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Curry takes over, sets a record
Stephen Curry scored 51 points in the Warriors' 130–114 win over the Magic last night and set an NBA record by hitting a three-pointer in his 128th straight game. He lead Golden State in points, rebounds (7), and assists (8), and he made 10 of 15 threes. Oh yea, he also did this:
Andrew Ladd returns to Chicago
The Blackhawks have reacquired Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who helped them win the first of their three recent Stanley Cups, in 2010. Chicago traded Ladd to the Thrashers (who would become the Jets) after that season for budgetary reasons. Since then, he has had some of his best seasons, including last year's 62-point campaign. He'll join Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on what will probably be the best two-way line in hockey.
Save of the year, so far
Pass of the year, so far
Fowler rejects O's, returns to the Cubs
Despite reports that CF Dexter Fowler had signed a 3-year, $33 million dollar contract with the Orioles, he returned to the Cubs yesterday on a 1-year, $8 million deal (with a mutual option for next year). Fowler's return to the Cubs gives them a stacked potential Opening Day lineup:
Meanwhile, the drama of his rejecting the Orioles' offer lead Jones's agent to issue an odd statement, blaming Baltimore for leaking details of the agreement that never happened.
Today's Cespedes car
The Cespedes Jeep pic.twitter.com/NH39vWFQ9K— Robert Brender (@robertbrender) February 26, 2016
New Pokemon game!
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Defenseman Olli Maata has signed a six-year, $24.5 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced on Friday.
The contract will take effect for the 2016–17 season, preventing Maata from becoming a free agent this summer, and will pay him an average of $4.1 million per year.
Maata, 21, has been with the Penguins since they selected him in the first round of the 2012 NHL draft. In his three seasons with the team he has logged 16 goals and 38 assists in 151 games, scoring six of those goals this season. In November 2014, he was sidelined by surgery on a cancerous thyroid tumor, but made a full recovery.
The Penguins have a 30–21 record and are in fourth place in the Metropolitan Divison.
The Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Shane Victorino to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday.
The Cubs have now added two additional outfielders this off-season to complement Jorge Soler, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez. They brought in Jason Heyward on an eight-year, $184 million deal and re-signed Dexter Fowler to a one-year deal earlier this week.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Cubs had an agreement in place with Victorino before the Fowler deal went through, so they decided to honor it.
Victorino was traded from the Red Sox to the Angels midway through last season and hit .230 across 71 games for both teams.
- Erin Flynn