Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins just before spring training last year and earned its second straight All-Star selection. He finished the season batting .275 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs.In other MLB news:— Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year. — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEGreek Freak, Bucks roll past PistonsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s top team and the reigning MVP showed no rust following the All-Star break. February 21, 2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks mauled the Detroit Pistons, 126-106. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 18 from the field and played just under 32 minutes with the game well in hand by intermission.The Bucks led 70-41 at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half of their 15th win in 17 games. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-8.Checking out Thursday’s other completed NBA action:— James Harden’s 29 points and 10 assists were among the Rockets’ highlights in a 135-105 dismantling of the Warriors. P.J. Tucker was 5-for-5 from 3-point range as Houston set a team-record with 25 buckets from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 10 assists before being ejected.— Trae Young poured in a career-high 50 points and the Hawks closed on a 10-0 run to beat the Heat, 129-124. Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers to help Atlanta overcome Bam Adebayo’s (ad-ah-BAY’-ohz) 28 points and season-high 19 rebounds for Miami. RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ababel Yeshaneh set a world record in the women’s half marathon in the latest breakthrough by athletes wearing high-tech Nike shoes. The Ethiopian runner won the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 31 seconds. Her time knocked 20 seconds off the previous record set by another runner in 2017.The men’s and women’s records in both the marathon and half marathon since 2018 have all been broken by athletes in Nike shoes. World Athletics cleared athletes to keep using Nike Vaporfly-style shoes last month. But it warned that new shoe technology could threaten the sport’s integrity. PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPMcIlroy sizzles in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the leader through one round of the Mexico Championship, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas.McIlroy ripped a 4-iron from 275 yards into the thin air at Chapultepec to 15 feet for eagle on his second hole Thursday, made five more birdies and opened the Mexico Championship with a 6-under 65. This is the only World Golf Championship that McIlroy hasn’t won as he tries to join Dustin Johnson as the only players to win all four of them.Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are tied with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Corey Connors at minus-3, while Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood are among six players at 2 under. UNDATED (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season. The Nets made the announcement Thursday before playing the Philadelphia 76ers in their first game after the All-Star break. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said this week that Irving was still having trouble with the shoulder that sidelined him for 26 games earlier this season. Irving said pain in the shoulder initially worsened after a game on Nov. 4. He was limited to just 20 games after signing with the Nets in July.Also, in the NBA:— Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not play this season, though it has not been ruled out that he could still compete in the Olympics this summer. It was expected that Thompson would miss the entire season as he recovers from a torn knee ligament.— Timberwolves forward Jake Layman has been cleared to return to practice, but star center Karl-Anthony Towns remains sidelined. Towns is awaiting clearance for a sprained left wrist. Layman already has missed 39 games and will miss at least four more with a sprained left toe suffered Nov. 18 at Utah. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games in his first season with the Wolves.— Dwyane Wade is about to get the highest honor the Miami Heat can bestow on a former player. Wade will become the fifth Heat player to get his number retired by the team, joining Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Bosh. A three-day celebration of Wade’s time in Miami starts on Friday, a weekend highlighted by his No. 3 formally going to the rafters on Saturday night when the Heat play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Killian Tillie scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bulldogs whipped San Francisco, 71-54. Filip Petrusev delivered 16 points and Ryan Woolridge 12 for the Zags, who squeezed out a four-point win over the Dons on Feb. 1.Gonzaga trailed by nine at halftime before outscoring San Francisco, 49-23 the rest of the way.In other top-25 finals:— Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 26 points and Rob Edwards added 24 in Arizona State’s sixth straight win, 77-72 versus No. 14 Oregon. The Ducks blew an 11-point, second-half lead before Edwards drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State ahead for good.— McKinley Wright IV had 15 points and Tyler Bey added 14 with 11 boards as No. 18 Colorado eked out a 70-66 win against Southern California. Shane Gatling chipped in 13 points as one of five Buffaloes to score in double-figures. Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tampa Bay’s team-record, 11-game winning streak is over after Alec Martinez had a goal and an assist in his Vegas debut to guide a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Paul Stastny (STAS’-nee), Mark Stone, Ryan Reaves and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) also scored as Vegas won its fourth in a row and improved to 8-3-2 under coach Pete DeBoer (deh-BOHR’).