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FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Pittsburgh. A person familiar with the trade talks tells The Associated Press the New York Yankees made the second addition to their starting rotation of the offseason, agreeing to acquire right-hander Taillon from the Pirates for four prospects. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Yankees get Jameson Taillon from Pirates for 4 prospects

Jan. 24, 2021 3:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees made another high-risk offseason addition to their starting rotation, acquiring right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday for four prospects. Pittsburgh received right-handers Roansy Contreras and Miguel Yajure, infielder Maikol Escotto and outfielder...

Major League Baseball's all-time career home run record holder Hank Aaron and his wife Billye take a lap in a golf cart around Turner Field in Atlanta, Thursday, April, 8, 1999, after a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of his breaking Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs on April 8, 1974. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Aaron lauded for grace amid racism during home run pursuit

Jan. 23, 2021 8:53 AM EST

Reaction to Hank Aaron's death from former presidents to fellow Hall of Famers to everyone who knew him followed a theme: how the one-time home run king handled the racism he faced on the way to passing Babe Ruth's hallowed record nearly 50 years ago. Joe Carter met his childhood idol when he won the first Hank...

Japan National Stadium, where opening ceremony and many other events are planned for postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is seen from a rooftop observation deck Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Tokyo. The postponed Tokyo Olympics are to open in just six months. Local organizers and the International Olympic Committee say they will go ahead on July 23. But it’s still unclear how this will happen with virus cases surging in Tokyo and elsewhere around the globe. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Speculation over Tokyo Olympics: 2021, 2032 or not at all?

Jan. 22, 2021 4:13 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Just about everybody, especially the organizers in Japan and Switzerland, want the Tokyo Olympics to open on July 23 — as scheduled. And yet, 2021 is starting on a similar path that led to the decision last March to postpone the games for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic....

FILE- In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Daniel Robertson throws out New York Yankees' Thairo Estrada at first base during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fla. Robertson has agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers that allows him to earn an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses.v(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Robertson agrees to $900,000, one-year deal with Brewers

Jan. 22, 2021 3:54 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Utilityman Daniel Robertson has agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers that allows him to earn an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses. Robertson batted .333 with no homers and two RBIs in 17 games with the San Francisco Giants last season while making...

FILE - David Beckham, Inter Miami CF co-owner, is interviewed during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event in New York, in this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, file photo. David Beckham bristled when asked whether Phil Neville’s was hired as Inter Miami coach because they’re buddies. “Of course, people are always going to turn around and say, oh, it’s because he’s your friend. It’s nothing to do with him being my friend,” Beckham said Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, FIler)

Beckham says Neville hired as coach on merit, not friendship

Jan. 22, 2021 3:19 PM EST

David Beckham bristled when asked whether Phil Neville’s was hired as Inter Miami coach because they’re buddies. “Of course, people are always going to turn around and say, oh, it’s because he’s your friend. It’s nothing to do with him being my friend,” Beckham...

In this 2013 photo provided by the Seattle Seahawks is Scott Fitterer, at that time an executive with the team. The Carolina Panthers NFL football team hired Fitterer on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, to become their new general manager. (Seattle Seahawks via AP)

Panthers new GM Fitterer plans to 'be in on every deal'

Jan. 22, 2021 2:57 PM EST

CHARLOTTE N.C. (AP) — Scott Fitterer says he plans to “be in on every deal” as he takes over as the Carolina Panthers' new general manager. Fitterer’s comments came after he was asked in his introductory news conference Friday if he’d be interested in trading for Texans...

FILE - San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar gestures as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher James Pazos in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver, in this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, file photo. Profar is staying with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a $21 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

AP source: Profar agrees to $21M, 3-year deal with Padres

Jan. 22, 2021 2:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurickson Profar is staying with the San Diego Padres, agreeing to a $21 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. Profar, who...

FILE- In this Feb. 10, 2019, file photo, Team Szabados forward Audra Richards (21) is congratulated after scoring a goal against Team Stecklein in the NWHL All-Star Hockey Game in Nashville, Tenn. The women's hockey league thinks it can make it work with the same kind of COVID-19 testing the NBA used in its Disney World bubble. Players, coaches and staff will essentially be limited to hotel and Herb Brooks Arena, the site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” that serves as a historic setting for a unique season.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Women's bubble hockey: NWHL season will be a 2-week sprint

Jan. 22, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Tyler Tumminia has lost plenty of sleep trying to get the National Women's Hockey League back on the ice. The interim commissioner has one night left to toss and turn before it becomes a reality. The NWHL goes full bubble hockey Saturday when its two-week sprint of a season begins in a quarantined environment in...

FILE - Cutout photos of people, including first responders and healthcare workers, sit in seats in Gillette Stadium before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass., in this Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, file photo. The NFL says 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release Friday that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be limited to those workers and about 14,500 other fans.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

Jan. 22, 2021 12:48 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The NFL announced Friday that 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month's Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also said in a news release that attendance at the Feb. 7 game would be...

FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, then-Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks during a news conference in Allen Park, Mich. Washington has hired Martin Mayhew to be its new general manager. The hiring of Mayhew makes Washington the only team in the NFL with a Black team president and GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Washington hires Martin Mayhew as general manager

Jan. 22, 2021 12:46 PM EST

Ron Rivera bulked up his front office Friday, hiring Martin Mayhew to be Washington's general manager and Marty Hurney to serve as executive vice president of football and player personnel. The moves give Rivera two seasoned NFL executives to work with going into his second season coaching and running football...