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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Royals reach 1-year deals with Keller, Mondesi to avoid arb

Jan. 15, 2021 10:22 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals agreed to one-year contracts Friday with right-hander Brad Keller and infielder Adalberto Mondesi and have no further players eligible for salary arbitration. Keller's deal is for $3.35 million and Mondesi's is for $2,525,000. Keller missed the first part of...

Boston Celtics guard Jeff Teague goes to the basket against the defense of Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, left, and guard Jordan Bone during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics run past Magic 124-97 after week-long hiatus

Jan. 15, 2021 10:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown had 21 points and eight assists, Semi Ojeleye added 18 points and the Boston Celtics rolled to an 124-97 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday night in their return to action following a virus-related week-long hiatus. Jeff Teague finished with 17 points and rookie Payton...

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne. (Morgan Sette/AAP Image via AP)

Report: Australian Open arrivals hit by positive COVID tests

Jan. 15, 2021 10:12 PM EST

Less than 48 hours after the first planeload of players arrived for the delayed Australian Open on charter jets from around the world, the first tennis major of the year and often dubbed the “Happy Slam” by Roger Federer and others appeared to be anything but. Two-time Australian Open champion...

Colorado Rockies' Garrett Hampson, right, is tagged out by San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano trying to stretch his single during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Right-hander Reyes Moronta reaches one-year deal with Giants

Jan. 15, 2021 10:09 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right-hander Reyes Moronta agreed to a $695,000, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. The 28-year-old reliever didn’t pitch during the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season as he worked back from shoulder surgery. There had been hope...

Evers calls lack of 2nd vaccine doses 'slap in the face'

Jan. 15, 2021 10:06 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers blasted federal officials Friday for promising to release the remainder of their COVID-19 vaccine stockpile when it apparently was already exhausted, calling the pledge a “slap in the face.” Evers has been taking pointed criticism from Republican...

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd throws against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Tigers avoid arbitration with all 8 remaining players

Jan. 15, 2021 10:03 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers agreed to a $6.5 million contract with Matthew Boyd, avoiding arbitration with the left-hander Friday after he struggled during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Boyd made a prorated $1,962,963 of his $5.3 million salary last season. He came in with high expectations...

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty works against a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of Game 3 of a National League wild-card baseball series Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cardinals, Flaherty still without deal, swap arb figures

Jan. 15, 2021 9:57 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals and ace Jack Flaherty have not agreed to terms on a 2021 contract and they swapped figures for salary arbitration Friday. The 25-year-old Flaherty asked for $3.9 million and the team offered $3 million. The sides can come to an agreement until an arbitrator hears...

FILE - This Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md. Houston. The National Rifle Association announced Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, it has filed for bankruptcy and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

Jan. 15, 2021 9:54 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York, where a state lawsuit is trying to put the organization out of business. The...

Oregon reports 1st case of United Kingdom COVID-19 variant

Jan. 15, 2021 9:53 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of the COVID-19 variant that’s been seen in the United Kingdom. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said on Friday that a Multnomah County resident with no known travel history had tested positive for the...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins of San Diego speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. The California State Senate closed its session to the public on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, after threats against lawmakers a day earlier. Thursday's shouted threats from two women protested mass coronavirus inoculations, not the imminent departure of President Donald Trump, but spurred Senate President pro Tempore Atkins to block public access to the Senate gallery. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Public booted from California Senate after threats

Jan. 15, 2021 9:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California state Senate closed its session to the public on Friday, a day after two women in attendance made threats against lawmakers, while law enforcement in Sacramento and other state cities girded for possible violence in advance of next week’s inauguration of...