Sports team and league operation

FILE - In this a, Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Grizzlies fired Bickerstaff on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 11, 2019 - 6:10 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason Thursday with plenty of questions to answer, then controlling owner Robert Pera added to the to-do list by firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout. The...
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Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 10, 2019 - 2:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas baseball players listen to their national anthem before facing Panama's Los Toros de Herrera for the final, Caribbean Series baseball tournament championship game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City. The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, which appears to once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
April 08, 2019 - 5:56 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB. The Treasury...
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Vanderbilt basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse answers questions at a news conference Monday, April 8, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Stackhouse was hired to replace Bryce Drew as head. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
April 08, 2019 - 4:28 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jerry Stackhouse was preparing to interview for NBA jobs, not take over the struggling Vanderbilt men's basketball program. He had a couple of interviews for NBA head coaching jobs lined up, but then he got a call from the Commodores' new athletic director. The mutual...
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold models the NFL football team's new "Gotham green" uniform Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 05, 2019 - 2:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New colors, a tweaked logo, flashy uniforms and fired-up fans and players. The New York Jets are the latest NFL franchise to switch up their playbooks and call for a major rebranding, with the team's revamped look unveiled Thursday night during a launch party at a midtown Manhattan...
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 24, 2019, file photo, Calgary Inferno's Brigette Lacquette, left, battles for the puck with Les Canadiennes de Montreal's Lauriane Rougeau during the second-period action of the Clarkson Cup hockey game in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadian Women's Hockey League will discontinue operations on May 1, the league announced Sunday, March 31. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 7:30 pm
The National Women's Hockey League is moving swiftly to expand to Toronto and Montreal following the demise of its Canadian-based rival. NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan told The Associated Press on Tuesday the league's board had approved an investment plan to establish teams in Canada's two largest...
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April 02, 2019 - 7:23 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some could be playing in the United States this year. The 34 players are 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2019, file photo, San Diego Fleet tight end Gavin Escobar (89) makes a critical first down catch on fourth and long over Birmingham Iron defensive back Max Redfield (20) late in the second half of an Alliance of American Football game in San Diego.The Alliance of American Football is suspending operations eight games into its first season. A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press the eight-team spring football league is not folding, but games will not be played this weekend. The decision was made by majority owner Tom Dundon. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because league officials were still working through details of the suspension. An announcement from the league is expected later Tuesday, April 2, 2019.(AP Photo/Peter Joneleit, File)
April 02, 2019 - 6:08 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alliance of American Football co-founder Bill Polian said he's been told that football operations have been suspended and that virtually everyone involved with the fledgling spring league will be terminated within 24 to 48 hours. Polian declined to say where he got that information...
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FILE - This is a Feb. 15, 2019, file photo showing Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London. Years before Tottenham Hotspur Stadium started rising like a spaceship in a north London neighborhood needing regeneration, planning on how to finance it was under way nearly 3,500 miles away. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
April 01, 2019 - 1:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Years before Tottenham Hotspur Stadium started rising like a spaceship in north London, planning on how to finance the structure was underway nearly 3,500 miles away. In a glass tower near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, Greg Carey and his team at Goldman Sachs worked...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The state lottery released figures on Friday, March 29, 2019, showing that casinos in Rhode Island lost nearly $900,000 on sports betting in February, after they paid out winning bets for the Super Bowl and other professional sports. ( AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 29, 2019 - 12:04 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Casinos in Rhode Island lost nearly $900,000 on sports betting in February after winning bets for the Super Bowl and other professional sports were paid out, the state lottery said Friday. That leaves Rhode Island with about $150,000 in revenue from sports betting since the...
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