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Reports: Yanks trading prospects for M’s Paxton

6:02 PM ET The Mariners and Yankees are finalizing a deal that will send ace left-hander James Paxton to New York for three prospects, including top-rated left-hander Justus Sheffield, according to multiple reports. The other two prospects going to Seattle are outfielder Don Thompson-Williams and right-handed pitcher Erik Swanson. Paxton, 30, has spent his entire career with Seattle. He went 11-6 in 28 starts last season with a 3.76 ERA A first-round pick of the Indians in 2014, Sheffield is the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect and made his major league debut in September with three relief appearances. The 22-year-old went 7-6 with a 2.48 ERA in 25 games (20 starts) with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year.

Putting a bow on it: Shoe toss costs Heat G $25K

5:38 PM ET Josh Richardson has been fined $25,000 for throwing his shoe into the crowd during the Miami Heat‘s 113-97 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. The Heat guard was assessed a technical foul and ejected from the game when he tossed his shoe midway through the fourth quarter. Miami’s Josh Richardson flung his sneaker into the stands in disgust before being ejected from Sunday’s 113-97 loss to the visiting Lakers. Heat guard Goran Dragic will miss at least the next few games with a sore knee. 1 Related “I’m just learning from it and going forward,” Richardson said Monday before his fine was announced. On Sunday, Richardson described his actions as the result of “a series of events.” “I got caught up. I wasn...

Redskins bring in Sanchez to be McCoy’s backup

3:21 PM ET ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez to back up Colt McCoy. Starting quarterback Alex Smith broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg during Sunday’s 23-21 loss to the Houston Texans. McCoy, in his fifth season with Washington, will start in Smith’s place, but the Redskins had no other quarterback on the roster or even on the practice squad. They opted for Sanchez from a group that included E.J. Manuel, Kellen Clemens, Josh Johnson and T.J. Yates. Think we’ve put this, ahem, behind us? Think again. On its fifth anniversary, we proudly present the definitive oral history of the best worst play in football. Alex Smith is out for the season, and Washington’s NFC East lead could soon vanish. These are the biggest...

Ravens: Yanda didn’t spit on Bengals’ Burfict

12:20 PM ET The Baltimore Ravens say offensive lineman Marshal Yanda did not spit on Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict during Sunday’s game between the AFC North rivals. The sequence in question occurred in the fourth quarter after Burfict tackled Baltimore running back Alex Collins and a minor scuffle ensued, involving several players. What’s your opinion of this? Watch Marshall Yanda. pic.twitter.com/kNGl92LxzQ — Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) November 19, 2018 Video from the CBS broadcast of the game shows Yanda appearing to spit while Burfict was on the ground after the play, and Burfict had no apparent reaction. When contacted Monday by ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said Yanda “did not spit on anyone.” Neither Burfict nor the...

Barnwell: The injuries shaking up the NFL playoff race

8:56 AM ET As much as we obsess over how NFL teams look on paper before the season, Super Bowl runs can come down to who stays healthiest over the course of a long, arduous season. The 2017 Eagles are the obvious counter-example, given that they won with Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and others sidelined, but they’re a rare exception to what has generally been a rule. We’re also seeing those same Eagles struggle under the weight of a new set of injuries this season. Everything you need this week:• Scores, highlights and more »• Full schedule » | Full standings »• Weekly stats leaders »• Updated playoff picture »• Injuries tracker: Who’s in, out »More NFL coverage » Of course, even the healthiest NFL team is going to put up with injuries here and there. In some cases, there&#...

Barnwell: The injuries turning the NFL playoff race upside down

8:56 AM ET As much as we obsess over how NFL teams look on paper before the season, Super Bowl runs can come down to who stays healthiest over the course of a long, arduous season. The 2017 Eagles are the obvious counterexample, given that they won with Carson Wentz, Jason Peters and others sidelined, but they’re a rare exception to what has generally been a rule. We’re also seeing those same Eagles struggle under the weight of a new set of injuries this season. Everything you need this week:• Scores, highlights and more »• Full schedule » | Full standings »• Weekly stats leaders »• Updated playoff picture »• Injuries tracker: Who’s in, out »More NFL coverage » Of course, even the healthiest NFL team is going to put up with injuries here and there. In some cases, there...

