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Mariota practices…Nats get pitching help…Guentzel rewarded…All-Star captains…LeBron honored

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to practice today and hopes to recover from his latest injury in time to start against the Indianapolis Colts. Mariota suffered a stinger in his neck against the Redskins that affected his right, throwing arm. Coach Mike Vrabel says Mariota did some work to make sure he’s progressing along.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Anibal (AH’-nih-bahl) Sanchez has become a part of the Washington Nationals’ starting rotation after agreeing to a two-year deal with a team option for 2021. Sanchez was perhaps the Braves’ most consistent starter as he posted a 2.83 ERA in 25 games, including 24 starts. He was 7-6 and had 135 strikeouts in 136 2/3 innings. Sanchez joins a rotation headed by Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and newly-acquired Patrick Corbin.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel  has received a five-year, $30 million contract extension in the midst of his finest NHL season. Guentzel has 15 goals and 33 points in 36 games this season for the Pens, who recalled him midway through the 2016-17 season. He has shined in the postseason, producing 23 goals and 42 points in 37 games.

NEW YORK (AP) – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid will captain the Pacific Division, while Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will wear the “C” for the Atlantic Division in the Jan. 26 NHL All-Star game at San Jose. Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin will be the other captains following a fan vote for the first roster spots for the event in late January. MacKinnon will captain the Central Division and Ovechkin will head the Metropolitan Division.

NEW YORK (AP) – LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year before leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest free-agent move of the summer. He received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors, 32 more than Red Sox outfielder and runner-up Mookie Betts.

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