Sports team and league operation

September 28, 2017 - 12:23 pm
Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: — WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says NFL owners are "afraid of their players." He's still calling for action against those who kneel during the national...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2013, file photo, Louisville players and head coach Rick Pitino celebrate after defeating Michigan 82-76 in the championship of the Final Four in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Atlanta. Louisville announced Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, that they have placed basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid an FBI probe. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 28, 2017 - 11:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A con man named Louis Martin "Marty" Blazer III may have failed in his scheme to make low-budget movies with money swiped from pro athletes, but he has now succeeded in stealing part of the spotlight in a scandal that has shaken college basketball to its core. Federal authorities...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
September 28, 2017 - 11:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says National Football League team owners are "afraid of their players." And he's still calling for action against those who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Trump says he began criticizing the players because he has "so many...
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September 28, 2017 - 10:54 am
MLB-SCHEDULE Red Sox try to clinch AL East UNDATED (AP) — Boston can clinch the American League East with a win over Houston at Fenway Park, plus a loss by the Yankees at home to Tampa Bay. Boston leads New York by three games. Eduardo Rodriguez starts as the Red Sox try to wrap up the first set of...
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September 28, 2017 - 9:56 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — A day after clinching their first playoff spot since 2010, the Twins are back on the field for an afternoon game at Cleveland. Minnesota became the first team to lose at least 100 games and then make the postseason the following year. Manager Paul Molitor's club will play in the AL...
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September 28, 2017 - 8:51 am
MLB-SCHEDULE Severino, trio of homers lift Yankees over Rays 6-1 UNDATED (AP) — Luis Severino cruised through his final postseason tuneup and Starlin Castro, Greg Bird and Aaron Hicks all homered during a four-run sixth inning, lifting the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Wednesday...
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September 27, 2017 - 8:25 pm
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FRAUD CHARGES Member of Miami staff being investigated LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Miami president says a member of the coaching staff is being investigated as part of the federal probe of basketball recruiting at seven universities. President Julio Frenk says the U...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, New York Yankees' Derek Jeter speaks to the media after the last baseball game of his career, against the Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. Two people familiar with the vote say major league owners have approved the sale of the Miami Marlins by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The people confirmed the vote to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, because the approval had not been announced. One of the people said the vote was unanimous, with 75 percent approval needed. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 27, 2017 - 8:05 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are Derek Jeter's problem now. Major league owners on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of the woebegone franchise by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman. The deal needed 75 percent approval. A signed $1.2 billion agreement was...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers say team captains and other selected players met with owner Richardson at his home Tuesday, Sept. 26, to "discuss social issues affecting the league and solutions moving forward." (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
September 27, 2017 - 7:31 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said players were given assurance from team owner Jerry Richardson that they're free to protest and express their views without having to worry about any repercussions from him. But players said Wednesday that Richardson did warn them about...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. President Donald Trump's clash with the scores of professional football players who knelt during the Star Spangled Banner last weekend has set off a heated debate over proper etiquette during the national anthem. But throughout the world, flags, anthems and other national symbols can often divide as much as they unify, especially in countries with large religious or ethnic divisions. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
September 27, 2017 - 3:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a new message for the NFL: Change or business is "going to go to hell." Trump said Wednesday that the NFL is in a "really bad box" over the issue of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. He said ratings are falling, and the only thing...
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