Lewis on Lamar Jackson: QBs don’t run forever

9:40 AM ET BALTIMORE — Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis questioned Lamar Jackson‘s longevity after the Ravens rookie first-round pick ran the ball more times than any other quarterback in the Super Bowl era. “Quarterbacks don’t run forever in the NFL,” Lewis said after the 24-21 loss in Baltimore. “Sooner or later, they get hurt, and they don’t run the same. But, today, he could run, and he did a good job.” In his first NFL start, Lamar Jackson set a Ravens quarterback single-game record with 117 yards rushing in a 24-21 victory over the Bengals that essentially saved Baltimore’s season. In his first start, Jackson ran 27 times (includes three kneel downs at the end of the game) — which were five more than any other quarterba...

Did Mike Leach’s fake Obama Tweet cost school money?

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What makes the Rams’ offense special? The Greatest Show on Turf explains

7:00 AM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball LOS ANGELES — There’s a method to the madness. And you’d better believe, the Los Angeles Rams‘ offense is madness. Some might even call it the Greatest Show on Turf 2.0, including quarterback Kurt Warner, the conductor of the original Greatest Show. “What makes them so good is that they’ve got great balance,” Warner said about the 2018 Rams. “They’re equally effective running and passing the football, offensive line is playing great … and Sean McVay does a great job of making everything look the same.” It’s time, members of the original Greatest Show said, for the records to fall, for new legends t...

The bow on Drew Brees’ historic career? An MVP trophy in epic season

11:45 PM ET NEW ORLEANS — Sean Payton is a dear friend of Doug Pederson’s. In other words, you do not want to know how the coach of the New Orleans Saints treats his enemies. Throwing a touchdown pass on fourth-and-6 while holding a 31-point lead? Blitzing a battered Carson Wentz in the final minutes while holding a 41-point lead? In high school or college football, that kind of thing would inspire a community uprising complete with pitchforks and torches. In the pay-for-play world of the NFL, the fact Payton has a soon-to-be-40-year-old quarterback dominant enough to humiliate the defending champs with such a cold, bloodless approach is the far bigger story. Everything you need this week:• Scores, highlights and more »• Full schedule » | Full standings »• Weekly stats leaders ...

Kerr: Warriors now in ‘the real NBA’ after dream

1:43 AM ET SAN ANTONIO — After a third straight loss and fourth in five games, Steve Kerr admitted the Golden State Warriors are going through their toughest regular-season stretch in his four-plus years as coach. “Oh, yeah,” Kerr said after the Warriors fell 104-92 to the San Antonio Spurs. “But I’ve had a dream run for four and a half years. We’ve had such a charmed existence the last four seasons. This is the toughest stretch we’ve been in. “This is the real NBA. We haven’t been in the real NBA the last few years. We’ve been in this dream. And so now we’re faced real adversity and we got to get out of it ourselves.” The Warriors have lost four of their past five games, but they see this as an opportunity to come tog...

Full Week 11 NFL playoff picture: How the NFC, AFC look right now

11:26 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Is it possible for a coach to be on the hot seat while his team is maneuvering into playoff position? The Dallas Cowboys appear to have hit that exacta in Week 11, promising an NFC East race that few imagined when the season began. Last week, ESPN included Cowboys coach Jason Garrett among six NFL coaches whose jobs could be in jeopardy. On Sunday, the Cowboys won for the second consecutive week. By Thursday, the Cowboys could pull into a first-place division tie. ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) gives the Cowboys a 51 percent chance to win the division after the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles lost on Sunda...