KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Jorge Soler and Franchy Cordero, first baseman Hunter Dozier and right-handers Jesse Hahn and Jakob Junis on Wednesday as they brought arbitration-eligible players under contract during a busy week of roster management.The Royals also cut third baseman Maikel Franco, failing to offer a contract to a player who would have been due a substantial salary increase after hitting .278 with eight homers and 38 RBIs while playing on a $2.95 million deal last season.The only remaining arbitration-eligible players are two big ones: shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, their defensive linchpin and best all-around athlete, and No. 1 starter Brad Keller, who was 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA in nine starts last season.The 28-year-old Soler agreed to an $8.05 million contract that includes up to $250,000 in incentives, a big bump from prorated pay of $2,703,704 from his $7.3 million base salary last season. It came after the slugging outfielder, who shattered the club record with 48 homers in 2019, hit .228 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in 43 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.Soler would get $50,000 for 350 plate appearances and each additional 50 through 550.He fits a crucial role in the Royals lineup by providing a big bat in an otherwise hit-and-run offence.Dozier, who agreed to a $2.72 million deal plus incentives, is the other big bat in the lineup. The 29-year-old hit just .228 with six homers and 12 RBIs in 44 games last season, but the Royals believe his offence — and power — can bounce back to their previous levels. Dozier hit .278 with 26 homers and 84 RBIs during the 2019 season.His defensive versatility is also important. Dozier can play both corner outfield spots along with first base and third base, and the likely departure of Franco means he could be headed to a more permanent role in the infield.“He played a lot more infield the last two years than he has outfield, so we understand that,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said, “but we're not going to close the door on his potential to play the outfield as well.”Dozier was eligible for arbitration for the first time after earning $226,111 in prorated pay from a $610,500 salary.Hahn, who allowed one earned run in 17 1/3 innings last season, will make $1.75 million with up to $350,000 in bonuses — $50,000 each for 25 games and each additional five up to 50. Junis will earn $1.7 million after making six starts and eight appearances while finishing with a 6.39 ERA last season.Both of them have the ability to start or pitch out of the bullpen, the same kind of versatility that led the Royals to bring back right-hander Mike Minor on an $18 million, two-year deal earlier this week. Minor spent parts of four seasons in Kansas City before spending parts of the past three seasons with Texas and Oakland."Mike is committed to a big workload,” Moore said. “He threw over 200 innings in 2019 with 200 strikeouts, I believe. We just feel really good about how he blends in with the young starters we have on the horizon.”Hahn earned $222,222 prorated from $600,000 and Junis $225,185 from $608,000.Cordero will earn $800,000 after he was limited to just 16 games because of injuries last season, when he took home $211,519 from $571,100.Along with Franco, the Royals also non-tendered former first-round pick Bubba Starling, infielders Jeison Guzman and Erick Mejia, and pitchers Foster Griffin and Carlos Sanabria, both of whom were designated for assignment earlier this week.Starling was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft out of nearby Gardner-Edgerton High School, choosing to sign with the Royals rather than play quarterback at Nebraska. But despite flashing a solid glove, the hometown kid never developed the bat to match it. He hit just .169 with one homer and five RBIs while spending two stints on the injured list last season.Mejia appeared in eight games after making the opening day roster for the first time last season, but he had just one hit in 14 at-bats. Guzman did not appear in a game after he was recalled from the alternate training site for three days in August.The roster moves left the Royals with 36 players on their active roster, and Moore said this week that the Royals could be a bit more active than in years past trying to plug their remaining holes. They are still in search of an impact bat, particularly in the outfielder, where Dozier could be moving to the infield and Alex Gordon has faded into retirement.The Royals already have added former Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor on a $1.75 million contract.“Look, opening day is several months away. “You're constantly making adjustments to your roster,” Moore said, “not only throughout the off-season but also spring training, once the season begins. We're going to continue to stay open minded.”Dave Skretta, The Associated Press
