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Stanton Agrees to 13-Year, $325 Million Deal with Marlins

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Giancarlo Stanton accepted the Miami Marlins’ 13-year, $325 million deal on Monday, reports ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney.

The deal, which is pending approval by the commissioner’s office, could be announced during a Wednesday news conference. It would be the richest contract in North American sports history.

It also contains a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after six seasons, Olney reports.

Stanton’s season ended on Sept. 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch, but he batted .288, led the National League in homers with 37, and had a .555 slugging percentage.

The Marlins had the lowest payroll in the majors in 2014, with $52.3 million.

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Stanton Agrees to 13-Year, $325 Million Deal with Marlins

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Giancarlo Stanton accepted the Miami Marlins’ 13-year, $325 million deal on Monday, reports ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney.

The deal, which is pending approval by the commissioner’s office, could be announced during a Wednesday news conference. It would be the richest contract in North American sports history.

It also contains a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after six seasons, Olney reports.

Stanton’s season ended on Sept. 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch, but he batted .288, led the National League in homers with 37, and had a .555 slugging percentage.

The Marlins had the lowest payroll in the majors in 2014, with $52.3 million.

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Braves Trade Jason Heyward for Cardinals’ Shelby Miller

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves parted ways with outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden on Monday in return for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor leaguer.

Heyward is coming off a season in which he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.

Heyward, 27, is due $7.8 million next season and then will be a free agent at the end of the year.

Newly hired Braves general manager John Hart is looking to bolster up on young pitching, just like the Braves did with Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux in the early ’90s.

The Cardinals were looking for outfield help after the tragic death of their outfielder Oscar Tavares last month.

Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA for the Cardinals this year and was one of the reasons St. Louis made it all the way to the NLCS. He was 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in his rookie year in 2013.

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Report: Blue Jays Sign Russell Martin

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent catcher Russell Martin agreed to a five-year deal worth $82 million on Monday, pending a physical, reports ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney.

Martin is coming off a season in which he batted .290 with 11 homers and 67 RBIs, while being one of the key reasons for the Pirates’ postseason berth.

Martin, 31, threw out 37 attempted base stealers this year, and Toronto was hoping to add a veteran at the catching position.

The Pirates gave Martin a one-year qualifying offer for $15 million next season, but he rejected it.

Toronto started four catchers in 2014, and finished in third place in the AL East, behind the Yankees and Orioles.

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Magic Rookie Aaron Gordon Out Indefinitely with Foot Fracture

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just as he was starting to settle into the NBA style of play, Orlando Magic rookie forward Aaron Gordon is out indefinitely after fracturing a bone in his left foot.

Gordon injured his foot Saturday night during the team’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. He was X-rayed following Saturday’s game and it revealed the fracture.

Gordon tweeted: “need detail from a specialist, the reality is that it’s a stress fracture. That I can’t control. But I can control my level of inner peace.”

Gordon was the fourth pick in this past June’s draft out of Arizona, and at 19 years old, he’s the youngest player in the NBA this season.

Known for his athleticism and versatility, Gordon appeared in 11 games off the bench this season. So far, he’s averaged 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 15.0 minutes per game.

Forward Maurice Harkless is expected to see an increase in playing time with Gordon’s injury.

Even though Gordon is out for an extended period of time, the Magic were aided this weekend by the return of last year’s number two overall pick, Victor Oladipo.

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Rams Bulldoze Broncos 22-7

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Kenny Britt hauled in four catches for 128 yards and a touchdown to help the St. Louis Rams upset the Denver Broncos 22-7 Sunday.

Shaun Hill returned to the field to complete 20 of 29 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in his first start for the Rams (4-6) since Week 1.

“It’s a constant process to stay up, especially as a backup, it’s tough,” Hill said. “But it’s something you’ve got to do.”

Greg Zuerlein kicked five field goals, including two from over 50 yards, and the Rams’ defense picked off Peyton Manning twice as the Broncos lose for only the third time this season.

“We didn’t execute very well and I just think I didn’t play very well,” Manning said. “No excuses. I have to play better and we have to score more points than seven.”

Denver (7-3) attempted to get into the game before halftime when Manning threw a 42-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders, moving the Broncos within 6 points. That was the last time Manning would find the end zone, as his streak of 15 consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes was snapped.

Denver did have some unfortunate luck as well. The Broncos lost Julius Thomas (ankle), Montee Ball (groin) and Sanders (concussion) to injuries.

Rams running back Tre Mason had 29 carries for 113 yards in the win.

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Harvick Wins Race and Chase

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — Kevin Harvick won NASCAR’s last race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to win his first Sprint Cup Title.

Harvick grabbed the lead with seven laps to go and then out-raced Ryan Newman after one final caution to win the championship.

Harvick takes the first title of his career, beating out Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano to win in the first year of NASCAR’s new championship format. Newman finished second, Hamlin finished seventh, and Logano came in 16th.

Harvick gets the win for Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he left Richard Childress Racing for this season.

“Been trying for 13 years,” Harvick said. “This week ate me up. If it wasn’t for Jimmie Johnson (friend) and Tony Stewart (co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing), I would have been in bad trouble this week. Those guys really helped me get through the week. After every practice, Jimmie was in there, and in our team debriefs Tony was constantly telling me just to go race and that it’s just another race.”

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Falcons Top Panthers to Move Into Tie for First in NFC South

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Matt Bryant booted four field goals, the last one a 44-yarder with 2:08 left in the game, to put Atlanta up for good and lead the Falcons to a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

The win, coupled with a New Orleans loss, puts Atlanta (4-6) in a tie for first place in the NFC South.

“It’s been a different year, for sure,” said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan who threw for 268 yards and a touchdown in the win. “You play to be relevant in November and December. As quirky as this season’s been, we’re relevant.”

Carolina (3-7-1) had a chance to take the lead twice with less than two minutes to play, but kicker Graham Gano hooked a 46-yard field goal wide left and had a 63-yard attempt blocked as time expired.

“I have to pull through and make the kick,” Gano said. “That’s what it comes down to. No excuses. I’m not going to sit here and explain why I missed the kick. My job is to put it through the uprights.”

Roddy White had eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons, which will host the Cleveland Browns (6-4) next Sunday.

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Report: Gurley Tore ACL

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATHENS, Ga.) — Todd Gurley appears to have suffered a torn ACL, according to Bryant McFadden of 120 Sports.

McFadden reports that an MRI revealed that Gurley suffered no damage to the MCL in the left knee he injured in a non-contact play in Georgia’s 34-7 win over Auburn.

Gurley returned to the field Saturday after serving a four game suspension while being investigated for illegally receiving payment for his autograph.

Gurley was alleged to received at least $3,000 over two years as compensation for the autographed items.

He was considered a Heisman favorite this season, as he had run for 911 yards and had nine rushing touchdowns before his suspension.

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Will Muschamp Out as Florida Head Coach at End of Season

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(GAINSVILLE, Fl.) — The University of Florida announced Sunday that Will Muschamp will not return as head coach of the football team when the season is over.

Coming off a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina, the Gators record fell to 5-4, with all four losses coming in the SEC.

Muschamp is 27-20 in his tenure at Florida since taking over for Urban Meyer in 2011. Muschamp was a hot head coaching prospect while the defensive coordinator at the University of Texas. Florida chose to sign Muschamp away from Texas as their own defensive coordinator and heir to Meyer.

“Upon evaluation of our football program, we are not where the program needs to be and should be. I’ve always said that our goal at the University of Florida is to compete for championships on a regular basis,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.

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