Pay increases for MLB stars...Steelers practice without Brown...Georgia's Eason transferring...McIlroy ailing

January 13, 2018 - 5:31 am

UNDATED (AP) — A few big-name major leaguers avoided salary arbitration yesterday by accepting one-year contracts. Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson will get $23 million this season, National League batting champ Charlie Blackmon has accepted a $14 million package from Colorado and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has come away with a $10.5 million pact that is the largest for a first-time arbitration-eligible player. Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will earn $16 million this season, Orioles closer Zach Britton will receive $12 million and Astros starter Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) will be paid $13.2 million.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is listed as questionable for tomorrow's AFC divisional playoff game against Jacksonville due to an illness. Head coach Mike Tomlin says he kept Brown away from yesterday's practice to prevent his illness from spreading to other players. Brown has also been dealing with a calf injury that caused him to miss Pittsburgh's last two regular-season games.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Quarterback Jacob Eason has announced that he is transferring from Georgia after losing the starting job to freshman Jake Fromm last summer. Eason appeared in just three games and threw seven passes this past season after throwing for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the 2016 Bulldogs. Fromm helped Georgia reach the CFP championship game while passing for 2,615 yards, 24 TDs and seven interceptions.

UNDATED (AP) — Rory McIlroy says he has a heart ailment that will have to be monitored regularly but is not expected to affect his play. McIlroy said in an interview with The Telegraph that he has a thickening of the left ventricle. He says doctors told him it was caused by a viral infection he suffered in China 18 months ago.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman will be out three to six weeks with a lower-body injury suffered in Tampa Bay's 5-1 loss to Calgary on Thursday. Hedman was hit on the side of his left knee and could not put any weight on his left skate as he headed to the Lightning bench late in the second period. The nine-year veteran has six goals and 33 points in 44 games this season.

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