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Astros look to McCullers to help make up for loss of Cole

Jul. 3, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole’s departure to join the New York Yankees in free agency left a gaping hole in Houston’s rotation entering the season. The Astros hope the return of Lance McCullers will help lessen the blow. The 26-year-old McCullers is healthy and ready to go after missing last...

Atlanta United signs free-agent midfielder Damm from Mexico

Jul. 1, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United has signed free-agent midfielder Jürgen Damm, a former member of the Mexican National Team. Damm played on four Mexican professional championship teams and most recently played in Liga MX for Tigres UANL. Atlanta purchased Damm’s Discovery Rights from the Houston...

AP Source: Cavs agree to 2-year deal with free agent F Bell

Jun. 29, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jordan Bell on a two-year contract and signed two-way forward Dean Wade to a multiyear deal, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The additions fill two roster openings for the Cavs ahead of the NBA...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looks for a receiver during the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams during the second half in Charlotte, N.C. The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

AP source: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady

Jun. 29, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The one-year deal is worth up to $7.5...

Clippers sign Joakim Noah to deal for rest of the season

Jun. 28, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent Joakim Noah to a new contract for the rest of the season, three months after he first signed a 10-day deal with the team. The two-time All-Star averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 42 games for Memphis last season. Noah...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Texas A&M's Asa Lacy (35) throws a strike against a Miami (Ohio) batter during an NCAA baseball game in College Station, Texas. Detroit has a chance to add another potential standout when it makes the No. 1 selection in Wednesday night’s draft. Lacy is a possible top pick in the Major League Baseball draft. (AP Photo/Sam Craft, File)

Royals sign 6-man draft class, add 7 undrafted free agents

Jun. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals brought their entire six-man draft class to town this week, signing them to their first professional contracts and giving them a chance to see spacious Kauffman Stadium and learn about the organization. Worry not: In the age of COVID-19, the prospects and...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before an NBA preseason basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors in Saitama, near Tokyo. It’s been over three months since the commissioners of major sports cancelled or postponed events because of the coronavirus. Enough time for us to grade them on how they’ve handled the virus so far. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

NBA sets Oct. 16 draft date, Oct. 18 for free-agent talks

Jun. 20, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall, deciding on Oct. 16 as the date for this year's draft and saying clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later. The annual moratorium will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Oct. 19 and continue through noon on Oct. 23, the...

Astros sign Correa's brother as undrafted free agent

Jun. 19, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed second baseman J.C. Correa, getting the brother of star shortstop Carlos Correa on the third try. The Astros signed the younger Correa for $20,000, the maximum allowed for an undrafted free agent. Houston had picked Correa in the later rounds of the last two...

Marshall Rich leaves the field following a workout at Grand Park, Friday, June 12, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Proceeds from the event will go to Reviving Baseball in the Inner City of Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

MLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game season

Jun. 12, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players are moving closer — to a deal or to Commissioner Rob Manfred ordering a shortened season without an agreement. MLB offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut, of Sweden, plays against the New Jersey Devils during the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J.  Pilut is leaving the team after signing a two-year contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk, of the Kontinental Hockey League. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Pilut skips on Sabres by signing 2-year contract in Russia

Jun. 9, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y., (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday, and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing...