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December 27, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — LeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s been a fantastic year for James. He received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors, while Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando’s Terrence Ross has been fined $25,000 for throwing a ball into the stands following a game. The NBA announced the action today, a day after the Magic forward/guard tossed the ball into the crowd at Amway Center following a 122-120 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns. It was Orlando’s fourth consecutive defeat.

NEW YORK (AP) — Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will be two of the four team captains at the NHL All-Star weekend next month in San Jose. McDavid, along with Matthews, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin won fan votes to earn the captaincies and the first roster spots for the event, Jan. 25-26.

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have placed tight end Jordan Reed and quarterback Colt McCoy on injured reserve. Reed and McCoy already had been ruled out for Washington’s season-ending game against Philadelphia on Sunday. Reed leads the Redskins with 54 catches for 558 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games. McCoy played in three games and completed 34 of 54 passes for 372 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 34-year-old Sanchez will add depth to Washington’s new-look rotation after boosting his appeal with a comeback season for NL East rival Atlanta. The Nationals signed Patrick Corbin to a six-year deal earlier this month.

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