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This Week In Sports: Nolan Arenado, Jazz, and More


Nolan Arenado Stays With Rockies

Nolan Arenado plans to stay with the Rockies for his entire major league career. Currently, he has no desire to become a free agent at the end of the upcoming season. “At the end of the day my heart was here,” he said Wednesday. He also agreed to an 8-year, $260M contract with a full no-trade provision.

Arenado’s contract has a $32.5M average annual value. This is second behind Arizona’s deal with Zack Greinke, worth almost $34.42M annually. Arenado also said that while it wasn’t the main reason, the cold free agent market was definitely a factor in his decision.

Jazz Beat Clippers 115-105

After a 17-point first half deficit, the Utah Jazz came back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115-105 on Wednesday night. This is Utah’s second victory over LA, and secured a vital game in the end of the season. Because of the victory, Utah clinched the season series. They also earned a playoff tiebreaker over the Clippers.

Donovan Mitchell brought the Jazz up by 32 points to the lead, while Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 13 rebounds. This is Utah’s fourth straight home game win. They pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter after trading the lead in the third quarter.

NFL Concussions Drop 25%

The number of reported concussions in the NFL dropped 17% from 2017’s numbers. In the 2018 season, there were 217 diagnosed concussions from games and practices. In 2017 there were 291. This totals up to an almost 25% drop in reported concussions. However, concussions did not decrease during training camp practices.

Taylor Hall Has Knee Surgery

Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils had knee surgery this week. Hall has been out since December 23 with a lower-body injury. The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery. Currently, there is no speculated time for his return.

Hall scored 93 points to lead the Devils to the playoffs last season. He scored 11 goals and 26 assists this season, and without him for most of it, New Jersey has one of the worst records in the league.

Kyle Busch Signs Deal With Joe Gibbs Racing

Kyle Busch signs a multi-year deal with Joe Gibbs Racing. He announced that he would continue to drive the No 18 Toyota, and JGR confirmed the extension. “I’m proud and honored to continue to compete for Joe Gibbs Racing and Mars,” Busch said in a statement.