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DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, speaks during a news conference at the NFL Super Bowl 52 Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
February 01, 2018 - 5:58 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — DeMaurice Smith dismissed with one word a question about his union's labor deal with the NFL being extended. Then he attacked. The executive director of the NFL Players Association quickly said "no" Thursday when asked about the current 10-year collective bargaining...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2017, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller (26) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Miller has won his salary arbitration case against Arizona after missing most of last season due to a torn elbow ligament, a decision that gave players a 2-0 record in decisions this year. Miller was awarded a $200,000 raise to $4.9 million on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, by arbitrators. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
February 01, 2018 - 4:01 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Shelby Miller has won his salary arbitration case against Arizona after missing most of last season because of a torn elbow ligament, a decision that gave players a 2-0 record this year. Miller was awarded a $200,000 raise to $4.9 million on Thursday by arbitrators Robert...
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The Vince Lombardi Trophy is seen before a news conference by Commissioner Roger Goodell in advance of the Super Bowl 52 football game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 31, 2018 - 2:53 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Super Bowl activities on Wednesday including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's annual Super Bowl week news conference. (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Commissioner Roger Goodell has reiterated his stance that it's not the NFL's place to get involved in whether Colin...
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A Chief Wahoo logo is shown on a baseball at the Cleveland Indians team shop, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Cleveland. Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians' uniform next year. The polarizing mascot is coming off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season. The Club will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
January 30, 2018 - 5:57 pm
Cleveland native Josh Hunt is not a fan of baseball. But he's showed up at Progressive Field where the Indians play for the past couple of years to protest the team name and its mascot, Chief Wahoo — confronted with fans in headdresses and face paint, some playing small drums. "Being Native...
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A Chief Wahoo logo is shown on a baseball at the Cleveland Indians team shop, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Cleveland. Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Cleveland Indians' uniform next year. The polarizing mascot is coming off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season. The Club will still sell merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
January 29, 2018 - 8:06 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are dropping the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms next year after decades of protests and complaints that the grinning, red-faced caricature used in one version or another since 1947 is racist. The move, announced Monday, came after protracted discussions...
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Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood addresses the media during a press conference announcing he has been diagnosed with a career ending neck injury, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
January 29, 2018 - 6:02 pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills center Eric Wood's plans to announce his retirement on Monday were sidetracked due to issues arising over what he is owed over the final two years of his contract, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Instead of announcing his...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Miami Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich steps out of the cage during batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. The Marlins sent Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers for four prospects on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
January 26, 2018 - 10:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Concerned after the Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates cut major league payroll, the baseball players' association has taken the first step toward trying to force changes in the clubs' behavior. The union said it expressed concern to Major League Baseball that the teams are not...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, celebrates a score as Minnesota Timberwolves' Nemanja Bjelica reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
January 26, 2018 - 7:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Kevin Durant was steaming mad over officiating this week, then eventually apologized after realizing he could have better handled his frustrations. The NBA hopes all players and referees take the time for such reflection. The league introduced a five-pronged plan Friday to try and...
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January 25, 2018 - 9:44 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Retired San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan has agreed to accept $7.5 million to settle his lawsuits against a former financial adviser he accused of bilking him out of more than $20 million. The San Antonio Express-News reports the money is to come from restitution a judge ordered...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2017 file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) walks on the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. The NFL and the Players Association announced the Panthers correctly followed concussion protocol guidelines when handling Newton’s injury during a first-round playoff loss to the Saints. The league released a statement Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, saying it reviewed game footage and medical reports, as well as statements and interviews with Newton and coach Ron Rivera, before making its determination that “there was no protocol violation.” (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
January 24, 2018 - 10:19 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers will not be punished for their handling of Cam Newton's injury during a playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 7. The NFL and the Players Association announced Wednesday that Carolina's medical staff correctly followed concussion protocol guidelines. The...
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