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Last Update on November 24, 2014 23:34 GMT

MLB-DEALS

UNDATED (AP) -- Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the Red Sox had not announced the agreement.

Sandoval won the 2012 World Series MVP with San Francisco, and was pondering an offer from the Giants worth close to $100 million over five years, two people with knowledge of that proposal said. They also spoke on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced.

Sandoval would join a big-spending Boston team that finished last in the AL East, one year after winning the World Series.

Elsewhere:

-- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio (nih-KAH'-see-oh) from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Nicasio will be added to the 40-man roster and infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment to make room. The 28-year-old Nicasio was 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA for the Rockies last season, his fourth in the major leagues.

-- Kyle Seager has agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract with Seattle, a person with knowledge of the deal had told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. Seager is coming off his first All-Star game selection and his first Gold Glove. The 27-year-old hit .268 with a career-high 25 homers and 96 RBIs.

NFL-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- The NFL has a rare two-game schedule for Monday night football tonight.

The Ravens-Saints game in New Orleans was scheduled, but the Bills-Jets game is a late addition.

The latter game had to be moved from Buffalo to Detroit after areas of western New York were buried under up to seven feet of snow last week. It's a home game for the 5-5 Bills without the home field advantage. The 2-8 Jets catch a break because they won't have to deal with the raucous Buffalo crowd. The tickets for the game were free and Bills president Russ Brandon says he heard 67,000 had been distributed.

The Bills won the first meeting of the season with the Jets 43-23.

Bills president Russ Brandon says all indications are that Ralph Wilson Stadium will be ready for next weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens head to the Big Easy needing a win to keep pace in the tight AFC North. All four teams in the division have a .600 winning percentage or better. The Ravens bring with them long-time Saints nemesis Steve Smith who used to face New Orleans twice a year when he was with Carolina. Smith has caught 10 touchdown passes against New Orleans to go along with 99 receptions and 1,493 yards.

The Saints head into the game with a 4-6 record, which is good for first in the NFC South. They've lost two in a row.

NFL-INJURIES

UNDATED (AP) --Cleveland Browns starting safety Tashaun Gipson's season could be over after he sustained a severe sprain to his right knee in Sunday's win over Atlanta. Gipson was unable to put any weight on his knee and was carted off.

Gipson, who leads the NFL with six interceptions, was hurt when he collided with teammate Joe Haden near the goal line while defending a pass in the fourth quarter. Gipson's knee took the brunt of the force and his leg bent back awkwardly.

Browns coach Mike Pettine (PET'-ihn) said Monday that the team has not yet decided whether to place Gipson on injured reserve. Pettine said the uncertain timetable for Gipson's return combined with having just five games left in the regular season makes it difficult.

In other NFL injuries:

-- The Kansas City Chiefs have placed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest following Thursday night's game in Oakland. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder says there has been no definitive diagnosis, but the leading possibility is lymphoma.

----Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater returned to practice Monday for the first time since breaking his left foot two months ago.

-- The Washington Redskins have placed special teams captain Adam Hayward on injured reserve with a knee injury, ruling him out for the season.

NFL-BROWNS-MANZIEL

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police say a Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') "a hug" was struck by the quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel Friday and was left with a swollen eye and lip.

Chris Conos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage." The 33-year-old fan said he and his girlfriend approached Manziel while waiting for an elevator and he told the first-round draft pick: "I'm the biggest Browns fan ever. I love you. I want to give you a hug."

Conos said he took one step toward Manziel and was punched by a man listed on the report as Dana Kirk. Conos contends he was struck several times in the face and "pushed and attacked" by a group of unidentified men who were with Manziel. Kirk said Conos tried to assault Manziel

PRO FOOTBALL-HALL OF FAME-BENSON GIFT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has pledged $11 million in donations to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The Hall has Benson's two gifts, saying the contributions are the largest by any individual in the institution's 51-year history.

The Hall says $10 million will be earmarked to the immediate renovation of adjacent Fawcett Stadium, which will be renamed Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Benson also pledged $1 million to the Hall of Fame Village, which includes a residence for Hall of Famers and NFL players.

NBA-CAVALIERS-JAMES

CLEVELAND (AP) -- With the Cavaliers on a four-game losing streak and failing to live up to enormous expectations, LeBron James offered a critical analysis of his own game. He says he "stinks" and he's not doing his job. After much off-season hype following the addition of James and Kevin Love, Cleveland is off to just a 5-7 start to the season.

T25 BASKETBALL-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor has a broken left wrist and will miss an extended period of time for the No. 7 Longhorns.

Texas coach Rick Barnes said he does not know when Taylor will return, but the injury is not season-ending. He said Taylor does not need surgery.

T25 BASKETBALL POLL

UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky has strengthened its hold on the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll this week. The 5-0 Wildcats got 62 of the 65 first-place votes after three wins including one against then No. 5 Kansas.

The other three first-place votes went to Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 2 this week. Arizona, Duke and North Carolina round out the top five. Louisville, Texas, Virginia, Wichita State and Gonzaga are the rest of the top 10.

TOP 25 WOMENS BASKETBALL POLL

UNDATED (AP) -- South Carolina takes over as the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the first time in school history.

The Gamecocks received 21 first-place votes, edging Notre Dame for the top spot. Dawn Staley's team is headed to the Bahamas to play in the Junkanoo Jam over Thanksgiving where they will face Wisconsin in their first game as No. 1 on Thursday.

The Irish garnered 12 first-place ballots and moved up to second. UConn, which held the top spot for 22 straight weeks, drops to third after losing in overtime at Stanford last Monday. Tennessee and the Cardinal round out the first five.

Sports Scores & Schedules

November 24, 2014 08:09 GMT

NFL

Thursday's Game

Oakland 24, Kansas City 20

Sunday's Games

Green Bay 24, Minnesota 21

Cincinnati 22, Houston 13

Chicago 21, Tampa Bay 13

Cleveland 26, Atlanta 24

Philadelphia 43, Tennessee 24

New England 34, Detroit 9

Indianapolis 23, Jacksonville 3

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo, ppd., snow

Seattle 19, Arizona 3

San Diego 27, St. Louis 24

San Francisco 17, Washington 13

Denver 39, Miami 36

Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 28

Open: Carolina, Pittsburgh

Monday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.

Baltimore at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Sunday's Games

Memphis 107, L.A. Clippers 91

Miami 94, Charlotte 93

Portland 94, Boston 88

Golden State 91, Oklahoma City 86

Denver 101, L.A. Lakers 94, OT

Monday's Games

Portland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

New York at Houston, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Chicago at Utah, 9 p.m.

NHL

Sunday's Games

St. Louis 4, Winnipeg 2

N.Y. Rangers 5, Montreal 0

Anaheim 2, Arizona 1

Vancouver 4, Chicago 1

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

MLS

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP Eastern Conference New England vs. New York

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: New England 2, New York 1

Leg 2 -- Saturday, Nov. 29: New York at New England, 3 p.m.

Western Conference LA Galaxy vs. Seattle

Leg 1 -- Sunday, Nov. 23: LA Galaxy 1, Seattle 0

Leg 2 -- Sunday, Nov. 30: LA Galaxy at Seattle, 9 p.m.

MLS CUP

Sunday, Dec. 7: New England-New York winner at LA Galaxy-Seattle winner, 3 p.m.

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