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De'Aaron Fox will replace Lonzo Ball in Rising Stars game

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De'Aaron Fox will replace Lonzo Ball in Rising Stars game

Kings guard De’Aaron Fox was selected to participate with the U.S. Team in the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars during NBA All-Star Weekend, the NBA announced today.

Fox is averaging 11.3 points (.412 FG%, .326 3pt%, .730 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.98 steals, and 27.2 minutes in 49 games (37 starts) in his rookie campaign. The Kentucky product ranks tied for seventh amongst rookies in scoring per game, fifth in assists, and sixth in steals.

Joining Fox on the U.S Team are Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Atlanta Hawks’ Taurean Prince, the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins, the Bulls’ Kris Dunn, the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr.

Fox will compete against World Team participants and fellow Kings guards Buddy Hield (Bahamas) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia). Sacramento will join Philadelphia to have at least three players appearing in the Rising Stars contest. 

Prior to 2018, Sacramento has featured 11 players named to play in Rookie or Rising Stars Challenge dating back to 1994, with the most recent being Isaiah Thomas in 2013. Tyreke Evans earned MVP honors of the game as a rookie in 2010.

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49ers re-sign defensive end to two-year deal

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49ers re-sign defensive end to two-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced they have re-signed DL Cassius Marsh to a two-year deal.

“Since joining the team late last season, Cassius has impressed us with his unique skill set and the tremendous energy and passion he brings to all phases of the game,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “Cassius is a great example of our desire to reward our own players with contract extensions as we continue to build out our roster. We’re excited to have him as a 49er moving forward.”

Marsh (6-4, 245) was originally claimed off waivers by the 49ers on November 22, 2017 from the New England Patriots. He appeared in each of the team’s final six games of the season and registered 10 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. 

Originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft, Marsh appeared in 37 games (one start) and registered 40 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in three seasons with the Seahawks (2014-16). He also saw action in four postseason games where he added one tackle. Marsh was traded to New England on September 2, 2017. He appeared in nine games (one start) and tallied 16 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal with the Patriots before being waived on November 21.

A 25-year-old native of Simi Valley, CA, Marsh attended UCLA (2010-13), where he appeared in 50 games (38 starts) and registered 155 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson traded to... the Yankees

The New York Yankees Wednesday announced that they have acquired infielder Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Wilson, 29, led the Seattle Seahawks to the 2014 Super Bowl championship, defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8. At age 25, Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

He has played the past six seasons (2012-17) with Seattle. A four-time Pro-Bowler, Wilson has completed 1,815-of-2,834 pass attempts (64.0 percent) for 22,176 yards and 161 touchdowns. He has compiled a career starting record of 65-30-1. In 2017, Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. 

"After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp. We are all looking forward to gaining insight into how he leads teammates toward a common goal, prepares on a daily basis for the rigors of his sport, and navigates the successes and failures of a season."

The Richmond, Va., native was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Texas in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. In 2014 and '15, Wilson participated in team workouts at Rangers spring training camp.

In 93 career minor league games between Rookie-level Tri-City (2010) and Single-A Asheville (2011) in Colorado's system, Wilson hit .229/.354/.356 (72-for-315) with 58R, 9 doubles, 8 triples, 5HR, 26RBI and 19SB. In his last 15 games with Asheville in 2011, Wilson hit .302 (16-for-53) with 13R, 5 extra-base hits, 9RBI and 5SB.

A two-sport athlete in college, Wilson graduated from North Carolina State University in 2010. Using his last year of amateur eligibility, Wilson enrolled at the University of Wisconsin and quarterbacked the Badgers to a co-Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance following the 2011 season. 

Wilson is expected to be in Major League camp in March. While he is in Tampa, Wilson will participate in pregame workouts with the club and watch games from the Yankees' dugout.

He will be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.

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