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Chicago waives Anthony ...Peppers retires... Astros sign contract with Miley

February 1, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony has been waived by the Chicago Bulls, making the 10-time All-Star forward a free agent. The Bulls acquired Anthony from Houston on Jan. 21 with the intention of trading him prior to the Feb. 7 deadline or letting him go. He averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets and has not played since Nov. 8. Anthony has averaged 24 points in 16 seasons.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina’s Julius Peppers has announced his retirement after 17 NFL seasons, nine Pro Bowl appearances and six All-Pro selections. Peppers spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Panthers, then played four with Chicago, three with Green Bay and his final two seasons back with Carolina. Peppers finished his career with 159 1/2 sacks, fourth-most in NFL history.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Astros have filled an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with 32-year-old left-hander Wade Miley. Miley was 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts and 80 2/3 innings for the Milwaukee Brewers last year. The eight-year major league veteran was an All-Star in 2012, Miley is 71-76 with a 4.26 ERA. He also has pitched for Arizona, Boston, Seattle and Baltimore.

WASHINGTON (AP) __The Washington Nationals have defeated outfielder Michael A. Taylor in the first salary arbitration decision this year. Taylor will receive the team’s offer of $3.25 million rather than his request of $3.5 million. Arbitrators issued their decision today. Taylor hit .227 with six homers and 28 RBIs last year, down from a .271 average with 19 homers and 53 RBIs in 2017. He had a $2.5 million salary last year.

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad) and Jared McCann from the Florida Panthers for forward Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and three 2019 draft picks. The move will give them an influx of youth in the 26-year-old Bjugstad and the 22-year-old McCann as they make another playoff push. The deal ends Pittsburgh’s experiment in attempting to make 31-year-old Brassard the team’s third-line center.