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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. The Fox network says "Empire" will be back next year for one last season. Whether Smollett is part of it remains to be seen, Fox executives said in announcing the 2019-20 season. There is an option to have Smollett in the final sixth year but there is no plan to include him at this point, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier told a teleconference Monday, May 13, 2019. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
May 13, 2019 - 9:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "Empire" will return for its final season this fall on Fox — with Jussie Smollett a question mark — and should count itself lucky. Fox, the lowest-rated network among the big four broadcasters, is hitting the reset button for the 2019-20 season by canceling eight shows and adding 10...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Doug Glanville congratulates a teammate in the 10th inning against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. The Chicago Cubs say they're investigating a fan using what appeared to be an offensive hand gesture associated with racism behind Glanville, now a television reporter, who was on the air for NBC Sports Chicago. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
May 08, 2019 - 8:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have banned indefinitely from Wrigley Field the fan that used what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter during a game at their ballpark. The Cubs sent a letter Wednesday to the bearded man who flashed the offensive sign...
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This March 8, 2019 photo shows a wall of video screens in the sports betting lounge at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City N.J. On May 8, 2019, Fox Sports announced it is buying nearly 5 percent of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars, and that the two companies will offer sports betting in the fall in the U.S. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
May 08, 2019 - 8:20 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A major U.S. sports network is getting into the sports betting game. Fox Sports says it is buying just under 5% of The Stars Group, the parent company of PokerStars, for about $236 million. Both companies will offer real-money sports betting this fall in states where it...
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FILE - At left, in a May 18, 2012, file photo, Vince McMahon is shown at the Republican state convention in Hartford, Conn. At right, in a Feb. 7, 2019, file photo, XFL Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck makes comments during a news conference in Arlington, Texas. The XFL has reached multiyear agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports to broadcast its games beginning in 2020. The league also announced Monday, May 6, 2019, that its season will start Feb. 8, the weekend after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl. This is the second time Vince McMahon has launched a football league. (AP Photo/File)
May 06, 2019 - 11:02 am
The XFL reached multiyear agreements with ESPN and Fox Sports on Monday to broadcast its games beginning in 2020. The league also announced its season will start Feb. 8, the weekend after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl. This is the second time Vince McMahon has launched a football league...
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May 05, 2019 - 5:54 pm
For all the accolades he's received as a college and professional basketball coach and an even longer career in broadcasting, Dick Vitale insists his greatest accomplishment has been raising money for pediatric cancer research. It's an obsession, he says, that one night each spring transforms his...
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A horse gets a bath after an early-morning workout at Churchill Downs Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
May 03, 2019 - 2:35 am
When Rob Hyland worked his first Kentucky Derby for NBC in 2001, it was a 90-minute show with a handful reporters and only one race — the Derby — was aired. Hyland, the coordinating producer of NBC's horse racing coverage, now is at the helm of 15 hours of coverage over three days. The broadcast...
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May 01, 2019 - 8:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Healey turned Runyon's: A New York Saloon into the sports world's crossroads where players, umpires, writers, television executives, police and fans ritually congregated for nightly discourse that could last until nearly dawn. Healey died Tuesday at age 77, more than two decades...
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Austin Dillon (3) leads the pack to start a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
May 01, 2019 - 5:15 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR abandoned its years-long bid to add excitement to qualifying and announced Wednesday it will return to single-car laps after the current format became a laughingstock. All three national series will make the change at all oval tracks, starting this weekend at Dover...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2017, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks during a news conference at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, N.C. Earnhardt Jr. will work his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, 2019, as part of his expanding role with NBC Sports. The retired NASCAR superstar is also slated to cover his first Indianapolis 500 later this month. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
May 01, 2019 - 8:52 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will work his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday as part of his expanding role with NBC Sports. The retired NASCAR superstar is also slated to cover his first Indianapolis 500 later this month. Earnhardt will work alongside reporter Rutledge Wood at Churchill...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2008, file photo, Justin Gimelstob, then a member of Kastles' World Team Tennis, smiles during a match in Washington. Now a tennis broadcaster and coach, Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. The district attorney's office says the 42-year-old former pro player was sentenced Monday, April 22, 2019, to three years of probation, 60 days of community service and a year's worth of anger management classes. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
April 22, 2019 - 9:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. The district attorney's office says the 42-year-old former pro player was sentenced Monday to three years of...
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