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Shepard taking over play-by-play for Tigers' TV broadcasts

Jan. 15, 2019 8:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shepard is taking over as play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Tigers on their Fox Sports Detroit television broadcasts. FSD said Tuesday that Shepard will work alongside analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson. Dan Petry and Craig Monroe will be analysts for pregame and postgame shows....

Panthers owner: Team needs backup plan if Newton can't play

Jan. 15, 2019 7:32 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are preparing for life without Cam Newton next season in case the team's franchise quarterback can't make it back from a lingering shoulder injury. Panthers owner David Tepper said Tuesday that while the team is exhausting all options to make sure Newton's throwing...

MLS formally announces Austin expansion team for 2021

Jan. 15, 2019 6:12 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After a long and often rocky courtship, Austin and Major League Soccer became a match. The league formally welcomed Austin as its 27th franchise with a raucous downtown party Tuesday full of chanting and flag-waving, and Commissioner Don Garber calling the Texas capital a "perfect...

Bills hire Bobby Johnson, offer special teams job to Farwell

Jan. 15, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have hired Bobby Johnson to take over as offensive line coach, and are also offering their special teams coordinator's job to Carolina Panthers assistant Heath Farwell. Johnson was hired Tuesday after spending the past season as the Colts assistant offensive line...

Giants hire pitching analyst to aid with training efforts

Jan. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club. Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching...

Swimming body ends threat to ban breakaway athletes

Jan. 15, 2019 9:08 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — In a standoff about the right of swimmers to compete for improved prize money, governing body FINA on Tuesday lifted its threat to ban those taking part in independently run competitions. FINA has been criticized in recent weeks by top swimmers who want more say in how their sport is run and...

Coliseum Authority to get update on Raiders lease

Jan. 15, 2019 12:32 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Coliseum Authority will meet Friday to get an update on the possibility of whether the Raiders could stay in Oakland another year. Authority executive director Scott McKibben said he will update the board in closed session on where things stand between the Raiders and the...

AP sources: Moore, Charles given franchise tags

Jan. 14, 2019 10:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Moore and Tina Charles aren't going anywhere. Two people familiar with the deals told The Associated Press that the former UConn teammates were given the franchise tag by Minnesota and New York for the upcoming WNBA season. It's no real surprise that the perennial All-Stars won't hit...

Cogliano to Stars, Shore to Ducks in struggling teams' trade

Jan. 14, 2019 6:32 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars acquired Andrew Cogliano from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for Devin Shore in a swap of low-scoring veteran forwards on two frustrated teams. The 31-year-old Cogliano has just three goals and eight assists in 46 games this season after scoring just his second goal in...

Former All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim now running the G League

Jan. 14, 2019 11:13 AM EST

When Shareef Abdur-Rahim's knees finally gave out, when his days as a dynamic scorer in the NBA came to an unceremonious end, he didn't exactly know what to do next within the game of basketball. So he dabbled in a little bit of everything. "Coaching, scouting, helping evaluate the draft," Abdur-Rahim said. "It...