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Allen, Indians agree to 1-year deal contract
Closer Cody Allen and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement on a $10,575,000, one-year contract.
The 29-year-old righty had been eligible for salary arbitration before Wednesday’s deal. He made $7.35 million last season.
Allen was 3-7 with 30 saves and a 2.94 ERA for the AL Central champions. Cleveland led the AL with 102 wins before losing to the Yankees in the division series.
Allen has posted at least 30 saves in each of the past three years. The Indians have benefited from a deep bullpen that included Andrew Miller, but have lost relievers Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith to free agency since the season ended.
Weather forces schools to reschedule games
A few local basketball games were rescheduled due to the potential winter storm this weekend.
Cardinal Mooney’s boys basketball game at Warren Harding and Springfield boys basketball at Waterloo was moved from Friday to today. The girls basketball game between Niles and Lakeside have all been moved from Saturday to today.
All games are scheduled to begin at their standard times.
John Grace, Cene Park baseball employee, dies
John Grace, a member of the Bob Cene Park press box staff, passed away on Wednesday.
Grace worked numerous high school and Class B baseball games for the complex as a volunteer.
Crosby, Letang added to Metropolitan team
Winger Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy will join Lightning captain Steven Stamkos at NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa, Florida.
The league announced the full All-Star rosters on Wednesday as selected by the NHL’s hockey operations department. With four players on the Atlantic Division team, host and league-leading Tampa Bay has the most representatives for the skills competition and 3-on-3 tournament Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena.
Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang of the defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins were added to the Metropolitan Division team that also includes Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin and goaltender Braden Holtby.
The surprise Vegas Golden Knights got two All-Stars: goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and winger James Neal. Reigning Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid is also on the Pacific Division roster.
Cavs’ Thomas fined for clotheslining Wiggins
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas has been fined $20,000 by the NBA for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins in the throat.
The punishment was announced Wednesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s executive vice president for basketball operations.
The incident occurred with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 127-99 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday night in Minneapolis.
Thomas clotheslined Wiggins in the jaw as he drove to the basket. He was ejected for a flagrant-two foul. He said afterward it was an accident and that he was glad Wiggins was all right.
Notre Dame promotes Lea to D-coordinator
South Bend, Ind.
Notre Dame is promoting linebackers coach Clark Lea to defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Elko, who left for Texas A&M last week.
The team announced the move Tuesday night.
Lea came with Elko to Notre Dame from Wake Forest a year ago. Lea also worked with Elko at Bowling Green in 2012. The former Vanderbilt player started his coaching career at South Dakota State in 2007 and did stints at UCLA and Syracuse. This will be his first time as defensive coordinator.
Notre Dame rebounded from a four-win 2016 to go to 10-3 in 2017.