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Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is set for Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and the Boston Red Sox might be on the verge of dealing pitcher Jon Lester. The All- Star lefty was pulled from his scheduled start on Wednesday amid the myriad of rumors and will start for the Red Sox on Friday against the Yankees if he is not dealt by Thursday afternoon. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds are among the reported suitors for the 10-game winner.

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey, while the Cubs acquired pitcher Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their July 28 trade with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, sending minor league right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez to Chicago as the player to be named later. The Dodgers acquired infielder Darwin Barney and cash from the Cubs.


The Green Bay Packers signed executive vice president and general manager Ted Thompson to a new multi-year contract on Wednesday. Thompson has been a key decision-maker in the Packers' current streak of five straight playoff appearances. Thompson has led the Packers' football operations the last nine years, which includes a Super Bowl victory in the 2010 season and a current three-year run as NFC North Division champions.

The Cincinnati Bengals activated defensive tackle Geno Atkins off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday. Atkins had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee last season and the team was easing him back into action. Atkins tore the ACL in Week 9 last season, ending his campaign. The Georgia product had six sacks and 20 tackles after leading all interior lineman the year prior with 12 1/2 sacks while earning his second Pro Bowl selection.

The Dallas Cowboys and offensive tackle Tyron Smith have agreed to a contract extension. According to the Cowboys' website, the deal is for eight years and worth $97.6 million. It includes $40 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus. Combined with the final two years of his rookie deal, the overall package is now worth $109 million. He will be under contract through 2023. Smith is entering his fourth season with the Cowboys, who selected the Southern California product with the ninth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. In his first three seasons, Smith has started each of the 47 games he has played. He missed one contest in 2012.

Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin have been selected as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl. Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served as captains for last year's NFL All-Star Game under the revised format, in which players are placed into a pool and drafted into two teams. Both Carter and Irvin will also be assisted in the selection process by two active player captains and one NFL.com fantasy football champion. This season's Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Glendale, Arizona, a week before the Super Bowl at the same site -- University of Phoenix Stadium.


Chris Bosh has officially re-signed in Miami. Bosh, who turned down a maximum deal from Houston to stay with Miami, agreed to terms on a reported five-year, $118 million deal on July 11, but made the signing official on Wednesday. The 30-year-old forward joined the Heat in 2010 to play along side LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The trio helped Miami win two titles and become the third franchise to make the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons. All three opted out of their contracts last month, leaving the future unclear for the franchise. James returned to his hometown team in Cleveland and Wade re-signed with the Heat to a two-year contract earlier this month.


Rafael Nadal will miss a pair of U.S. Open tune-up tournaments because of a wrist injury. Nadal has withdrawn from August events in Toronto and Cincinnati to rest his right wrist. The French Open champion hasn't played since a surprising fourth-round loss to Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin August 25.

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