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White Sox get Encarnacion…Coal for Bucks, Lakers on Christmas

CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that veteran slugger Edwin Encarnación has accepted a one-year, $12 million contract with the Chicago White Sox. Encarnación is due $11 million in salary next season and a $1 million signing bonus, with the White Sox holding an option for the 2021 season. Encarnación hit 34 home runs in 109 games for Seattle and the Yankees last season.

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s conference leaders were losers on Christmas Day. Joel Embiid shot 3-for-6 from 3-point range and finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds in the Clippers’ second win in two meetings with the Lakers this season, 111-106.

UNDATED (AP) — Damion Lee had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the Houston Rockets, 116-104. Brandon Ingram scored 31 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 13 rebounds to help the New Orleans Pelicans’ end the Denver Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak, 112-100. Jaylen Brown scored 30 points and Kemba Walker had 22 as the Boston Celtics earned a 118-102 win over the Raptors in Toronto.

HONOLULU (AP) — The unranked Houston Cougars are 10-3 after rallying from a 14-point, first-half deficit to beat No. 21 Washington, 75-71 and win the Diamond Heat Classic. Fabian White Jr. shot 7 of 13 from the field and hit all five of his free throws to finish with a career-high 19 points and earn the tournament’s most outstanding player honors. Caleb Mills also had 19 points and hit three of Houston’s eight 3-pointers.

UNDATED (AP) — The Tiger Woods Masters victory has been named The Associated Press sports story of the year in balloting by a mix of AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The rousing victory at Augusta National by Woods topped the U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup championship. Of the top 12 stories in the balloting, only the titles won by the Toronto Raptors, Washington Nationals and University of Virginia basketball team stuck mainly to what happened between the lines.

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