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Sun Belt Conference opens new era in 2018 with title game

Aug. 17, 2018 9:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Sun Belt Conference is entering its final football season under the leadership of commissioner Karl Benson, who took over at a time of major transition and uncertainty for the league. Benson — who at 66 has decided to step down next summer — expects the action on the...

AP source: Browns, Dez Bryant still talking but no deal

Aug. 17, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern. The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on...

Spanish league plan for game in US chided by players' group

Aug. 16, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

A regular-season Spanish league game is coming to the United States, possibly as early as this season, with Real Madrid or Barcelona potentially involved but unlikely to be playing each other. The league said Thursday it is planning to play a match across the Atlantic as part of a new 15-year partnership with...

Austin makes move for new stadium to land MLS' Crew

Aug. 15, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt got a major boost to his effort to move the Major League Soccer club to Texas when the Austin City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan for a new, privately funded stadium on city land. Precourt has been courting Austin for a potential...

New Jersey Devils sign F Kevin Rooney to 2-year contract

Aug. 13, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Kevin Rooney to a two-year contract. General Manager Ray Shero announced the contract Monday. He says the first year will be a two-way deal in which Rooney will earn $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level, with $70,000...

McVay: Rams have 'urgency' about negotiations with Donald

Aug. 11, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay said the team has increased its "level of urgency" in negotiations with defensive end Aaron Donald. Donald, a three-time first-team All-Pro, is holding out of training camp for the second consecutive year as he seeks a contract extension. His rookie...

Jansen making progress, no date for his return

Aug. 11, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is doing well after experiencing trouble with his heart again, though it remains uncertain when he will return to the mound. Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, said Saturday everyone feels good about Jansen at the...

NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

Aug. 10, 2018 11:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While the NFL continues discussions with the players' union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. They are not against the country, military, flag or "The...

The Latest: Manafort prosecutors expect to rest case Monday

Aug. 10, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the bank fraud and tax evasion trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 6 p.m. Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case Monday. The former Trump campaign chairman's trial was delayed for...

Austin City Council delays MLS stadium vote until Aug. 15

Aug. 10, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin City Council put off until next week a vote on a stadium proposal that could trigger Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew to move to Texas as early as the 2019 season. The council met for several hours Thursday night to vote on a plan to let Crew owner Anthony Precourt build a...