DAILY LINKS: MLB avoids lockout, reaches CBA deal with union

MLB avoids lockout, reaches CBA deal with union – Sports Illustrated
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. MLB later confirmed the news.

The new deal runs five years in length. MLB has not had a work stoppage since the end of the 1994-95 strike. It has already gone the longest of North America’s four major professional team sports leagues without a strike or a lockout, and by the end of this deal, in 2021, that streak will be 26 years.

MLB All-Star Game will no longer determine World Series home-field advantage – USA Today
The league that wins baseball’s All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record.

Padres debating contract tenders for Norris, others – MLB.com
No team boasts more arbitration-eligible players than the Padres this offseason. So it stands to reason that San Diego would have a few non-tender candidates among the 10 players who must be tendered a contract by 8:59 p.m. PT Friday night. Among them are Derek Norris and Alexi Amarista.

Gulls’ seventh straight win is a franchise record – San Diego Union-Tribune
Right from the opening puck drop, the Gulls (9-5-1) played like the faster, hungrier team. They won loose pucks, consistently pressed the attack, checked with precision — particularly in the Roadrunners zone — and generally played like a team desperate to end a bad streak rather than smoothly continue a good one.

How will Tiger play in return to action? – USA Today
The former No. 1 – who has fallen to No. 898 – said his biggest concerns this week are the adrenaline rushes he will feel for the first time in 466 days and the need to quickly find a rhythm to his rounds. Both will become heightened concerns if the wind howls over this flat, sand-encompassed course, intensifying his worries about flying his shots the proper distances and dealing with some of the best players in the world.

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Chargers player OK after hit-and-run crash – San Diego Union-Tribune
For the second time in less than four months, San Diego police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into a member of the Chargers organization. An intern was struck in August and spent 18 days in a coma. An appreciative Cleveland was able to walk away although diagnosed with his concussion the next day.

VIDEO: Rocky Long On Why Winning Conference Championship Is Bigger Than A Bowl Game
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Conor McGregor, Who Is Definitely Serious And Not Trolling The UFC, Registers To Fight As A Boxer – Deadspin
Conor McGregor was the champion of two UFC weight classes for all of two weeks until the UFC stripped him of the featherweight title last weekend. He hasn’t fought as a welterweight in almost a year, and the UFC vacated his title in part to spice up UFC 206’s new main event and make it a title fight. McGregor hasn’t formally commented on the UFC’s decision yet, but this evening gave a response of sorts the only way he knows how: by relentlessly trolling the UFC.

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer to undergo emergency eye surgery – SB Nation
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is having emergency eye surgery to repair a torn retina, the team confirmed on Wednesday night. He is uncertain to be available for the Vikings’ Thursday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.


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