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Heatley scores twice for Wild in 4-2 win vs. Avs

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Heatley scores twice for Wild in 4-2 win vs. Avs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Dany Heatley had two power-play goals on assists from new teammate Zach Parise, and the offense-enhanced Minnesota Wild surged into their much-anticipated season with a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Mikael Granlund also scored for the Wild in his first NHL appearance, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a late goal in his first game in more than a year to help make the amped-up crowd of 19,298 forget all about the 119-day lockout that delayed the opener by 3 1/2 months.

John Mitchell scored early in his debut for the Avalanche and Cody McLeod cut the lead to one with 14:51 remaining in the game, but they were done in during a penalty-ridden second period that had goalie Semyon Varmalov on his heels.

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Report: Padres land Manny Machado with biggest free-agent contract in American sports history

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Report: Padres land Manny Machado with biggest free-agent contract in American sports history

One of Major League Baseball's brightest young stars will call San Diego home for the next 10 years. 

The  San Diego Padres made the splash many have been trying to make, reportedly signing coveted free agent Manny Machado Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan,

The deal is reported to span 10 years worth $300 million, according to MLB Network's Mark Feinsand

The 26-year-old, who was traded to Los Angeles in July after eight-plus seasons in Baltimore, has the most hits (1,000) by any shortstop since entering MLB in 2013. 

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who is waiting for former teammate Bryce Harper to make his highly anticipated decision, is happy that the first domino fell. 

"That’s good for the game," he told reporters at spring training on Wednesday. Good for the stars of the game to get signed. And for a face of the game to get a 10-year contract.”

Machado was courted by several teams, including the Dodgers, Phillies, Yankees and White Sox, the latter of which believe it made a better offer than the Padres

This is a developing story. Stay on NBC Sports Washington for the latest news, updates, and reports. 

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Antonio Brown reveals even the Steelers agree it's time he moves on

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Antonio Brown reveals even the Steelers agree it's time he moves on

Antonio Brown won’t play for the Pittsburgh Steelers next season.

You may have thought this scenario already existed since the Pro Bowl wide receiver often publically airs his desire for a trade and frustrations with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Tuesday’s news pushed assumption to reality.

Brown met with Steelers owner Dan Rooney Tuesday. The NFL’s top receiver posted a picture of the two via his Twitter account with a summary of their conversation.

“Had a great meeting with Mr. Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues!” Brown explained. “We both agreed that it is time to move on but I’ll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization! #CallGod#Boomin

Multiple media reports soon followed, including one from Pro Football Talk, stating the Steelers “have agreed to trade” Brown. However, permission for Brown’s camp to speak with other teams was not initially granted.

The cost won’t be cheap despite Pittsburgh essentially backed into a corner. Considering Brown’s tremendous talent and Hall of Fame production, he’s the rare non-quarterback capable of positively altering a team’s projections. 

Green Bay, armed with two first-round picks, and San Francisco, a team Brown mentions as a future destination on social media, are among the teams likely excited by Tuesday’s reveal.

As for the Redskins, we know the need is real. Washington’s offense lacks playmakers especially at wide receiver. The team also has major concerns under center, so acquiring a top receiver before solving that passer issue feels a bit like putting the cart before the horse. There are also salary cap fears for a team without much wiggle room and a lengthy list of holes.

If, however, Washington desires a return to its off-season champion days, adding Brown is the splashy move. Now we know for sure that’s an option. 

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