— St. Louis posted a 1-0 win over the Coyotes as Jordan Binnington needed to stop just 14 shots for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his career. Antti Raanta stopped 45 of the Blues’ season-high 46 shots, surrendering only Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with eight minutes remaining.— The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit before Kevin Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime to send Philadelphia past Columbus, 4-3. The Blue Jackets led 3-1 until Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) tallied 1:26 apart to tie it.— Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) snapped a 12-game scoring drought with three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-1 thumping of the Senators. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored for the Jets, who improved to 7-2-1 over their last 10 to move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. — An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Thursday’s hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse, an allegation the team denies.— Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died. Radakovich was 84.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga continues winning streakUNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga earned its 19th straight victory and clinched at least a share of an eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title. Associated Press — Luka Garza scored 24 points and 20th-rated Iowa opened on a 27-8 run in an 85-76 win over No. 25 Ohio State. It was his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last 20 years.— TJ Haws had 28 points as 23rd-ranked Brigham Young won its seventh straight game, defeating Santa Clara 85-75.— No. 24 Arizona rolled to an 89-63 rout of Oregon State behind Josh Green’s 18 points. Nico Mannion added 16 points and six assists for the Wildcats.NHL-SCHEDULECaps fall despite Ovie’s 699th — The 76ers are an NBA-best 26-2 at home after Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) provided 39 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-104 overtime win against the Nets. Alec Burks added 19 points, including a pair of layups in overtime that gave Philadelphia the lead for good.— The Kings were 129-125 winners over the Grizzlies as Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 32 points and matched his career high with seven 3-pointers. De’Aaron Fox added 26 and Buddy Hield (heeld) chipped in 20, including four free throws in the final seconds.— Malik Monk dropped in 25 points and Miles Bridges contributed 22 in the Hornets’ third straight win, 103-93 at Chicago. Charlotte let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two before hanging on.NBA-NEWSIrving done for season NFL-NEWSNFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreementNEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, putting the onus on players who plan to hold a conference call Friday.Team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the proposal with the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks. The current deal runs out in March 2021.Among the items in that proposal are a 17-game schedule, a reduction of the preseason and an increase to the current 27% share of revenues for the players. American women seek more than $66M in damages from US SoccerUNDATED (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The damages were revealed in a slew of court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a scheduled May trial.The women’s national team sued the federation last year alleging unequal pay and treatment than players on the men’s national team. Among the dozens of documents were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams. The collective bargaining agreements showed a disparity in bonuses but also highlighted the different pay structures between the two teams.RUNNING-HALF MARATHON-WORLD RECORDYeshaneh sets world record in half marathon in Nike shoes Update on the latest sports A second bye week to go with a 17th game is also being considered, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.In other NFL news:— Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has undergone hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns.— The Bears have signed tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7 Harris has 72 receptions for 754 and nine touchdowns over six seasons with the Chiefs and Browns. He was released by Cleveland this week.— Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings. — Gabriel Vilardi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to carry the Kings past the Panthers, 5-4. The 11th overall pick in the 2017 draft scored the fastest rookie debut goal in Kings history when he fired a wrist shot past Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) 86 seconds into the game and 10 seconds after hitting the ice.