Source: Harper and Phillies tying the knot... Witten back with the Cowboys... Kraft pleads not guilty
NEW YORK (AP) — It looks like slugger Bryce Harper will join a new team this year. A person familiar with the negotiations says Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $330 million, 13-year contract, the largest deal in baseball history. A 26-year-old All-Star outfielder, Harper topped the $325 million, 13-year agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins.
UNDATED (AP) — Jason Witten is coming out of retirement and rejoining the Dallas Cowboys after one season as a television analyst. The Cowboys have announced that the 11-time Pro Bowl tight end had agreed to a one-year contract. When he retired last May to become the lead analyst for “Monday Night Football,” Witten shared the club record with three others at 15 seasons with Dallas.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) —New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case. The 77-year-old Kraft is requesting a non-jury trial. Kraft was among hundreds of men charged in a crackdown on massage parlor prostitution and an investigation into human trafficking at Florida spas.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The team is not saying whether the left wing will play again this season. The Devils say the operation this week was successful. He will begin rehab immediately and be evaluated regularly. The Devils have 18 games left and are almost certain to miss to the playoffs.
NEW YORK (AP) —Federal prosecutors are recommending multiyear prison sentences for three men convicted of fraud for channeling secret payments to the families of top-tier basketball recruits to influence where the players went to school. Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October for funneling recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.