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.

— Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) February 9, 2016

The deal has not yet been confirmed by either side.

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


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


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


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

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Blacksburg Police Department(NEW YORK) — The father of a 13-year-old girl allegedly murdered by a Virginia Tech student said he “bet she fought like a wildcat,” according to a new interview.

David Lovell, the father of Nicole Lovell, made the comments to Dr. Phil McGraw in an interview set to air Wednesday.

“I bet she fought like a wildcat,” David Lovell said. “I mean she’s my kid. I know she fought like a wildcat.”

Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer allegedly was “acquainted” with the victim and “used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her,” the Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement.

He was charged with murder and kidnapping.

His friend, Natalie Keepers, was charged as an accessory both before and after the fact as well as with improper disposal of a body.

Both were scheduled for preliminary hearings in March and had not entered pleas as of last week.

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Taylor Sloan(SANTA ROSA, Calif.) — A California woman was moved last month after a child returned her lost wallet, along with an adorable note explaining why he did it.

“It was just this simple act of kindness that just warms my heart,” Taylor Sloan of Santa Rosa, California told ABC News. “I’m glad it’s getting attention. It obviously goes to show that he comes from a really great family.”

Sloan, 22, said it was on Jan. 30 when she lost her wallet at a motocross event in Oakland.

She said she was carrying her ID, debit card and about 30 to 40 dollars in cash.

“I had my wallet in the back of my pocket and probably just lost it when I sat down in my seat,” Sloan said. “I didn’t see it was lost until the event was over.”

Sloan canceled her debit card and made her way to a local DMV for a new license.

Then, she said, her mother called saying she had gotten a letter in the mail from a boy named Nasim, 10, along with Sloan’s missing wallet.

It read:

Dear Ms. Sloan,

My name is Nasim Lawrence and I am 10 years old. I found your wallet on the ground at the Super Motocross event in Oakland. I know how it feels to lose something and I wanted to make sure you got your wallet back. Hopefully, I have made you smile and you are happy to have your money and ID back. I am glad I found it instead of some bad person who would steal from you. You look like a very nice person who does nice things for people so I wanted to do something nice for you. Plus it’s the honest thing to do.



“I was ecstatic,” Sloan said of receiving the letter. “It was the sweetest thing. It was adorable.”

Sloan said she has written a letter back to Nasim and plans to send it, along with a $20 reward and a bag of candy.

She added that she’s been in touch with Nasim’s mother, after she shared the letter on Facebook.

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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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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — An alleged murder suspect, who was mistakenly let out of jail last week in Los Angeles, was caught in Nevada on Monday.

According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Steven Lawrence Wright was taken into custody without incident at a hotel in Boulder City, Nevada after “numerous tips from the public.”

The 47-year-old was accidentally released from the Inmate Reception Center in downton Los Angeles on January 30, and the Sheriff’s Department said they were not aware of his release until later the next day. Officials offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Wright was originally arrested by the Pasadena Police Department in April 2011 and was pending trial for a gang-related murder in Pasadena earlier that year. He was found guilty of the murder in 2014, but a judge ruled the trial wasn’t fair, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV. Next month, the alleged murder suspect is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in a new murder trial, KABC-TV reports.

The Sheriff’s Department said Wright would not face any additional charges for the release.

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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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Tompkins County Jail(ITHACA, N.Y.) — The district attorney prosecuting a Cornell University fraternity president accused of attempted rape and sexual abuse blamed schools in general for “turning a blind eye” to the subject of underage drinking in connection with sexual assault on college campuses.

Wolfgang Ballinger, 21, a member of Psi Upsilon’s Chi Chapter at Cornell, was booked into Tompkins County, New York, Jail Thursday after a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted at the fraternity house, according to university police. Ballinger has served as president of the chapter, Psi Upsilon Executive Director Thomas Fox told ABC News.

The young woman, who is not being identified, reported the alleged incident to police on Jan. 31, telling authorities that she was sexually assaulted in a bedroom at the frat house at approximately 2 a.m. that day. She helped identify Ballinger as the alleged perpetrator, the Cornell University Police Department said.

“What I see over and over again … is the underage drinking on campuses that so often create an environment where violence, sexual assault and other things that happen in a thoughtless moment ruin people’s lives forever,” Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson told ABC News Monday.

While Wilkinson said not all sexual assaults are “done by somebody under the influence of alcohol,” she added that she considers alcohol to be “probably one of the largest contributing factors.”

