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Former Auburn student makes Forbes 30 under 30

Jan. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EST

Adam Richelieu, one of Forbes’ latest 30 under 30 honorees, knew when he set foot on Auburn University’s campus that he’d found his home away from home. The soon-to-be Auburn freshman called his mom and told her he didn’t want to see any other schools — he was going to be a...

Fortified White Sox say they're ready to contend again

Jan. 25, 2020 7:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and their long-frustrated fans say they're primed and pumped for the team to contend in 2020. The White Sox haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and have endured seven straight losing seasons, but there was an optimistic buzz at the team's sold-out fan convention...

FILE - This Sept. 28, 2019 file photo shows Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Denver.  Story and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $27.5 million, two-year contract that avoids an arbitration hearing, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 25, 2020 because the agreement was pending a physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

AP source: Rockies, Story reach $27.5 million, 2-year deal

Jan. 25, 2020 9:06 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — All-Star shortstop Trevor Story and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $27.5 million, two-year contract that avoids an arbitration hearing, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the agreement...

Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada, left, Luis Robert, center, and Jose Abreu pose for a video during the team's annual fan convention Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

1B Abreu looking forward to winning with White Sox

Jan. 25, 2020 2:42 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu has known nothing but losing since he joined the Chicago White Sox. Six years, six losing seasons. Six consistent performances by the Cuban slugger, and six empty Octobers. Perhaps more than anyone else, Abreu is ready for the other side of Chicago's long-running rebuilding...

FILE - At left, in a Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Atlanta. At center, in an Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck speaks during a news conference following the team's NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears, in Indianapolis. At right, in an Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly watches teammates warm up at training camp in Charlotte, N.C. Life in the NFL is short. The recent retirements of three of the game's best 30-and-under stars -- Gronkowski, Luck and Kuechly -- could be coincidence or the start of a worrisome trend. (AP Photo/File)

Column: 'We Don't Like to Draft a Guy Who's Too Smart'

Jan. 25, 2020 2:39 AM EST

Last week, nearly two decades after his death, straight-talking Giants front-office boss George Young finally got elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It seemed only fitting for a guy who took the long view on everything. Back when most teams asked potential draft picks just a handful of questions, Giants...

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. A person familiar with the negotiations tells the AP that “face of the franchise” Zimmerman and the Nationals have agreed to terms on a $2 million deal for 2020. The deal is pending a physical. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP source: Zimmerman, Nationals agree on $2M plus incentives

Jan. 24, 2020 11:47 PM EST

Washington Nationals “face of the franchise” Ryan Zimmerman agreed to terms on a $2 million contract for 2020 that includes the possibility of earning $3 million more in incentives. The parameters of the deal were described to The Associated Press on Friday by a person familiar with the...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer watches a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Twins remain publicly confident in the rotation anchored by returning veterans Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi and supplemented by youngsters like Smeltzer, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Twins express confidence in rotation that carries questions

Jan. 24, 2020 10:01 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs last season. They created a bigger buzz with their recent signing of star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a $92 million, four-year contract — the richest in club history for a free agent. Still, the defending AL Central...

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery after hitting out of a fairway bunker on the fourth hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Friday Jan. 24, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Players Championship raises purse to $15 million

Jan. 24, 2020 8:05 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The PGA Tour is raising the prize money at The Players Championship to $15 million, making it the largest purse in golf unless any of the majors decide to up the ante this year. The winner of March 12-15 event at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, will receive $2.7 million, nearly...

The Minnesota Twins new third baseman Josh Donaldson, flanked by team executive Derek Falvey, left, and manager Rocco Baldelli, is introduced during a baseball news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

Donaldson's option price could escalate by $4 million

Jan. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson's 2024 option with the Minnesota Twins can escalate an additional $4 million based on awards he earns during the first four seasons of the deal. Donaldson and the Twins finalized a $92 million, four-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $3 million signing bonus payable...

Norma Hunt, left, and her son Clark Hunt, center, owners of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, second right, celebrate after the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 35-24 to advance to Super Bowl 54. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

With foundation in Mahomes, Chiefs built team for Super Bowl

Jan. 24, 2020 5:15 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The team that would eventually take the Kansas City Chiefs back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years was under construction long before general manager Brett Veach and coach Andy Reid finally laid the cornerstone. Patrick Mahomes simply allowed them to erect the walls...