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Players beat clubs 12-10 in arbitration...Rajai Davis signs with Cleveland...NBA Hall of Fame finalists announced

February 17, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year. Gennett was awarded a raise from $2,525,000 to $5.7 million. The Reds offered $5.1 million. The 22 decisions were the most since players went 14-10 in 1990. Just five players settled among the 27 who swapped proposed salaries with their teams last month.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent Rajai Davis to a minor league contract, bringing back the speedy outfielder who hit one of the biggest home runs in team history. Davis led the American League with 43 stolen bases for Cleveland in 2016. In Game 7 of the World Series, he hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Aroldis Chapman before the Indians lost in the 10th to the Chicago Cubs. Davis signed with Oakland as a free agent before last year and was traded in midseason to Boston.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash and fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among the 13 finalists for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut. Among others, “Lefty” Driesell, Rudy Tomjonavich and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey made the final ballot as coaches.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Texas has beaten No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66 to extend the Sooners’ losing streak to five games. Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points for the Longhorns, who never trailed and swept the season series for the first time since 2011-12. National scoring leader Trae Young, a freshman point guard, scored 26 points for Oklahoma. Christian James scored 11 points and was the only other Sooner to score in double figures.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Injured South Carolina guard Kory Holden has left the team. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Holden’s decision a short time before South Carolina took on No. 10 Auburn at home. The 6-foot-1, fourth-year junior was expected to be a big part of South Carolina’s backcourt this season, but he played just 14 games off the bench. He has missed the past 11 games with a hamstring strain.

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