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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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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. 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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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is shown before an NFL preseason football game against the Detroit Lions, in Cleveland. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said wide receiver Odell Beckham is “ready to go” for the season opener against Tennessee after not playing in any exhibition games. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
September 04, 2019 - 9:35 am
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is "ready to go" for the season opener against Tennessee after not playing in any exhibition games. Beckham sat out Cleveland's four preseason games with what the team described as a minor hip injury. The...
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FILE - At left, in a May 22, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy smiles during NFL football practice in Lake Forest, Ill. At right, in an Aug. 8, 2019, file photo, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur walks onto the field before an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, in Green Bay, Wis. The NFL's most ancient rivals open the league's 100th season with a flipped script: A year after the Bears went to Green Bay to open the season with a new look under coach Matt Nagy, the Packers are trying to do the same at Chicago under coach Matt LaFleur, a drastic change for quarterback Aaron Rodgers going against Khalil Mack and the Bears' defense. (AP Photo/File)
September 04, 2019 - 7:37 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The NFL's oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league's 100th season. It's a role reversal for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. A year after new coach Matt Nagy took quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears to Lambeau Field to kick off the season, the...
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