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Report: Wander Franco, Rays ‘Close’ on New Contract; Close to $200M in Guarantees

AP Photo/Charles KrupaWander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have reportedly agreed to a 12-year, $223 million contract extension.Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital reported the news after Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said the two sides were “moving close” to a long-term deal.Jeff Passan of ESPN shared more specifics on Franco’s deal with the Rays:Jeff Passan…

Report: Andy Dalton Expected to Start for Bears vs. Lions Amid Justin Fields Injury

Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesIt will reportedly be Andy Dalton under center for the Chicago Bears on Thursday.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the veteran is expected to start at quarterback against the Detroit Lions because Justin Fields is still recovering from the rib injury he suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.”The turnaround…

Report: Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr.’s Season In Jeopardy Due to Nerve Issue in Back

Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty ImagesDenver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. is battling a nerve issue in his back that could require surgery, according to the Denver Post’s Mike Singer.Singer also reported the lingering issue could “jeopardize his season.” The 23-year-old has missed Denver’s last seven games, with head coach Michael Malone telling reporters in early November…

Report: John Morrison, Drake Maverick Among WWE Talent Released from Contracts

Photo credit: WWE.comWWE is making another round of roster cuts.Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp reported the company has parted ways with John Morrison, Top Dolla, Ashante Adonis, Isaiah Swerve Scott, Tegan Nox, Drake Maverick, Shane Thorne, and Jaxson Ryker. According to Sapp, WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis told the performers they were being let go for…

Report: Bucs’ Richard Sherman Out ‘A Few Weeks’ with Grade 2 Calf Injury

AP Photo/Jonathan BachmanThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly received some clarity on cornerback Richard Sherman’s calf injury.Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Sherman, who was injured in pregame warm-ups before Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team, suffered a grade 2 calf strain and is expected to miss “a few weeks.”Sherman underwent an MRI on…

Report: Bears’ Cassius Marsh Fined for Controversial Taunting Penalty vs. Steelers

AP Photo/Matt DuriskoThe NFL reportedly fined Chicago Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh $5,972 for the controversial taunting penalty called against him during Monday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reported Saturday that Marsh plans to appeal the fine.Marsh was called for taunting after sacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with just under four minutes…