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2 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets role

Mar. 21, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing. An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser. "OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her spring...

Marcus Smart fined $50,000 by NBA for shoving Embiid

Mar. 21, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for forcefully shoving Philadelphia's Joel Embiid to the floor. Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, noted Smart's repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct during games this season...

Raiders' lease for Coliseum gets final approval

Mar. 21, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders have gotten final approval for their lease to remain in Oakland for at least one more season. The Oakland City Council voted Thursday to approve the lease for 2019 with an option for 2020. The Alameda Board of Supervisors had voted earlier in the week in favor of the...

Shaq coming back to Miami next week _ to play music

Mar. 21, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal is coming back to play in Miami next week. Play music, that is. The former star center and four-time NBA champion still has a hectic life in retirement, with work as a television analyst and celebrity endorser and other off-court business interests. He's also serious about...

Patriots owner wants prostitution video blocked from public

Mar. 21, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The attorneys representing New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation are asking a judge to block the release of video recordings police say shows them engaging in sexual acts. They also say the...

Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year deal

Mar. 21, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career. Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this May...

AP source: White Sox near $43M, 6-year deal with Jimenez

Mar. 20, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been agreed to. The...

Doc Rivers denies Lakers coaching rumors

Mar. 19, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers denied rumors on Tuesday night that he's interested in leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to coach the Lakers. The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-39 under coach Luke Walton, whose job status is widely believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that...

AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

Mar. 19, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

Mike Trout is on the verge of becoming baseball's first half-billion dollar man. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The...

Maddon, Cubs looking to rebound from disappointing finish

Mar. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future. They also know what's going on, too. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-year-old...