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Nationals victory lap…Hall of Fame nominees…Cut for Twitter tirade

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Donald Trump welcomed the World Series champion Nationals to the White House with a ceremony on the South Lawn. He called the team’s first win in franchise history a “comeback story for the ages.” Among those not listed as being in attendance Monday are National League MVP candidate Anthony Rendon, outfielders Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor, and pitchers Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero and Sean Doolittle. Doolittle declined to attend after offering criticism of Trump policies.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Dwight Evans, Thurman Munson and Lou Whitaker have been added to the ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame’s modern era committee to consider next month, and Luis Tiant has been dropped. Former players’ association head Marvin Miller will be on a Hall of Fame ballot for the eighth time when the modern era committee meets Dec. 8 ahead of the winter meetings in San Diego. Other holdovers on the 10-man ballot are Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Ted Simmons.

MILWAUKEE (AP) —The Milwaukee Brewers cut $15 million in payroll for next season, trading right-hander Chase Anderson to Toronto for prospect Chad Spanberger and declining a $7.5 million option on first baseman Eric Thames. Anderson was 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 27 starts and five relief appearances. The Brewers had planned to decline his $8.5 million option, which would have made him eligible for salary arbitration. Thames, who turns 33 on Sunday, hit .247 with 25 homers and 61 RBIs in 149 games last season.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns safety Jermaine Whitehead has been released by the team following his disturbing social media rant after a loss in Denver. The Browns announced the move hours after rebuking Whitehead for posts they called “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate” following a 24-19 loss to the Broncos. Whitehead made several threatening and expletive-laden posts on Twitter. One of Whitehead’s tweets was directed at Dustin Fox, a former NFL player who works for the team’s radio network.

NEW YORK (AP) — Le’Veon (LAY’-vee-ohn) Bell had an MRI on one of his knees, and the New York Jets are awaiting the results to see if the star running back will need to miss any time. Coach Adam Gase says he’s unsure when Bell was injured during New York’s 26-18 loss at Miami on Sunday. Gase says it’s too early to be alarmed because it could just be a minor ailment that Bell wanted checked out for precautionary reasons.

Associated Press

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