Corruption in sports

FILE - In this Saturday, May 26, 2018 file photo, Houston Astros' Marwin Gonzalez throws his bat after striking out against Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. Marwin Gonzalez became the first batter from the 2017 Houston Astros team that won the World Series to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal, expressing regret Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 after reporting to spring training with the Minnesota Twins.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
February 11, 2020 - 5:38 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Marwin González became the first batter from the 2017 Houston Astros team that won the World Series to publicly apologize for his role in the sign-stealing scandal, expressing regret Tuesday after reporting to spring training with the Minnesota Twins. “I'm remorseful for...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers questions at a news conference at the Final Four college basketball tournament in Minneapolis. As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization's liking. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
February 10, 2020 - 10:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent at least $750,000 last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization's liking. The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 12, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Alex Verdugo watches his solo home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. With less than a week before pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to spring training, the Red Sox sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that brought outfielder Alex Verdugo and Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
February 06, 2020 - 12:51 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Well, that escalated quickly. In the 15 months since winning the World Series, the Boston Red Sox have traded away MVP winner Mookie Betts and onetime ace David Price, lost manager Alex Cora in a cheating scandal and fired the baseball boss who put together the greatest team in...
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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Tygart urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a bill criminalizing international doping conspiracies before this summer's Tokyo Olympics, saying it would be a strong deterrent in the absence of adequate punishment for past Russian doping. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
February 05, 2020 - 8:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a bill criminalizing international doping conspiracies before this summer's Tokyo Olympics, saying it would be a strong deterrent in the absence of adequate punishment for past Russian doping. USADA CEO...
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James Click, the newly-hired Houston Astros general manager, talks during a baseball press conference Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
February 04, 2020 - 3:36 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Click knows Houston's sign-stealing scandal has tarnished the franchise's reputation. Instead of looking back at the turmoil, the new general manager hopes he can help the Astros make a fresh start. “We're focused on the future," he said. “Obviously, there's been some things in...
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February 03, 2020 - 8:06 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros hired James Click as their new general manager Monday, taking the Tampa Bay Rays executive and putting him in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training. Click succeeds Jeff Luhnow, who along with manager AJ Hinch was suspended by...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2008, file photo, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, left, watches a baseball game against the Houston Astros in the dugout with son Darren in Cincinnati. Darren Baker considers his father the perfect person to take over the Houston Astros, and the college second baseman insists that's from a baseball player perspective not just as a proud son. "I think it's a perfect fit," Darren said. "Who else to steer a ship or right a ship than my dad? I don't just say that because it's my dad, I genuinely believe it. Too much integrity, he's the greatest man I've ever met, on and off the field. I think it's a match made in heaven, I think it's fate. Seeing him in an Astros jersey, it's going to be a crazy experience." (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
January 31, 2020 - 2:42 am
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Darren Baker doesn't see anyone better to lead the Houston Astros back to respectability than his dad. A college second baseman at the University of California, he insists that comes from a baseball player's perspective and not just as a proud son. Dusty Baker was formally...
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FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
January 24, 2020 - 3:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Rojas began his tenure as manager of the New York Mets by thanking his famous father, Felipe Alou. Rojas was introduced by the Mets on Friday as the replacement for Carlos Beltrán, whose tenure was cut short last week after just 84 days. Felipe Alou was a three-time All-Star...
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FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
January 23, 2020 - 6:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. New York announced the move Thursday, a week after Beltrán departed without managing a game. Rojas, who had been the Mets quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. “I will work...
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FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
January 22, 2020 - 7:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Caught off guard in a quick split with Carlos Beltrán, the New York Mets want some continuity for a change. So with spring training only three weeks away, they picked his replacement from their very own bench. The club was working Wednesday to complete a multiyear agreement with...
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