Sports team ownership changes

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Columbus Crew fans show their support for the team before the start of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match against New York City FC in Columbus, Ohio. The Austin City Council is scheduled to decide Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018 whether to move ahead with a stadium plan that could prompt Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew to leave its home city after 22 years. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
August 15, 2018 - 5:19 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt got a major boost to his effort to move the Major League Soccer club to Texas when the Austin City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land. Precourt has been courting Austin for a...
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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, Columbus Crew fans show their support for the team before the start of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match against New York City FC in Columbus, Ohio. The owner of the Crew has been pushing for months to move his team to Austin. But picking up and relocating from Ohio hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been a slam-dunk deal in Austin and the state of Ohio is suing to block the move. A Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, vote on an Austin stadium plan could pave the way to Texas (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
August 08, 2018 - 1:25 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' thriving capital city may finally become a major league sports town. It will just take moving a bedrock franchise of Major League Soccer out of its home turf to do it. Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew , has been pushing for months to move his team to Austin,...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Roberto Osuna throws against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Houston Astros traded Ken Giles to the Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Roberto Osuna. Houston also sent right-handers David Paulino and Hector Perez to Toronto as part of the deal, struck a day before the deadline for trades without waivers. The 23-year-old Osuna is eligible to pitch in the major leagues starting Sunday after a 75-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, file)
July 31, 2018 - 12:15 am
Closers Roberto Osuna and Ken Giles switched spots. Adam Warren and Zach Duke moved into the Seattle bullpen. Lance Lynn got a new look in pinstripes. Adam Duvall will be slugging for the Braves. And Ian Kinsler is primed for a playoff run with his new team, the Red Sox. A day before the deadline...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Adeiny Hechavarria watches his RBI single in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph and umpire Phil Cuzzi during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 26, 2018 - 11:36 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren't going to let the departure of a few good players diminish their desire to win. One day after losing two pitchers with strong arms and solid leadership skills, the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Thursday night in a matchup of teams in selling mode near...
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Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Joakim Soria throws during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 26, 2018 - 9:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers acquired two-time All-Star closer Joakim Soria to help bolster their bullpen while preparing to play more close games down the stretch. He won't be the closer, manager Craig Counsell said before a series opener at San Francisco. Soria was en route to the...
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Houston Astros Alex Bregman (2) hits a solo home run during the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The American League won 8-6. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 18, 2018 - 12:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 12:08 a.m. Alex Bregman has been named the All-Star Game MVP for his go-ahead homer in the 10th inning that sent the American League to an 8-6 victory. Bregman's homer was one of a record-breaking 10 in the game, but it put...
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)FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, left, shakes hands with Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner before the home opener baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. Thirteen years after Major League Baseball returned to Washington and almost that long since Mark and father Ted Lerner were chosen as owners of their new hometown team, they finally get to throw their party. The fourth All-Star Game in the nation’s capital and first since 1969 is a celebration of a new generation of Washingtonians rediscovering the connection to baseball that for so long wasn’t a part of the town’s sporting identity.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
July 13, 2018 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Lerner's first letter to then-commissioner Bud Selig after his family bought the Nationals asked to host the All-Star Game. "It's something I've wanted from the moment we got the team," Lerner said. Thirteen years after Major League Baseball returned to Washington and almost...
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New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper answers a question during a news conference at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Tepper finalized his purchase of the team on Monday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
July 10, 2018 - 4:01 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would like the focus to be on his plans for the team's future, he cannot completely put the franchise's sullied past behind him. Tepper has to keep the prominent statue of Panthers' founder Jerry Richardson outside of the stadium...
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July 05, 2018 - 7:17 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyler Saladino was activated from the disabled list and in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting lineup Thursday as they prepared to open a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Saladino was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in late April and recalled from Triple-A Colorado...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, then Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson watches before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Charlotte, N.C. The NFL has fined former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson $2.75 million following its investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. The league said Thursday, June 28, 2018, the investigation conducted by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White substantiated allegations against Richardson, that the improper conduct was limited to Richardson and that the team failed to report the allegations or any resolution agreements to the league.(AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
June 28, 2018 - 2:31 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL has fined former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson $2.75 million following its investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. The league said Thursday the investigation conducted by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White substantiated the...
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