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Thursday Sports Update

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to play in Sunday’s huge NFC East battle against Philadelphia despite being limited in practice due to a shoulder injury. Prescott didn’t throw during the portion of yesterday’s practice that was open to reporters, three days after throwing for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-21 rout of the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys and Eagles are tied for the division lead at 7-7, and Dallas advances to the postseason with a victory.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has ended any conjecture by saying he wants to stay with the team despite a disappointing first season. Beckham decided to set the record straight after reports surfaced in recent weeks claiming he was unhappy and wanted to go to another team. He had 67 receptions for 910 yards and two touchdowns this season, his first with the Browns after five years with the New York Giants.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations, two seasons after the team advanced to the AFC championship game. The 73-year-old Coughlin built the team from the ground up in 1995 and revived it upon his return in 2017. The NFL Players Association says more than 25% of player grievances filed in the last two years have been against the Jaguars.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and pitcher Gerrit Cole have finalized the record nine-year, $324 million contract they agreed to during the winter meetings last week. His deal is the largest for a pitcher in both its total and its average annual value of $36 million. Cole was 20-5 with an AL-leading 2.50 ERA and a major league-leading 326 strikeouts for Houston last season.

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox will pay a team-record $13.4 million luxury tax after failing to make the playoffs, according to figures sent to clubs and obtained by The Associated Press. The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs are the only other teams on the hook for a luxury tax. New York finished with a $6.7 million bill and Chicago will shell out $7.6 million.

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