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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Free agent pitcher Matt Harvey is reportedly heading out west to play for the Los Angeles Angels.

Citing sources, ESPN reports the Angels have agreed on a one-year, $11 million deal with the right-handed starter.

Harvey, 29, was drafted by the New York Mets in 2010 and made his debut with the team two years later. While he got off to a great start with New York, he was plagued by multiple injuries and was eventually traded to the Cincinnati Reds in May 2018.

In his 24 starts for Cincinnati, Harvey went 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA, 111 strike outs and 28 walks.

At the end of this past season, he opted for free agency.

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CatLane/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Sports gambling is coming to the city where a historic ruling earlier this year made it legal nationwide.

The Washington, D.C. City Council approved legalized sports betting by a vote of 11-2 on Tuesday, according to Washington ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. The passage leaves residents of the nation's capital just one step away from studying point spreads and over/unders.

Mayor Muriel Bowser was involved in drafting the bill and is expected to sign it soon. Officially titled the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, the bill was introduced by Councilman Jack Evans.

Customers will likely be able to put their money down in mid-2019.

According to the bill, submitted on Dec. 4, the city will receive 20 percent of "gross sports wagering revenue" from online outfits and 10 percent of revenue from facilities, such as stadiums or horse racing venues. It will also collect money on license fees.

Gambling is expected to be allowed at city sports arenas like Capital One Arena and Nationals Park, however, RFK Stadium, where D.C. United played until last year, is on federal land and gambling will not be allowed.

Using July 1, 2019, as a start date, the city estimates it will take in a total of $6.5 million in 2019, $8.5 million in 2020, $9.7 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022.

The money will go toward various programs in the city, including gambling addiction, the Birth to 3 program and violence prevention. Each is earmarked a certain percentage of the profits.

The Office of Lottery and Charitable Games will run operations for sports gambling.

Introduction of the bill was made possible by a Supreme Court ruling in May. In a case brought by the state of New Jersey, the justices ruled that a federal law banning states from legalizing sports gambling, called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), was partially unconstitutional because the federal government cannot tell states what laws they can enact.

Congress can regulate sports gambling, but "if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own," according to the court's opinion.

Congress is not expected to intervene in Washington, D.C.'s passage of the bill.

The district joins eight states where sports betting is legal. Sports betting has long been legal in Nevada, including Las Vegas, but seven other states have joined since the Supreme Court ruling: Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 92, Indiana 91
Brooklyn 115, L.A. Lakers 110
Atlanta 118, Washington 110
Denver 126, Dallas 118

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Florida 5, Buffalo 2
Philadelphia 3, Detroit 2
Toronto 7, New Jersey 2
NY Rangers 3, Anaheim 1
San Jose 4, Minnesota 0
Dallas 2, Calgary 0
Chicago 2, Nashville 1
St. Louis 4, Edmonton 1
NY Islanders 3, Arizona 1
Tampa Bay 5, Vancouver 2
L.A. Kings 4, Winnipeg 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(1) Kansas 89, South Dakota 53
(2) Duke 101, Princeton 50
(8) Gonzaga 89, Texas-Arlington 55
(14) Buffalo 71, Syracuse 59
(15) Ohio St. 75, Youngstown St. 56
(20) Marquette 92, North Dakota 66
(23) Iowa 78, W. Carolina 60

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Astros have reportedly reached a deal with free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.

Multiple reports say both sides have come to an agreement on a two-year contract for $32 million.

Brantley, 31, has been with the Cleveland Indians since he made his MLB debut in 2009. He ended the 2018 season with a batting average of .309, 17 home runs and 76 RBIs before electing to become a free agent.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Milwaukee 107, Detroit 104
Phoenix 128, NY Knicks 110
Oklahoma City 121, Chicago 96
Minnesota 132, Sacramento 105
Houston 102, Utah 97
San Antonio 123, Philadelphia 96
Portland 131, L.A. Clippers 127
Golden State 110, Memphis 93

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 1, Vegas 0
Anaheim 4, Pittsburgh 2
Boston 4, Montreal 0
OT Ottawa 4, Nashville 3
NY Islanders 4, Colorado 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
New Orleans 12, Carolina 9

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(11) Florida St. 85, SE Missouri 68
Vanderbilt 81, (18) Arizona St. 65

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artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Around this time last year, Justin Timberlake was set to perform during the famed halftime show at Super Bowl LII.

Fast forward 12 months and the show that used to be one of the biggest gigs in the music industry is now reportedly struggling to book talent.

