.

“I think the game is won with your preparation during the course of the season and during the course of these past two weeks and then going out and executing,” Manning said. “DeMarcus has been a great teammate to be a co-captain with on this team. He’s been playing a long time. I’m happy for him getting his first Super Bowl.”

Ware called Manning the “leader” of the Broncos team.

“I mean, we call him the sheriff. That’s what he does,” Ware said Monday on GMA. “It’s just great to be part of this part of history in my career but also, as a team, and everybody just loves him [Manning] for that.”

The defensive star also echoed Manning’s claim that preparation was the key to the Broncos victory.

“I think a lot of teams that went in intimidated and we weren’t that way,” Ware said of facing the Panthers. “We had two weeks to prepare and it just felt really good that our preparation, you could see that on a lot of those trick plays and everything that they did, they really helped out that week.”

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