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This photo from a Zoom press conference shows New York Mets President Sandy Alderson, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Alderson returned as team president Friday when Steve Cohen bought the Mets from the Wilpon and Katz families. (New York Mets via AP)

Mets abandon baseball president search, to look for GM

Nov. 23, 2020 6:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have abandoned their search for a president of baseball operations and will instead focus on hiring a general manager who will report to team president Sandy Alderson. In the meantime, Alderson told Luis Rojas on Monday he will return for a second season as manager....

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he recited from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

NBA players hailed by pope at Vatican for demanding justice

Nov. 23, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Pope Francis met with NBA players at the Vatican on Monday, lauding them as “champions" and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by NBA players'...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer smiles during a press conference in Oxon Hill, Md. Theo Epstein, who transformed the long-suffering Chicago Cubs and helped bring home a drought-busting championship in 2016, is stepping down after nine seasons as the club's president of baseball operations.
The team announced Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, Epstein is leaving the organization, and general manager Jed Hoyer is being promoted to take his place. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

New Cubs prez Hoyer's goal: Retool team but stay competitive

Nov. 23, 2020 4:15 PM EST

While the window is just opening on Jed Hoyer's time as the Chicago Cubs' president of baseball operations, it's closing on the Cubs' championship-winning core. The Cubs gave Hoyer a five-year contract on Monday that runs through the 2025 season, one week after his friend and mentor Theo Epstein stepped down as...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet looks to pass the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. VanVleet agreed Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unsigned. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

AP source: VanVleet staying with Raptors; Hayward to Hornets

Nov. 21, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Fred VanVleet bet on himself. It paid off. Gordon Hayward, meanwhile, is heading to a new home. VanVleet agreed Saturday to a four-year, $85 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the...

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) stands on the sidelines, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Winless Jets, reeling Chargers searching for any momentum

Nov. 19, 2020 6:44 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joey Bosa remembers the last time the Los Angeles Chargers faced a winless team this far into a season. He's hoping history doesn't repeat itself Sunday when they host the winless New York Jets in a midseason matchup of struggling squads. The Jets are the 27th team since the merger to go...

Brewers promote Matt Arnold to senior VP and general manager

Nov. 19, 2020 4:05 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted Matt Arnold to senior vice president and general manager. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns announced the move Thursday and said it “formalizes how we have operated over the last few years.” Stearns previously held the...

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown pass to wide receiver Chase Claypool during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Steelers looking for a perfect 10 against skidding Jaguars

Nov. 19, 2020 12:38 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh and Jacksonville have played some real nail-biters. Ten of their past 12 meetings have been one-score games, including several decided on the final drive and a few on the final play. The past two might have been the best between the former AFC Central foes, with...

Unbeaten Steelers, lowly Jaguars meet with streaks at stake

Nov. 19, 2020 11:01 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (9-0) at JACKSONVILLE (1-8) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS OPENING LINE – Steelers by 10 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Steelers 7-2; Jaguars 4-5 SERIES RECORD – Jaguars lead 14-12 LAST MEETING – Steelers beat Jaguars 20-16 on Nov. 18, 2018 LAST WEEK – Steelers beat Bengals 36-10;...

IOC President Thomas Bach speaks to media during a visit to the National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Bach said during this week's trip to Tokyo that he is “encouraging” all Olympic “participants” and fans to be vaccinated - if one becomes available - if they are going to attend next year's Tokyo Olympics. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo Olympics: Q&A on vaccines, fans, qualifying and costs

Nov. 19, 2020 5:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — We're at the halfway point. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed eight months ago, and now are to open in eight months: July 23, 2021. Crunch time is coming. Tokyo organizers and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have spoken vaguely about how the games can take place in the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Arizona guard Josh Green (0) dunks against Omaha in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game in Tucson, Ariz. The Dallas Mavericks drafted Arizona guard Josh Green with the 18th pick in the first round Wednesday night, Nov. 18, 2020 adding a backcourt mate for Luka Doncic  (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Mavs take Arizona guard, juggle backcourt in deal with 76ers

Nov. 19, 2020 1:13 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks juggled the mix of sidekicks for star point guard Luka Doncic on draft night — with their first-round pick and through a trade. The Mavericks took Arizona's Josh Green at No. 18 overall Wednesday night, adding a backcourt mate for Doncic as they continue to build...