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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Starling Marte bats during the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Miami. Marte is staying with the Marlins after the team exercised its $12.5 million contract option for next year. Miami decided to pick up Marte’s option rather than pay him a $1 million buyout. The move Tuesday, Oct. 27, prevents Marte from becoming a free agent this offseason. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Marlins pick up $12.5M option on OF Starling Marte

Oct. 28, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

Starling Marte is staying with the Miami Marlins after the team exercised its $12.5 million contract option for next year. Miami decided to pick up Marte’s option rather than pay him a $1 million buyout. The move Tuesday prevents Marte from becoming a free agent this offseason. The 32-year-old outfielder...

Carolina Hurricanes sign D Haydn Fleury to 2-year contract

Oct. 27, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Haydn Fleury to a two-year contract. The team announced the deal Tuesday night, saying the restricted free agent’s deal had an average annual value of $1.3 million. In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell...

Red Wings' Bertuzzi awarded $3.5M, 1-year deal by arbitrator

Oct. 27, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An arbitrator has awarded Detroit Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi a $3.5 million, one-year contract. The ruling was issued Tuesday, two days after the case was heard. The 25-year-old Bertuzzi has scored 21 goals in consecutive seasons. He was an All-Star during the pandemic-shortened...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2020, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Everson Griffen celebrates after the team's win in an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas. The Detroit Lions have acquired Griffen from the Cowboys for a conditional draft pick. The Cowboys announced the deal Tuesday night, Oct. 27.  (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)

Lions acquire DE Griffen from Cowboys for conditional pick

Oct. 27, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have acquired veteran defensive end Everson Griffen from the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional draft pick to strengthen one of the team's weaknesses. The Cowboys announced the deal Tuesday night, adding the selection from Detroit could be as high as a fifth-round...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, then-New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews (25) shoots the puck as Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) tries to defend during an NHL hockey game, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a four-year deal with newly acquired defenseman Devon Toews.
The contract for Toews runs through the 2023-24 season, the team announced Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jim McIsaac, File)

Avalanche sign defenseman Devon Toews to 4-year deal

Oct. 27, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Over a month's span, defenseman Devon Toews recorded a hat trick of memorable moments: making the Eastern Conference finals with the New York Islanders, getting married and being dealt to the Colorado Avalanche. Now, add in another — a lucrative payday. The 26-year-old Toews agreed to...

Injuries and strife plague Bengals' defense as Burrow stars

Oct. 26, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals defense is in disarray, on the field and off. Multiple injuries to key personnel and an inability to shut the door on teams are glaring reasons the Bengals keep losing close games and are stuck at 1-5-1 as another dismal season approaches the midway point....

Sabres avoid arbitration with Sam Reinhart, Linus Ullmark

Oct. 25, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres avoided arbitration with forward Sam Reinhart and goaltender Linus Ullmark, signing each Sunday to a one-year contract. Reinhert signed for $5.2 million and Ullmark for $2.6 million. Reinhart’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, and...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) scrambles past New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport as offensive tackle Russell Okung (76) blocks in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Bridgewater nearly sinks Saints in return to Superdome

Oct. 25, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater took a sack when he could least afford to late in the fourth quarter against the Saints. It was about the only mistake he made in his return to New Orleans a year after going 5-0 as the Saints' starter in place of then-injured Drew Brees. It also was the moment he and...

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) carries the ball an NFL game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defeated the Browns 38-7. (Margaret Bowles via AP)

Steelers RB Conner letting play do talking during hot start

Oct. 23, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner's Pittsburgh Steelers teammates insist he's having a good time, that the fourth-year running back has never been happier or more engaged. Not that you'd know it by talking to him. Asked Friday why he seemed so sullen when the subject was raised of his strong start for the...

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton walks off the mound after being relieved during the sixth inning in Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Charlie Morton quietly becomes dominant postseason pitcher

Oct. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever. He starts World Series Game 3 for the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night with a chance to tie Orlando Hernandez’s record of eight consecutive winning postseason decisions, according to...