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Carolina Panthers agree to deal with CB Eli Apple

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The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a deal with cornerback Eli Apple, the team announced Thursday.Apple had agreed to a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders on March 18, but the sides could not finalize the deal and he again became a free agent on April 2, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.Apple has shown both great potential and some inconsistency while starting 51 games over his four-year career with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints. He has three interceptions and 33 passes defensed.1 RelatedApple could fill a big need for Carolina, a team searching for a starting
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Seattle Seahawks reach deal with ex-Texans running back Carlos Hyde

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The Seattle Seahawks and running back Carlos Hyde have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday.Hyde, who turns 30 in September, scored six touchdowns and ran for a career-best 1,070 yards on 245 carries for the Houston Texans last season and played in all 16 games for the second time in his career.However, he and fellow back Lamar Miller both hit free agency, and the Texans went on to acquire David Johnson from the Arizona Cardinals in a blockbuster trade for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.The Seahawks have been searching since early in
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Football

New York Jets signing QB Joe Flacco to one-year deal

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The New York Jets filled their need for an experienced backup quarterback, agreeing to terms with former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco on a one-year contract, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.The 35-year-old Flacco, who was released by the Denver Broncos in March after one season, will receive $1.5 million in base pay, plus the chance to make another $3 million with incentives.The question with Flacco is his health. The former longtime Baltimore Ravens starter underwent neck surgery in early April to repair a herniated disk and won't be cleared for contact until late August or early September, a source said.
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Movies

John Krasinski makes deal to bring Some Good News to CBS All Access

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The world can be an awfully depressing place, particularly if you watch the news with any regularity, but John Krasinski (A QUIET PLACE: PART II) set out to make the world a little more optimistic with Some Good News, a web-series he developed from home which was designed to spread good news. Well, it seems that the web-series is bringing Kraskinsi some good news as well, as the actor has signed a deal with ViacomCBS to bring the feel-good series to CBS All Access. RELATED: A Quiet Place Part II now set to break its silence for a Labor Day
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Football

How Deshaun Watson’s next deal impacts Patrick Mahomes

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The Houston Texans saw this coming in October 2017, when then-rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson took the league by storm, throwing 16 touchdowns in a four-game span. In his next two seasons, he led the Texans to consecutive division titles.Entering his fourth year, Watson is eligible to be paid like a long-term franchise quarterback.According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, several league executives believe Watson will be the next NFL quarterback to get a megadeal and reset the bar for contracts, which currently is $35 million annually, set by the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson in April 2019.It might not last long. Kansas City
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Technology

Facebook to acquire Giphy in a deal reportedly worth $400 million – TechCrunch

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Facebook will acquire Giphy, the web-based animated gif search engine and platform provider, Facebook confirmed today, in a deal worth around $400 million, according to a report by Axios. Facebook said it isn’t disclosing terms of the deal. Giphy has grown to be a central source for shareable, high-engagement content, and its animated response gifs are available across Facebook’s platforms, as well as through other social apps and services on the web. Most notably, Giphy provides built-in search and sticker functions for Facebook’s Instagram, and it will continue to operate in that capacity, becoming a part of the Instagram team. Giphy
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Basketball

John Collins Seeks Max Deal Amid Hiatus Uncertainty

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It’s an unprecedented time to consider NBA free agency but current world events won’t stop Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins – a third-year vet with max money aspirations – from having to make a major decision about his long-term future. Collins, the 19th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, will be eligible to sign a rookie scale contract extension this offseason and feels that he’s worth a max deal starting at 25% of the salary cap in 2021-22. “When we’re talking max numbers and money, I feel like I definitely the conversation to have earned that money,” Collins told Sarah
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Baseball

What Kris Bryant’s reported $18.6 million arbitration deal with Cubs means for his pending grievance case

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The Chicago Cubs and third baseman Kris Bryant have avoided arbitration, ESPN's Jeff Passan reports on Friday. Bryant and the Cubs settled on a one-year, $18.6 million deal for the 2020 season. No, Bryant wasn't a free agent, this settlement came on the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures. Bryant, 28, hit .282/.382/.521 with 31 home runs, 77 RBI and a .903 OPS in 147 games last season. Normally, him agreeing to a deal with the Cubs and avoiding arbitration wouldn't really be news, other than for those who meticulously track salary figures as it relates to
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Baseball

Catcher Jason Castro, Angels finalize $6.85M, 1-year deal

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Catcher Jason Castro has finalized a $6.85 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels announced the agreement Tuesday after the sides reached a deal last week. Left-hander Adalberto Mejía was designated for assignment to make room. The 32-year-old Castro is a respected defensive catcher who committed just one error last season and bolstered his reputation for working well with young pitchers. He spent the last three seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and he posted a career-best .767 on-base percentage last season while contributing 13 homers and 30 RBIs. The Bay Area native is
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Orioles reach deal with shortstop Jose Iglesias, source says

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Shortstop Jose Iglesias and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. The deal has a team option for the 2021 season, the source said. The news was first reported by MLB.com. Iglesias, 30, became a free agent when the Cincinnati Reds didn't tender him a contract in December. He set career highs with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs this past season and also hit .288, starting 144 games at shortstop with a .980 fielding percentage and appearing in 146 games overall. He was an All-Star with the Detroit Tigers in
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