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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten talks to the media following practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
July 27, 2019 - 7:46 pm
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott's contract holdout doesn't faze the player who has been around Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones longer than anyone else on the roster — even after taking a year off. Jason Witten said "talk to me in a month" when the tight end was asked Saturday if Elliott's...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) reacts during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a three-year contract extension with All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, locking up the anchor of their defense for the foreseeable future. Wagner and the Seahawks completed the lengthy contract negotiation, Friday, July 26, 2019 on the second day of training camp and will keep the All-Pro in the only uniform he has played in as a professional. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
July 26, 2019 - 9:50 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Bobby Wagner took on the challenge of representing himself when it came to negotiating a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The risk paid off. Wagner and the Seahawks reached agreement on a three-year contract extension Friday night, locking up the anchor of their defense...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay speaks during a news conference ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, in Atlanta. Coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have agreed to contract extensions through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams. The defending NFC champions announced the deal Friday, July 26, 2019, while veterans reported to training camp in Orange County. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
July 26, 2019 - 4:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay and Les Snead have received their rewards for their two-year transformation of the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams' 33-year-old head coach and his general manager have agreed to contract extensions through 2023. The defending NFC champions announced the deals Friday while...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson, right, rounds third after hitting a two-run home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto steps off the mound during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 23, 2019 - 7:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to welcome the All-Star Game back to Dodger Stadium with a $100 million renovation of their landmark ballpark. The Dodgers unveiled the logo for next year's Midsummer Classic along with their latest modernization plans Tuesday for their 57-year-old...
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July 19, 2019 - 7:16 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says top-tier sponsor Alibaba will run ticketing services for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, putting the Chinese online retail giant in line to do the same for future hosts Paris and Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee says the Beijing contract...
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Kansas City Royals' Martin Maldonado hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
July 16, 2019 - 2:30 am
CHICAGO (AP) — With their All-Star catcher sidelined, the Chicago Cubs quickly found some experienced help behind the plate. The NL Central leaders acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City on Monday night that sent left-hander Mike Montgomery to the Royals. Cubs president of baseball...
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July 12, 2019 - 5:52 pm
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Veteran NFL referee Tony Corrente was quick to make the distinction about what changes now that pass interference can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials. "First of all, the rule has not changed whatsoever. Pass interference is still the same rule that we have had...
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Home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles behind Freedom Division catcher James Skelton, of the York Revolution, as the official wears an earpiece during the first inning of the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game, Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in York, Pa. deBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 11, 2019 - 12:05 pm
YORK, Pa. (AP) — "Robot umpires" have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket...
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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman, of the New York Yankees, throws during the ninth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 11:08 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 11:04 p.m. Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat from the start, Cleveland's Shane Bieber struck out the side and the AL staff combined to fan 16, dominating a loaded NL lineup 4-3 in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night for its...
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FILE - At left, in a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/File)
July 09, 2019 - 10:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed. So expect changes on that front for 2020. The NBA's board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process — either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially eliminating some...
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