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Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 08, 2018 - 7:38 pm
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union likely will not decide until the eve of spring training whether to change rules in an effort to increase action on the field next year. Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem said Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Mallex Smith makes a running catch on a fly ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Jon Berti during the fifth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Speedy outfielder and leadoff hitter Mallex Smith has been acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia as part of a five-player deal. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
November 08, 2018 - 2:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mallex Smith was made a promise by Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto when he was acquired for a second time by the Mariners after an initial tenure that lasted less than two hours. "Dipoto didn't guarantee anything, but he said I at least have 78 minutes," Smith joked. "We'll see...
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Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball General Manager Meetings Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
November 08, 2018 - 2:21 am
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The agent for free agent Bryce Harper and many of baseball's top players claims rebuilding teams have become a "competitive cancer" that caused this season's 4 percent attendance drop. As the sport's officials start to consider possible rules changes to spark offense and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (41) defends as Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant gains extra yardage after catching a pass in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with the situation says free-agent Dez Bryant and the New Orleans Saints have agreed on contract terms that will add the former Cowboys star to one of the NFL’s top offenses. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, because the roster move has not been announced. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
November 07, 2018 - 9:19 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dez Bryant has found a new team, agreeing to join the already prolific offense of the surging New Orleans Saints. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, who has been looking for an NFL home since becoming a free agent in April, will now have a chance to catch passes from one...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, back, looks down after his team gave up a power-play goal against the Colorado Avalanche inthe second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. The Blackhawks have fired three-time Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 06, 2018 - 6:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Joel Quenneville knew the deal. After three Stanley Cup titles and nine playoff appearances with the Chicago Blackhawks, the longtime coach figured this was a big season for him. "I only think we're in the winning business and we better win," Quenneville said on the first day of...
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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers acting coach Larry Drew gives instructions to players during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Cleveland. The Cavaliers signed assistant Drew to a new contract so he can be their coach for the rest of this season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
November 05, 2018 - 10:16 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Drew's awkward impasse with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over. The team's struggles are getting worse. The Cavs relented to Drew's requests by restructuring his contract and signing him to be their coach for the remainder of this season — and perhaps beyond. Drew and his agent...
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Texas Rangers' general manager Jon Daniels shakes hands with new manager Chris Woodward during a press conference Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers formally introduced Woodward, the Dodgers third base coach, as their new manager Monday, just more than a week after Los Angeles lost in the World Series for the second year in a row. Texas had been the last team to do that, in 2010 and 2011. (AP Photo/Stephen Hawkins)
November 05, 2018 - 3:44 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Chris Woodward grew up wanting to be an architect or an engineer. He also had what he thought was a far-fetched dream of playing professional baseball. The kid from California who was a 54th-round draft pick and went on to play 12 major league seasons as a utility infielder...
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FILE- In this July 14, 2018 file photo, a patron places a bet at the FanDuel sports book in East Rutherford, N.J., on the first day the facility offered it. FanDuel has reached deals with the National Hockey League and its New Jersey Devils franchise for sports betting and fantasy sports play. In deals announced Monday, Nov. 5 the company has become a sports betting partner of the league, as well as its official daily fantasy sports partner. They are the latest in a series of affiliations between sports books and gambling companies, and professional sports leagues who once vigorously fought against legal sports betting in the U.S. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
November 05, 2018 - 12:13 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The wall that professional sports leagues in the U.S. fought so hard to maintain between themselves and legal sports betting continues to crumble. The four major pro sports leagues fought New Jersey's efforts to legalize sports betting in a case that went all the way to...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown run by Cordarrelle Patterson during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
November 05, 2018 - 10:41 am
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers spent the week telling anyone who asked that the other guy was the better quarterback. In the second matchup between the future Hall of Famers, it was the one with five Super Bowl rings who walked off the field with the victory. Brady threw for...
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Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (87) stands with his parents, Bobby Thomas, right, and Katina Smith, prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 04, 2018 - 9:10 pm
DENVER (AP) — For the first time in his life, Demaryius Thomas celebrated Brandon McManus missing a field goal. Thomas won his hasty homecoming Sunday when his ex-teammate's windless 51-yard attempt drifted wide right, allowing the Houston Texans to escape Denver with 19-17 win. "We wanted him to...
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