Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons reacts after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York. A person familiar with the situation says the Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension. The max deal is the latest big commitment by the team. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, July 15, 2019, because the contract is not official. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
July 15, 2019 - 2:37 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The max deal is the latest big commitment by a team expected to make a serious push at its first NBA...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
July 10, 2019 - 7:09 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California. It might not be forever: Both can become free agents in only two years. The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with the...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, looks to pass the ball around Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Los Angeles Clippers will be landing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent after they acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a massive trade for players and draft picks. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
July 10, 2019 - 2:58 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paul George and Kawhi Leonard are now officially with the Los Angeles Clippers, moves that bring both of them back to their native Southern California. It might not be forever: Both can become free agents now in only two years. The Clippers completed their blockbuster trade with...
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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman, of the New York Yankees, throws during the ninth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 11:08 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 11:04 p.m. Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat from the start, Cleveland's Shane Bieber struck out the side and the AL staff combined to fan 16, dominating a loaded NL lineup 4-3 in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night for its...
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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, left, hugs Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco during the middle of the fifth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. The Indians' right-hander, who was recently diagnosed with a form of leukemia, was saluted in the fifth inning of the game as part of Major League Baseball's "Stand Up to Cancer" campaign. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 10:10 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 10 p.m. Carlos Carrasco hopes to strike out cancer. The Indians right-hander, who was recently diagnosed with a form of leukemia, was saluted in the fifth inning of the All-Star Game during Major League Baseball's "Stand Up...
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FILE - At left, in a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/File)
July 09, 2019 - 10:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed. So expect changes on that front for 2020. The NBA's board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process — either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially eliminating some...
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American League's Michael Brantley, of the Houston Astros, hits an RBI double during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
July 09, 2019 - 9:00 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Two Cleveland baseball mainstays, whose careers are forever linked, were saluted before the All-Star Game. For CC Sabathia, it was a final bow. For Michael Brantley, it was welcome back. Sabathia, who will retire...
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American League Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, waits to be introduced while wearing the number 45 of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away last Monday, before the start of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 09, 2019 - 8:31 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 8:15 Late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs is being honored at the All-Star Game by two grieving teammates — and all of baseball. Superstar outfielder Mike Trout and infielder Tommy La Stella are both wearing No. 45...
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American League Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, waits to be introduced while wearing the number 45 of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away last Monday, before the start of the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 09, 2019 - 8:15 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 8:15 Late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Skaggs is being honored at the All-Star Game by two grieving teammates — and all of baseball. Superstar outfielder Mike Trout and infielder Tommy La Stella are both wearing No. 45...
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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in London. Major League Baseball makes its European debut game today at London Stadium. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
July 09, 2019 - 5:41 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The baseball players' association has outlined goals for the sport's unprecedented midterm collective bargaining, objectives likely to meet resistance from management unless the union is willing to make trade-offs. Baseball's five-year labor contract expires in December 2021, but...
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