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NEW YORK — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams failed to offer them 2021 contracts by Wednesday night’s deadline.Cincinnati reliever Archie Bradley, Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall, Colorado outfielder David Dahl and Minnesota outfielder Eddie Rosario also were let go by their clubs, who did not want to allow those players to become eligible for salary arbitration in February, which would have been their right had they been tendered contracts.Schwarber earned $2,596,296 in prorated pay from his $7.01 million salary last season but hit .188 with 11 homers in 59 games, down from 38 homers, 92 RBIs and a .250 batting average in 155 games in 2019. Almora batted .167 in 28 games last season and earned $1,667,667 prorated from $4.5 million, down from a .236 average, 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 2019.Schwarber returned from a serious knee injury and hit .412 with two RBIs in the 2016 World Series as the Cubs won their first championship since 1908. He served as the designated hitter for games in Cleveland.Almora made a key play in Game 7, running for Schwarber in the 10th inning, advancing on Kris Bryant’s fly ball and scoring the go-ahead run on Ben Zobrist’s double in an 8-7 victory.Just 137 players remained eligible to exchange salary arbitration numbers with their teams on Jan. 15, down from 155 on the eve of the deadline last January.While the total number of players let go at the deadline was up only a bit from 56 last year, more high-quality players were set free by teams, many trying to cut expenses after a regular season that included a sharp revenue drop because no fans were allowed in stadiums due to health conditions.Milwaukee was on the verge of cutting hard-throwing reliever Corey Knebel but instead traded the right-hander to the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named or cash just ahead of the deadline. Knebel was an All-Star in 2017 with 39 saves and 126 strikeouts in 76 innings but missed 2019 following Tommy John surgery and struck out 15 in 13 1/3 innings in the pandemic-shortened season as his average fastball velocity dropped 3 mph to just under 95 mph.Fifty-nine players agreed to one-year contracts ahead of the deadline, many of them facing a threat of being cut.Minnesota reached deals with five players, including pitcher José Berríos ($500,000 signing bonus plus $5.6 million salary) and centre fielder Byron Buxton ($5,125,000).Kansas City agreed with designated hitter Jorge Soler ($8.05 million), first baseman Hunter Dozier ($2.72 million), right-handers Jesse Hahn ($1.75 million) and Jakob Junis ($1.7 million), and outfielder Franchy Cordero ($800,000).The New York Mets agreed to a $5.2 million, one-year deal with left-hander Steven Matz and finalized their $15.5 million, two-year contract with free-agent reliever Trevor May, a deal that had been pending a physical. The Mets allowed pitchers Chasen Shreve, Nick Tropeano, Paul Sewald and Ariel Jurado to go free; Tropeano was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh in October, before owner Steve Cohen bought the team from the Wilpon and Katz families.First baseman Matt Olson and Oakland agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract, and first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Miami agreed to a $4.35 million, one-year deal.Boston agreed with pitcher Matt Barnes ($4.5 million) and catcher Kevin Plawecki ($1.6 million). Philadelphia agreed with pitchers Hector Neris ($5 million, down from the $7,111,111 option the Phillies declined in October) and Zach Elfin ($4.45 million).Atlanta reached agreements with right-hander Luke Jackson ($1.9 million), infielder Johan Camargo ($1.36 million) and left-hander Grant Dayton ($900,000). and Milwaukee struck deals with catcher Omar Narváez ($2.5 million) and shortstop Orlando Arcia ($2 million).The New York Yankees and right-hander Luis Cessa agreed at $1 million.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump has been deposed by attorneys alleging that President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration committee misused donor funds, a new court filing reveals. The document, first reported by CNN Wednesday, notes that Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, was interviewed Tuesday by attorneys from the Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office. The office has filed a lawsuit alleging waste of the non-profit's funds, accusing the committee of making more than $1 million in improper payments to the president's Washington, D.C., hotel during the week of the inauguration in 2017. As part of the suit, they have subpoenaed records from Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Thomas Barrack Jr., a close friend of the president who chaired the inaugural committee, and others. Barrack was also deposed last month. Trump’s inaugural committee spent more than $1 million to book a ballroom at the Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital as part of a scheme to “grossly overpay” for party space and enrich the president’s own family in the process, the District of Columbia’s attorney general, Karl Racine, alleges. He has accused the committee of misusing non-profit funds and co-ordinating with the hotel’s management and members of the Trump family to arrange the events. “District law requires nonprofits to use their funds for their stated public purpose, not to benefit private individuals or companies,” Racine has said. “In this case, we are seeking to recover the non-profit funds that were improperly funneled directly to the Trump family business.” The committee raised an unprecedented $107 million to host events celebrating Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, but its spending has drawn continued scrutiny. Alan Garten with the Trump Organization said that “Ms. Trump’s only involvement was connecting the parties and instructing the hotel to charge a ‘fair market rate,’ which the hotel did.” The Associated Press
Xavier Pinson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and Missouri overcame a mid-game lull and late Oregon flurry to beat the No. 21 Ducks 83-75 on Wednesday night. Mark Smith scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half as Missouri (2-0) built a 17-point lead, but Chris Duarte scored eight straight points to get the Ducks within five in the final minute. Eugene Omoruyi set career highs with 31 points and 11 rebounds in his first game for the Ducks (0-1) since transferring from Rutgers.
