White Sox agree to deal with Edwin Encarnacion

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract with corner infielder/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Wednesday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

Encarnacion is due $11 million in salary next season and a $1 million signing bonus, with the White Sox holding an option for the 2021 season.

Encarnacion hit 34 home runs in 109 games for Seattle and the Yankees last season. The three-time All-Star led the American League with 21 homers when the Mariners dealt him to New York in June. But the Yankees declined an option for next season after he was limited by oblique problems down the stretch.

Encarnacion batted .249 with 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 44 regular-season games with the Yankees. He hit .308 while New York pounded Minnesota in the AL Division Series, but slumped badly in the AL Championship Series against Houston.

Encarnacion, who turns 37 on Jan. 7, has eight straight seasons with more than 30 homers. He has 414 homers in 15 years with Cincinnati, Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle and New York.

He figures to serve as designated hitter and play first base along with Jose Abreu.

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ESPN reporter

dies of pneumonia

ESPN college football reporter Edward Aschoff, known for his outgoing and friendly personality, dapper dress and great love of sports, has died.

The sports network announced Aschoff, 34, died Tuesday after a brief illness.

“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee, Katy.”

Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 as part of the SEC blog network, which covers the Southeastern Conference. During the past three seasons, Aschoff reported from college campuses across the U.S. for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio, ESPN reported. He was both a television and radio sideline reporter during games.

A native of Oxford, Miss., and a 2008 graduate of the University of Florida, Aschoff previously covered recruiting and Florida football for the Gainesville Sun.

In a Dec. 2 Instagram post, Aschoff indicated that he had contracted pneumonia from covering the Ohio State-Michigan game Nov. 30.

NFL: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took to Twitter to address a recent ESPN report that implied Roethlisberger had doubts about returning to the Steelers in 2020.

“P.S. Contrary to recent reports out there about my football future and my ‘uncertainty’ about playing again, I am working hard and am more determined than ever to come back stronger and better than ever next year!,” he wrote.

Roethlisberger was injured in the second game of the season against Seattle and had surgery shortly thereafter. He was placed on injured reserve.

College basketball: Fabian White Jr. and Caleb Mills scored 19 points each to help Houston rally to a 75-71 win over No. 21 Washington in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

The Cougars (10-3) trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but outscored the Huskies 44-35 after halftime to win their fourth straight. White shot 7-for-13 from the field and hit all five of his free-throw tries to finish with a career high in points scored and earn the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.

Isaiah Stewart finished with 25 points for Washington (10-3). Nahziah Carter added 15. Quade Green had 11 points and seven assists.

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