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December 19, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez has been released by the Atlanta Braves and is a free agent. Atlanta acquired the 35-year-old as part of Saturday’s five-player trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers and immediately designated him for assignment and placed him on waivers. Gonzalez waived his no-trade clause after the Braves agreed to cut him from their roster, and he was formally released Monday. Atlanta is set at first base with Freddie Freeman.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Catcher Nick Hundley has agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the San Francisco Giants. The 34-year-old hit .249 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 303 plate appearances last season and threw out 13 of 49 runners attempting to steal. He has a .249 career average with 81 homers and 340 RBIs. Hundley became a free agent after the season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says star receiver Antonio Brown will miss Pittsburgh’s Christmas Day visit to Houston with a contusion on his left calf. The NFL’s leading receiver left in the second quarter against the Patriots after getting tangled up while trying to catch a pass in the end zone. The Steelers (11-3) will also be without rookie running back James Conner, who is undergoing surgery on his right knee.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland record-breaking receiver DJ Moore will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Moore was selected first-team All-Big Ten after setting a school record with 80 catches for 1,033 yards. He also scored eight touchdowns. Moore ends his Maryland career with 146 receptions, fifth-most in school history. His 17 TD catches rank fourth, and he is only the fifth Terrapin to amass more than 2,000 yards receiving.

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s word that Major League Soccer plans to announce Wednesday that Nashville will be awarded an expansion team. That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The league called a news conference for Wednesday for an announcement on the “future of soccer in Nashville.” Nashville and Sacramento, California, were viewed as the favorites for the league’s 25th and 26th teams, with Cincinnati and Detroit the other finalists. A decision on the second area picked is expected within a few weeks.

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