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Angels make sky-high deal...Kraft, others offered plea...Capitals to visit White House

March 19, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 would top the new $330 million, 12-year contract between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, and his $36 million average annual value would surpass Zack Greinke’s (GREHN’-keez) ’s $34.4 million in a six-year deal with Arizona that started in 2016.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged with paying for illicit sex at a massage parlor. The Palm Beach State Attorney confirmed Tuesday it has offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP)— The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. Lewis spent his first three NFL seasons with New Orleans, playing in 34 games. He has 20 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He has also returned 36 punts and 24 kickoffs. Lewis had three catches last season. Lewis went to Northern Illinois. He joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A referee who was heavily criticized for telling a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match has taken a step toward filing a defamation lawsuit. The tort claim notice sent by referee Alan Maloney to a dozen possible defendants alleges $100,000 damages, defamation of character and emotional distress. Buena Regional student Andrew Johnson had his dreadlocks cut minutes before the Dec. 19 match. A video showed the wrestler’s hair being cut on the sidelines.