Athlete contracts

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols watches his two-run home run off Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Yarbrough during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 13, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
June 21, 2019 - 3:43 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK WHERE IT BEGAN Albert Pujols returns for his first game in St. Louis since leaving the Cardinals to sign a $240 million contract with the Angels before the 2012 season. The slugger won three NL MVP awards and made nine All-Star teams with the...
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Oregon's Bol Bol smiles before the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
June 21, 2019 - 12:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Thursday's NBA draft (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Bol Bol's long wait is finally over. The 7-foot-2 Oregon freshman spent the entire first round in the green room before Miami ended his slide by picking him with the 44th overall pick. But Bol isn't heading to South...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Winnipeg Jets right wing Kevin Hayes (12) shoots the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, in Washington. The Philadelphia Flyers have signed center Kevin Hayes to a $50 million, seven-year contract that’s worth $7.14 million per season. Hayes should step in as the Flyers’ new No. 2 center behind Sean Couturier. General manager Chuck Fletcher announced the deal Wednesday, June 19, 2019, file photo, saying the 6-foot-5, 216-pound Hayes “plays a smart, two-way game and is just entering the prime of his career.” Philadelphia acquired Hayes’ negotiating rights from Winnipeg for a fifth-round pick during the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 19, 2019 - 6:11 pm
Kevin Hayes watched with significant interest as the Philadelphia Flyers made moves to get better right away. Then he signed on the dotted line for the long term to add to those efforts. Hayes signed a $50 million, seven-year contract with the Flyers on Wednesday that's worth $7.14 million a season...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2018, file photo, Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, in Anaheim, Calif. The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of former NHL MVP Corey Perry after 14 seasons with the franchise. The Ducks announced the move Wednesday, June 19, 2019. General manager Bob Murray called it "one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my 44 years in the NHL."(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
June 19, 2019 - 2:02 pm
The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of former NHL MVP Corey Perry after 14 seasons with the franchise. The Ducks announced the move Wednesday, with general manager Bob Murray calling it "one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my 44 years in the NHL." Perry has spent his...
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Cheering fans are reflected in the sunglasses of Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 10:43 am
TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday's championship parade and rally. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP isn't saying whether he'll use it to keep a door open or close it...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson, center, celebrates with Timo Meier, left, and Joe Pavelski after Pavelski scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canuck, in San Jose, Calif. The San Jose Sharks re-signed pending free agent Erik Karlsson to an eight-year deal on Monday, June 17, 2019, turning a one-year rental into a long-term commitment to one of the league's most dynamic defensemen.(AP Photo/Josie Lepe, File)
June 17, 2019 - 3:44 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks took a risk when they traded for elite defenseman Erik Karlsson knowing he had only one year left on his contract. They sat patiently as he learned about the organization and area during an injury-plagued season and were rewarded when Karlsson decided not...
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr talks with reporters at the NBA basketball team's practice facility Friday, June 14, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Their three-peat quest denied by the champion Raptors, the Warriors now brace for major uncertainty ahead as Kevin Durant begins a long rehab from right Achilles tendon surgery and must decide where to sign and Klay Thompson has a torn left ACL that will be another lengthy recovery. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)
June 14, 2019 - 7:11 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr still considers Golden State an ideal fit for Kevin Durant. Whether Durant sees it that way going into free agency next month, Kerr isn't about to guess. Especially now that the two-time NBA Finals MVP is headed for what could be a yearlong recovery from surgery...
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In this Jan. 5, 2011, photo, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen talks about Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway who he named Executive V.P. of football operations during a news conference at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. Bowlen, the Denver Broncos owner who transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals, has died. He was 75. (AP Photo/ Ed Andrieski)
June 14, 2019 - 4:28 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — On a cool night in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016, John Elway thrust the Lombardi Trophy into the air and hollered, "This one's for Pat!" It came 18 years after Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen had declared, "This one's for John!" following the franchise's first...
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June 13, 2019 - 10:09 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to terminate his contract with a sports marketing company, saying the agency violated the state's sports agent law. A lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro says the star player should be allowed to void his...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) reacts after making a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. The three-time All-Star point says he’d be willing to work with the Hornets and take less than the “supermax” $221 million contract he’s eligible to receive to re-sign with Charlotte (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 13, 2019 - 1:25 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker said he would consider taking less money than he is eligible to make to stay with the Charlotte Hornets if that means helping them build a winning team. Because Walker was named to an All-NBA team this season, the Hornets can offer him a...
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