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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Once starter Yu Darvish was signed by the Cubs and first baseman Eric Hosmer was picked up by the San Diego Padres, the feeling was that more big name MLB free agents would start coming off the board. Now, J.D. Martinez is off the market.

The outfielder has agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with the Boston Red Sox with an opt out after two seasons. $50 million of the $110 will be paid over the first two season.

Martinez will supply the Red Sox with a power bat in the middle of their order, which is much needed after Boston finished last in the American League in home runs in 2017. Boston reportedly offered Martinez a five-year, $100 million deal earlier in the month.

The 30-year-old was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle of last season, and put on a performance that some said was worthy of MVP consideration despite only playing 62 games in the National League. After hitting 16 home runs and 39 RBIs with Detroit in 57 games, Martinez came to Arizona and hit .302 with 29 homers with 65 RBIs in just 62 games. In September alone, Martinez hit .404 with 16 home runs (a National League record) and 36 RBIs in 24 games.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- You'll be seeing less visits to the mound this baseball season. This part of Major League Baseball's effort to speed up the nine-inning game which was on average a record three hours and five minutes last season.

The league announced Monday there will be a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change. This means any visit by a coach, manager or player.

Under this rule, each team will get an additional mound visit without a pitching change per extra inning. If there are no visits remaining, the home plate umpire can grant permission for the catcher to go out and talk to the pitcher if there's a cross-up on pitch signals.

MLB is also eliminated rules guaranteeing eight warm-up pitches before a half-inning in an effort to keep inning breaks shorter. The goal is 2:05 for most games, 2:25 for national TV games during the regular season and 2:55 for postseason games. There are, of course, exceptions if there are injuries or if the pitcher or catcher is on base, at bat or on deck during that time.

"I am pleased that we were able to reach an understanding with the players association," commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "My strong preference is to continue to have ongoing dialogue with players on this topic to find mutually acceptable solutions."

Understanding is the key word, because the MLB Players Association refused to agree to the changes, but also signed an agreement to not oppose the rules. There were also discussions about 20-second pitch clocks, but that was not implemented.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James says he didn't know who Laura Ingraham was until she started an NBA-like trash-talking feud with him on her Fox News show by telling him "shut up and dribble" in response to his bashing of President Trump.

But the 33-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers star said Ingraham couldn't have picked a better time than NBA All-Star weekend to launch her attempt to silence his social commentary.

"I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to 'shut up and dribble,'" James said at a news conference ahead of Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles. "So, thank you, whatever her name is. I don't even know her name."

On Sunday, the 54-year-old conservative host of "The Ingraham Angle" defended her on-air comments about James, in which she slammed his "barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical take on President Trump" in a podcast. She said people who described her comments as racists in an avalanche of social media posts took them wrong.

"In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to 'Shut Up & Act,' Jimmy Kimmel to 'Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,' and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to 'Shut up & Coach,'" she said in a statement to ABC News.

"If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks -- false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

Ingraham's brouhaha with James started Thursday night when she aired part of a segment from the podcast "Uninterrupted," hosted by ESPN's Cari Champion, in which James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant talked basketball and social issues while riding in an Uber.

"I feel like our team, as a country, is not ran by a great coach," Durant tells James in the piece.

James responds: "It's not even a surprise when he (Trump) says something. It's laughable and it's scary."

Referring to Trump, Champion added: "I shouldn't be numb to your racist comments. I shouldn't be numb to your behavior."

When the camera cut back to her, Ingraham said, "I'm numb to this commentary" before slamming James, specifically.

"Must they run their mouth like that?" she said. "Unfortunately, a lot of kids, and some adults, take these ignorant comments seriously.

"Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids," she continued. "This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred-million-dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin, you're great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble."

During his news conference Saturday with reporters from around the world, James said, "We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that."

"I also wish she did a little bit more fact checking because I actually did finish high school and didn't leave early. I graduated high school," James said. "You know, to be an African-American kid and grow up in the inner city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable, and to make it to where I've made it today, I think I've defeated the odds and I want every kid to know that and everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well."

Pointing to his two young sons sitting near him, James said he feels an obligation to speak out on subjects other than basketball.

"I will not just shut up and dribble because I mean too much to my two boys here, their best friend right here, my daughter that's at home, my wife, my family, and all these other kids that look up to me for inspiration and trying to find a way out, and find some leeway on how they can become as great as they can be and how those dreams can become reality," he said.

As for Ingraham, he added: "I would have had a little bit more respect for her if she would have actually wrote those words. She probably said it right off a teleprompter."

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Leon Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro battled it out in the NBA dunk contest.

Larry Nance Jr. dressed in his father's old uniform and also had his father, who won the contest in 1984,  help him with one of his dunks.  But Nance's nostalgia was no match for Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz rookie.