Timberlake was announced as the headliner in October of 2017 and as of mid-December, rumored headliner Maroon 5 haven't publicly committed to the gig, though reports have them taking the stage in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

With the big game just six weeks away, it's somewhat shocking that no official announcement has been made.

The Kaepernick effect

Former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee in 2016 during the National Anthem to protest racial oppression in the United States.

His divisive protest quickly caught fire and had hundreds of other players doing the same.

Reactions from NFL team owners, players and fans were mixed, as some felt like it was a dig at U.S. vets, while others felt it was a peaceful way to bring Kaepernick's message to light.

 And while this had a viral effect on the NFL in 2016 and 2017, and is still ongoing today, why is the Super Bowl halftime show suffering now?

Well, the easiest answer is Kaepernick, who was thrust back into national discussion for not only still being unsigned, but also becoming part of Nike's new advertising push.

In September, Nike announced that the former NFL star and activist would be the face of the "Just Do It" campaign.

But it's not just about Kaepernick.

Variety's senior music editor Jem Aswad says it's much more than just about Kaepernick, though that is certainly a major driving force.

"There's always drama associated with the halftime performance," he told ABC News.

This year, in addition to Kaepernick being vaulted back into the spotlight, Aswad points out that the game is being held in Atlanta, a city known for its rich history steeped in legendary black music.

"They had TLC, they had Usher, as well as Jermaine Dupri, who had Criss Cross and others, Atlanta is a juggernaut right now," he said. "There are so many [now and dating back decades], I'd almost be reluctant to rattle them off."

"They had this opportunity to celebrate Atlanta music with the Super Bowl Halftime show and what do we get, Maroon 5. This really isn't a diss at Maroon 5," he stressed. "Nothing against Maroon 5!"

Aswad said the NFL really missed the boat in celebrating the culture of the city where the big game is taking place with an all-white rock group.

The music editor added that with the positioning of the game in Atlanta, the controversy surrounding Kaepernick does come back up, as his protest is a "loaded topic," especially in the "black entertainment community."

"Some of the artists who have been approached either with Maroon 5 or before them ... they are trying to balance the lineup with ideally a black performer from Atlanta, but we keep hearing they are getting, 'No's,'" Aswad added. "Rihanna reportedly turned them down, Cardi B has supposedly been going back and forth, we hear they are talking to Lauren Hill, we heard they are talking to Usher."

He doesn't think this has ever happened and that the show has not been set in the modern era so late in the game.

"I feel kind of bad for Maroon 5, they think they get this great opportunity and the reaction has been probably not what they would have hoped," he added.

Maroon 5 STILL not confirmed?

It was as early as October that outlets like Rolling Stone magazine and Aswad at Variety were reporting that A-list stars, like the aforementioned Rihanna, were turning down the halftime gig because their values didn't align with the NFL.

In November, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine spoke to Ellen DeGeneres and said about his band taking on the show: "I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of this rumor. It's definitely a rumor and the rumor is a rumor that everyone seems to be discussing."

"Whoever does it is probably equal parts nervous and excited," he added, but noted, "This is all speculative because I don't know who I'm talking about!"

Despite the lack of confirmation from Levine, there's a petition on Change.org that has almost 75,000 signatures asking the band to drop out.

A request for comment from Maroon 5's rep was not immediately returned to ABC News.

Weeks out and still no official word.

While there are a slew of unconfirmed reports on the halftime gig, absolutely no one has gone on the record and confirmed anything.

"Any act that would perform alongside Maroon 5 is effectively co-signing the NFL," Aswad told ABC News.

Variety and Aswad reported over the weekend that Cardi B, who collaborated on a hit with the band and will be in Atlanta during the airing of the show in February, is also on the fence and hasn't confirmed or denied that she's been offered a role in the halftime show.

And while we don't know if Cardi will join Maroon 5 on stage, other artists like Post Malone and Bruno Mars will be in town around that time for other shows.

In fact, Malone will be joining Aerosmith for a pre-game concert days before as part of the Super Bowl week celebrations.

That doesn't mean they'll head over to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to possibly join Maroon 5 ... that's if Maroon 5 even perform themselves.

What about the Anthem?

Last year it was P!nk performing a rendition of the national anthem that left millions with chills and feelings of American pride.

This year, while the halftime gig is the talk of the town, no one has mentioned the anthem, which still doesn't have a performer.

So, while the teams are starting to plan for the playoffs with two weeks left in the regular season, the biggest game of the year is without an "official" halftime show and singer for the national anthem.

Only time will tell how the NFL and Atlanta fill that very large void.

The NFL did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

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Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie took her talents to the small screen and made a guest appearance on an episode of ABC's Speechless.

