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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) looks on after Milwaukee Brewers' Domingo Santana (16) scores during the eighth inning of a tie break baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Maddon's future. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-year-old manager. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
March 19, 2019 - 11:15 am
CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future. They also know what's going on, too. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2017, file photo, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, stands on the field before the All-Star Futures baseball game in Miami. Union head Tony Clark says he applauds the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to give minor league players a 50 percent raise and hopes that other clubs will follow suit. Representatives from the players’ association made a scheduled visit to Blue Jays spring training camp Monday, March 18, 2019, a day after The Athletic reported the team planned to provide raises for all minor league players, some of whom made as little as $1,100 per month in recent seasons. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
March 18, 2019 - 7:14 pm
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs do the same. Representatives from the players' association visited the Blue Jays spring training camp a day after The Athletic reported the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, fans watch during the first half of an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Coliseum Authority approved a lease agreement on Friday, March 15, 2019, to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)
March 15, 2019 - 1:42 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Coliseum Authority approved a lease agreement Friday to keep the Raiders in Oakland for at least one more season. The board voted unanimously to approve the lease for 2019 with an option for 2020. The deal still must be approved by the Oakland City Council and the Alameda...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018, file photo, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Major League Baseball and its players' union reached an unprecedented agreement to discuss renegotiating their labor contract that has three seasons remaining, part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
March 14, 2019 - 1:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union reached an unprecedented agreement Thursday to discuss renegotiating their labor contract that has three seasons remaining, part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Club World Cup at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday March 15, 2019, to approve a pilot of an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. A revamp of the current annual December seven-team competition is being pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino despite ongoing opposition from Europe, with the long-term vision of the bigger Club World Cup being staged every four years. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)
March 13, 2019 - 1:59 pm
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021, The Associated Press has learned. An overhaul of the current seven-team annual competition, normally in December, is being pursued by FIFA President...
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 13, 2019 - 1:24 pm
TURIN, Italy (AP) — If you can't beat him, buy him. The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off it. Ronaldo scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, giving the Italian team the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell carries the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game in Pittsburgh. Defense is the area with the most depth in this year's free agency class, Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)
March 13, 2019 - 1:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Le'Veon Bell sat out a full season while considering where he'd make his next playmaking moves. Well-rested, motivated and armed with a new contract, the star running back is joining Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. Bell agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, a person with...
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, smiles during an inauguration ceremony in New York. James has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump's business dealings, taking action after his former lawyer told Congress he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. A person familiar with the inquiry said James issued subpoenas Monday, March 11, to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank seeking records related to four Trump real estate projects and his failed 2014 bid to buy the NFL's Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
March 12, 2019 - 7:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general has opened a civil investigation into President Donald Trump's business dealings, acting after his former personal lawyer and fixer told Congress that he exaggerated his wealth to obtain loans. Trump tweeted an apparent response Tuesday night, decrying...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 12, 2019 - 7:07 pm
NBA star Russell Westbrook will play in Utah again one day. When he does, a fan who allegedly made racial taunts against him will not be there to watch. A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments — which were captured on video and went viral — toward two fans, the Utah...
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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, left, listens as general manager Kyle Dubas speaks during a press conference, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Toronto, as they address an NHL investigation into an alleged slur used during an NHL hockey game the night before against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 12, 2019 - 4:51 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly didn't direct a gay slur at referee Brad Meier during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL said Tuesday after an investigation. Television cameras picked up what sounded like a slur with 1:51 left in the second period when...
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