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Swisher set to be welcomed by Indians

Swisher set to be welcomed by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Russ Canzler is back with the Indians. Nick Swisher is on his way.

Canzler, who was designated for assignment last month, was reclaimed by Cleveland on Wednesday. Canzler had been designated for assignment last month when the Indians signed free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds.

Canzler could become the Indians' full-time designated hitter if the club doesn't make any more moved in what has been a busy offseason.

On Thursday, the club is expected to introduce Swisher, who agreed to terms on a four-year, $56 million deal in December. Swisher will take a physical, and as long as there are no holdups, the 32-year-old will be introduced at a press conference in Progressive Field. Swisher fills a hole in right field after the Indians traded Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds as part of a three-team, nine-player swap.

Swisher's deal includes a $14 million option for 2017 that could become guaranteed based on plate appearances the previous year.

Swisher spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees. A switch-hitter, he batted .272 in 2012 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs. The Indians are counting on him to bring power to a lineup that hit just 136 homers - second-fewest in the AL.

The Indians are also expected to finalize their deal with right-hander Brett Myers, who agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal on Tuesday. Myers, too, must pass a physical before he can be added to the roster.

To make room for Canzler, right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was designated for assignment.

Canzler batted .269 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 26 games last season for Cleveland after spending most of the year at Triple-A Columbus. The 26-year-old batted .265 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 130 games for the Clippers.

Gomez opened last season in the Indians' starting rotation, but was sent to the minors June 24 with a 4-7 record and 5.18 ERA. He was recalled Aug. 29 and spent the remainder of the season in Cleveland. Gomez finished 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 17 starts.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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Scott Brooks has a simple reason for why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star

Scott Brooks has a simple reason for why Bradley Beal should be an All-Star

WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal was not picked as a starter for next month's NBA All-Star Game through a voting process that included fans, the media and fellow players. Now it is up to NBA head coaches, who select the seven reserves for each conference.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is not allowed to vote for his own player, but believes Beal has a good chance to be picked based on one simple reason. He can tell how much opposing coaches respect Beal each and every night the Wizards play a game.

"Brad's an All-Star. I know that because every night I get to see it. Every night I get to see the defensive schemes against him. He gets double-teamed I want to say every game. That tells me that coaches feel the same way," Brooks said.

Brooks doesn't lobby other coaches to vote for his players, but said others have tried to persuade him in the past. He will "respectfully listen," he says, but believes it is important to do his own research and make his own choices.

"We all take pride in our choice," Brooks said. "It's an elite group and it's hard to get in."

Though Beal isn't a starter, he has a good case for being a reserve. This season he is averaging 28.1 points (third in East), 6.3 assists (10th in East) and 4.5 rebounds per game. 

If Beal doesn't make the All-Star team, it will likely be blamed on the Wizards' record. They are 15-30 and some of his competitors could get credit for being on better teams.

Brooks, though, believes other coaches should consider the circumstances Beal has been in. He says he takes that stuff into account with his own vote.

"There's a lot of factors that go in," Brooks explained. "It's situations. Guys that are on teams that are not playing well... are they not playing well because of him or are they not playing well because they have a lot of young guys, or because they're injured? A lot of players are injured. We've had a lot of injuries this year."

Beal has been an All-Star each of the past two years. We will find out on Thursday if he is in for the third time.

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