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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, New York Jets cornerback Kyron Brown (35) is helped off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Jets finished the season with a league-high 20 players on injured reserve and had so many other injuries the organization is studying every step from practice to recovery down to how they care for injuries to stay healthier in the future. Jets general manager Joe Douglas hopes 2019 was a “bit of anomaly.” (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

AP analysis: NFL teams lost over $500M to injuries in 2019

Jan. 28, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NFL teams paid more than a half-billion dollars to Week 1 starters who missed games because of injuries this season and players who ended the year on injured reserve, according to an Associated Press study. And the players sidelined the most in a league devoted more and more to speed: the fastest guys on the...

FILE -In this May 27, 2019 file photo Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress throws against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Chicago Cubs reach deals with RHP Jeffress, OF Souza

Jan. 28, 2020 8:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs are taking two more low-risk fliers on a pair of players hoping to rebound from injuries, reaching one-year deals with reliever Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. Jeffress' contract is worth $850,000, and the 32-year-old right-hander can earn an additional $200,000 in...

Jon Rahm of Spain hits his tee shot on the 14th hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the third round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

ESPN+ to get streaming deal as PGA Tour wraps up TV talks

Jan. 28, 2020 6:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The PGA Tour is closing in on its next television rights deal, likely to be announced after the West Coast swing now that the digital side is coming together. Two people aware of the negotiations say ESPN has emerged as the winner of the streaming sweepstakes, which currently belongs to...

House resolution proposed against minor league contraction

Jan. 28, 2020 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four members of the House of Representatives introduced a resolution Tuesday urging Major League Baseball not to follow through with its proposal to eliminate 42 current minor league teams. MLB made the proposal last year to the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the...

NFL dealing with social media hackers during Super Bowl week

Jan. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The NFL has been dealing with hackers, not someone trying to peak into the league's records or team playbooks. The hackers apparently attacked social media accounts for the league and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The NFL said Tuesday that its...

Texans give coach O'Brien GM title, too; promote Easterby

Jan. 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have added general manager to Bill O’Brien’s title, a role the coach has been filling since the firing of Brian Gaine in June. The team announced the move Tuesday and also said that Jack Easterby, who worked this season as executive vice president of team...

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker watches batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, that Baker, 70,  is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. (AP Photo/John Amis)

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

Jan. 28, 2020 3:31 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed. The 70-year-old Baker becomes...

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Aventura, Fla., for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Chiefs embracing loose locker room culture on Super Bowl run

Jan. 28, 2020 3:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — If you’re planning to walk through the middle of the Kansas City Chiefs locker room between lunch and their usual afternoon practice, you might want to grab someone’s shoulder pads and helmet and brace for impact. There’s a good chance you'll find yourself in the middle of...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hits a home run during the second inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Zimmerman and the World Series champion Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals finalize $2M, 1-year contract

Jan. 28, 2020 1:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman and the World Series champion Washington Nationals finalized a $2 million, one-year contract on Wednesday. The 35-year-old first baseman, who has spent his entire 15-year big league career with the Nationals, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses. He can earn $1.5...

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Column: A new tour without Tiger is no tour at all

Jan. 28, 2020 12:20 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jay Monahan was at Torrey Pines for the annual players meeting, most of it pertaining to the potential of a financial windfall for top players. Five days later, after so much chatter and speculation, the possibility had moved close enough to reality that the PGA Tour commissioner felt...