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It took a while, but Bryce Harper has finally joined a Major League Baseball team, agreeing to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies on a 13-year, $330 million deal — the richest contract in the history of American team sports.
Details: Harper's deal includes a no-trade clause and has no opt-outs, indicating that he could be in Philadelphia, enjoying cheesesteaks and Wawa iced teas, possibly until the day he retires.
By the numbers: In terms of total value, it's the largest contract in MLB history, surpassing the deals signed by Giancarlo Stanton ($325 million) and Manny Machado ($300 million).
Be smart: Harper's former team, the Washington Nationals, reportedly offered him a 10-year, $300 million contract last season — a deal that, notably, would have given him a higher AAV than the one he just signed.
Tweet of the day:
If Bryce Harper is worth $330 million, Mike Trout is the sun that provides the energy for all life processes on Earth, warming our seas and lighting our skies, the celestial body around which our planet orbits.— @OGTedBerg
The news: Less than a year after retiring from football to take the "Monday Night Football" announcing gig, tight end Jason Witten has decided to rejoin the Cowboys on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
Conspiracy theory: Hours after watching "The Departed" last winter, Jerry Jones hatched his evil plan.
P.S. ... Word on the street is that Tony Romo predicted this 20 seconds before it happened.
In 2008, East Carolina RB Chris Johnson ran a 4.24 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, a record that stood for nine years before Washington WR John Ross broke it with a 4.22 in 2017.
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Go deeper: How the 40-yard dash became a draft staple
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From Mike: As esports continues its meteoric rise, more attention is being paid to the video game industry's widespread harassment problem, forcing publishers to address the situation head-on.
Why it matters: While harassment affects casual gamers much more than the professional world of esports, it has cast an ugly shadow over the entire ecosystem.
Related: "The video game subscription wars are on," writes my colleague Sara Fischer. Fascinating stuff. Dive in.
Lenny Wilkens is the man. Photo: Doug Collier/AFP/Getty Images
23 years ago today, Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens became the first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career victories.
The all-time wins list:
P.S. ... Speaking of Don Nelson, he has apparently "been smoking some pot."
Detroit Mercy freshman Antoine Davis drilled his 123rd three-pointer of the year last night, breaking the freshman record for most in a season.
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The Arnold Sports Festival is an annual event held in Columbus, Ohio. that consists of a fitness expo followed by prestigious bodybuilding (Arnold Classic) and strongman (Arnold Strongman Classic) competitions.
⚽️ The truth according to Zlatan (NYT)
"Ibrahimovic, the iconic striker, tends to serve up his brand of supreme confidence with a disarming smile and a subtle wink, and suddenly you feel as if you are in on the joke. Except it is not a joke."
"With John Tavares gone, the Islanders were supposed to be destined for doom. Instead they’ve risen to the top of the Metro Division, with Barry Trotz as the mastermind." Last night: Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 1.
I'm a simple man. When Bryan Curtis writes something, I read it. You should, too.
During a doping raid at the Nordic World Cup Ski Championships, Austrian police caught skier Max Hauke in the act. My man was literally mid-blood transfusion.
Go deeper: Hauke, four other skiers and a doctor were among nine people arrested in the raids, which were targeting a worldwide doping network, per the AP.
Kendall "MLS is back" Baker
Trivia answer: Steph Curry (Davidson)