The power of the pardon is being discussed among the chattering classes in Washington, as speculation churns about whether President Donald Trump will issue preemptive pardons before he leaves office. “Guys, that is adorable,” chortled Trevor Noah. “Trump is pardoning his kids and his house pets. Handing out pardons like gift cards.” Can Trump legally […]
In yet another unhinged election fraud hearing on Wednesday night, Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani—who recently had hair dye leaking down his face during a press conference in which he quoted My Cousin Vinny—appeared to be so embarrassed by one of his witnesses that he tried to shush her.With Team Trump’s lawsuits and legal challenges repeatedly getting laughed out of court, the legal team’s latest gambit to keep President Donald Trump in the White House is to try to convince legislatures in states President-elect Joe Biden won to dismiss their states’ certifications and flip their electoral votes to Trump.After holding unofficial “hearings” in Arizona and Pennsylvania hotels, Giuliani and fellow Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis appeared in front of a Michigan House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday. The hearing comes amid pressure from Trump and his Republican allies for the GOP-led state legislature to step in and give the state to the president, despite Biden’s 154,000-vote victory.One of the witnesses the Trump legal team presented on Wednesday night—the second day of hearings—was Melissa Carone, who claims she worked as a contractor for Dominion Voting Systems.Despite struggling to coherently explain her job duties during her first day of testimony, Carone was brought back by the Trump team—and again had trouble articulating what exactly she did as a Dominion contractor. That, however, did not stop her from confidently insisting that she did indeed witness blatant and massive fraud when ballots were being counted.> Holy smokes the sequel is even better! > > Rudy Giuliani tries to shush her to calm her down and the Republican even tries to reel her in! > > She treats this Republican* like he’s a Chick-fil-A employee and the milkshake machine went down. > > *corrected pic.twitter.com/CK1HqGpp2d> > — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 3, 2020Alleging that she witnessed poll workers running the same ballots through voting machines “thousands of times,” Carone—noticeably slurring— took issue when a state representative said that she should be “under oath” during her testimony."I have an affidavit!" Carone exclaimed. “I am a mother, I have two children, I have two degrees. I don’t know any woman in the world that would write an affidavit under oath just to write it. You can go to prison for this!”The affidavit Carone is referencing was included last month in a Michigan lawsuit that sought to stop the election certification of Wayne County. The request was denied by the judge, who deemed her allegations as “simply not credible.”At one point, during an exchange with GOP Rep. Steve Johnson, Carone grew animated and began yelling when the lawmaker questioned how her claim that a batch of 30,000 votes counted multiple times wouldn’t be reflected in the poll book.“We’re not seeing the poll book off by 30,000 votes,” Johnson said.“What’d you guys do, take it and do something crazy to it?” Carone fired back.“I’m just saying the numbers are not off by 30,000 votes,” Johnson calmly replied.“I’d say that poll book is off by over 100,000 [votes],” she declared with an air of complete confidence. Then she started lecturing the lawmaker, telling him there were “zero registered voters” in the county’s poll book.When Johnson tried once more to ask her about her outlandish claims, Carone loudly wondered about the turnout rate being “120 percent,” prompting Giuliani to reach over to calm her down, all while audibly “shushing” her.Needless to say, the rest of Carone’s testimony was just as fact-free, unhinged, and jaw-dropping. And she continued to deliver it with an amazing amount of self-confidence.Giuliani, meanwhile, made a point to note during the hearing that he had just met Carone that day and had first spoken to her on Tuesday.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies chose not to offer 2021 contracts Wednesday to oft-injured outfielder David Dahl, catcher Tony Wolters and right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez.The moves came a day after the Rockies agreed to a $1.2 million. one-year deal with catcher Elias Diaz and a $1 million, one-year contract with right-hander Jairo Diaz, two other players who were eligible for salary arbitration. Elias Diaz can earn bonuses of $100,000 each for 80, 90 and 100 starts as a catcher,The 26-year-old Dahl is recovering from right shoulder surgery in September, his latest setback. In 2015, he had his spleen removed after running into an outfield wall in the minors. A rib cage injury sidelined him in 2017. In 2018, he missed two months with a broken right foot.Even his breakout season in 2019 was marred by injury. After making the NL All-Star team, Dahl injured his right ankle and didn’t play after Aug. 2. He appeared in a career-high 100 games that season, hitting .302 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs.This year, Dahl played in 24 of 60 games during the pandemic-shortened season and had just 99 plate appearances, hitting .183 with no home runs, two doubles and two triples.