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Peavy, White Sox agree to $29 million, 2-year deal

Peavy, White Sox agree to $29 million, 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Peavy saw no need to test the free-agent market. So rather than shop himself, he is staying put in Chicago.

The veteran right-hander and the White Sox agreed Tuesday to a $29 million, two-year contract.

``I never wanted to play any games with my desire to stay with Chicago,'' Peavy said on a conference call Tuesday night. ``I was open and up front about that in hopes that it would work out. Today is a great day for me and my family and, I hope, for the White Sox, as well.''

Peavy will earn $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons. He would receive a $15 million option for 2015, depending on innings during the next two years.

Peavy's previous deal included a $22 million option for next season with a $4 million buyout. The buyout will be paid in equal installments from 2016-19.

Chicago also exercised a $9.5 million option on right-hander Gavin Floyd, declined a $10 million option on right-hander Brett Myers, and turned down a $13 million option on third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Myers gets a $3 million buyout, and Youkilis will receive one for $1 million.

Peavy, the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner, went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts this year after three injury-riddled seasons. The White Sox defied most expectations, leading the AL Central for much of the season but ultimately finishing second behind Detroit.

Peavy realizes he would have been one of the more attractive players in free agency, and he might have been able to sign with a stronger team.

``We certainly knew those options were out there,'' he said. ``The loyalty, the way I feel about the White Sox organization, the way I feel my time has gone there - I just can't say enough about how strongly I feel about the city of Chicago, the fan base that stood behind me through a few rough years with injury. I certainly did all in my power to be where we are today, and that's returning to the place that I'm the happiest.''

General manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox made their initial offer to Peavy the Monday after the season ended, but negotiations really started heating up over the previous three days. Settling on two years was a big factor.

``The length was absolutely key for us, and being able to insulate ourselves against having a longterm deal - and the risk involved in any long-term deal, much less with a pitcher,'' Hahn said. ``Being able to do something on a shorter basis had a great deal of appeal to us. ... But the overarching drive to do this was to have Jake Peavy with us, and we were able to do it on terms that we found palatable. "

With Peavy and Chris Sale at the top, the White Sox believe they have a deep rotation. Floyd is a key part of that. He was 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 29 starts last season, his fifth straight year with double-digit wins.

They still have some issues to address, with A.J. Pierzynski on the market and a possible hole at third base. Hahn isn't ruling out bringing back Youkilis, who helped solidify the position after a trade from Boston in late June and batted .236 with 15 home runs in 80 games for Chicago.

He isn't closing the door, either, on Myers after he went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 35 relief appearances with Chicago following a trade from Houston on July 21.

Hahn also said he doesn't plan on making qualifying offers to those three before Friday's deadline.

``They're going to hear from other clubs, likely receive offers and stay in touch with us,'' he said.

Keeping Peavy was a signal that the White Sox are serious about catching Detroit.

``I can't say we're going to be the favorites,'' Peavy said. ``At the end of the day, I don't think that matters to anybody in the clubhouse. I think you saw the attitude that (manager Robin Ventura) brought in. We didn't care what anybody else said about us. We knew who we were. I think the way that the season ended will do nothing but aid and fuel the fire.''

The fact that Peavy re-established himself as a top pitcher and made his third All-Star team went a long way a long way toward the White Sox contending.

He reached 200 innings for the fourth time in his career and the first since his Cy Young season with San Diego, finishing with 219. His 194 strikeouts were his most since 2007 when he had 240, and his four complete games were both a career high and the most by a White Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle threw five in 2004.

He also won a Gold Glove on Tuesday.

``Obviously, it's been a rough row to hoe early on for Jake in his tenure in a White Sox uniform,'' Hahn said. ``But given how hard he works to prepare himself, given how hard he works between starts, given the influence he had not just on the starters but on all the guys on our pitching staff, he's just been a tremendous clubhouse presence for us over the last three years. And over his last year, we've really seen the performance we think he's capable of doing going forward.''

