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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 2:17 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...

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'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

Jan. 28, 2020 1:39 PM EST

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020. The writer was of mostly white descent, and Gurba felt the book didn't ring true. “I was reading...

In this Jan. 20, 2020 photo, former New York City Mayor, and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg walks with supporters along the route of the Little Rock

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?

Jan. 28, 2020 12:35 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by linking arms and marching through South Carolina's capital, Michael Bloomberg was nowhere near the early primary state. The former New York mayor was instead in Arkansas, tossing out candy at...

Authorities ID man who saved baby during Texas mass shooting

Jan. 28, 2020 9:42 AM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A person who was seen on surveillance video saving a baby during last year's mass shooting at a Walmart in Texas that killed 22 people has been identified as a then-homeless man who was living in a makeshift camp near the store, police said. Surveillance footage showed a man carrying...

Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns, left, talks with Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, right, during a break in the action in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Headache-plagued Stephen Johns finally back on ice for Stars

Jan. 28, 2020 3:56 AM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Stephen Johns sometimes wondered if he would play hockey again while missing nearly 22 months with headaches that may or may not have been related to concussions. The Dallas Stars defenseman just didn't appreciate it when doctors suggested as much. “That just kind of pissed me...

Brewers re-sign RHP Shelby Miller to minor league deal

Jan. 28, 2020 3:00 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oft-injured pitcher Shelby Miller re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training camp. The team announced the move Monday on Twitter. Miller, an All-Star in 2015 with Atlanta, was released by Texas last...

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic wears inscribed shoes as a tribute to NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant before a game against the Orlando Magic, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Miami. Bryant and his daughter were among those who died in a helicopter crash Sunday in California. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Analysis: NBA made a good call moving Lakers-Clippers game

Jan. 28, 2020 2:58 AM EST

The NBA absolutely made the right call in postponing Tuesday night’s game in Los Angeles between the Lakers and the Clippers. The entire league is grieving Kobe Bryant. It’s hard for everyone. Impossibly hard. Now imagine what that anguish is like right now for the Lakers, the team that Bryant spent...

Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) stumbles due to injury in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Mavs' Powell has surgery for season-ending Achilles injury

Jan. 28, 2020 2:18 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell underwent surgery to repair a torn right Achilles tendon, an injury that ended his season. The team said Monday the surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 28-year-old Powell could be ready for training camp in early...

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) goes to the basket following the whistle after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Gordon gets 50, Rockets top Jazz 126-117 minus Harden, Russ

Jan. 28, 2020 1:49 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eric Gordon is feeling like himself again on offense. That's bad news for Houston opponents. Gordon scored a career-high 50 points to lead the short-handed Rockets to a 126-117 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night without James Harden and Russell Westbrook. In a stat line that...

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, center, skates past Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point, left, and shoots the game winning goal past goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, right, during overtime of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

Benn's 2nd goal in OT pushes Dallas Stars past Lightning 3-2

Jan. 28, 2020 12:08 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Benn knocked down the puck, quickly turned and didn't have to go far to score the winning goal for the Dallas Stars in overtime. Benn scored 2:07 into the extra period after first deflecting a pass by Brayden Point, who then appeared to grab at the Stars captain from behind before a...