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Major League Baseball to sponsor US Olympic softball team

Jan. 23, 2020 8:01 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is using its financial muscle to support the U.S. women's softball team, which already is assured a spot in the Tokyo Olympics while the American men's baseball team struggles to qualify. MLB announced an agreement Thursday to become presenting sponsor of the women's...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019 file photo, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is shown before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.  Snyder has met with Maryland lawmakers to discuss allowing sports betting at a new stadium in the state. Sen. Guy Guzzone told reporters Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that Snyder asked to be included in the sports betting realm. Snyder met with state lawmakers Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Annapolis. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Maryland lawmakers met with Redskins owner on sports betting

Jan. 22, 2020 7:44 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met with Maryland lawmakers to discuss allowing sports betting at a new stadium in the state, a lawmaker who participated in a meeting with the team's owner said Wednesday. Sen. Guy Guzzone, who chairs the Maryland Senate's budget committee,...

Mayors launch task force to oppose minor league contraction

Jan. 22, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Dozens of mayors from across the United States have formed a task force opposing a proposal by Major League Baseball to eliminate 42 affiliated minor league franchises for the 2021 season. The coalition launched Tuesday with three leaders and was up to 30 members by Wednesday afternoon, ranging from Chattanooga,...

FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles with officials while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system before the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game in York, Pa. DeBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, Dec. 21, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association also agreed to cooperate and assist if Commissioner Rob Manfred decides to utilize the system

MLB to test but not use computer umps at spring training

Jan. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will test computer plate umpires during spring training but will not use the system for decisions in any exhibition games. MLB experimented with the automated balls and strikes system during the second half of last season in the independent Atlantic League, and the...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald attends a news conference after winning an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in Cincinnati. Fitzgerald is coming back to the team for the 2020 season. There was speculations the 36-year-old Fitzgerald might retire, but the team announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, he has signed a one-year contract. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)

Cardinals WR Fitzgerald purchases minority stake in Suns

Jan. 22, 2020 11:19 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has purchased a minority stake in the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Fitzgerald just finished his 16th season with the Cardinals and is among the most productive receivers in NFL history. He recently signed a one-year deal to return for 2020. The...

Preparations are underway during a tour of the Hard Rock Stadium on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, ahead of the NFL Super Bowl LIV football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Thousands of workers preparing Miami stadium for Super Bowl

Jan. 21, 2020 4:36 PM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The pounding of a single hammer echoed through the stands Tuesday in the Miami Dolphins' stadium, the reverberations from the Super Bowl's return to South Florida just beginning. Painters sprayed a logo on the newly laid grass while two men in hard hats dangled from a scaffold...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, David Stern, a member of the 2014 class of inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame, listens to a question during a news conference in Springfield, Mass. A tribute to late NBA Commissioner Stern is to be held at New York's Radio City on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Magic Johnson at Stern memorial: I'm going to miss my angel

Jan. 21, 2020 4:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern was remembered Tuesday as a mentor and a leader, a Little League parent and a loyal friend. To Magic Johnson, he was an angel. Johnson tearfully recalled Stern’s firm support after the Hall of Fame player learned he had HIV, and how it was the former NBA commissioner...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media during an NFL football owners meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. NFL owners gather for their winter meeting amid talk of labor negotiations, the future of pass interference review and another episode of the New England Patriots being investigated over questions of inappropriate filming of a future opponent's sideline. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Goodell’s stint atop NFL quite a roller-coaster ride

Jan. 21, 2020 3:42 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — During the fall of 2011, a couple of months after the NFL's lockout of the players ended and the regular season began as scheduled, a class of graduate students was asked to rate the pro sports commissioners. Roger Goodell stood first, far above his peers. A few years later, after such...

Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect...

Cleveland Browns new NFL football head coach Kevin Stefanski answers a question during a news conference at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

AP source: Browns interview Vikings assistant GM for opening

Jan. 20, 2020 8:26 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns could be turning a little more purple. After hiring former Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as its coach, Cleveland interviewed Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton for its GM opening this past weekend, a person familiar with the team's itinerary told...