Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Orioles agreed with Steve Pearce on a one-year, $3.7 million deal Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 32-year-old Pearce played in 102 games for the O’s last season, hitting .293 with 21 home runs, 49 RBIs and a .373 on-base percentage.

Before the two sides came to a compromise, Pearce had asked for $5.4 million while the Orioles offered $2 million.

Alejandro De Aza, Zach Britton and Miguel Gonzalez are the three remaining Orioles in arbitration.

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Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Orioles agreed with Steve Pearce on a one-year, $3.7 million deal Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 32-year-old Pearce played in 102 games for the O’s last season, hitting .293 with 21 home runs, 49 RBIs and a .373 on-base percentage.

Before the two sides came to a compromise, Pearce had asked for $5.4 million while the Orioles offered $2 million.

Alejandro De Aza, Zach Britton and Miguel Gonzalez are the three remaining Orioles in arbitration.

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Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. has updated its efforts to monitor the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House said on Friday.

“None of these individuals has returned to the battlefield, none of them is allowed to travel outside of Qatar, and none has engaged in physical violence,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, when asked about reports that one of the five Taliban fighters has made contact with active terrorists.

Earnest stressed on Friday that the detainees released last May remain in Qatar and that their activities are limited. But, in light of concerns about their possible contact with terror groups, he said “those mitigation efforts and those monitoring efforts have been updated.”

Earnest declined, however, to detail the updates.

“We continue to have confidence that there are measures in place to substantially mitigate the threat that they pose to American national security,” he said.

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NFL Media(NEW YORK) — In all of the excitement planning for the ultimate Super Bowl viewing party, it’s easy to go overboard buying refreshments and end up with an excess of leftover suds. After all, it is a Sunday night.

Beer bottles and cans can take up sacred space in the fridge. So instead of wasting shelves and vegetable bins waiting for someone to drink all of that beer, try some of these tips for putting your brews to use.

Get Cookin’

From cheese fondue to fish and chips, there are tons of dishes that use beer to add a flavor boost to ordinary foods. Try Elizabeth Karmel’s Beer-Can Chicken as an easy entry point into the world of cooking with hops.

Pamper Yourself

While hair experts have long touted the benefits of occasionally conditioning one’s hair with beer due to Vitamin B, did you know it can also be used to create an at-home facial treatment? Carolyn Doe, spa director for The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina, recently created a do-it-yourself recipe for just such a beauty boost, as yeast extract can help with firming and diminish hyperpigmentation.

North Carolina Beer Facial

Ingredients:

  • For oily skin: 2 tbsp egg whites.
  • For dry skin: 2 tbsp egg yolks and a vitamin E capsule
  • 2 Tbsp of your favorite North Carolina Beer (or whatever is leftover from game day)

Method:

  • Whisk together and apply to the skin with a cotton ball. Allow to dry for about 20 minutes. Apply a wet warm towel to loosen the mask. Rinse well until the entire mask is removed.

Put a Bow on It

If you splurged on craft beer from smaller microbreweries in your team’s home state, you may not feel comfortable pouring it in a pot or down the bathroom sink. Instead, pair a few bottles with some tasty cheese and crackers and present it in a basket to someone in your life who could use a pick-me-up.

Lure Butterflies

According to ChasingGreen.com, combining leftover beer with “sugar, syrup, fruit juice, and a mashed, overripe banana” will smell irresistibly delicious to butterflies on the hunt for food. Smear some on a tree in your backyard and enjoy the view with a cold one.

Build a Second Abode

It may sound far-fetched, but a few families in Taos, N.M., built a home for themselves using discarded bottles and other items, called ‘Earthships.’ The structures are earth-friendly, temperate and economical.

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NFL Media(PHOENIX) — Think Super Bowl ads are getting expensive? Try getting a ticket to the big game!

The cheapest single ticket price on StubHub Friday afternoon is selling for $9,498.99, with prices rising on secondary markets with two days left until kickoff.

Short sellers, who profit off the volatility in ticket prices online, along with the dwindling supply of game seats are credited for the drastic rise in cost of tickets, many of which have a face value of $500-$1000.

Of course, for that price you’d expect a great view of the action, right?

Not quite. Sideline tickets for Sunday’s game are selling upwards of $25,000.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Central Command said on Friday that a coalition airstrike near Mosul, Iraq last Saturday killed a top chemical weapons engineer for ISIS.

Centcom said Abu Malik was killed in an airstrike on Jan. 24 near Mosul.

Malik used to work at the chemical weapons facility that Saddam Hussein had at Muthanna, Iraq before joining Al Qaeda in Iraq in 2006, and then later joining ISIS.

