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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Andrelton Simmons throws the ball against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Tempe, Ariz. The Minnesota Twins and shortstop Andrelton Simmons have agreed to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a physical exam.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)

AP source: Twins, SS Andrelton Simmons agree to $10.5M deal

Jan. 26, 2021 11:05 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and slick-fielding shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed Tuesday night to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) catches a ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

AP source: Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract

Jan. 26, 2021 7:11 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. Semien will become...

Broncos ask court to verify right of first refusal is void

Jan. 26, 2021 5:48 PM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The parent companies of the Denver Broncos are asking a Denver County District Court judge to rule the former owner’s estate no longer has the right of first refusal to any potential sale of the $3.5 billion franchise. The lawsuit comes in response to a May 2020 letter...

FILE - In this April 25, 2018, file photo, the NCAA headquarters is shown in Indianapolis. The NCAA and the Power Five conferences will have to work harder to prevent major changes to college sports now that Democrats control Congress and the White House. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

By the numbers: Federal lobbying by NCAA, Power Five in 2020

Jan. 26, 2021 1:37 PM EST

The Power Five conferences and the NCAA spent 2020 lobbying Congress toward legislation that would create a uniform standard for athletes earning money from their, name, image and likeness (NIL) while largely maintaining the status quo of amateurism in college sports. The Power Five spent a total of $1,730,000,...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros' Michael Brantley gestures while rounding the bases on his two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles. Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 20, because the contract, which is pending a successful physical, had not been announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Brantley rejoins Astros to complete unfinished business

Jan. 26, 2021 1:15 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — An erroneous report saying Michael Brantley had agreed to a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays had the outfielder fielding goodbye texts from his Houston Astros teammates most of Wednesday morning. By the afternoon those same teammates were sending him notes of congratulations and welcoming...

Dignitaries gather for a ribbon cutting at Austin FC's new stadium under construction which has been named Q2 Stadium, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

MLS to open season on April 3; title game set for Dec. 11

Jan. 25, 2021 9:47 PM EST

Major League Soccer will open next season on April 3, a month later than normal, and conclude with the MLS Cup title game on Dec. 11. Teams will be allowed to start preseason camps on Feb. 22. But the announcement Monday came amid ongoing uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic and whether fans will be able to...

FILE - Cubs fans take photos through the locked gates at Sloan Park, the spring training site of the Chicago Cubs, in Mesa, Ariz., after Major League Baseball suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak, in this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo. The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Cactus League asks MLB to delay spring training due to COVID

Jan. 25, 2021 9:12 PM EST

The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred obtained...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Kraft on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, saying they couldn't go forward after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Judge: Destroy massage parlor video of Patriots owner

Jan. 25, 2021 7:37 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Florida has ordered the destruction of video that allegedly shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz II on Friday ruled that the videos of Kraft and other...

FILE - In this July 17, 2019, file photo, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer walks on the pitch before an international friendly soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Seattle. The MLS soccer team announced Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that the team and Schmetzer had reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Sounders sign coach Brian Schmetzer to multiyear extension

Jan. 25, 2021 6:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders and head coach Brian Schmetzer have reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension. Schmetzer, 58, has led the team to four appearances in the MLS Cup finals and two titles since taking over the team in 2016. He has a 67-37-24 regular-season record with Seattle and...

AP source: NBA discusses All-Star Game for HBCU benefit

Jan. 25, 2021 5:53 PM EST

The NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and representatives from historically Black institutions met Monday to discuss how a possible All-Star Game this year could benefit HBCUs as well as COVID-19 relief efforts, said a person with direct knowledge of the conversation. There are multiple cities...