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Major League Baseball work stoppage almost certain on Dec. 2

Oct. 24, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball’s ninth work stoppage and first in 26 years appears almost certain to start Dec. 2, freezing the free-agent market and threatening the start of spring training in February. Negotiations have been taking place since last spring, and each side...

MLB qualifying offer price drops by $500,000 to $18.4M

Oct. 19, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a qualifying offer to Major League Baseball free agents dropped by $500,000 to $18.4 million, a sign of the slide in salaries. The figure is determined by the average of the top 125 major league contracts this year and marks only the second...

Zion Williamson's future could hinge on Pelicans' trajectory

Oct. 12, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The future of power forward Zion Williamson and the trajectory of the New Orleans Pelicans will be prominent, interwoven subplots throughout this NBA season. It’s Year 3 for Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin and his overhaul of the...

Blackhawks agree to 1-year contract with D Erik Gustafsson

Oct. 11, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks brought back Erik Gustafsson on Monday, agreeing to a one-year contract with the free-agent defenseman. Gustafsson was released by the New York Islanders on Sunday. The deal with Chicago is worth $800,000. The...

All in: Panthers, Barkov agree on 8-year, $80M extension

Oct. 08, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov was just a teenager when he arrived in Florida from Finland to start his NHL career back in 2013, spent a few weeks in his sunny new surroundings and came to the following conclusion. “I could live here,” Barkov said. ...

Panthers acquire Gilmore from Pats for 6th-round pick in '23

Oct. 06, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Stephon Gilmore is headed home. The Carolina Panthers have acquired veteran cornerback and 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year from the New England Patriots for a 2023 sixth-round draft pick. The move comes after Gilmore...

NHL Eastern Conference race still runs through `Champa Bay'

Oct. 05, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

It’s going on 40 years since the NHL last celebrated a three-peat Stanley Cup champion as part of the New York Islanders’ run of four straight titles from 1980-83. The Lightning have won two straight, and defenseman Victor Hedman doesn’t see why Tampa Bay can’t...

Senzatela, Cron agree to multiyear deals with Rockies

Oct. 05, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies agreed to multiyear deals Tuesday with right-hander Antonio Senzatela and first-baseman C.J. Cron. Senzatela's $50.5 million, five-year contract includes a club option for 2027. Cron will return on a $14.5 million, two-year deal. ...

End of Story's time? Rox may lose shortstop to free agency

Oct. 04, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story's time in Denver may have just reached its final chapter. The Colorado Rockies' standout shortstop is driven by one prevailing theme as he hits free agency — winning. Story insisted he hasn’t ruled anyone out,...

Net off the moorings: Two dozen NHL goalies change teams

Sep. 30, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

Marc-Andre Fleury was the face of the Golden Knights franchise, won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender and received assurances from Vegas owner Bill Foley that he'd retire there. So, naturally, he was surprised to find out he'd been traded to Chicago. ...