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Gonzaga looks to resume winning ways...Newton could be done for the year...Nationals finalize deal with Adams

December 18, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — After two losses in a row, Gonzaga is looking to get back on the winning track tonight at U-T Arlington. The losses against two ranked teams -- Tennessee and North Carolina -- dropped Gonzaga from the top spot in the college basketball rankings to fourth, and then to eighth.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera hasn’t ruled out shutting down quarterback Cam Newton for the season because of a sore right throwing shoulder. Rivera says he plans to meet with Newton later in the week and figure out where he is “in terms of his physical state and mental state” before deciding if he will start Sunday against Atlanta. Carolina lost to New Orleans last night, 12-9. The Panthers, at 6-and-8, still have a very slim chance of making the playoffs, but they’ve lost six in a row.

CHICAGO (AP) — The last-place Chicago Blackhawks will be without one of their top defensemen for a while. They’ve decided to loan Henri Jokiharju to Finland for the upcoming world junior championship. The 19-year-old has no goals and 11 assists in 32 games in his first NHL season.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have finalized a $4 million, one-year deal with first baseman Matt Adams that includes a mutual option for 2020. General manager Mike Rizzo announced the contract today. Washington and Adams agreed last weekend pending a successful physical. Adams returns to the Nationals after they traded him to St. Louis in August.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7 jersey next season, moving swiftly with to honor the six-time All-Star who retired after a 15-year major league career. The Twins surprised Mauer with the announcement while he was being celebrated at an all-student assembly at his alma mater Cretin-Derham Hall High School today.

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