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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, Major League Baseball free agent second baseman Neil Walker fields a ground ball during infield drills before a scrimmage game in Bradenton, Fla. A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent infielder Neil Walker and the New York Yankees are close to an agreement on a one-year contract for about $5 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, March 12, 2018, because an agreement would be subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
March 12, 2018 - 4:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent infielder Neil Walker and the New York Yankees are close to a one-year contract worth about $5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because any agreement is...
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March 11, 2018 - 9:10 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston has been unanimously re-elected as president of the NFL players union, earning his third straight three-year term. Winston, who is scheduled to become a free agent, ran unopposed for the position. The NFLPA Board of Player...
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March 10, 2018 - 3:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says participation in the 2022 Olympics in China is possible but not essential to the league's efforts to grow the sport in the world's largest country. The NHL was criticized by the International Olympic Committee and fans for not allowing NHL...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2018, file photo, gamers compete during the Athens Online mega-lan gaming expo hosted by eSports at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. The NHL is making its first foray into the world of esports that follows the lead of the NBA, NFL and FIFA. The league is launching the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship on Friday, March 9, 2018, a tournament that will crown a champion in June in Las Vegas. League officials and esports experts say it’s a way to attract millennials to hockey and to find new ways to connect with current fans. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)
March 09, 2018 - 11:22 am
Rob Simmelkjaer got his introduction to hockey playing "NHL 94" on Sega Genesis. "I got to know the players and the teams, who played what position," the NBC Sports executive recalled. "I think that's something that the NHL can benefit from by putting esports front and center." The NHL did just...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2016, file photo, Iona guard A.J. English (5) embraces Monmouth guard Justin Robinson (12) after Iona's 79-76 win in an NCAA college basketball game for the championship of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's tournament in Albany, N.Y. Monmouth earned national recognition that season by beating UCLA and Notre Dame, but the Hawks lost in the conference tournament and went to the NIT. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
March 09, 2018 - 2:50 am
DETROIT (AP) — March Madness has lived up to its name in the Horizon League in recent years. In four of the past five seasons, the top seed has been bounced from the conference tournament, falling short of an NCAA bid after weeks of success. Out: teams such as Valparaiso in 2016, which won 26 games...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Kansas City, Mo. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Moustakas and Kansas City have agreed to a one-year contract that keeps him with the Royals and guarantees the third baseman $6.5 million. The deal could be worth up to $22.7 million over two seasons, the person said Thursday, March 8, 2018, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
March 08, 2018 - 10:51 pm
Mike Moustakas is staying with the Kansas City Royals in a surprising turn dictated by a historically slow free-agent market. Kansas City agreed Thursday to a one-year contract that guarantees the third baseman $6.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The...
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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn't pursue, saying they didn't believe there was evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
March 07, 2018 - 10:02 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case. League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly...
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March 07, 2018 - 8:27 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hall of Fame player Ron Francis is out as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes after four years but will remain with the team in another front-office position. New owner Tom Dundon said Wednesday night that the team will begin a search for a new GM to report directly to...
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March 01, 2018 - 3:33 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association has created a medical guide for players, a 107-page reference book written by scientific professionals with extensive material on concussion detection, treatment and the league's game-day protocol for head injuries. The union's inaugural "health...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2017, file photo, retired Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is honored with the renaming of a portion of Yawkey Way to David Ortiz Drive outside Fenway Park in Boston. Beside him are Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, second from right, and team owner John Henry, right. In February 2018, the Red Sox asked the city of Boston to change the name of the rest of Yawkey Way back to its original Jersey Street name. The street had been named for late Sox owner Tom Yawkey, who owned the team from 1933 to 1976 and presided over the last franchise in Major League Baseball to field a black player. That was in 1959, more than a decade after Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
February 28, 2018 - 6:19 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are asking the city of Boston to change Yawkey Way back to its original name, Jersey Street. The name has been under fire for years for its connection to what the team's principal owner has said is the franchise's complicated racial past under former owner Tom...
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