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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Alex Ovechkin isn't budging. Jonathan Toews is preparing for a possible showdown with owners. Justin Faulk is just plain angry that the NHL pulled the plug on the Olympics. A day after the NHL said that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, disappointed players hit the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 4:49 pm
Alex Ovechkin and other players aren't so sure the NHL's decision to skip the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year is final. The Washington Capitals superstar on Tuesday reiterated his intention to represent Russia next February, calling the league's decision a "bluff." Montreal Canadiens...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18), of Czech Republic, is congratulated on his goal by teammates, including Tyler Johnson (9) and Nikita Kucherov (86), of Russia, as Dallas Stars' Gemel Smith reacts during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 6-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
April 04, 2017 - 4:10 am
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, refusing for the first time in 20 years to halt its season for three weeks so its stars can chase gold for their home countries. From Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews to Connor McDavid and Henrik...
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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 04, 2017 - 1:53 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin threw batting practice to Khris Davis all spring and cannot remember the slugger clearing the fences once. Not in an exhibition game, either. Davis saved those shots for opening night, hitting a go-ahead homer in the sixth and connected again leading off the eighth...
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People watch the IHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division II Group A game between Croatia and Estonia at Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 04, 2017 - 1:08 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for...
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April 03, 2017 - 9:58 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. A spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat (18), of Czech Republic, is congratulated on his goal by teammates, including Tyler Johnson (9) and Nikita Kucherov (86), of Russia, as Dallas Stars' Gemel Smith reacts during the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 6-3. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
April 03, 2017 - 7:41 pm
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, refusing for the first time in 20 years to halt its season for three weeks so its stars can chase gold for their home countries. From Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews to Connor McDavid and Henrik...
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FILE - This March 17, 2017 file photo shows NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaking with the media following a news conference in Ottawa. The NHL announced Monday, April 3, 2017 that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it sees no tangible benefit in halting its season for three weeks next February despite clear signs from the world's best players that they want to go. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, file)
April 03, 2017 - 5:43 pm
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it sees no tangible benefit in halting its season for three weeks next February despite clear signs from the world's best players that they want to go. Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy...
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches from the dugout during the second inning of the team's preseason baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 03, 2017 - 12:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees aren't among baseball's top two payrolls for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, making cuts along with some other traditional big spenders. The Los Angeles Dodgers topped the major leagues for the fourth straight opening day but dropped to $225 million...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 27, 2017 file photo, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, right, speaks along side Jim Kavanaugh, vice chairman of the group trying to bring an MLS team to St. Louis, during a news conference in St. Louis. City residents go to the polls Tuesday, April 4 to decide whether to designate $60 million from a business use tax for a 22,000-seat downtown soccer stadium planned by the ownership group SC STL. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
April 02, 2017 - 10:25 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A year after the NFL's Rams abandoned St. Louis for Los Angeles, the city has a chance to again become a three-sport town if voters agree to help pay for a stadium for a new Major League Soccer franchise. Voters will decide Tuesday whether to designate $60 million from an existing...
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