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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence waits on deck  club before batting against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco.  Pence is returning to the Giants, agreeing to a contract that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/John Hefti)

Hunter Pence thrilled to be back with Giants after year away

Feb. 19, 2020 3:17 AM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hunter Pence hustled in to take batting practice, exhibiting that familiar energy as fans cheered. He smiled and raised his cap high in the air. This is just the start of spring training, and it's clear Pence is a crowd favorite for San Francisco once more. And the outfielder is in...

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (55) tries to control the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson (41) and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (22) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Justin Tang/the Canadian Press via AP)

Anisimov, Pageau score 2 each as Senators beat Sabres 7-4

Feb. 19, 2020 1:46 AM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Artem Anisimov and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had two goals each as the Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 on Tuesday night. Vladislav Namestnikov, Drake Batherson and Anthony Duclair also scored for Ottawa on a night the Senators retired Chris Phillips’ jersey in a pregame...

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred takes questions about the Houston Astros during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Player discipline possible for future sign-stealing offenses

Feb. 19, 2020 1:04 AM EST

Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros' scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players' association are discussing...

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein gives instructions to players in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Cleveland. New York won 139-134 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Reports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 games

Feb. 19, 2020 12:24 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers first-year coach John Beilein will end a rough season by stepping down after 54 games, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The former Michigan coach, who was a surprising hire by the Cavs last year because of his age (67) and lack of any pro experience, is expected to...

Winnipeg Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers (27) scores on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen (40) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Wheeler scores 2, Jets beat Kings 6-3

Feb. 19, 2020 12:19 AM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler was glad to be back playing on a line with Mark Scheifele, and it showed. Wheeler had two goals and an assist in his 700th game in franchise history, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Tuesday night. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists and...

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax., right, holds the Washington Nationals World Series trophy as Nationals president and General Manager, Mike Rizzo, left, looks on as the Virginia House of Delegates honors the team during the session at the Capitol Tuesday Jan 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Manfred apologizes for calling WS trophy a 'piece of metal'

Feb. 18, 2020 11:48 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.” Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments while trying to deliver a rhetorical...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) passes to Jason Zucker (16) who put a shot behind Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Crosby has goal, 3 assists as Penguins beat Maple Leafs 5-2

Feb. 18, 2020 11:16 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Tuesday night. “I think this is his favorite time of year,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “He tends to play his best when the stakes get high. He has...

Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, left, and teammate Jose Altuve sit in chairs as the wait to deliver statements during a news conference before the start of the first official spring training baseball practice for the team Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ;

Ouch: Offshore sports book sets odds for Astros' HBPs

Feb. 18, 2020 10:01 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred’s stern warning covering the intentional beaning of Houston players in the wake of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal hasn’t stopped an offshore sports book from publishing odds on a variety of bets related to possible plunkings. The player...

Los Angeles Angels' Brian Goodwin, left, greets a fan during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Angels' Goodwin, D-backs' Bradley go to salary arbitration

Feb. 18, 2020 9:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin and Arizona reliever Archie Bradley went to salary arbitration hearings Tuesday. Goodwin asked a panel for a raise to $2.2 million and the team argued for $1.85 million. He hit .262 last year and set career bests with 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 458...

Fans sign a banner sending well wishes to St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester prior to the start of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in St. Louis. Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode while on the bench during a game Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

Bouwmeester on the road to recovery, Blues trade for D-man

Feb. 18, 2020 9:15 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is back in St. Louis after collapsing on the bench during a game in Anaheim last week and said in a statement Tuesday that he is “on the road to recovery.” Bouwmeester, 36, collapsed during the first period of a game Feb. 11 after going into...