Sports team and league operation

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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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2016, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr, left, and team owner Rick Hendrick stand during the national anthem before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt Jr. said the views of two NASCAR team owners who said they would fire employees who do not stand for the national anthem does not speak for the sport. He said he hasn't discussed the issue with his teammates, crew or other employees at Hendrick Motorsports, but added that he will continue to stand for the anthem. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
September 29, 2017 - 5:01 pm
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Two NASCAR team owners who said they would fire employees who do not stand for the national anthem do not speak for the sport, star driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Friday. Several owners and executives said last weekend they wouldn't want anyone in their organizations to protest...
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September 29, 2017 - 8:43 am
NFL-PACKERS/BEARS GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Lightning caused a 45-minute delay between the first two quarters of the Packers-Bears game on Thursday, and there was just enough thunder in the arm of Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay quarterback threw for 179 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-14 rout of...
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees takes part in a stretching session of an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-on-Thames suburb of south west London, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. The New Orleans Saints are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley stadium on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
September 29, 2017 - 8:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees says the team will kneel and then stand for the national anthem before their game against Miami in London. Brees says in a tweet on Friday, "As a way to show respect to all, our #Saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the national anthem...
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September 29, 2017 - 2:35 am
NBA NEW YORK (AP) — NBA owners passed rules Thursday designed to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on purpose to improve their draft position. Under the new draft lottery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 percent odds to land...
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Varios jugadores de los Browns de Cleveland se arrodillan al escuchar el himno nacional de Estados Unidos en un partido de la NFL ante los Colts de Indianápolis, el domngo 24 de septiembre de 2017 (AP Foto/Michael Conroy, archivo)
September 28, 2017 - 11:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says the message players and teams are trying to express is being lost in a political firestorm. The issues have been "overtaken by political forces," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Thursday, referring to President Trump's criticism of the league, team owners and players...
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September 28, 2017 - 10:37 pm
MLB-SCHEDULE Brewers top Reds UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers made good use of their game in hand on the Colorado Rockies, but the Brew Crew remains a longshot for a playoff berth. The Brewers wasted a 3-1 lead before Brett Phillips lined an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to lead...
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
September 28, 2017 - 7:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he expects players to stand for the national anthem, which is a league rule. He wants them to remain active in their communities and take part in what can be difficult discussions, but he says they understand it's important to show respect...
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Miami Marlins president David Samson gestures as he says good bye to members of the media during a news conference before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Miami. Major League Baseball owners on Wednesday unanimously approved Jeffrey Loria's sale of the Miami Marlins to a group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 28, 2017 - 6:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter has about a 4 percent stake in the group buying the Miami Marlins and retired NBA great Michael Jordan approximately half of one percent, part of a $1.2 billion purchase from Jeffrey Loria that includes $800 million in cash. Bruce Sherman, who will become the controlling...
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