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MLB bans players from Venezuelan Winter League

Aug. 22, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is banning players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League in one of the first public repercussions of new U.S. economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government. MLB said Thursday it is in contact with the U.S. government to determine how to proceed...

NFL 2019: Rams wary of pitfalls on road to title redemption

Aug. 22, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — That 13-3 loss in the Super Bowl looms large over the Los Angeles Rams. Their high-scoring ascent to the NFL's elite over two thrilling seasons somehow culminated in one of the most lifeless offensive performances in big game history. It's the last thing anybody expected from a team...

NFL 2019: Lions banking on QB Stafford with no backup plan

Aug. 22, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have leaned heavily on Matthew Stafford since selecting him No. 1 overall in the 2009 NFL draft. Stafford has started since he was a rookie, and after injuries stunted his first two seasons, the strong-armed quarterback has started every game for eight straight years....

NFL 2019: Jaguars' rebound rests on Fournette's progress

Aug. 22, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette shadowed offensive coordinator John DeFilippo during Jacksonville's first two preseason games. Fournette wore a headset, listened to every play call and then chatted with "Flip" and his fellow running backs between series. The former LSU star was as involved as...

Chiefs welcome new/old faces in Allen, Thomas to roster

Aug. 22, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Offensive lineman Jeff Allen spent most of the offseason baking cookies with his wife, who began a business back home in Texas, and it may have turned out to be good for his waist line. The last thing Allen wanted to do after hours in the kitchen was eat one of those cookies. As...

NFL 2019: Titans set sights high with AFC South title first

Aug. 22, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Safety Kevin Byard has heard the predictions that the Tennessee Titans will finish last in the AFC South, and it's very easy to ignore all that chatter. Why? Byard also remembers the Titans being called Super Bowl contenders after a 3-1 start a year ago. Yes, the Titans might have...

NFL 2019: NFC East is two-team race with Cowboys and Eagles

Aug. 22, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

While Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper wait to get paid, Ezekiel Elliott wants his money now. The Dallas Cowboys have another obstacle standing in their way as they try to become the first team to win consecutive NFC East titles since the Philadelphia Eagles did it four straight seasons from 2001-04. Contract issues...

NFL 2019: Eyes on Jones in what could be Eli's final year

Aug. 22, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning is entering a team-record 16th season with the New York Giants and his career in some ways might be coming full cycle. The 38-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP is entering the final year of his contract and there is a similarity to his rookie season in 2004. The...

Lions sign DT Damon Harrison to $11M, 1-year extension

Aug. 22, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison to an $11 million, one-year extension. The team announced the signing Thursday. Harrison, who has two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the New York Giants, is under contract for an...

Cardinals sign veteran WR Crabtree to 1-year deal

Aug. 22, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

The Arizona Cardinals have another potential big-play threat to their new-look offense. The team announced on Monday night it had signed veteran receiver Michael Crabtree to a one-year contract, adding to an offense that already includes rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, running back David Johnson and receivers...