Athlete compensation

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James wipes his face during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
June 09, 2018 - 4:07 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Maybe it was poetic LeBron James had a supporting cast on his injured right hand. He was missing one in the NBA Finals. For the second time in a career still ascending after 15 years, James was on the wrong side of a sweep as the Golden State Warriors, a team with no apparent...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
June 09, 2018 - 9:44 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major sports events are unlikely to set World Cup records. Russia's official budget of 678 billion rubles ($11.6 billion)...
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FILE - At left, in an April 19, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during Game 4 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff game, in Columbus, Ohio. At right, in a file photo from the same game, Capitals' Michal Kempny plays against Columbus. Forward Devante Smith-Pelly was bought out by New Jersey, and defenseman Michal Kempny was relegated to a third-pairing role or a healthy scratch by Chicago. Each player’s career was in danger of being over. Then the Capitals signed Smith-Pelly last summer and acquired Kempny at the trade deadline, hitting on the kind of moves every Stanley Cup contender tries to make as they’ve been a big reason of putting the team on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
June 05, 2018 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A salary-cap squeeze threatened to slam the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup window shut. Instead, it busted it wide open. When the dollars didn't add up to be able to keep a handful of key contributors to back-to-back Presidents' Trophy-winning teams, the Capitals went bargain...
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Spain's Odriozola, center left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal with his teammates against Switzerland's during the friendly soccer match between Spain and Switzerland at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
June 05, 2018 - 8:36 am
MADRID (AP) — The new president of the Spanish Football Federation says he's been able to cancel a previously arranged trip by officials to the World Cup that would cost nearly 2 million euros ($2.3 million). Luis Rubiales said on Tuesday he got the money reimbursed, and the federation will spend...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s Russia was always going to be a controversial host, but few could have imagined the situation that greets the 2018 World Cup. The annexation of Crimea, alleged U.S. election interference, the war in Syria and a poisoned spy in Britain are just a few of the storms surrounding the Kremlin before Putin officially declares the tournament open June 14. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
June 05, 2018 - 7:56 am
GENEVA (AP) — The 2018 World Cup has cost Russia billions of dollars to stage and will make FIFA hundreds of millions in profit. Still, the big numbers that are routine for major sports events are unlikely to set World Cup records. Russia's official budget of 678 billion rubles ($11.6 billion)...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) passes during an NCAA college football spring intrasquad game in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma’s quarterback competition took an unexpected twist at the Major League Baseball draft. Murray, the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield this season as Oklahoma’s starter, was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
June 05, 2018 - 12:45 am
Kyler Murray says he is committed to playing football for Oklahoma this season even after becoming a top-10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Murray, the favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the Sooners' starting quarterback, was selected ninth overall by the Oakland...
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Spain's Odriozola, center left, celebrates scoring his side's opening goal with his teammates against Switzerland's during the friendly soccer match between Spain and Switzerland at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
June 04, 2018 - 10:59 am
MADRID (AP) — The new president of the Spanish soccer federation has attacked the past administration for paying about $2 million to take more than 150 people to Russia during the World Cup, saying the expense could even affect the prize money for the players. Luis Rubiales said he found out the...
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Kansas City Royals' Jon Jay, right, crosses the plate to score in front of Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
June 03, 2018 - 6:10 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When Matt Olson puts the barrel of the bat on the ball, they results are no-doubters. Olson hit a three-run homer in the eighth as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday to win the series. Olson went 5 for 11 with three home runs, eight RBIs and...
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Attorney Gloria Allred stands among former Houston Texans cheerleaders, from left, Ashley Rodriguez, Morgan Wiederhold, Kelly Neuner, Hannah Turnbow, and Ainsley Parish, right, while holding up a shirt printed with $7.25, the amount she says the former cheerleaders where paid per hour, as she speaks during a press conference Friday, June 1, 2018, in Humble, Texas, announcing a lawsuit on behalf of the five the former cheerleaders at the law offices of Kimberley Spurlock. The five former cheerleaders are suing the NFL franchise, alleging the team failed to fully compensate them as required by law and subjected them to hostile work environment in which they were harassed, intimidated and forced to live in fear. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
June 01, 2018 - 3:46 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Five former NFL cheerleaders sued the Houston Texans on Friday, alleging the team failed to fully compensate them as required by law and subjected them to a hostile work environment in which they were harassed, intimidated and forced to live in fear. The lawsuit, filed in Houston...
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Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (2) scores from second during the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, May 31, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
May 31, 2018 - 5:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league teams spent a record $289 million on players picked in last year's amateur draft, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2016. After an initial drop when restraints began in 2012, spending has climbed gradually. For the sixth straight year, no team exceeded its signing bonus...
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