Mitchell's show at the Staples Center won him the slam dunk contest and capped off NBA All Star Saturday.

Mitchell sealed his victory over Nance Jr. with the 360 degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.

"I wanted this so badly," Mitchell said. "This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it's crazy."

Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey to reveal a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.

Mitchell needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.

Nance had earned a perfect 50 with a slam off a double alley-oop off the glass.

Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as Kevin Hart and the comedian's son as props.

Mitchell's sister, Hart and the comedian's son, crouched in a line in front of the basket. Mitchell had an assistant toss the ball off the side of the backboard. He caught it and did a one-handed tomahawk dunk as he jumped over his sister, Hart and his son.

For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.

It earned a perfect 50.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Team World  155  Team USA  124
 
 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT  Philadelphia    2  Columbus    1
 Final  N-Y Islanders   3  Carolina    0
 Final  Winnipeg        6  Colorado    1
 Final  Dallas          2  St. Louis   1
 
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 Final  St. Bonaventure   77  (16) Rhode Island   74

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ABC News(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- And the jabs at Vice President Mike Pence keep coming.

U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy took aim at Mike Pence again Thursday night, joking that he's unable to shake the vice president's hand because of a thumb injury.

"Broke my thumb yesterday in practice," Kenworthy tweeted, along with an X-ray of his thumb. "It won't stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so... Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic 'thumbs up!' of encouragement the rest of the trip."

A Twitter user blasted Kenworthy, tweeting at him, "Your obsession with Pence is creepy."

But Kenworthy, unlike fellow openly gay U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon, hasn't publicly criticized Pence too much.

"This was literally my first tweet ever that mentioned him," Kenworthy shot back in a tweet.

While Kenworthy, 26, may not have previously taken to Twitter to express disdain for Pence, he did tell Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance earlier this month on her show that “to have someone leading the delegation that's directly attacked the LGBT community” seems like a “bad fit.”

“I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it's not really doing that,” he said.

And during an interview with USA Today last month, Rippon said of Pence's involvement with the Olympics, "You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. "I’m not buying it."

Kenworthy and Rippon's distaste for the vice president stems over the former Indiana governor's record on same-sex marriage, LGBT rights in the workplace and the widespread notion that he once supported so-called gay conversion therapy.

In a 2000 statement on his congressional campaign website, Pence said, "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." During the 2016 election campaign, however, Pence's spokesman said he does not support the concept.

Kenworthy and Rippon are the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympians to compete in the games.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Denver 134, Milwaukee 123
Minnesota 119, L.A. Lakers 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 3, L.A. Kings 1
N.Y. Islanders 3, N.Y. Rangers 0
New Jersey 5, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 1
Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2
Calgary 4, Nashville 3
Washington 5, Minnesota 2
Anaheim 3, Chicago 2
Arizona 5, Montreal 2
Vegas 4, Edmonton 1
San Jose 4, Vancouver 1

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Houston 67, (5) Cincinnati 62
Wisconsin 57, (6) Purdue 53
Penn St. 79, (8) Ohio St. 56
(9) Gonzaga 76, Loyola Marymount 46
San Francisco 70, (15) Saint Mary's (Cal) 63
(17) Arizona 77, (25) Arizona St. 70
(19) Wichita St. 93, Temple 86

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City of Twinsburg(TWINSBURG, Ohio) -- Dramatic video shows a student saving an assistant track coach after he collapsed at the gym last October.

“I set the weights on the floor and was catching my breath between sets and next thing I know face-first on the floor, not breathing and had no pulse,” Chuck Glover, who coaches at Twinsburg High School in Ohio, told ABC News.

Glover, who said he works out three times a week and is on heart-healthy diet, had just suffered a massive heart attack.

“I always considered myself pretty fit,” Glover said. “I’m probably carrying a little more weight than I should, but I never had any indication, no symptoms, no pain.”

Nearby, 17-year old gym lifeguard Nicole Fruscella -- who attends the high school where Glover coaches -- was doing her homework in the gym office.

“My manager called me, told me to grab the trauma bag and go to the fitness center,” Fruscella told ABC News.

Suddenly, it was time to put her lifesaving training into action.

Newly released surveillance video from the gym shows Fruscella, armed with a portable defibrillator, rushing into the weight-training area to help Glover.

“We do training twice a month on CPR and on how to use the defibrillator, so I was prepared,” Fruscella said. “We cut open his shirt, set up the defibrillator, it told us to shock him, so we did. EMS arrived shortly after that.”

Paramedics rushed Glover to the hospital, where he underwent heart surgery immediately, followed by another procedure in December, he said.

Despite always having had regular cholesterol levels, Glover said doctors told him he had a nearly complete blockage in a main artery.

“My cardiologist told me that the survival rate is less than 5 percent. The response time is probably the most critical element. The fact that Nicole was there was in less than 2 1/2 minutes saved me,” Glover said.