Malik used his expertise to “pursue a chemical weapons capability” for ISIS, according to Centcom.

His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the ability of ISIS to potentially produce and use chemical weapons.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The pilots behind the Two Eagles Balloon flight over the Pacific Ocean have done it — surpassing the distance record for gas balloons of 5,209 miles.

The flight bested the absolute world record for time aloft for gas balloons of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds.

American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev passed the final milestone on their checklist of world records that had originally been set by Double Eagle II on its transatlantic flight in 1978.

On Thursday, the Two Eagles team tweeted: “The pilots have just surpassed the distance needed to set a new record. 5,261 miles or 8,467km.”

Although the two pilots surpassed the mark for duration of gas balloons, the record has not been officially broken. This will determined by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and FAI after a long process of documentation and review that can take up to several weeks, or even months.

At this point in their journey, the final and most important goal for the Two Eagles pilots is to land the balloon safely.

Bradley and Tiukhtyaev are approximately 400 miles west of the Mexican border as they are flying parallel to the west coast of the United States. They are expected to land Saturday on the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

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AMWRRO.org(SYDNEY) — A koala is back on his paws and back in the wild after recovering from burns he suffered in an Australian bush fire earlier this month.

Jeremy, who became a global sensation after images of his treatment circulated online, was released Wednesday night, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The koala was rehabilitated by the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO) after being rescued by a local firefighter.

“Jeremy [is] now released and loving life once again,” the AMRRO said on Facebook. “Special thanks to everyone involved…and to the thousands of people who have sent sell wishes, support and strength his way.”

The koala was the first of dozens sent to AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic after fires swept the Sampson Flat locality in South Australia, where it’s the summer season. He was treated for second-degree partial thickness burns, the AMRRO said on Facebook.

Jeremy was originally a grumpy fellow, nervous around the caretakers, the president of AMWRRO told BBC News.

“He had a big attitude,” president Aaron Macado said, adding that Jeremy became easier to handle once he realized his caretakers weren’t going to eat him.

During his recovery, there was a misunderstanding that koalas under AMWRRO’s care needed mittens, though this wasn’t true, according to the group’s website.

“[T]hey simply impede the animal’s ability to self-feed, hang onto branches or climb limbs that are in their cages,” AMWRRO wrote on the site.

The organization shared the video below of Jeremy using his claws to eat to further clarify why he didn’t need mittens.

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AMWRRO.org(SYDNEY) — A koala is back on his paws and back in the wild after recovering from burns he suffered in an Australian bush fire earlier this month.

Jeremy, who became a global sensation after images of his treatment circulated online, was released Wednesday night, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The koala was rehabilitated by the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO) after being rescued by a local firefighter.

“Jeremy [is] now released and loving life once again,” the AMRRO said on Facebook. “Special thanks to everyone involved…and to the thousands of people who have sent sell wishes, support and strength his way.”

The koala was the first of dozens sent to AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic after fires swept the Sampson Flat locality in South Australia, where it’s the summer season. He was treated for second-degree partial thickness burns, the AMRRO said on Facebook.

Jeremy was originally a grumpy fellow, nervous around the caretakers, the president of AMWRRO told BBC News.

“He had a big attitude,” president Aaron Macado said, adding that Jeremy became easier to handle once he realized his caretakers weren’t going to eat him.

During his recovery, there was a misunderstanding that koalas under AMWRRO’s care needed mittens, though this wasn’t true, according to the group’s website.

“[T]hey simply impede the animal’s ability to self-feed, hang onto branches or climb limbs that are in their cages,” AMWRRO wrote on the site.

The organization shared the video below of Jeremy using his claws to eat to further clarify why he didn’t need mittens.

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed ‘Deflate-Gate’ for the first time since news came out after the AFC Championship game that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used were under the league standard of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch on Friday.

Goodell has let the investigation take place and said that an announcement would be after Ted Wells has come to a conclusion.

“It has been a tough year,” Goodell said. “It’s been a tough year on me personally. It’s been a year of what I would say is humility and learning. We obviously as an organization have gone through adversity, but more importantly, adversity for me. It’s an opportunity for us to get better. … We’ve all done a lot of soul searching starting with yours truly.”

“We don’t know enough in this case to know who is responsible or if there was an infraction,” he added.

The NFL has been under a microscope since the Ray Rice elevator incident when he knocked out his then fiancee in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“This is my job,” Goodell said when asked if he would apologize to the Patriots if they weren’t found guilty of deflating any of the 11 footballs. “This is my responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. I represent 32 teams. All of us want to make sure the rules are being followed.”

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