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Romney backs paying college athletes to help poor players

Nov. 15, 2019 7:40 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney said Friday his support for allowing college athletes to profit from their name and image isn’t driven by a desire to help a star quarterback score endorsement deals, but to help poor athletes get extra money to help their families. “We have in many...

Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will Smith

Nov. 14, 2019 6:36 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves made another move to bolster their shaky bullpen Thursday, signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract. The free-agent deal includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout. The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a...

Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teams

Nov. 14, 2019 5:42 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home Thursday following their four-day annual meeting. Using the...

Atlanta United deals Darlington Nagbe to Columbus Crew

Nov. 13, 2019 8:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has dealt Darlington Nagbe to the state where he grew up, trading the midfielder to the Columbus Crew. United will receive up to $1,425,000 in allocation money and a 2020 international roster spot from the Crew. The 29-year-old Nagbe was acquired from the Portland Timbers...

Chiefs owner Hunt touts reduced preseason, 17-game schedule

Nov. 13, 2019 2:53 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs believes the NFL must “seriously consider” reducing the preseason and expanding the regular season to 17 games, giving the league additional inventory that would allow for more games internationally. Clark Hunt, the most visible...

Under pressure: Defenses thriving in sack-happy ACC

Nov. 13, 2019 1:27 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Each week, the Pittsburgh coaching staff jots down a number representing the amount of sacks they’d like the Panthers to have during a given game. Sophomore defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman would prefer to keep the number a secret. Not because it’s so ambitious it’s...

Wainwright guaranteed $5M by Cards, can earn $5M for starts

Nov. 13, 2019 11:15 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright is guaranteed $5 million in his one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and can earn up to $5 million in performance bonuses, which allows the pitcher to match his 2019 earnings. That is up from a $2 million guarantee in his 2019 deal, in which he earned an...

Acing it: Success of Nats, Astros puts attention on starters

Nov. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington went against baseball's trend toward bulked-up bullpens, dedicating 39% of its payroll to three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The trio triumphed, lifting the Nationals to the first World Series title in the team's 51-season...

Cardinals agree to deal with Adam Wainwright for 2020 season

Nov. 12, 2019 9:05 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright have agreed to a contract for the 2020 season, increasing the likelihood the pitcher will finish his career with the only major league team he has played for. The 38-year-old Wainwright was drafted by the Braves in 2000 and traded to the...

Cowboys build model by paying line, Pats win another way

Nov. 12, 2019 6:38 PM EST

Travis Frederick didn't fully understand the business of football when the Dallas Cowboys drafted their center six years ago and made him an instant starter. Eventually, the four-time Pro Bowler saw what Dallas was trying to build by using first-round picks on offensive linemen three times in four drafts after...