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Duke back on court, but not Zion ... Big deal for Rockies’ Arenado? ... 49ers tag kicker

February 26, 2019

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Duke is back on the court tonight, having dropped from the top spot to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll. The Blue Devils are the road to play No. 20 Virginia Tech, and they’ll be doing it without superlative freshman Zion Williamson. He’s out with a knee sprain, suffered in the opening minute of last week’s loss to North Carolina. Williamson planted his foot while dribbling only to have his left shoe tear apart.

DENVER (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado has agreed to a $260 million, eight-year contract. If the deal is finalized, Arenado’s $32.5 million average annual value would be the second-highest in baseball history.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent Hanley Ramirez has signed a minor league contract with the Indians. If added to the 40-man roster, the 35-year-old would get a $1 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn performance bonuses. Ramirez is the only active major leaguer with at least 250 career homers and 250 stolen bases.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have placed the franchise tag on Robbie Gould. That will keep the kicker in San Francisco for the 2019 season for about $5 million. Gould has been the NFL’s most accurate kicker during his two seasons with San Francisco and could have been a target to return to the Bears if he hit the open market. Chicago is planning to release kicker Cody Parkey after he missed a field goal in the closing seconds of their wild-card loss to Philadelphia.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A day after the NHL trade deadline, a number of playoff contenders will be working new acquisitions into their lineups tonight. Perhaps the biggest catch of the day was Mark Stone. Vegas picked the forward up from Ottawa, and the Golden Knights will host the Dallas Stars tonight. Going into the game, Vegas is third in the Pacific Division, while the Stars are fourth in the Central and in the top wild card spot.