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FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs after a catch during their NFL training camp football practice in Flowery Branch, Ga. For Julio Jones, it's just business as usual _ even as he closes in on a huge new contract with the Atlanta Falcons. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
September 07, 2019 - 2:11 pm
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — One day before the season opener, Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones got his long-awaited contract extension Saturday, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million deal. The extension is nearly fully guaranteed when he signs. It locks in Jones through the 2023 season and...
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda throws to a Cleveland Indians batter during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 07, 2019 - 12:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Twins pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 60 games after testing positive for a banned diuretic. Major League Baseball announced Saturday that Pineda was suspended immediately for violating its drug policy. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Pineda says in a statement he took...
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Barcelona's soccer player Lionel Messi, right, holds the award of UEFA Champions League forward of the season 2018/19 as he poses with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during the group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 07, 2019 - 6:53 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona's club president has confirmed that Lionel Messi would have the right to leave the club at the end of this season, as stipulated in his contract. Spanish newspaper El País reported Thursday that Messi's current contract with Barcelona includes the option for the...
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Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder, right, celebrates with Matt Chapman (26) after hitting a two-run home run off Detroit Tigers' David McKay in the ninth inning of a baseball game that was suspended due to rain earlier in the season, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
September 06, 2019 - 11:20 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even the managers were perplexed by all the quirky details of a game that began nearly four months ago and finished in a different ballpark way out West. Chad Pinder homered, Mike Fiers earned his fourth victory or his 14th, however you want to look at it, and the Oakland...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas ruled in a report released Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 06, 2019 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series...
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Kansas City Chiefs' Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman have some fun before a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
September 06, 2019 - 9:16 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs and wide receiver Tyreek Hill have signed a three-year, $54 million contract extension. The Chiefs announced the contract Friday with a photo of Hill signing it and giving the "...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown (84) and teammates gather before an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Star receiver Antonio Brown is not with the Oakland Raiders four days before the season opener amid reports he could be suspended over a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. Mayock issued a brief statement at the beginning of practice Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, saying that Brown wasn't at the Raiders facility and won't be practicing a day after Brown posted a letter from the GM on social media detailing nearly $54,000 in fines (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 05, 2019 - 5:07 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Star receiver Antonio Brown was sent away from the Oakland Raiders four days before the season opener amid reports he could be suspended over a confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock. Mayock said at the beginning of practice Thursday that Brown wasn't at the Raiders...
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Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel watches a three-run home run hit by Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
September 05, 2019 - 2:49 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel was put on the injured list with elbow inflammation on Thursday ahead of a big series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Kimbrel hasn't pitched since allowing a three-run home run to Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in a 4-0 loss Sunday. "He felt a little...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, fans pass by the east side of Mile High Stadium before an NFL preseason football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Denver Broncos in Denver. The Broncos announced Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, that the team will partner with Colorado-based Empower Retirement on a 21-year deal to name the stadium "Empower Field at Mile High." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 04, 2019 - 4:51 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have partnered with Empower Retirement on a 21-year deal to name their stadium "Empower Field at Mile High." The Metropolitan Football Stadium District will meet later this week to sign off on the agreement that runs through 2039 and ends a three-year span...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) puts on his helmet prior to the team's NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Brown missed significant practice time dealing with frost-bitten feet suffered while getting cryotherapy treatment in France and waging a battle with the NFL over the use of his outdated helmet. He lost a grievance to allow him to use the helmet that's no longer certified as safe and returned to camp. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
September 04, 2019 - 1:24 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Star receiver Antonio Brown said Wednesday that the Oakland Raiders have fined him close to $54,000 for missing a practice and walkthrough last month. Brown posted a letter on his Instagram account from general manager Mike Mayock saying that he was fined $40,000 for an...
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