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AP source: Ottavino, Yankees agree to $27M, 3-year contract

Jan. 18, 2019 12:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen. Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday....

NBA's Silver backs Kanter's decision to skip London trip

Jan. 17, 2019 4:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that the safety and security of players will always be paramount for the league after New York Knicks center Enes Kanter did not travel to London for his team's game against the Washington Wizards. Kanter said he feared he could be attacked or killed...

Lowrie can earn bonus with Mets for 550 plate appearances

Jan. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jed Lowrie can earn a $500,000 performance bonus during each season of his deal with the New York Mets if he makes 550 plate appearances. The Mets and the infielder finalized the $20 million, two-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $5 million signing bonus, of which $1 million is due on...

AP source: Diamondbacks sign Wilmer Flores to 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million contract with former New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced....

Shepard taking over play-by-play for Tigers' TV broadcasts

Jan. 15, 2019 8:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shepard is taking over as play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Tigers on their Fox Sports Detroit television broadcasts. FSD said Tuesday that Shepard will work alongside analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson. Dan Petry and Craig Monroe will be analysts for pregame and postgame shows....

Panthers owner: Team needs backup plan if Newton can't play

Jan. 15, 2019 7:32 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are preparing for life without Cam Newton next season in case the team's franchise quarterback can't make it back from a lingering shoulder injury. Panthers owner David Tepper said Tuesday that while the team is exhausting all options to make sure Newton's throwing...

MLS formally announces Austin expansion team for 2021

Jan. 15, 2019 6:12 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After a long and often rocky courtship, Austin and Major League Soccer became a match. The league formally welcomed Austin as its 27th franchise with a raucous downtown party Tuesday full of chanting and flag-waving, and Commissioner Don Garber calling the Texas capital a "perfect...

Bills hire Bobby Johnson, offer special teams job to Farwell

Jan. 15, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have hired Bobby Johnson to take over as offensive line coach, and are also offering their special teams coordinator's job to Carolina Panthers assistant Heath Farwell. Johnson was hired Tuesday after spending the past season as the Colts assistant offensive line...

Giants hire pitching analyst to aid with training efforts

Jan. 15, 2019 5:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club. Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching...

Swimming body ends threat to ban breakaway athletes

Jan. 15, 2019 9:08 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — In a standoff about the right of swimmers to compete for improved prize money, governing body FINA on Tuesday lifted its threat to ban those taking part in independently run competitions. FINA has been criticized in recent weeks by top swimmers who want more say in how their sport is run and...