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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, hockey pucks bounce off the wall during the warm up session before the USA vs Finland men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. While older generations had no connection to an Olympic tournament that was previously reserved for amateurs, today’s NHL stars spend their whole lives looking forward to competing on that stage. Instead of going to South Korea this winter to play for their countries, players now must reckon with an 82-game season that rolls on without the Olympics while counterparts in the minors, college and Europe take their places. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
October 03, 2017 - 11:47 am
The NHL became entwined with the Olympics before young stars like Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel or Auston Matthews even pulled on a pair of skates. Nagano in 1998 started a string of five consecutive Olympics featuring NHL players, a tradition that became so routine that young players around the...
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The U.S. Team celebrates with the winner's trophy after the final round of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 03, 2017 - 10:43 am
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods' tournament outside Washington is still talking to potential title sponsors, including Quicken Loans, which did not renew. But it's on the schedule for the new season as The National, and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says it's not coming off. "We made the...
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October 03, 2017 - 8:57 am
Oct. 4 1895 — Horace Rawlins wins the first U.S. Open at the Newport Golf Club in Newport, R.I. Rawlins beats Willie Dunn with 36-hole total of 173. 1927 — John Longden rides the first official winner of his career, aboard Hugo K. Asher in Salt Lake City. 1940 — Fritzie Zivic scores a 15-round...
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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez smiles as he talks with another player during practice Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Chase Field for a National League wild-card playoff baseball game in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks face the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
October 03, 2017 - 2:10 am
PHOENIX (AP) — On July 18, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers for three minor leaguers. It might go down as one of the best mid-season acquisitions in baseball history. Martinez has had a thunderous last half to the season, and it only picked...
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FILe - In this Oct. 1, 2015, file photo, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella speaks during a baseball news conference at Turner Field in Atlanta. Coppolella has resigned from his position, the Braves announced on Monday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2017 (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
October 02, 2017 - 4:53 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — John Coppolella was forced to resign as Braves general manager Monday after an investigation by Major League Baseball revealed serious rules violations in the international player market. Gordon Blakeley, a special assistant to the GM who was the team's international scouting chief,...
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Derek Jeter, right, stands outside of a suite after a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami. Major league owners unanimously approved the sale of the Marlins on Wednesday to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
October 02, 2017 - 9:24 am
MIAMI (AP) — Discussing another disappointing season, Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill stood on the field with his back to the scoreboard, as if shunning the source of the bad news. The Marlins finished 77-85, their eighth consecutive losing season, which is the longest...
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October 02, 2017 - 1:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is starting a diversity fellowship program and will place about 20 selected candidates with teams and three with the sport's central office. Applications, limited to people of color and women, can be submitted from Friday through Nov. 17 and the individuals...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez acknowledges fans after being relieved during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
October 02, 2017 - 12:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues rose 4½ minutes this season to a record 3 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds, according to the commissioner's office. This year's average, determined after Sunday's regular-season finale, was up from 3 hours, 42 seconds last year...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answer questions during an NBA basketball news conference at the team's training facility in Independence, Ohio. Gilbert says he received "vile, disgusting" voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump "a bum" on Twitter. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
September 30, 2017 - 2:19 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert received "vile, disgusting" voicemails after LeBron James called President Donald Trump a "bum" on Twitter. Gilbert said he was flooded with phone messages when the NBA's most celebrated player criticized Trump for rescinding a White House...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2016, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, left, and Executive Director of the NHLPA Donald Fehr speak to the media during a press conference about the World Cup of Hockey 2016. In two years, the NHL or NHL Players' Association could opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement that would end it in September in 2020. Executives on each side say it's too early to know what issues will be in the next round of talks, but escrow and the Olympics are two of the hotter topics (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian press via AP, File)
September 30, 2017 - 3:06 am
Going to the Olympics was a life-changing experience for T.J. Oshie, a shootout star for the United States against Russia in Sochi. Oshie and dozens, if not hundreds, of NHL stars are disappointed they won't get a chance to do it again at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. He would like to...
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