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Hannahan non-tendered by Indians

Hannahan non-tendered by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians did not tender Jack Hannahan a contract. Third base now belongs to Lonnie Chisenhall.

Hannahan, who played with a nagging back much of last season, is now eligible for free agency. Also, pitchers Rafael Perez and Chris Seddon were non-tendered after being designated for assignment earlier this week.

Hannahan made the Indians as a non-roster invitee in 2011 and started the past two seasons at third. He batted .244 with four homers and 29 RBIs in 105 games last season, a drop in his offensive production from 2011. He went on the disabled list in May with a calf strain and sore lower back.

The 32-year-old provided exceptional defense during his two seasons, but Chisenhall is viewed as the team's future at third.

After starting the season at Triple-A Columbus, Chisenhall batted .268 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 43 games. He broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in June and was thought to be done for the year. But he came back and played in September, giving the Indians a chance to see him before they had to make a tough decision on the well-respected Hannahan.

The Indians tendered contracts to outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, closer Chris Perez, pitcher Justin Masterson, infielder Mike Aviles, catcher Lou Marson and relievers Tony Sipp and Joe Smith before Friday's midnight deadline.

Also, right-hander Corey Kluber, who is expected to compete for a starting job at spring training, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. The Indians said Kluber's knee locked up on him while he was playing with his young daughter at home in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kluber went 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts last season.

Earlier, the Indians and right-hander Blake Wood agreed to a $560,000, one-year contract - a raise of $58,000 - and avoided salary arbitration. Wood was claimed off waivers from Kansas City on Nov. 2. The 27-year-old had elbow ligament-replacement surgery in May and missed the entire season.

Cleveland has not gone to arbitration since 1991.

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

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Redskins ranked as the fourth most valuable NFL franchise by Forbes

Annually, Forbes releases the worth of all professional sports franchises in the world. Once again, the Washington Redskins are sitting near the top. 

This year the Redskins are ranked the fourth most valuable NFL franchise at $3.1 billion. 

That marks a five percent worth increase from a year ago. They leapfrogged the San Francisco 49ers for a spot in the top four after placing fifth in 2017. They still trail the Dallas Cowboys ($4.8 billion), the New England Patriots ($3.7 billion), and the New York Giants ($3.3 billion).

Compared to other leagues and franchises, the Redskins jumped into the top-10. They are tied for the tenth overall value with the Golden State Warriors who are coming off of their third NBA title in four years.

From year-to-year there is never much movement from the top of the ranking. Once again, the Cowboys are the top team in the world by over $600 million. They were followed by three European soccer teams. In total four NFL teams made up the top-10, the most of any sport. 

2018 Top-10 World’s Most Valuable Sports Teams according to Forbes:

1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.8 billion (NFL)

2. Manchester United, $4.123 billion ( Soccer)

3. Real Madrid, $4.09 billion (Soccer)

4. Barcelona, $4.064 billion (Soccer)

5. New York Yankees, $4 billion (MLB)

6. New England Patriots, $3.7 billion (NFL)

7. New York Knicks, $3.6 billion (NBA)

8. Los Angeles Lakers, $3.3 billion (NBA)

8. New York Giants, $3.3 billion (NFL)

T-10. Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion (NBA)

T-10. Washington Redskins, $3.1 billion (NFL)

Next five NFL franchises:

13. San Francisco 49ers, $3.05 billion

T-14. Los Angeles Rams, $3 billion 

17. Chicago Bears, $2.85 billion 

T-19. Houston Texans, $2.8 billion

21. New York Jets, $2.75 billion

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