Athlete compensation

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi talks to the crowd ahead of the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Boca Juniors at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 16, 2018 - 5:53 pm
A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other. The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo, members of the French team lift up their trophies after France won the Davis Cup final at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France. The Davis Cup will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament beginning next year. The new format replaces the one in which the Davis Cup is played over four weekends throughout the year. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
August 16, 2018 - 2:36 pm
The Davis Cup is getting a radical makeover in hopes of reviving an event that has lost some luster. Beginning next year, the top team event in men's tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site. The International Tennis Federation believes this format will be...
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August 14, 2018 - 12:24 am
The standoff between the Chicago Bears and No. 8 overall draft pick Roquan Smith is over. A person familiar with the situation says the linebacker has agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees $18.5 million and includes an $11.5 million signing bonus. The person spoke Monday night on condition...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2018, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) defends against receiver D.J. Chark Jr. during a practice at NFL football training camp in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars have suspended All-Pro cornerback Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
August 12, 2018 - 9:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars suspended All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler on Sunday for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player. Neither one will make the trip to Minnesota on Tuesday for two days of joint practices and...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Fusion players compete against the London Spitfire during the Overwatch League Grand Finals at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Overwatch League has announced that Atlanta will join the global, city-based esports circuit for its second season in 2019. The team will be managed by Atlanta Esports Ventures, a partnership between Cox Enterprises and Province, Inc. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 02, 2018 - 4:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta is set to add another expansion franchise — this time in esports. The Overwatch League announced Thursday that Atlanta will join the global, city-based esports circuit in 2019, its second season. The team will be managed by Atlanta Esports Ventures, a partnership between Cox...
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, left, throws while quarterback Josh McCown looks on during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Florham Park, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
August 01, 2018 - 8:42 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold huddled up with his Pad to keep on top of the New York Jets' offense during his brief contract holdout. The rookie quarterback missed the first three practices of training camp while his representatives ironed out details of his four-year, $30.5 million fully...
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Benoit Paire of France smashes his tennis racket after loosing to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 01, 2018 - 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — French tennis player Benoit Paire's racket-breaking tantrum at the Citi Open cost him $16,500 in fines levied by the ATP — more than twice his prize money at the tournament. A tour spokesman said Wednesday that Paire was docked for unsportsmanlike conduct, audible obscenity and a...
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New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, reacts during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
July 31, 2018 - 10:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings to extend his unbeaten streak to 13 starts, Miguel Andujar hit a three-run homer and the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 6-3 on Tuesday night after the veteran-shedding Orioles dealt away three more players. Coming off a three-hit...
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In this Jan. 14, 2018, photo, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) stands with teammate Terence Newman (23) following their win over New Orleans Saints in an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis. A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Diggs has agreed on a five-year contract extension, moving the star of the "Minneapolis Miracle" into the NFL's top 10 highest-paid players at his position. The new deal was reached on Tuesday, July 31. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
July 31, 2018 - 8:58 pm
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have secured yet another core player with a long-term contract, signing wide receiver Stefon Diggs to a five-year extension and moving the star of the "Minneapolis Miracle" pass into the NFL's top 10 highest-paid players at his position. Diggs has yet to...
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
July 31, 2018 - 7:17 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington remained bullish on his team even after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the offseason. Even after a swoon through June wiped out a hot start. Even after his club found itself floundering in early July. And...
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