“If college campuses would stop permitting, or turning a blind eye, or not enforcing underage drinking, I think we would see a very different picture,” Wilkinson said.

Ballinger is of legal drinking age.

Cornell declined to respond to the district attorney’s comments.

At the request of the police through his attorney, Ballinger turned himself in to Cornell University Police investigators on Thursday. He was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse, university police said. Ballinger has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Ballinger’s attorney, James Baker, declined to be interviewed Monday, but told ABC News in a statement Saturday that Ballinger did not commit the crimes of which he is accused. “His innocence will be established at the proper time and in the proper place – which is in the courts, not in the media,” Baker said.

Cornell’s Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living said, as of Feb. 1, Psi Upsilon was placed “on interim suspension status as a result of alleged sexual misconduct” at the fraternity house.

“Interim suspension is a pause in the operations of a chapter during which the chapter may not engage in any activities other than operation of its residence,” the statement said.

Psi Upsilon Fraternity’s national organization said Friday that all activity at the Cornell chapter is suspended and the fraternity is cooperating with Cornell University during its investigation. Fraternity staff members are also traveling to Ithaca to help.

“Sexual assault, and any form of sexual harassment, is against our policy and in opposition of the values of Psi Upsilon,” Psi Upsilon Executive Director Thomas Fox said. “Our chapter is cooperating with Cornell’s investigation into this matter and any members involved will be held accountable. The Chi Chapter at Cornell has a distinguished history with the University and we are committed to continuing to be a benefit to Cornell and the Ithaca Community.”

Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett said in a statement: “I am deeply disturbed by the allegations of sexual assault involving the president of Psi Upsilon. Sexual violence has no place at Cornell, and if these allegations are substantiated, those involved will be held accountable.”

“When we were notified of these allegations on Monday, February 1, Psi Upsilon was immediately placed on interim suspension pending the conclusion of a full investigation,” Garrett said. “Although I applaud the swift actions of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) to mandate additional training for its members, we will be considering what additional steps should be taken to ensure the Greek community at Cornell is living up to our institutional standard of excellence and respect for others.”

Ballinger was booked at the Tompkins County Jail Thursday in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, Cornell University Police said.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Ithaca City Court.

Wilkinson said that she’s confident about the strength of the prosecution’s case going into tomorrow’s hearing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BELLINGHAM, Wash.) — The FBI has arrested a former member of the Army on weapons charges after he allegedly expressed sympathy for ISIS, called Osama bin Laden “a beautiful man” and said the murder of government agents was “a hundred percent obligation,” according to court documents filed in a Washington state federal court.

“I consider myself an ISIS soldier as much as the brothers over there,” Daniel Seth Franey, who served six years in the Army, beginning in 2002, allegedly told an undercover FBI agent. Court documents say he claims to have “deserted” military service, an assertion that the complaint says Department of Defense records back up.

In April 2015, police were told that Franey had been expressing his support for ISIS and wanted to go overseas to “join the fight” or kill Americans at home, the court documents claim.

The FBI then sent in the undercover agent, posing as an underground gun dealer. During their first meeting, Franey described ISIS as “the best people on Earth” and he called Osama bin Laden “a diamond” and “a beautiful man,” according to the FBI.

Over the next several months, Franey continued to express his support for ISIS and his desire to kill police and “deal with a few judges, and deal with a few bankers, and deal with a few politicians and D.A.s…[and] the Secretary of Defense,” according to the FBI.

As part of the investigation, Franey and the undercover agent took several trips out of state to supposedly deliver guns to black-market buyers — and Franey repeatedly asked the undercover agent to obtain guns for him, the charging documents say.

Under a permanent court order, Franey was barred from being in possessions of any guns, but he was with guns on the delivery trips, officials say. On one such trip, he even fired an AR-15 and an AK-47 himself, the FBI says.

In one conversation, Franey allegedly told the undercover agent he wanted to target the military: “I think if there’s a unit, you know, from the Marines and the Army getting ready to ship out, they should be hit. I think if there’s the airbase, a command and control center, they should be hit…. I would love to go hit a Marine unit before they went out.”

He allegedly continued: “[W]ith a couple of tools, you’d be very effective. .. And when you pull the trigger, your objective is to drop somebody.”

Franey has lived in Western Washington for the past three years, occasionally working as a commercial fisherman.

He faces weapons and machine gun possession charges and he was due in court Monday afternoon.

It was not clear if he is being represented.

The case is being prosecuted by a division of the U.S. Attorney General’s office, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes investigators from federal, state, and local law enforcement.

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