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AP source: Machado, Padres agree to $300M, 10-year deal

Feb. 19, 2019 8:18 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their city's long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to...

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

Feb. 19, 2019 10:41 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands...

Stricker appointed US captain for Ryder Cup in home state

Feb. 20, 2019 9:50 AM EST

Steve Stricker is going to his seventh straight Ryder Cup, this time in his home state of Wisconsin as the American captain. Stricker officially was appointed Ryder Cup captain Wednesday morning in Milwaukee, an hour south of where the Americans will try to win back the Ryder Cup in 2020 at Whistling Straits....

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

Feb. 20, 2019 1:42 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a...

USA Gymnastics hires NBA exec Li Li Leung as new CEO

Feb. 19, 2019 1:36 PM EST

Li Li Leung spent two years watching USA Gymnastics struggle through the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. A former college gymnast at the University of Michigan who still considered herself "embedded" in the sport while serving as a vice president with the NBA, Leung kept waiting for things to...

Players brace for moves as NHL trade deadline approaches

Feb. 20, 2019 11:00 AM EST

Thomas Vanek remembers waking up in Edmonton, Alberta, and turning on the TV in his hotel room to find out where he was heading. It was March 5, 2014, the NHL's trade deadline day, and Vanek's bags were packed. He knew he had played his final game a few days earlier for the New York Islanders after rejecting the...

Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'

Feb. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper, an...

Royale rumble: 'Apex Legends' smashing 'Fortnite' records

Feb. 20, 2019 2:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since its meteoric rise, "Fortnite" is no longer a no-doubt victory royale atop the video game industry. "Apex Legends" — a battle royale from Electronic Arts — has charged into the market and smashed "Fortnite" records for downloads and viewership since its...

Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power

Feb. 19, 2019 11:58 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — There was no social media or around-the-clock basketball coverage in October 1974, on the night when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Bucks that he would like to be traded. As such, hardly anybody knew initially about the demand. If anyone understands...

Manfred: Slow market may be 'much ado about nothing'

Feb. 19, 2019 7:20 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred predicts top free agents will all get deals and the second slow free-agent market won't have lasting significance. "In some ways I feel like it's a little much ado about nothing if in fact those players all sign at the end of the day," he said...

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Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Feb. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it plans to cancel or claw back $3.5 billion in federal dollars...

Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states

Feb. 20, 2019 11:46 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson...

Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

Feb. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja's trial begins with jury selection...

Wisconsin school ends cheerleading awards for body parts

Feb. 20, 2019 11:30 AM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district official says its high school will no longer hand out cheerleading awards that are based on a girl's physical attributes, including largest breasts or buttocks. The American Civil Liberties Union says an annual banquet has been held at Tremper High School in...

US mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Feb. 20, 2019 11:28 AM EST

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic...

Pre-'93 NFL pension benefits group receives $100K donation

Feb. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a nonprofit...

Wisconsin court: Judge's Facebook friendship could show bias

Feb. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge's decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge. The case, which is the first of its kind in...

Players brace for moves as NHL trade deadline approaches

Feb. 20, 2019 11:00 AM EST

Thomas Vanek remembers waking up in Edmonton, Alberta, and turning on the TV in his hotel room to find out where he was heading. It was March 5, 2014, the NHL's trade deadline day, and Vanek's bags were packed. He knew he had played his final game a few days earlier for the New York Islanders after rejecting the...

Former Tennessee senator, judge Sugarmon dies in Memphis

Feb. 20, 2019 10:44 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Russell Sugarmon Jr., a former Tennessee state senator, civil rights leader and Memphis judge, has died. R.S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home said in an obituary that Sugarmon died Monday at his home. He was 89. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted that "we have lost a great man, a great...

Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'

Feb. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper, an...