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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 .(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:45 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher has been hired to coach the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks announced the move Wednesday, five days after longtime WNBA coach Brian Agler resigned. Fisher helped the Los Angeles Lakers win five NBA titles during his 18-season playing...
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center left, holds a jersey after the NHL Board of Governors announced Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sea Island Ga.. Joining Bettman, from left to right, is Jerry Bruckheimer, David Bonderman, David Wright, Tod Leiweke and Washington Wild youth hockey player Jaina Goscinski. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
December 05, 2018 - 8:48 pm
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle's NHL expansion team has its roots in Dave Tippett's computer. That's where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that is still 2½ years off. It is just an exercise for...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark talks to the media before a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and may be joined by others. Union head Tony Clark and new collective bargaining director Bruce Meyer said Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 their members also are concerned about rapid change in the way games are played, such as the increased use of relief pitchers, and are willing to speak with management this offseason about whether counteracting changes are needed.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
December 05, 2018 - 6:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players are concerned the Seattle Mariners have become yet another rebuilding team and may be joined by others following a season of steep attendance drops among clubs that faded early and never contended for the playoffs. Union head Tony Clark and new collective bargaining...
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In this Sept. 16, 2018, photo, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson waves before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in New Orleans. New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Benson has paid off nearly $100,000 worth of layaway orders at a New Orleans Walmart. News outlets reported Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, that Benson has paid off more than 400 orders at the Tchoupitoulas Street store. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports a Saints spokesman says Benson made the gift on her own.(AP Photo/Bill Feig)
December 05, 2018 - 2:16 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson has paid off nearly $100,000 worth of layaway orders at a New Orleans Walmart. News outlets reported Tuesday that Benson has paid off more than 400 orders at the Tchoupitoulas Street store. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports a...
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, left, shakes hands with Seattle Hockey Partners majority owner David Bonderman after the announcement by the National Hockey League Board of Governors to name Seattle as the home of the league's 32nd franchise, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sea Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
December 04, 2018 - 2:13 pm
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck. The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow...
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Ryan Kelly, left, Otto Rogers and Rebecca Moloney cheer the announcement of a new NHL hockey team in Seattle at a celebratory party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Seattle. The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 to allow enough time for arena renovations. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 04, 2018 - 1:13 pm
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest from the National Hockey League's Board of Governors meeting, where expansion to Seattle was on the agenda. (all times Eastern): 1:05 p.m. John Barr has been the voice of the fans longing for hockey in Seattle. He says he got a little emotional when league...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera talks with the media following an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, Fla. Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington following the team’s four-game losing streak. The Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. The moves were announced after Rivera met with new owner David Tepper and general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)
December 03, 2018 - 2:14 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Desperate to shake things up amid a four-game losing streak, Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced Monday he is taking over defensive playing calling duties In addition to demoting defensive coordinator Eric Washington, the Panthers also fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference in New York. The NHL Board of Governors is expected to vote to approve Seattle expansion at their two-day meeting and will get updates on collective bargaining talks and the concussion lawsuit settlement. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
December 02, 2018 - 4:54 pm
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Seattle is one step away from landing an NHL franchise. Team and city executives have already secured more than 30,000 season-ticket deposits, got an arena plan passed through local government and wowed the executive committee of owners. It all pays off Tuesday when the NHL...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt warms up for the team's NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. The Chiefs released Hunt on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, after video surfaced that showed the NFL's reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)
December 01, 2018 - 11:22 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt on Friday night after video surfaced that showed the NFL's reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February. The team issued a statement shortly after the NFL had...
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attends an IOC Executive Board meeting Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Tokyo. The IOC said boxing will take place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But exactly who runs the tournament and the details of qualifying are up in the air because of charges of corruption and malfeasance surrounding the boxing federation that runs the sport at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 01, 2018 - 5:03 am
TOKYO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee wants boxing to be held at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That much we know. But IOC President Thomas Bach could not give an ironclad promise on Saturday that it will happen when the Olympics open in just over 20 months. "We want to have the boxing...
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