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A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu are working to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. LeMahieu turns 33 in July. The second baseman became the first player to win undisputed batting titles in both leagues. He won his first AL batting title last year at .364 after winning the NL championship with Colorado in 2016.

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The New York Jets reached an agreement in principle with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to hire him as their head coach. Saleh replaces Adam Gase who was fired on Jan. 3 after going 9-23 in two seasons. The 41-year-old Saleh emerged as a favorite for the Jets job when he was brought in for a second and this time in-person interview Tuesday night. Those discussions extended into Wednesday. Saleh is believed to be the first Muslim head coach in NFL history. He is recognized as an energetic leader who is well liked by his players and had been the 49ers’ defensive coordinator under Kyle Shanahan since 2017.

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he envisioned a playoff matchup with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers since Brady decided to leave New England for Tampa Bay last spring. The 42-year-old Brees says he returned to play his 20th NFL season because of the Saints' aspirations to contend for a championship. And Brees says he figured the 43-year-old Brady would transform a talented Bucs squad into a contender as well. Brady won six Super Bowls with the Patriots and now is one win away from his first NFC title game appearance. The Saints beat Tampa Bay twice during the regular season.

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Before Nets brought James Harden to Brooklyn, general manager Sean Marks needed to hear if Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were willing to share the stage and the ball. All the players told Marks what he needed to hear so the GM pulled the trigger on the blockbuster deal. The Nets acquired Harden, the three-time scoring champion, from Houston. The deal gives the Nets three of the best scorers in the NBA. But they will have to sacrifice shots to make it work. Marks says they will because they have told him they are committed to winning.

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The Brooklyn Nets have acquired three-time scoring champion James Harden from the Houston Rockets, a deal that reunites him with Kevin Durant and gives him the move he has sought for weeks. Harden is going to the Nets as part of a deal that also involves Indiana and Cleveland. The Nets paid a heavy price, trading four players and giving Houston three first-round picks and the right to swap first-round picks four times. The deal was struck less than 24 hours after Harden seemed to deliver a farewell address to the Rockets on Tuesday night.

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Three teams left in the NFL playoffs are long-suffering franchises trying to do what the Kansas City Chiefs did last year when they won their first title after decades of trying. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007 thanks to Tom Brady. The Buffalo Bills are having their best season since their heyday of the 1990s. And the Cleveland Browns find themselves in an unfamiliar position of playing playoff games in January instead of firing and hiring coaches. 

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The new general manager of the Denver Broncos is 14-year Minnesota Vikings executive George Paton. He will report to John Elway who is keeping his title as president of football operations as he transitions out of the GM role he's had for the last decade. Paton was among five candidates who interviewed for the job after Elway announced he was taking on more of an overseer's role at age 60. Paton will be in charge of the draft, free agency and the roster for the Broncos but bigger decisions facing the franchise will still be run past Elway. 

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Mark Shapiro has been given a five-year contract extension as the Toronto Blue Jays’ president and chief executive officer. Rogers chairman Edward Rogers says Shapiro’s leadership and commitment over the last five years have been critical to the team’s growth and development. The Blue Jays returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016.  Toronto was 32-28 during the pandemic-shortened season, earning a wild card in the expanded playoffs. The Blue Jays were swept over two games in the first round by eventual AL champion Tampa Bay.

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James Harden has publicly acknowledged his discord with the Houston Rockets for the first time following back-to-back blowout losses to the Los Angeles Lakers. He says the Rockets are “just not good enough" and he has “done everything that I can.” He added that "it's something that I don't think can be fixed. Harden had remained quiet through months of speculation that he is unhappy in Houston. He’s been asked repeatedly to address the trade rumors since the season began but has deflected questions and refused to reveal any frustration. That all changed after a 117-100 blowout loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.