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5 things to know about new Wizards forward Okaro White

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5 things to know about new Wizards forward Okaro White

The Washington Wizards are set to add power forward, Okaro White to their NBA roster. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

*White, 26, is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward who played two seasons for the Miami Heat. In 41 total games, White averaged 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and shot 38.8 percent from the field. Though he never appeared in games with them, White also spent time with the Cavs, Hawks and Spurs. He also played Summer League for the Mavs and Grizzlies.

*He has a decent outside shot for a big man. White has shot 35.6 percent from three in the NBA and made 37.5 percent from long range as a senior at Florida State. The fact he's an excellent free throw shooter is also a good sign. White made 79.9 percent from the line in college and has shot 86 percent in the G-League and 88 percent in the NBA.

*White played with former Wizards first-round pick Chris Singleton in college. White was a freshman, while Singleton was a junior and the star of the team. White was also a starter on the 2011-12 team that won the Seminoles' first-ever ACC championship.

*Though he's a bit undersized for a big man, White can block shots. He once had four in a game against the Nets on Jan. 25 of 2017 and three against the Sixers in March of that year. 

*White's mom, Charmaine, was an Olympic athlete who represented Jamaica in track and field.

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Redskins at Cowboys Week 12: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Redskins at Cowboys Week 12: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

It's Dallas week. Again.

The Redskins defeated the Cowboys in Week 7, but when they travel to AT&T Stadium for a Thanksgiving clash with their bitter rivals, things feel a lot different than they were just a few weeks ago. The Redskins will be without quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury this past Sunday against Houston and will miss the remainder of the season.

It's officially Colt McCoy time in Washington, and his first test comes on the road Thursday. The last time McCoy played in Dallas, he led the Redskins to a shocking upset over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football in 2014.

The Cowboys have been playing good football the past two weeks, defeating Philadelphia and Atlanta in each of their respective stadiums. Dallas returns home to host their annual Thanksgiving game, a date they have played on every year but two since 1966. The Cowboys overall record on Thanksgiving is 29-18-1.

The last time the Cowboys hosted the Redskins on Thanksgiving was two years ago, when Dallas defeated the Redskins 31-26. Prior to that, the Redskins defeated the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2012, 38-31.

The Redskins have not had much success on Thanksgiving, with an overall record of 3-10, although they did defeat the New York Giants on Thanksgivng 20-10 last year. Thursday's contest will mark the third consecutive season the Redskins play on Thanksgiving, a franchise record.

The Cowboys lead the all-time series record, 70-45-2.

REDSKINS at DALLAS COWBOYS WEEK 12

Who: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

What: Game 11 of the 2018 NFL regular season

When: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET

Where: AT%T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: You can stream Redskins Kickoff Live, Redskins Postgame Live and Redskins Overtime Live right here using the MyTeams by NBC Sports App.

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Point Spread: Dallas, -7.5

Over/Under: 40.5

Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy

REDSKINS at COWBOYS TV SCHEDULE:

3:00 PM: Redskins Nation 
3:30 PM: Redskins Kickoff Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
7:30 PM: Redskins Postgame Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)
8:30 PM: Redskins Overtime Live (NBCSW+ and the MyTeams App)

Click here to access NBC Sports Washington's Channel Finder 

REDSKINS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: Sun., 9/9, @ Arizona Cardinals (24-6, W)

Week 2: Sun, 9/16, vs. Indianapolis Colts (21-9, L)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23, vs. Green Bay Packers (31-17, W)

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Mon., 10/8, @ New Orleans Saints, (43-19, L)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14, vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (23-17, W)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21, vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (20-17, W)

Week 8: Sun. 10/28, @ New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (20-13, W)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4, vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. (38-14, L)

Week 10: Sun. 11/11, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. (16-3 W)

Week 11: Sun., 11/18, vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. (23-21, L)

Week 12: Thu., 11/22, @ Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Week 13: Mon., 12/3, @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 (ESPN)

Week 14: Sun., 12/9, vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 15: Sun., 12/16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Week 16: Sat., 12/22, @ Tennessee Titans, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)

Week 17: Sun., 12/30, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

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