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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, New York Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton winds up during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees plan to plan to exercise two option years on Britton worth $27 million and to decline options on outfielder Brett Gardner and pitcher J.A. Happ. The decisions were disclosed by a person familiar with the team’s decisions who spoke on the condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 29, because they had not been announced. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Britton, Cole, Castro, Lindor, Semien join union top panel

Dec. 4, 2020 9:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitchers Zack Britton and Gerrit Cole, free agent catcher Jason Castro, Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor and free agent shortstop Marcus Semien were elected Friday to the executive subcommittee of the Major League Baseball Players Association. They join St. Louis pitcher Andrew...

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. The Rangers hired Young as executive vice president and general manager Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, bringing the Major League Baseball executive home to work under president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, the club's GM since 2005. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

MLB executive, ex-pitcher Young joins hometown Rangers as GM

Dec. 4, 2020 6:14 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers hired Chris Young as executive vice president and general manager Friday, bringing the Major League Baseball executive home to work under president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, the club's GM since 2005. Young pitched 13 seasons in the majors, the first two...

Former Yankees affiliate shuts down, sues Major League club

Dec. 4, 2020 2:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A minor league baseball team once affiliated with the New York Yankees has shut down and filed a lawsuit accusing the Yankees violating an agreement that it would never abandon the farm club. The owners of the Staten Island Yankees announced in a statement Thursday that with “great...

Los ANgeles Rams defensive end Michael Brockers (90) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Rams players award $750,000 to social justice programs

Dec. 4, 2020 11:37 AM EST

This week, Los Angeles Rams players took part in awarding $750,000 to 25 nonprofits focused on social justice across the greater Los Angeles region. Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others, Rams players focused on long-term, systemic change and decided to pool resources to financially...

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) runs into the end zone for a touchdown after incepting a pass intended for Detroit Lions fullback Jason Cabinda during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Watt's renaissance in Houston helps Texans win 2 straight

Dec. 3, 2020 5:50 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Romeo Crennel joined the Houston Texans in 2014 as the defensive coordinator. This week the interim coach was asked what it’s been like to see J.J. Watt making game-changing plays in the past two games. “It was like it was when I first got here,” Crennel said....

This still image from a Zoom call provided by the New York Mets shows Mets baseball player Trevor May speaking Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Steven Cohen's purchase of the Mets is the reason Trevor May decided to take a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets.

May cites Cohen for joining Mets, happy to engage fans

Dec. 3, 2020 5:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Cohen already is on track for a higher owner WAR than the Wilpons, his purchase the reason Trevor May decided to take a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets. “Just kind of the buzz around Steve and the purchase of the team and the excitement of all the...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2020, file photo, Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic (77) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Marcus Morris Sr. during the first half of an NBA basketball first-round playoff game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Doncic's first experience with the playoffs ended with questions about whether Morris was intentionally trying to hurt the young Dallas sensation in a first-round series won by LA. The Mavericks might have hinted at what they thought through trades and draft picks during this abbreviated offseason. Dallas acquired James Johnson and his black belt in karate from the Oklahoma City Thunder after using the club's first-round choice at No. 18 overall on Josh Green, who was a strong defender in his only season at Arizona. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

NBA: 48 players positive for coronavirus as testing resumes

Dec. 2, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA said Wednesday that 48 players have tested positive for the coronavirus since testing resumed last week. The league and National Basketball Players Association said 546 players were tested between Nov. 24-30 in the initial phase of testing after returning to team markets. That means...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Time is running short for the NHL to start its season on Jan. 1. Various pandemic-related geographic and economic issues remain unresolved. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Bettman: NHL players have to decide to pay now or later

Dec. 2, 2020 4:50 PM EST

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman warned players Wednesday they are likely going to have to pay one way or another to make up for the league’s projected lost revenue whenever the 2020-21 season gets underway. Speaking on a Sports Business Journal panel, Bettman stressed the NHL is not attempting to reopen the...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers a question during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami. Goodell says the league remains committed to finishing the regular season as scheduled. Goodell also said on a conference call that while the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, it wouldn’t necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used successfully in completing their seasons. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Goodell: NFL committed to finishing regular season on time

Dec. 2, 2020 3:24 PM EST

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the league remains committed to finishing the regular season as scheduled. Goodell also said on a conference call that while the NFL is considering a bubble format for the playoffs, it wouldn't necessarily resemble what the NHL and NBA used in successfully in...

Gosper leaving World Rugby to take up role at NFL Europe

Dec. 2, 2020 10:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The chief executive of rugby's world governing body is leaving his role to take up a senior position at the NFL, where he will drive the next stage of its growth in Europe. Brett Gosper will begin his new role as Head of Europe and U.K. some time next year, the NFL said Wednesday. The league...