“It’s crazy for me to think that I’m basically the reason this guy's alive,” Fruscella added.

“Every time I see her, I gotta give her a big hug and I start crying," said Glover.

"I just feel like there was an angel on my shoulder that day and her name was Nicole."



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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Watch out world -- the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams have the Winter Olympics' most intense rivalry.

With National Hockey League (NHL) players not taking part in the games in South Korea and a lot of rosters filled out with unfamiliar players, all eyes will turn to the ladies who are expected to meet in the gold medal game.

The atmosphere was electric at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Thursday morning for a preliminary round contest as the two teams battled on the ice until the final horn. Canada held on for a 2-1 win.

The play got physical, as expected considering the history of the two teams on the ice.

The game ended with fans of both teams holding their breath at the scrum in front of the net, with the U.S. players desperately trying to put one past Canadian goalie Geneviève Lacasse as the players knocked each other around.

Canada’s players lined up for the traditional postgame handshake as the U.S. players waited by the bench, calling for a review of what they thought was a goal in the final seconds.

But the result stood, and Canada earned the No. 1 seed heading into the quarterfinals. Both teams earned bids to the semifinals.

There's high anticipation for the gold-medal game one week from Thursday. If these two teams don’t overlook their semi-final opponent, fans should get the match-up they've been waiting for.

The only time the U.S. women have gone home from an Olympics with a gold medal was in 1998 in the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, when they upset Canada to win the first-ever gold in women's ice hockey.

Since then, Canada has won every other Olympics gold. Four years ago, the United States suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, blowing a two-goal lead late in the game and losing in overtime, watching their Canadian rivals celebrate once again.

That loss has served as motivation for this team, determined to make up for it and return to the top of the medal podium. Although they did not come out on the winning end of this game, they played hard, fast and aggressive, out-shooting their rivals 45-23.



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Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Olympic gold medalist Shaun White today apologized for referring to sexual misconduct allegations against him as “gossip.”

“It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today,” White told NBC’s “Today” show later. “And, you know, I'm just truly sorry. And I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience.”

The Olympic snowboarder had earlier deflected questions by ABC News about a sexual misconduct lawsuit after his winning performance today in South Korea, where he offered the "gossip" explanation and tried to move on from follow-up questions during a news conference today.

White, 31, won his third gold medal Wednesday morning in Pyeongchang, to add to medals he won in 2006 in Italy and 2010 in Canada.

His former Bad Things bandmate Lena Zawaideh sued White in April 2016, asking for what she said was unpaid salary after he allegedly fired her from the group that he started.

Zawaideh later added claims of sexual harassment to her suit, according to ESPN, saying White forced her to watch pornography and sent her text messages asking her to wear more provocative clothing. White reportedly reached an unspecified settlement with Zawaideh last year.

"Honestly, I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not you know, not gossip," White told ABC News’ Matt Gutman today before his apology. "I am who I am and I’m proud of who I am. And my friends you know love me and vouch for me and I think that stands on its own."

When asked by Gutman at today’s news conference about the allegations affecting his legacy, White said, "I don't think so."

U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing spokesman Nick Alexakos then tried to turn the news conference back to the discussion of White's performance.

"I think we’re here to talk about the gold medal and the amazing day we had today," Alexakos said. "Thank you, so if we don’t have another question why don’t we go ahead and just pass the mic."

Gutman attempted to follow up, but White interrupted to say, "I feel like I addressed it."

USA Today columnist and ABC News commentator Christine Brennan noted that Alexakos took no questions from any female journalists.

"I understand that he would rather not talk about this, but I don't know that he gets to make that call,” Brennan told ABC News. "This ‘me too’ movement is a very significant, important part of American culture right now and he now is in it.”

Zawaideh's lawyer, Lawrance Bohm, said on her behalf in a statement to ABC News, "There are powerful legal forces at play which prevent Ms. Zawaideh from speaking about the allegations and ultimate outcome of the sexual harassment case. Before Mr. White made his comment [on Wednesday], Ms. Zawaideh believed that this matter was in the past, and she was happy to put the situation behind her so she can focus on her blossoming music career. Unfortunately, by his recent comments and conduct, Mr. White has minimized the problem of sexual harassment in this country.

"Minimizing sexual harassment maximizes the harm to Ms. Zawaideh," he added. "Hopefully, before our country declares someone 'the best of the U.S.,' there will be [an] investigation and due diligence."

White’s lawyers have always denied the allegations.

White is one of the most popular so-called alternative sports athletes in the world. His net worth is estimated at between $20 million and $40 million, according to Money magazine, and has endorsement deals from companies, including Burton snowboards and GoPro cameras.

His Olympic snowboarding career may be over, but White said he plans to compete in skateboarding when the sport makes its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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