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March 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another baseball mega-deal. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. Trout’s deal includes a signing bonus and would supersede the $144.5 million, six-year contract that had been set to pay him $66.5 million over the next two seasons.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said an MRI was done on Betances after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander continued to lack velocity in his fastball.

BOSTON (AP) — The University of Southern California says it has placed holds on an undisclosed number of students caught up in a massive college bribery scheme in which they were allegedly recruited for sports they couldn’t play. Prosecutors say some of the students never new about false information about athletic feats in their applications. Some students at the top schools involved could be “disenrolled” or have offers of admission rescinded.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will go to the White House on Monday to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship. The Capitals will continue the NHL’s tradition of visiting the sitting president at the White House. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors and NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles did not visit President Donald Trump after winning championships.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A diversity report for graduation rates among this year’s NCAA Tournament teams continues to show male players lagging behind their female counterparts. The study released Tuesday from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida also found a significant gap in graduation rates between black and white men’s players, though it had shrunk to its smallest gap in the study’s history.