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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, and NHL Player's Association Executive Director Donald Fehr take part in announcing the return of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016 in Toronto, during a news conference at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. With labor talks having already begun on an informal basis, NHL Commissioner Bettman and union chief Fehr are in agreement in their desire to reboot the World Cup of Hockey tournament. The stumbling block to laying out a long-term calendar of international competition, however, revolves around the hot-button topic of the NHL returning to participate in the Winter Olympics after skipping out on South Korea in 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
June 23, 2019 - 4:39 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — With labor talks having already begun on an informal basis, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union chief Don Fehr are in favor of rebooting the World Cup of Hockey tournament and holding it every four years. The stumbling block to laying out a long-term calendar...
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June 23, 2019 - 3:17 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — P.K. Subban wasn't exactly shocked Saturday when the six-time NHL defenseman was traded from the Nashville Predators to the New Jersey Devils. "I've been through the process before," Subban said in a conference call with the media Sunday. "There was a lot of talk after the...
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New York Rangers draft pick Kaapo Kakko, left; New Jersey Devils pick Jack Hughes, center; and Chicago Blackhawks pick Kirby Dach pose for photos during the first round of the NHL hockey draft Friday, June 21, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 22, 2019 - 10:00 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The traditional team-by-team roll call to open the second day of the NHL draft hadn't yet begun when the league's looming salary-cap crunch began overshadowing the final six rounds Saturday. Norris Trophy-winning defenseman P.K. Subban is off to New Jersey...
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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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