CLEVELAND (AP) Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is back in the starting lineup after missing eight games because of a sprained left ankle.
Cleveland hosted Toronto on Tuesday night.
Waiters is averaged 15 points and more than three assists per game. He was injured on Dec. 1.
Waiters was cleared to play late last week. Coach Byron Scott wanted Waiters to go through Monday's practice session before he returned.
Point guard Kyrie Irving and Waiters are starting together in the backcourt for only the 11th time this season. Irving missed 11 games with a broken left index finger before returning last week.
Irving is currently playing with a broken bone in his jaw. He was hurt Friday and is wearing a protective mask. He scored a career-high 41 points in a 103-102 loss to New York on Saturday.
The Nationals aren’t expected to re-sign third baseman Anthony Rendon after they locked Stephen Strasburg into a seven-year, $245 million deal Monday, but their competition just got stiffer with the news that the Angels are interested in the two-time Silver Slugger.
The Angels’ main target appears to be Gerrit Cole but they could turn to Rendon if they’re outbid by a team like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers. Rendon has also been connected to the Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies and is reportedly interested in signing a seven-year deal.
Nationals President Mike Rizzo said at a press conference Monday that “there’s ways to fit players in” when speaking about Rendon. His comments refuted an earlier statement made by principal owner Mark Lerner to NBC Sports Washington, to whom he said the Nationals “can really only afford to have one” of Strasburg or Rendon.
It’d be a surprising move if the Nationals did bring Rendon back, but everything remains possible at this point.
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Ever seen the Capitol building in the shape of a hop? Well, now you *can!
The Washington Capitals and Devils Backbone Brewing Company have unveiled the winning design of the 'Capit-Ale' beer can design contest. Springfield, Va. resident Cole Hogan's design, featuring a hop in place of the Capitol building, other notable D.C. monuments including the Washington Monument and, of course, the Capitals' logo, was selected as the winner.
Fans can purchase Hogan's winning design of DBB's 'Capit-Ale' at Capital One Arena in early 2020 and around the D.M.V. at select locations.
DBB has created other D.C.-sports-inspired beers, such as the Nationals' 'Earned Run Ale' in limited edition, World Series-themed cans.
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