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The Rangers had already added offensive punch by trading for Prince Fielder. Now they've given Fielder a baserunner to drive in, agreeing with free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for a reported seven years and $130 million. Choo was one of the game's best leadoff hitters last season in Cincinnati, with a .423 on-base percentage, 20 steals and 107 runs scored. His arrival also suggests the team might not try to re-sign Nelson Cruz. But it remains to be seen whether the investment in offense will keep the Rangers from collapsing down the stretch, as they did in the past two seasons.
As poorly as the 2013-14 season started for the Brooklyn Nets, they still had legitimate playoff hopes, and not only because the NBA Eastern Conference is awful. They had something many teams don't: a legit center in Brook Lopez, who was averaging 20.7 points and 6 rebounds per game. Those playoff hopes took a huge hit with the news that Lopez has been lost for the season to a broken foot -- the same foot he had surgically repaired in 2011. Though we hate to bring it up at a time like this, NBA fans know and remember how Yao Ming and Bill Walton -- two of the best centers to ever play the game -- had their careers shortened by chronic foot injuries.
Fenway Park hasn't hosted a football game since the Johnson administration, but that's all set to change in 2015. Boston College and Notre Dame will play a game at the venerable ballpark, following the example of football games being played at Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium. Fenway's quite a bit smaller than your typical college football venue, but it's always interesting to see the typical formula shaken up a bit. We'd love to see what the Monster Seats end up going for at this one.
It's getting late in the NFC East and NFC North, and first-year coaches appear to be outwitting their veteran counterparts. Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles fell with a thud last weekend, but still own a one-game lead over the dysfunctional Dallas Cowboys. Marc Trestman's Chicago Bears, juggling Jay Cutler and Josh McCown throughout the season, fought off a slow start to top the Cleveland Browns and take a half-game lead over the Green Bay Packers into this weekend. Both teams still could wind up winning their respective divisions, but Sunday night's winner almost certainly will have the better shot.