— Mackenzie Blackwood won his fifth straight start by making 36 saves in the Devils’ 2-1 verdict over the Sharks. Defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored the winner on a power play early in the third period.MLB-NEWSPhils beat Realmuto in arbitrationUNDATED (AP) — The Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh), putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record. UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) finally moved closer to the 700-goal plateau, but the Washington Capitals failed to regain first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.Ovechkin ended a five-game point drought by netting his 699th career goal in the Caps’ 4-3 loss to Montreal. The left wing fired up the crowd by scoring in seven minutes in and came close to reaching 700 goals on a bang-bang play in the third period. Instead, Ovechkin continues his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to get to 700.Ben Chiarot (sheh-RAHT’) scored his second of the game 58 seconds into OT to send the Capitals to their fifth loss in six games.The Caps grabbed a share of the division lead with the Penguins’ 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) had a goal and two assists to back Frederik Andersen, who made 24 saves in his second shutout of the season and 18th of his career.William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur), Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) and Zach Hyman also tallied as Toronto regained third place in the Atlantic Division. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An Olympic wrestler is accusing a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school. Andy Hrovat says the physician’s reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates in the 1990s. Hrovat competed for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics. He tells The Associated Press that the encounters with the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson happened during his freshman year in 1998. ‘Hrovat is the first athlete to make public accusations against Anderson following complaints this week from other former students that the doctor sexually abused them decades ago.SOCCER-EQUAL PAY NCAA-PITTSBURGH-VIOLATIONSPitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAAINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA.The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order, meaning he must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Former director of basketball operations Dan Cage also faces a three-year show-cause order.
“As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service,” Twitch says. “These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”For his future, Dr Disrespect told PC Gamer he was at one point considering streaming independently on his personal website. But he also said he was considering options like YouTube and Facebook.”I’m more focused on just making sure whatever we do next, whether it’s a platform move or not, that it’s the right decision for the community and Champions Club that follows me,” he said. “And that makes sense to what I want to continue to accomplish with this character in terms of taking things to the next level, and whether it’s streaming or outside of streaming. So it’s just being conscientious of that decision.” MORE: What we know about why Dr Disrespect was banned from TwitchThe video appeared to be a parody of a news report on Dr Disrespect himself, poking fun at the mystery surrounding his absence. “When I say this is a developing story, I mean it’s a developing story because I am now receiving word: Dr Disrespect may return to streaming as soon as today,” the voice in the video says. “This is some big, big news from the two-time Streamer Of The Year. And thankfully here at BSM news, our sources are actually legit.”Since Dr Disrespect is permanently banned on Twitch, many took a look at his YouTube page for clues. That’s when people noticed he seemingly added a “Join” button to his page. Join allows YouTube subscribers to pay a monthly fee ($4.99 in this case) for exclusive features on his page. It’s essentially the same as Twitch subscription. Dr Disrespect https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6/63/dr-disrespect-youtube_1ldw5nhepwmaq1bl5w0jpuc56q.png?t=-988826773&w=500&quality=80MORE: Ninja returns to Twitch, but is it for good?The $4.99 monthly fee allows fans to join the Champions Club, a term Dr Disrespect uses to describe his fan base.”Feel the Power,” the ad for the channel reads. “Join the most dominate digital society the world has ever seen!”Despite this, esports reporter Rod Breslau says there is no official deal between YouTube and Dr Disrespect.Dr Disrespect was permanently banned on Twitch on June 26 this year. After weeks of silence, aside from a lone tweet, he spoke out about his Twitch ban and what he planned to do in the future. He never provided details as to what caused his ban, but did talk briefly to PC Gamer about the mystery surrounding it.From PC Gamer:Interviewer: So are you able to confirm that legal action is taking place? You are taking legal action against Twitch?Dr Disrespect: We are considering taking legal action.Interviewer: When do you think you might if ever have a definitive answer as to the reason why you were banned?Dr Disrespect: Honestly, we just don’t know.Also from that interview, Dr Disrespect said he will never stream on Twitch again.As for Twitch’s side of things, the platform has not commented publicly on the ban. The streaming service has only released a general statement on the issue when pressed by media outlets. (YouTube) Is Dr Disrespect returning to streaming? A post on his Instagram Live suggests that’s the case.The popular video game streamer, who was banned on Twitch for unknown reasons, posted an interesting clip to his Instagram page Thursday afternoon. The video suggested a return to streaming as early as Thursday.
