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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred pauses before answering a question about the Houston Astros, during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 16, 2020 - 6:48 pm
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — With baseball ablaze over the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, commissioner Rob Manfred met with several managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. "I hope that I made it extremely clear to them that retaliation in-game by throwing at a...
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Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates after the English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Sunday Feb. 16, 2020. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
February 16, 2020 - 5:26 pm
LONDON (AP) — Jose Mourinho couldn't resist a little swipe at Manchester City following its European ban. Mourinho's current priority is securing Tottenham's own qualification for the Champions League but he also remembers missing out on the Premier League title to City while Manchester United...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveils the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award during a news conference Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
February 15, 2020 - 8:58 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain. NBA...
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Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant speaks to reporters during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
February 15, 2020 - 8:01 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant realized all along his service-time grievance against the team would be tough to win, and he still believes how he handled himself might help players in the future. The 28-year-old Bryant will be eligible for free agency in two years after arbitrator...
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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero reacts after Crystal Palace's Cenk Tosun scoring his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
February 15, 2020 - 6:56 pm
LONDON (AP) — Manchester City is now a tainted champion. A club transformed by lavish investment in part to promote the emirate of Abu Dhabi on the world stage is damaged by deceptions in the pursuit of glory on the soccer field. Cut through all the raging against the footballing prosecutors by...
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San Diego Padres players stretch during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
February 15, 2020 - 6:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Minor League Baseball says planned salary raises for its players in 2021 paid by Major League Baseball should not lead to contraction, and it has sent a proposal to MLB as part of negotiations for a new agreement between the levels. The commissioner's office sent a memo, obtained by...
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Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin watches as pitchers throw during spring training baseball, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
February 15, 2020 - 4:22 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The first baseball trade in almost 30 years between two teams separated only by a bay and a bridge happened Saturday, when the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics completed a deal. In a move to add experience to their bullpen, the A’s got right-hander Burch Smith from the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019 file photo, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman attends a news conference in New York. Cashman had suspected that the Houston Astros had been breaking rules against electronic sign stealing long before Commissioner Rob Manfred released his report in January that resulted in three big league managers losing their jobs. "I'll acknowlege at that we had many a conversion with Major League Baseball the last number of years about suspicions, but having suspicions and being able to prove it are two different things," Cashman said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 15, 2020 - 1:40 pm
TAMPA. Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had suspected that the Houston Astros had been breaking rules against electronic sign stealing long before Commissioner Rob Manfred released his report in January that resulted in three big league managers losing their jobs. "I'll...
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Manchester City's head coach Pep Guardiola gestures during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
February 14, 2020 - 8:44 pm
LONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned from the Champions League for two seasons by UEFA on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules and failing to cooperate with investigators in a seismic ruling against one of world football's wealthiest clubs. The Abu...
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Kyle Dowdy, front, fields a grounder as pitchers Carlos Carrasco, left, Shane Bieber, middle, and Logan Allen, right, look on during spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 14, 2020 - 5:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press. Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from...
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