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NFL to look into Kraft charge...Bums show interest in Harper...Yanks extend Hicks...Knights get Stone

February 26, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL says it will handle the sex solicitation case involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft as it would any other issue under the league’s personal conduct policy. The 77-year-old owner has been charged with soliciting a prostitute in Florida as part of a crackdown on sex trafficking. Commissioner Roger Goodell could fine or suspend Kraft from any activities involving the Super Bowl champions.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has confirmed that the team met with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper over the weekend. Roberts declined today to comment about possible terms for a contract with Harper, who batted .249 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and an .889 OPS last season. The meeting came after free agent infielder Manny Machado worked out a 10-year, $300 million package with the San Diego Padres, making Harper the most coveted player still available.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has agreed to a seven-year, $70 million contract that adds $64 million in guaranteed money over six seasons. The deal includes a club option for 2026 that could make it worth $81.5 million over eight seasons. The 29-year-old Hicks took over as the Yankees primary center fielder last year and set career highs with 137 games, 27 homers and 79 RBIs.

UNDATED (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have acquired high-scoring winger Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators for prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round pick. Stone said on Canada’s TSN that he had agreed to a long-term contract extension but had not yet officially signed it. The 26-year-old has 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games this season, two points shy of his career high.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Third-ranked Duke will play a second straight game without National Player of the Year candidate Zion Williamson when the Blue Devils take on Virginia Tech tomorrow. The freshman forward suffered a mild sprain of his right knee when he planted his foot while dribbling and his left shoe tore apart. Williamson ranks second in the league in scoring at 21.6 points per game.