Sox sign Ellsbury for 8.05 million

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Sox sign Ellsbury for 8.05 million

Avoiding one of their two most expensive arbitration cases, the Red Sox Tuesday reached agreement with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a one-year deal worth 8.05 million, an industry source confirmed.

Ellsbury enjoyed a breakout season in 2011, setting career highs in virtually in every significant offensive category, including homers (32), RBI (105), total bases (364) and slugging percentage (.552). Ellsbury's season came a year after he had missed all but 17 games with broken ribs and as such countered criticism from the previous year which suggested that Ellsbury was at times soft. The Red Sox now control him for two more seasons before he reaches free agency after 2013.

The settlement with Ellsbury was the fourth by the team in the last five days as the deadline for teams and players to file their salary arbitration requests drew closer. In addition to Ellsbury, the Red Sox recently reached one-year deals with outfielder Ryan Sweeney, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, infielder Mike Aviles, and reliever Franklin Morales.

Ellsbury's signing leaves four arbitration-eligible players remaining for the Red Sox. They are: pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey and Daniel Bard; and DH David Ortiz.

Of those, Ortiz will generate by far the biggest salary. Ortiz made 12.5 million in 2013 and is expected to get a raise somewhere in the neighborhood of 14 million.

Paul George takes to Twitter to explain moving truck

Paul George takes to Twitter to explain moving truck

The internet went crazy on Friday when a fan posted an image of what appeared to be moving trucks outside of Paul George’s house.

While the Pacers star could eventually be on the move this summer via trade, he took to Twitter to explain why the trucks don't necessarily mean he's moving right now. 

The Celtics held trade talks for George on during the NBA Draft, but could not complete a deal.

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a three-way deal that would send Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver.

The deal is similar to the one Brian Scalabrine proposed during draft night that involved the Celtics, Cavaliers and Pacers.

WNBA: Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun

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WNBA: Christmas-Kelly, Wings win fourth straight, 96-82 over Sun

ARLINGTON, Texas - Karima Christmas-Kelly scored 24 points and the Dallas Wings beat the Connecticut Sun 96-82 Sunday for their fourth win in a row.

Theresa Plaisance added 16 points while Skylar Diggins-Smith had 15 points and nine assists for Dallas (8-8).

Christmas-Kelly hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to make it 15-10 and the Wings led the rest of the way. They took a 10-point led into the break and, after Alyssa Thomas grabbed a rebound and took it coast-to-coast to pull the Sun within two, Dallas used a 10-0 run over the next 2:06 to make it 70-58 with 54 seconds left in the third quarter.

Connecticut (6-6) trimmed its deficit to 70-65 on a 3-pointer by Shekinna Stricklen with 9:11 to play, but got no closer and went more than 3 1/2 minutes without a made field goal as the Wings led by double figures after Plaisance hit a 3 to make it 80-70 with 6:26 remaining.

Thomas had 19 points and Jonquel Jones added 14 and 12 rebounds for the Sun, who had their five-game win streak snapped.