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Rivers leaving Chargers…Bosox, Dodgers finalize deal…More MLB playoffs possible

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers say Philip Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season, ending his 16-year run with the franchise. The fourth player taken in the 2004 NFL draft owns 30 franchise records and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Rivers has completed 64.7% of his passes for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized the on-again, off-again deal that will send 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and former AL Cy Young winner David Price to the West Coast. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Boston will send cash to the Dodgers, reportedly half of the $96 million owed Price for the next three seasons.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler has confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade with the Dodgers, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved. Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets star defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team says Jones was injured in Saturday night’s loss to Colorado. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 24 assists this season while leading the club in ice time. Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL to take Jones’ place.

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