In the episode, which aired on Dec. 14, Leslie played character Kenneth Clements' sister.

Watch a clip from her appearance on the sitcom below:

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Brooklyn 144, Atlanta 127
Philadelphia 128, Cleveland 105
Indiana 110, NY Knicks 99
Washington 128, L.A. Lakers 110
Sacramento 120, Dallas 113
Miami 102, New Orleans 96
Denver 95, Toronto 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT Vegas 4, NY Rangers 3
Carolina 3, Arizona 0
Calgary 7, St. Louis 2
Buffalo 4, Boston 2
OT Winnipeg 5, Tampa Bay 4
San Jose 7, Chicago 3
Vancouver 4, Edmonton 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tennessee 17, NY Giants 0
Baltimore 20, Tampa Bay 12
Chicago 24, Green Bay 17
Buffalo 14, Detroit 13
Minnesota 41, Miami 17
Cincinnati 30, Oakland 16
Atlanta 40, Arizona 14
Indianapolis 23, Dallas 0
Washington 16, Jacksonville 13
OT San Francisco 26, Seattle 23
Pittsburgh 17, New England 10
Philadelphia 30, L.A. Rams 23

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(9) Michigan St. 104, Green Bay 83
(24) Houston 68, Saint Louis 64

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iStock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The Winter Olympics may be making a return to Salt Lake City -- at least the U.S. Olympic Committee hopes so.

The USOC announced on Friday evening that they have chosen Utah's capital to pitch to the International Olympic Committee as a host for the 2030 Games. Salt Lake City was chosen over Denver. For now, the USOC is still referring to Salt Lake City as the U.S.'s choice for a "potential" 2030 bid.

"I'd like to thank Denver and Salt Lake City, and their respective leadership teams, for participating in this process and their commitment to make the Olympic and Paralympic movements stronger," USOC Chair Larry Probst said in a statement. "We're incredibly lucky to have multiple able and willing cities to choose from, but in the end, we believe Salt Lake City will give us the best chance to return the winter Games to the U.S."

It's not yet clear what international cities Salt Lake City will be competing against. The selection will not be made by the IOC until 2023.

Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Games in 2002. It was the first U.S. city to host the Winter Olympics since Lake Placid, New York, in 1980 -- famously highlighted by the U.S. men's ice hockey's "Miracle on Ice" team.

The U.S. has hosted the Winter Games four times: 1932 (Lake Placid), 1960 (Squaw Valley, California), 1980 (Lake Placid) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). Denver, beaten out as this year's U.S. representative, was actually named as host for the 1976 Games by the IOC, before withdrawing four years beforehand.

The 2002 Games, less than six months after Sept. 11, went off without a hitch despite serious security concerns. Mitt Romney, the CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, was hailed worldwide for his effort in bringing the games to reality after rescuing them from a financial crisis. He used the goodwill as a launching point in his political career, serving as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, and running for president in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Romney just won a midterm election to be named senator from Utah. He hailed the selection of Salt Lake City for the USOC's candidate for the 2030 Games.

Beijing was named as host for the 2022 Winter Olympics, while the host for the 2026 Games has yet to be selected. The IOC will be choosing between Stockholm and Italy's two-city bid of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s  sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Boston 129, Atlanta 108
OT N.Y. Knicks 126, Charlotte 124
Milwaukee 114, Cleveland 102
Brooklyn 125, Washington 118
Indiana 113, Philadelphia 101
Miami 100, Memphis 97
Golden State 130, Sacramento 125
Denver 109, Oklahoma City 98
Portland 128, Toronto 122

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT New Jersey 5, Vegas 4
Pittsburgh 5, Boston 3
OT Arizona 4, N.Y. Rangers 3
Ottawa 4, Detroit 2
SO Washington 6, Carolina 5
OT St. Louis 4, Colorado 3
OT Winnipeg 4, Chicago 3
Edmonton 4, Philadelphia 1

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s  sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Boston 129, Atlanta 108
OT N.Y. Knicks 126, Charlotte 124
Milwaukee 114, Cleveland 102
Brooklyn 125, Washington 118
Indiana 113, Philadelphia 101
Miami 100, Memphis 97
Golden State 130, Sacramento 125
Denver 109, Oklahoma City 98
Portland 128, Toronto 122

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT New Jersey 5, Vegas 4
Pittsburgh 5, Boston 3
OT Arizona 4, N.Y. Rangers 3
Ottawa 4, Detroit 2
SO Washington 6, Carolina 5
OT St. Louis 4, Colorado 3
OT Winnipeg 4, Chicago 3
Edmonton 4, Philadelphia 1
 

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