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November 19, 2018

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Coach Jay Gruden says the Washington Redskins are signing quarterback Mark Sanchez to back up Colt McCoy after Alex Smith’s season-ending injury. McCoy will start for the Redskins Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys in a game that could go a long way to determining which team wins the NFC East. Smith underwent surgery Sunday night to repair a broken right tibia and fibula. Gruden hopes Smith can make a full recovery in six to eight months.

BOSTON (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce says it was a “no-brainer” to return to the Red Sox for another year. Three days after agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the defending champions, Pearce said that he enjoyed the team’s chemistry and is eager to try to defend the title. A 35-year-old journeyman who has played for seven teams in a 12-year career, Pearce arrived in Boston at the end of June and spent most of this time with the Red Sox platooning at first base with Mitch Moreland.

NEW YORK (AP) — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They are joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers. Steroids-tainted stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds each appear on the ballot for the seventh time.

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has fined Miami guard Josh Richardson $25,000 for throwing one of his sneakers into the stands. Richardson tossed the shoe midway through the fourth quarter of Miami’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. He was ejected after that outburst and talked to the NBA office by phone Monday to give his side of the story before the league handed down the discipline.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are parting ways after 17 years together. Sponsor Lowe’s also is leaving NASCAR. Johnson and Knaus talked strategy for the final time at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Knaus gave Johnson a good-luck smack on the helmet before he walked off to the pit box.

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