Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference, in New York. The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, that “our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can't project an actual date.”(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
November 09, 2017 - 4:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL expects a five-year contract extension with Commissioner Roger Goodell to be finalized soon, despite a threatened lawsuit by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday that "our expectation is this will be wrapped up soon, but we can't project...
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November 08, 2017 - 8:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, a dispute apparently sparked by star running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence, a person with knowledge of the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo, veteran Kansas City Royals players Lorenzo Cain (6), Eric Hosmer (35) and Mike Moustakas (8) aknowledge the crowd as they come out of the game during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who have received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
November 06, 2017 - 10:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain were among nine free agents who received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams Monday. Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as did...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros in New York. Tanaka has decided to stay with the Yankees and not exercise the right to opt out of the remaining three seasons of his contract. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
November 03, 2017 - 8:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Scratch Masahiro Tanaka off the list of potential free-agent pitchers. Tanaka said Friday he will stay with the New York Yankees and not exercise the right to opt out of the remaining three seasons of his contract. "It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Justin Upton watches his home run against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game, in Anaheim, Calif. Outfielder Justin Upton is staying with the Angels, agreeing to a new five-year, $106 million contract. The Angels announced the deal Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, with Upton, their late-season trade acquisition. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
November 02, 2017 - 10:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baseball's business season began Thursday when 149 players became free agents just nine hours after the Houston Astros won their first World Series title. Rather than opt out of his contract and go on the market again, All-Star outfielder Justin Upton agreed to a $106 million,...
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New Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez gestures during a baseball press conference, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
November 02, 2017 - 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rookie Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez certainly knows his audience. Whether his words were intended for the man seated to his left in the Nationals Park home clubhouse, general manager Mike Rizzo, or the ownership group watching intently from the front row or any fans...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, file photo shows Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, that the Washington Nationals and Martinez have agreed to a managerial contract for three years plus an option. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
October 29, 2017 - 12:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez will get a chance to try to do what no Washington Nationals manager has accomplished: win a postseason series with the club. Martinez agreed to a three-year contract plus an option with the Nationals, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Rich Hill and Hollywood seem to go together. Twenty-six months ago, he was pitching for the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League. And on Wednesday night, Oct. 25, 2017, the 37-year-old left-hander will be on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Game 2 of the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
October 24, 2017 - 7:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Hill is living a Hollywood story. Twenty-six months ago, he was pitching for the Long Island Ducks in the independent Atlantic League. Thirteen months ago, he was pulled from a perfect game after seven innings because of his pitch count. Two months ago, another perfect-game...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel talks during a news conference during media day for baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 23, 2017 - 11:12 pm
A position-by-position look at the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers going into the World Series, starting Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium: ___ First Base: Astros: Yuli Gurriel. The 33-year-old rookie from Cuba has made a pretty smooth transition to the majors after signing a $47.5 million,...
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Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber reacts after Game 5 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
October 20, 2017 - 1:39 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' season had just ended when Anthony Rizzo made a bold prediction. No, he didn't promise another championship. "We're gonna consistently compete here for years to come," Rizzo said. "That's what this organization has been built on. We want to compete for a five- or...
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