Athlete contracts

FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York. The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
July 01, 2019 - 3:53 pm
The much-anticipated breakup of the Columbus Blue Jackets' star-laden core came quickly. Once Artemi Pararin completed the exodus of talent leaving Columbus by signing with the New York Rangers a little over an hour into the NHL's free agent signing period Monday, the real intrigue began. The...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
July 01, 2019 - 11:45 am
The Latest on NBA free agency Monday (all times ET): 2:45 p.m. A person with knowledge of the details says the Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal with guard Elfrid Payton. Payton was the fifth player added by the Knicks in the first two days of free agency, including the second who spent last...
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July 01, 2019 - 11:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019, file photo, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside scores against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Miami Heat have agreed to trade Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers for Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless. The trade was agreed to Monday, July 1, 2019, and is still pending NBA approval, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
July 01, 2019 - 10:16 am
MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside is heading to the Portland Trail Blazers, as the Miami Heat continue reshaping their roster. A person with knowledge of the situation said Monday that the Heat have agreed to trade Whiteside to the Trail Blazers for Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless. The person spoke to...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (5) controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman Cody Ceci, a 2020 third-round pick and minor leaguers Ben Harpur and Aaron Luchuk from the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, forward Connor Brown and minor leaguer Michael Carcone. The teams announced the trade early on Monday, July 1, 2019, roughly three and a half hours before the start of free agency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
July 01, 2019 - 7:15 am
The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 10 a.m. The Dallas Stars have moved quickly to restore their forward depth. A person with knowledge of the decision says the Stars have agreed to a deal with veteran winger Corey Perry. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis. Rarely relevant at the same time on the basketball court, the Knicks and Nets are front and center in the free agency race, two of the teams best positioned to make a splash when the market opens. Both can afford two top players, with hopes of landing not only a Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving, but possibly even both. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
June 30, 2019 - 7:32 pm
Damian Lillard wasn't a top-five pick. Tobias Harris wasn't a lottery pick. Khris Middleton wasn't even a first-rounder. Their bank balances won't know the difference soon. Free agency opened Sunday with more than $2 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours — and that's even without...
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File-This March 26, 2019, file photo shows Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) reacting after making a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the situation says Kemba Walker has told the Charlotte Hornets of his intention to sign with the Boston Celtics once the NBA's offseason moratorium ends July 6. Walker is planning to meet with the Celtics on Sunday, June 30, 2019, to discuss and likely finalize a four-year, $141 million deal, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Walker nor the Hornets publicly revealed any details. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 30, 2019 - 3:44 pm
The Latest on NBA free agency (all times ET): ___ 6:45 p.m. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks and Kristaps Porzingis have agreed on a $158 million, five-year maximum contract that will pair the 7-foot-3 Latvian with fellow Euro star Luka Doncic. The deal for the richest...
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June 30, 2019 - 6:23 am
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — United States midfielder Weston McKennie has extended his contract with Bundesliga side Schalke by two years to 2024. McKennie says in a club statement, "It was an easy decision as I have constantly received incredible support from the fans. The management was also...
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June 29, 2019 - 2:28 pm
The last time Kemba Walker was playing for a team in New England, he delivered a championship. Boston fans can only hope that repeats itself. A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Walker has told the Charlotte Hornets of his intention to sign with the Boston Celtics once the...
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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, Saturday, June 29, 2019, in London. Major League Baseball makes its European debut game today at London Stadium. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
June 29, 2019 - 9:29 am
LONDON (AP) — Major League Baseball has scrapped plans to open its 2020 season in Asia and hopes to play more games in Europe. MLB started its season in Tokyo for the fifth time in 2019, and its labor contract with the players' union called for a 2020 opener in Asia. "We just decided it probably...
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