The social game is always changing and with the developments in Facebook’s algorithm, the rise of LinkedIn Influencer, and the increasing flood of content spewed out in the Twitterverse, it’s getting harder and harder to get your content in front of your target audience – for free. I come from an SEO background and have always been one to beat to the drum of “all organic, all the time.” Until now. I’m just getting my feet wet in paid social channels – including promoted accounts, sponsored ads, promoted tweets, and “Like” ads – but from what I can tell so far, there are a few worth trying that will tell you in a very short time (I’m talking one week) if it’s going to do something for you or not.Give These 3 Social Ads a Shot1. Facebook Promoted PostsJust because you post something on Facebook doesn’t mean everyone (or even anyone really) sees it. Over time, the organic reach of company Facebook posts has hit an ultimate low and while this can be frustrating, the alternative of paid ads on Facebook is much less daunting than you think. By promoting a post, you’ll pay a very small amount to expand the reach of your post 5x or more. Since less than 15% of your fans see your best performing updates, you’re missing out on major opportunities to get in front of people who are a) in your target audience and b) have already proclaimed their love for you. Crazy, right? Best Practices Moz has written a lot about the changes in Facebook advertising and here’s an example of how a promoted post transformed the reach of their updated SEO Beginner’s Guide. The beauty if this share is that they already know people love their beginner’s guide, it’s been updated so it’s relevant, there’s a photo, and they’re able to get this in front of so many fans who haven’t been actively engaging with them through their page. Feeling lucky? Spend $5 per day and see what happens. Choose a post that’s already gotten some traction and target it just to people who follow you and their followers. If you want to get laser focused on conversions or page likes or traffic to your site, Facebook makes those options really simple. Whatever your goal, you will see results, it will be easy, and your boss will love you for being frugal.2. Twitter Promoted TweetsThe speed of Twitter works against us and it’s increasingly harder to get the attention of your audience without feeling like a self-serving megaphone. Promoted tweets let you get in front of an even more targeted audience outside your current followers, making it a great paid channel for content with great calls to action. Best Practices Always share an image, make it clear why this content is useful, and include a short and edgy call-to-action. Hubspot does twitter ad targeting really well and shares content that will not only drive traffic but more importantly, conversions. Their best promotions drive traffic to eBook landing pages where they collect emails and potential new leads. For best practices, test out a promoted tweet campaign with something gated – if you don’t have eBooks, simply gate a video, podcast, webinar recording, report, case study, or anything that’s a little more enticing than just a regular blog post. Feeling lucky? Choose your top-performing piece of gated content (an eBook, report, webinar, you name it) and pitch to spend $30 on it for the week. Create a few different ad images for the eBook, test out at least 3 different copy variations for each ad image, and run it for a week. For targeting, I’ve found the most success targeting by keyword for content-based ads. For example, if you’re sharing a B2B content marketing eBook, start out targeting the phrases: “B2B content”, “content eBook”, “content marketing eBook”, “B2B content tips” and iterate as you go based on performance. Bonus Tip: To make promoted tweets work for you, pay attention to their frequent email updates. Twitter will help guide you by offering data on which copy is working best for you, which audiences are engaging most and how much you’re spending per engagement (or follower depending on your goal). Be sure to tweak copy daily, add new usernames to target, remove the duds, and adjust your bids if you’re finding you’re aiming too high or too low. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn about your audience.3. LinkedIn Sponsored PostsLinkedIn has quickly become a content marketer’s dream but like with everything else, the more popular a channel becomes the more noise you have to fight through. LinkedIn offers various advertising opportunities and from my experience, the one worth testing is a sponsored post. Unlike the ads that show up on the side rail and hardly get noticed, sponsored updates show up in your feed and yield far more results – the only caveat being you have to pay a pretty penny. Best Practices This one is costly, but if you do your targeting right by narrowing in as far as the specific companies, departments and level of experience you want to engage with your content – it could be worth it. You also have the option to choose CPC or CPM – I’ve found CPC is more effective and gives you a little more control of spend. This ad from Vocus caught my attention in my own feed because it’s something I’m genuinely interested in reading. While it’s not the best ad I’ve ever seen (in fact, I’d argue they should have pushed something gated here), they’re targeting well and that’s more than half the battle. Feeling Lucky? Get super targeted on LinkedIn and select a piece of content that’s performed really well. Present the ad with an image, a great CTA, choose the CPC option, and be ready to spend at least $50. The best part about these ads is that the sponsored notation is hardly noticeable and gives readers the option to hide. Marketer’s Note: When embarking on the paid channel journey, I was most excited about LinkedIn. Unfortunately, it’s currently the one channel I’m not sure is worth the time and effort – yet. But, as you know, everyone’s audience is different, everyone’s content is different, and where LinkedIn doesn’t deliver for one person, it can certainly be someone else’s bread and butter. Over the next few weeks, I’ll dive deeper into each of these paid platforms but I thought I’d reveal my early findings to see how it works for you. I’d love to hear from you if you’re testing out any social ads!What social media ads have worked for you?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis