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McDavid, Bouchard among must-follow tweeters

Connor McDavid, Eugenie Bouchard among must-follow Twitter accounts in 2015
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

Social media has become as much a part of sports fandom as chicken wings, jerseys and watching the big game with friends. Here's a look at 10 must-follow sports personalities of 2015.

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Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97) hockey player

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement

Several people familiar with deal to AP: Umpires, MLB reach agreement on 5-year labour contract
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labour contract.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.

The previous five-year agreement was set to expire on Dec. 31.

Representatives of the World Umpires Association and owners met this week in New York to discuss the new contract.

Rays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers

Rays, Padres, Nationals finalize deal involving 2013 AL Rookie of Year Myers
The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays.

The deal was announced two days after the Rays agreed to part with Myers in a move that president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said will make Tampa Bay "more competitive for 2015 and beyond."

Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves

Padres pull off another big move, acquiring slugger Justin Upton from Braves for 4 prospects
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Just one year removed from an NL East championship and a perennial playoff team, the Braves are now aiming to rebuild and take a top club into suburban SunTrust Park in 2017.

Matsui to team up with Jeter for baseball charity in Japan

Hideki Matsui will team up with former Yankees teammate Derek Jeter for charity in Japan
Jim Armstrong, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Hideki Matsui will team up with former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to hold a baseball charity event in support children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, attended a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote the event on March 21 at Tokyo Dome.

Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

Brian Cashman views Alex Rodriguez as full-time DH, not 'the same player' he was
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most.

General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod's days as an everyday fielder are over in the Bronx and Chase Headley will start at third after agreeing this week to a $52 million, four-year contract.

White Sox announce deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera

Chicago White Sox announce deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The White Sox have announced a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera will make $13 million in next year, $14 million in 2016 and $15 million in the final season of the deal. The agreement also includes limited no-trade provision for the 30-year-old Cabrera, who hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs in 139 games with Toronto last season.

AP source: Harper, Nats agree at $7.5M, 2 years

Person familiar with agreement to AP: Harper, Nationals have $7.5M, 2-year deal, avoid hearing
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Outfielder Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals came to terms on a $7.5 million, two-year contract, avoiding a grievance hearing.

Harper will receive salaries of $2.5 million in 2015, and $5 million in 2016 from the reigning NL East champions, according to a person familiar with the agreement who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not been announced.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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