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Twins hire ex-pitcher Jim Kaat as special assistant

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired former starting pitcher Jim Kaat as a special assistant to the organization. The Twins announced Thursday that the 79-year-old Kaat will be involved in various community and business initiatives in Minnesota as well as the Fort Myers area in Florida, where the team’s spring training facility and minor league headquarters are located. Kaat spent 25 seasons in the major leagues, including 13 years with the Twins from 1961-1972. He is the club’s all-time leader, with 189 wins and 2,959 innings. The Twins have…

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots practiced Thursday with gloves on both hands

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was present at the start of Thursday’s practice, wearing red gloves on both hands, which is not the norm for him. Brady’s presence at the start of practice comes one day after he was involved in a minor collision in practice that injured his right throwing hand. Reporters were present for the start of the practice, which included stretching and light running. Quarterbacks did not throw in the time reporters were at practice. Patriots quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Tom Brady,…

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Colonial confirmed for May amid title sponsor questions

FORT WORTH, Texas — With lingering questions about the status of Colonial’s title sponsorship, the PGA Tour says the historic tournament will be played as scheduled in May. The PGA Tour said in a statement Wednesday that it is working closely with Colonial Country Club. “As we look toward the 2018 event and beyond, we will continue to work alongside Colonial Country Club in an effort to ensure the event will be a part of the PGA Tour schedule for many years to come,” the statement read. Dean & DeLuca…

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Josh Taylor believes he’s ‘two or three’ fights away from a world title shot

12:09 PM ET Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Josh Taylor faces Humberto Soto on March 3 in the first of “two or three fights” before a world title shot. The Scottish super-lightweight was in dazzling form last year but wants more development before crack at the division’s elite. Two-weight world champion Soto, from Mexican, certainly has pedigree although the 37-year-old has not fought since Oct. 2016. Taylor…

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Fantasy basketball – Is it time to drop Kawhi Leonard due to latest injury news?

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we pose a question to a panel of ESPN fantasy basketball experts to gauge their thoughts on a hot topic. Today’s contributors are ESPN Fantasy’s Jim McCormick, André Snellings and Kyle Soppe. The San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that Kawhi Leonard will be sidelined indefinitely due continued issues with his quadriceps. What should fantasy managers do with Leonard? Is it time to drop him? Jim McCormick: It’s been a troubling season for Leonard, who has missed 37 of the team’s first 46 games. And yet…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – Great tennis from Tennys Sandgren in win vs. Stan Wawrinka

9:42 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Paulo Dybala: Will Juventus forward turn brilliant into consistent?

Can Paulo Dybala convert outstanding performances into consistent ones? When Paulo Dybala received the ball in Barcelona’s box, the threat was not immediately apparent, but in a flash the Argentine forward spun on the spot and with his left foot curled the ball into the far bottom corner. The Juventus stadium erupted into delirium. When Dybala is unleashed, dribbling with the ball at his feet as he kneads together play in the final third, he is simply mesmeric. Playing between the lines and delivering perfect through balls and audacious goals,…

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Harlequins: John Kingston, Mark Mapletoft and Graham Rowntree extend contracts

John Kingston has been on the coaching staff at Harlequins since 2001 and became director of rugby in 2016, replacing Conor O’Shea Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston, head coach Mark Mapletoft and forwards coach Graham Rowntree have all extended their contracts with the club. Kingston took charge of Quins in the summer of 2016 and led the south west London club to sixth place in the Premiership table last season. “Harlequins is on an exciting journey both on and off the field,” chief executive David Ellis said. “The trio…

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LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers speaks with Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza about heated confrontation

LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers said he and Houston Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza spoke for 35 minutes this week to hash out their differences after Monday’s heated confrontations on the court and later in the Clippers locker room. “First and foremost, me and Trevor have no problems,” Rivers told ESPN in a lengthy interview after the Clippers win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. “He called me. He reached out to me. Trevor and I talked and hashed everything out. He was really cool about being the bigger guy…

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