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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It's that time again. Bobby Bonilla receives his annual Mets payout Friday.

Each year on July 1, from now until 2035, the former Major League Baseball player collects a check for $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets.

The money is part of a deferred buyout deal — paid over 25 installments — that the team agreed to after the 1999 season. Bonilla was owed $5.9 million, but instead of simply footing the bill, the Mets agreed to a delayed annual payment plan that went into effect in 2011.

July 1, 2016, marks the sixth payment, with 19 remaining. In total, the Mets will pay Bonilla $29.8 million in the yearly payments.

Bonilla — who hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2001 — will earn more money from the Mets this season than 13 players currently on the team's active roster, according to salary data.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Point guard Jeremy Lin is reportedly coming back to New York.

Sources tell ESPN the free agent met with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday and both sides agreed on a three-year, $36 million contract.

"The journey continues...thankful for the next chapter!! #Godisgood," Lin tweeted Friday morning, along with a picture of him in a Nets uniform.

The 27-year-old last played in New York for the Knicks in 2011-12.

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Eric Cadigan/iStock/Thinkstock(SONOMA, Calif.) -- The Sonoma Stompers have become the first professional baseball team since the 1950’s to have multiple women players on its roster.

The team announced the signings of 17-year-old outfielder Kelsie Whitemore and 25-year old pitcher Stacy Piagno on Thursday. The team says they will both be in the starting lineup on Friday.

Sonoma GM Theo Fightmaster told MLB.com that the signings are no publicity stunt, and they will give the two a chance to earn playing time.

It’s not the first time the Stompers have made history. In 2015, pitcher Sean Conroy came out to become the first openly gay professional baseball player. In 2014, former big league star Bill Lee pitched for the team and became the oldest player to get a professional win at age 67.

In a statement, Fightmaster said "they “ope this sends a message to the rest of the baseball world that there is room for women and girls in this game – from Little League to the Major Leagues.”

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Scoreboard Roundup -- 6/30/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Kansas City 4, St. Louis 2
San Francisco 12, Oakland 6


N.-Y. Yankees 2, Texas 1
Chi. White Sox 6, Minnesota 5
Cleveland 4, Toronto 1
Detroit 10, Tampa Bay 7
Seattle 5, Baltimore 3


Los Angeles 8, Milwaukee 1
Washington 13, Cincinnati 4
N.-Y. Mets 4, Chi.Cubs 3
Atlanta 8, Miami 5

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NBC takes over coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with its first broadcast of the season -- Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Speaking at Daytona on Thursday, where rain hampered the day's practice sessions, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he was looking for a win to solidify his position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

"Obviously we need to get a win to put all that to bed but nothing is guaranteed," Earnhardt said, according to NASCAR.com.  "If we don't get a win going into the Chase we're going to have to do well in these next 10 races and just be real consistent."

Going into Saturday's race Junior is 12th in points, but his last win was in Phoenix in November.  Considered one of the circuit's best restrictor-plate racers, Earnhardt has ten of his 26 career Sprint Cup victories in restrictor-plate races, four at Daytona, and he is defending champion of this weekend's race.

"Wondering and worrying about trying to make the Chase shouldn't be something that we're concerned with," said Earnhardt, who has qualified for the Chase for the past five years. "In the past several years, we've sat around the top five in points throughout the season. Things just came easier for us. They're not coming so easy today and we've just got to keep working."

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