Shohei Ohtani signs record $700 million deal with Dodgers
Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a record 10-year, $700 million contract
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1. Shohei Ohtani signs record $700 million deal with Dodgers
Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers after signing a record 10-year, $700 million contract, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Marisa Flores.
The anticipation is over. Shohei Ohtani’s hunt for his next team ended just across town with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The most awaited free-agent signing in MLB history was announced on Instagram Saturday morning. Ohtani’s new contract is set for 10 years at a historic $700 million, his CAA agent Nez Balelo revealed.
“To all the fans and everyone involved in the baseball world, I apologize for taking so long to come to a decision,” Ohtani wrote on Instagram. “I have decided to choose the Dodgers as my next team.”
The Dodgers confirmed the signing on Monday and issues a press release with Ohtani stating, “Dodger fans, thank you for welcoming me to your team. I can say 100 percent that you, the Dodger organization and I share the same goal – to bring World Series parades to the streets of Los Angeles.”
2. Lakers make history winning NBA In-Season Tournament
The Lakers got big performances from Anthony Davis and LeBron James to defeat Indiana, 123-109. to win the NBA Cup in Las Vegas, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp.
LeBron James couldn’t do it all by himself. Especially when he found himself in early foul trouble.
Fortunately for the Los Angeles Lakers, he didn’t need to.
James’ sidekick Anthony Davis stayed on the brightly colored T-Mobile Arena court long enough to do severe damage to the Indiana Pacers.
Davis’ dominating performance in the NBA’s inaugural In-season Tournament championship game was enough to get the Lakers across the finish line as 123-109 winners Saturday to claim the NBA Cup along with each player receiving $500,000 apiece. He scored 41 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked four shots in 41 minutes.
“We feed off one another,” Davis said. “It wasn’t just us two. It was the whole team.”
3. Chargers ‘will do what is right by Herbert’s future’ says Staley
The Sporting Tribune’s Fernando Ramirez provides an update on Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert's injured index finger.
Justin Herbert will see two specialists to see what the next steps will be after sustaining a fractured right index finger, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said.
His availability is in question not only for Thursday but also for the rest of the season.
“We’re just going to get the information from these specialists and then go from there,” Staley said.
After Sunday’s loss against the Denver Broncos, the Chargers quarterback mentioned that he will try to do everything in his power to return to the field.
4. Raiders unable to unlock offense in 3-0 loss to Vikings
A late field goal by Minnesota provided all the offense as Las Vegas dropped its third straight game to fall to 5-8, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Steve Carp.
The NFL has had its share of stinkers this year. Low-scoring games that lull fans to sleep and have bettors questioning their strategy, not to mention their sanity.
The Chargers’ 6-0 win over the Patriots a couple weeks ago comes to mind. But with the bar set pretty low, one game managed to find its way underneath it Sunday afternoon.
I give you the Vikings and the Raiders.
It was a game that featured two quarterbacks who frankly have no business starting in the NFL. It was a day for punters to show off their legs and the officials to show off their flag-throwing arms. And it turned out to be miserable after starting out brutal from an offensive standpoint.
5. Rams go toe-to-toe with Ravens but lose in overtime
Dreary weather and sloppy playing conditions aside, the Rams put up a fight in Baltimore, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Grant Mona.
Aren’t west coast teams that play in a controlled climate supposed to suffer in bad weather? It seems as though the Rams didn’t care one bit. Even in a brutal loss that saw the Rams take a Super Bowl contending Ravens team to overtime, Matthew Stafford looked great, and Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp did whatever they could to keep the Rams in the game throughout.
The Rams are now 6-7 and in the 8th seed looking into the playoff picture.
6. Clippers narrowly escape Blazers, 132-127
Kawhi Leonard pours in 34 points and the Clippers hold off Portland down the stretch, writes The Sporting Tribune’s Grant Mona.
The first game of a back-to-back on this three game homestand was not easy. After a hot start by the Clippers, Portland stormed back, playing some of their best basketball of the season. After a back and forth second half, the Clippers stars took over in the right spots and closed the game out down the stretch.
Ivica Zubac had 14 points in the first quarter to lead the way and open up a big lead early, as the Clippers as a team shot 78% from the field in the opening frame. Russell Westbrook also provided some spark off the bench, finishing with 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists, while James Harden added 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks.
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