“Sometimes it’s tough to move on from guys and say goodbye to guys, but there’s times where you have to for business reasons,” general manager Jeff Bridich said Wednesday night on a conference call.The decision on Dahl, Bridich said, was done for roster reasons — getting other outfielders more playing time — and due to financial factors and health concerns, “which has been a struggle with David at times with us.”Bridich said it will allow Dahl “to hopefully find a great opportunity for him elsewhere and get to know a new team. And again, it’s not always what you want to do, but sometimes what you have to do.”Bridich said he spoke with Dahl on Wednesday night and Dahl told him his rehab was going well.The Rockies selected Dahl in the first round of the 2012 draft out of Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Dahl made his major league debut on July 25, 2016.Bridich said the decision to non-tenders Wolters, a popular member of the clubhouse “falls under the category of, this is not business as usual and sometimes you have to make difficult decisions.”“We also feel good about having somebody like Dom Nunez, who is knocking at the major league door to become part of a major league catching rotation, and we came to an agreement with Elias Diaz, as well," Bridich said.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 confirmed COVID-19 patients, took the highly competitive university entrance exam Thursday despite a viral resurgence that forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry said about 493,430 students were taking the one-day exam at about 1,380 sites across the nation. They include hospitals and other medical facilities with the 35 virus patients and hundreds of others placed under self-quarantine. This year’s exams had been originally scheduled for November but were delayed due to the virus outbreak. South Korea on Thursday reported 540 new cases. Last week it reimposed stringent distancing guidelines in the greater Seoul area and other places to try to suppress a spike in new infections. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: — India reported less than 40,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours for a fourth straight day as it awaits a vaccine rollout for its vast population. With 35,551 fresh infections, India’s confirmed tally crossed 9.5 million on Thursday. For more than three weeks, India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000. The Health Ministry also reported 526 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 138,648. India doesn’t have any advance purchase agreement with any vaccine manufacturer. The Serum Institute of India, which has been testing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, says it will apply for an emergency approval by Indian authorities in two weeks. The institute is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. India’s Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories also is conducting tests on the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. ___ Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak The Associated Press
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) -- Emon Washington had 30 points and Illinois State scored the fourth-most points in Division I history with a 177-108 victory over Greenville on Wednesday night.
Nearly half a million South Korean students nervously began a hyper-competitive university entrance exam on Thursday, with COVID-19 students taking the exam in hospital and others separated by transparent barriers. Police and school officials guarded some 31,000 test venues across the country, which in normal years are usually filled with praying parents and cheering squads distributing hot drinks and snacks.
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Forty-eight NBA players tested positive for COVID-19, the league said on Wednesday (December 2). It had tested hundreds of players as part of what its calling an 'initial return-to-market testing phase.' The players are returning to their teams' home markets to get ready for the 2020-2021 season, set to start later this month. The league's only non-U.S. team, the Canadian Toronto Raptors, are the exception. They face tight international travel restrictions and will start the season in Tampa, Florida. Across the NBA, individual player workouts start this week and group workouts begin Sunday. Last season's "bubble" environment at Walt Disney World faced few issues protecting players and staff from the coronavirus, but the upcoming season faces many of the same challenges as other sports leagues in a landscape thoroughly upended by the pandemic. Both the national football and baseball leagues grappled with game postponements and positive COVID-19 cases, as athletes traveled from city to city. Hospitalizations in the U.S. hit a record number for a fourth consecutive day this week as COVID-19 cases soar.
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Twelve different players have already scored for No. 15 Virginia through three games, with six reaching double figures at least once. The well-balanced Cavaliers (2-1) will look to attack Kent State (1-0) in waves when they meet in nonconference play Friday in Charlottesville, Va. Virginia has so much depth and had such a big lead in Tuesday's win against Saint Francis (Pa.), coach Tony Bennett said he "kind of did the hockey shifts" to rotate players in and out of the lineup.
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