MLB, MLBPA, Cuba reach deal for players to sign
Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting.

Source: Panthers shutting down Cam Newton
The Carolina Panthers are not expected to play Cam Newton for the final two games because of a shoulder injury and the fact that the team is all but eliminated from playoff contention.

UGA lands Dean in latest recruiting win vs. Bama
Georgia landed a commitment Wednesday from linebacker Nakobe Dean, the No. 23 ranked prospect overall who chose the Bulldogs over Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn and LSU.

Thunder’s Felton, Schroder suspended 1 game
Oklahoma City guards Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder were suspended for one game without pay Wednesday for leaving the bench area during an altercation and participating in the melee that spilled over into the stands.

‘Heartbroken’ Leonard eyes 40 tackles vs. Giants
Colts rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, who leads the league with 146 tackles, said he was “heartbroken” at being passed over for the Pro Bowl. He said he wants to get 40 tackles against the Giants on Sunday.

Decorated swimmer Missy Franklin retires at 23
Missy Franklin, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, announced her retirement at age 23, citing chronic shoulder pain as the impetus for her decision.

Best from Day 1 of the early signing period
The best high school prospects in America have started sending their signed letters of intent to the college program of their choice.

Truths about Anthony Davis and the Lakers

Brian Windhorst shares some truths about LeBron, Anthony Davis and the Lakers.

Weekend in Vegas: Blackjack, slots and the Raiders
The Raiders’ time in Oakland is as good as over. They won’t move to Sin City for another year, but the local fans are ready to embrace their new team.

Every Pro Bowl pick (and surprise) for all 32 NFL teams

Todd Gurley, Michael Thomas and Patrick Mahomes are in. Check out the Pro Bowl picks for every team.

Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: Emerging talents on every team

Who took his game to a whole new level in 2018? Our NFL Nation reporters name the breakouts from across the NFL.

Watch: Six plays that define Patrick Mahomes’ extraordinary talent
The MVP front-runner has put together a dazzling collection of highlights featuring his ability to keep plays alive, throw deep and more.