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FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Indiana Pacers NBA basketball team president Larry Bird smiles during a news conference in Indianapolis. Larry Bird is the only person in league history to be voted MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
June 22, 2019 - 9:39 am
Larry Bird's place in NBA history stretches from the record book to the rule book. A Hall of Fame player later became a successful coach and team executive. Along the way, he watched free agency transform from something rarely discussed to practically a year-round conversation — with his own name...
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Spectators follow the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Sweden and Thailand at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
June 21, 2019 - 4:41 pm
PARIS (AP) — Data from FIFA shows none of the round of 16 games at the Women's World Cup in France has sold out. In details provided to The Associated Press, FIFA says around 900,000 tickets have been sold overall to the "general public and fans around the world." Two weeks ago, FIFA initially...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2004, file photo, fans watch a baseball game between the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan that could see the team split its home games between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, reports said Thursday, June 20, 2019. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 21, 2019 - 3:49 pm
Baseball is doomed on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sure, they'll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn't pan out, there are potential backup...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard holds his MVP trophy while celebrating with rapper/producer Drake during the team's NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 1:36 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The title won and the draft over, the Toronto Raptors turn to the next order of business: keeping Kawhi Leonard. He is expected to opt out of the final year of his contact and become a free agent June 30. The two-time NBA Finals MVP and three-time All-Star is likely the biggest prize...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2015, file photo, a fan holds up a sign during a pregame ceremony as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition baseball game in Montreal. The Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan that could see the team split its home games between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 20, 2019 - 9:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Ex-Rays? Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal. No timetable for the possible plan was announced. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to play...
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Safety nettings are seen at Nationals Park in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. The Nationals are the second team to announce plans to extend the netting at their home ballpark after the Chicago White Sox revealed their plan Wednesday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
June 20, 2019 - 5:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will extend their protective netting during the All-Star break after recent injuries in baseball increased the focus on fan safety. Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner announced the changes in a letter to fans on Thursday. Lerner says the club...
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, speaks after receiving Genesis Prize in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Israel honored Kraft with the 2019 Genesis Prize for his philanthropy and commitment to combatting anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
June 20, 2019 - 4:48 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, accepted Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize at a lavish ceremony on Thursday, where he pledged $20 million to establish a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. In...
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston, where Dunkin' brands announced a new multi-year agreement partnership with the National Hockey League. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
June 19, 2019 - 5:48 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Meruelo was approved as the new majority owner of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL's Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also reaffirmed the league's belief that the Coyotes need a downtown arena for the long-troubled franchise to have a...
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St. Louis Blues Chairman and Governor Tom Stillman holds the Stanley Cup overhead during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup victory celebration in St. Louis on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
June 19, 2019 - 4:16 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group led by St. Louis Blues chairman Tom Stillman now owns 100 percent of the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Stillman on Wednesday announced the purchase of remaining shares of the team from Sports Capital Holdings LLC, which owned the Blues from 2006-2012. The NHL Board of...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 file photo, Hal Steinbrenner, principal owner, managing general partner and co-chairman of the New York Yankees, talks with reporters at the annual MLB baseball general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner would consider boosting payroll above the third luxury tax level in an effort to help New York win its first World Series in a decade, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
June 19, 2019 - 3:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner would consider boosting payroll above the third luxury tax level in an effort to help New York win its first World Series in a decade. Despite placing 20 players on the injured list and matching last season's total, the Yankees lead the AL East as the...
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