Athlete contracts

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James wipes his face during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 09, 2018 - 4:07 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Maybe it was poetic LeBron James had a supporting cast on his injured right hand. He was missing one in the NBA Finals. For the second time in a career still ascending after 15 years, James was on the wrong side of a sweep as the Golden State Warriors, a team with no apparent...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) is placed on a cart after injuring his leg in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. The Bears have re-signed veteran tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract, clearing the way for him to return from a gruesome injury last October that nearly cost him his left leg.(AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
June 04, 2018 - 1:06 pm
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have re-signed veteran tight end Zach Miller to a one-year contract, clearing the way for him to return from a gruesome injury last October that nearly cost him his left leg. Miller tore an artery while dislocating his knee trying to make a touchdown catch...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 27, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures to supporters as he celebrates with teammates after winning the Champions League final soccer match, at the Cibeles square in Madrid, Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo is beginning his World Cup preparations on Monday June 4, 2018, surrounded by doubts about his club future, again bringing unwanted distraction to Portugal’s national team. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
June 04, 2018 - 10:10 am
Surrounded by doubts about his future at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is bringing some unwanted distraction to Portugal's national team ahead of the World Cup. Ronaldo was expected to join Portugal's squad on Monday, with just about everyone wondering what he will say about his situation with...
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) listens to instructions from quarterback coach Kevin Stefanski during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Eagan, Minn. Cousins is the quarterback with the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history, but he's also being careful not to force his way into the role of the team leader and confident it will happen organically throughout the year. At left is backup quarterback Kyle Sloter. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
May 30, 2018 - 6:42 pm
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — There's still so much more for Kirk Cousins to learn about his new coaches, teammates and playbook in Minnesota, a mere 2½ months after the newest Vikings quarterback signed his record-setting contract to headline this year's NFL free agency frenzy. With every full-...
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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with relief pitcher Alex Colome after the team's 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Thursday, May 24, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
May 25, 2018 - 10:52 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Rather than waiting to see where the Seattle Mariners are sitting by the time the trade market heats up, general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to be proactive. Rewarding a strong start in spite of numerous injuries and the suspension of Robinson Cano, the Mariners pulled off the first...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez takes off his batting helmet after grounding out with bases loaded during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox have designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment to make room for Dustin Pedroia on the 25-man roster as he returns from the disabled list. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, FIle)
May 25, 2018 - 8:09 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez has been designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who are responsible for the $15.25 million remaining on his contract but avoided him triggering a $22 million salary for 2019. Boston made the move Friday to clear a roster spot for All-Star second baseman Dustin...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, right, talks to reporters during the Cubs' annual baseball convention in Chicago. The idea of Manny Machado joining Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in a powerhouse lineup sure is a tantalizing one. Whether that happens or not, the Chicago Cubs are banking on the players they have to perform up to expectations. So far, that hasn’t happened. And if fans are frustrated, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein understands. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
May 25, 2018 - 3:58 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The idea of Manny Machado joining Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in a powerhouse lineup sure is a tantalizing one. Whether that happens or not, the Chicago Cubs are banking on the players they have to perform up to expectations. So far, that hasn't happened. And if fans are frustrated...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane waits for play to resume during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is expected to be finalized on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night, May 22, on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been completed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 5:14 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Evander Kane knew San Jose was a good fit when Joe Thornton showed up for a late-night airport pickup following a trade deadline deal. That comfort was only reinforced over the next 10 weeks on the ice and in the dressing room. It left Kane with an easy choice as he headed...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane waits for play to resume during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is expected to be finalized on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night, May 22, on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been completed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 22, 2018 - 10:13 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Evander Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is expected to be finalized on Wednesday. The person spoke to The...
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