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October 26, 2018 - 1:42 pm
Former NHL President John Ziegler Jr. has died at 84. The NHL confirmed Ziegler's death in a statement by Commissioner Gary Bettman. Ziegler was living in Florida. The cause of death was not immediately known. Ziegler oversaw the league's merger with the World Hockey Association and was eventually...
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, passes over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15), of Serbia, and forward Paul Millsap (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
October 26, 2018 - 2:32 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Kobe Bryant took a courtside seat in the first quarter, Staples Center buzzed with excitement for the mere sight of the most popular athlete in this building's history. The crowd even started a "Kobe! Kobe!" chant in the fourth quarter — and it was immediately drowned out by...
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October 26, 2018 - 1:04 am
TORONTO (AP) — Charlie Montoyo, a bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. He succeeds John Gibbons, who was let go after the team finished 73-89. The Blue Jays will officially introduce Montoyo during a news conference Monday at...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Asdrubal Cabrera, left, celebrates with first base coach Rocco Baldelli after singling off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez during the first inning of a baseball game, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager. The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a 305-343 record. The sources spoke to The AP on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on condition of anonymity, because the Twins had not yet made the announcement about Baldelli, who spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
October 25, 2018 - 8:12 pm
Though Rocco Baldelli's time as a player was cut short by physical ailments, his career in baseball was only beginning to take off. The mind and the heart can be powerful forces. Seeking a fresh voice for their underachieving young players, the Minnesota Twins made the 37-year-old Baldelli the...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) argues a call with referee Tony Brothers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, In Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
October 25, 2018 - 7:32 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden will miss at least two games because of a hamstring injury, starting with Houston's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Harden didn't practice on Thursday after leaving Wednesday night's loss to Utah after experiencing tightness in the hamstring in the...
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October 25, 2018 - 6:58 pm
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Redskins cornerback Josh Norman pushed back Thursday on Eric Reid's criticism of Malcolm Jenkins and The Players Coalition. Reid and Jenkins had a heated exchange before Sunday's game between Reid's Carolina Panthers and Jenkins' Philadelphia Eagles. Jenkins co-founded The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) is escorted by an official off the ice after he checked St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist, background right, during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Washington. Wilson's 20-game suspension for the illegal check to Sundqvist's head in a preseason game has been upheld by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman's decision was announced Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, a week after a hearing that lasted nearly 7½ hours. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
October 25, 2018 - 6:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson's 20-game suspension for an illegal check to an opponent's head in a preseason game was upheld by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. In a 31-page decision announced a week after Wilson's nearly 7½-hour appeal hearing, Bettman determined...
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October 25, 2018 - 1:43 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's rapidly growing sports betting market is extending its reach into a professional hockey arena, even as it adds a seventh Atlantic City casino to the fold. Bookmaker William Hill US said it plans to open a sports lounge Thursday night at Newark's Prudential...
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Attendees listen to a speaker at a vigil for slain Pullman High School graduate and University of Utah communications major and track athlete, Lauren McCluskey, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Pullman, Wash. Police said Melvin Rowland, 37, fatally shot 21-year-old McCluskey of Pullman, on Monday night on the university campus and then killed himself in a church as officers closed in. (Kai Eiselein/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)
October 25, 2018 - 1:23 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sex offender who killed a University of Utah student he briefly dated once said at a parole hearing that he was a womanizer who manipulated women to get what he wanted. Melvin Rowland said he was attracted to teenage girls and vulnerable women, and sought to manipulate those...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers strong safety Eric Reid, center, takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Reid's grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals has been denied by an arbitrator, a decision that has irked the NFL Players Association. The grievance claimed that Reid wasn't signed by any team because of his anthem protests. Reid joined this Panthers this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 24, 2018 - 2:44 pm
Eric Reid's grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals has been denied by an arbitrator, a decision that has irked the NFL Players Association. The union said that arbitrator Shyam Das found that the team asking Reid during a free-agent visit if he planned to kneel during the national anthem violated...
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