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FILE - In this April 24, 2005, file photo, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson stands next to the team's first-round pick, California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, during an NFL football a news conference in Green Bay, Wis. Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, died Wednesday, Jan 20, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. He was 68. Thompson was Packers general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Ted Thompson, 68, GM when Packers won last Super Bowl, dies

Jan. 21, 2021 8:00 PM EST

Ted Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, has died. He was 68. The Packers announced Thursday that Thompson died the previous night at his home in Atlanta, Texas. The team said it was contacted by a direct family member. Thompson...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros' George Springer takes a lead off first during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Springer became the most prominent among baseball’s free agents to reach an agreement, a $150 million, six-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 night, Jan. 19, 20201, because the deal was subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AP source: Springer agrees to $150M, 6-year deal with Jays

Jan. 20, 2021 12:54 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — All-Star outfielder George Springer became the most prominent among baseball’s free agents to reach an agreement this offseason, a $150 million, six-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees waves to his family and fans after an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. The Buccaneers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Signs point to Saints entering new era in 2021

Jan. 18, 2021 8:13 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Signs point to new era dawning for the New Orleans Saints, even if an opportunity remains to keep together much of the young core that has powered the club to four straight NFC South titles. The Saints must be ready for Drew Brees to retire after he started at quarterback for 15 years....

Los Angeles Rams' Samson Ebukam (50) and Rams' Jalen Ramsey stop Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams during an NFL divisional playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers defeated the Rams 32-18 to advance to the NFC championship game. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Staley's departure, free agent questions loom over LA Rams

Jan. 18, 2021 4:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams' surprisingly successful season hadn't even been over for a full day before the task of building on it got exponentially tougher. Brandon Staley's crosstown departure Sunday for the top job with the Los Angeles Chargers left the Rams looking for the third coordinator...

FILE - In this screen grab taken from video, Major League baseball player Francisco Lindor answers questions during a virtual press conference introducing him as the New York Mets new shortstop, in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo. Lindor is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (New York Mets via AP, File)

Lindor, Bryant, Bellinger, Seager get big-money deals

Jan. 16, 2021 2:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were among 112 players who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving just 13 to swap salary arbitration figures during a slow offseason in the aftermath of the financial carnage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The deals...

FILE - In this screen grab taken from video, Major League baseball player Francisco Lindor answers questions during a virtual press conference introducing him as the New York Mets new shortstop, in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo. Lindor is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (New York Mets via AP, File)

Mets avoid arb with 8 players, including Lindor, Conforto

Jan. 16, 2021 12:23 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets agreed to one-year contracts with eight players Friday to avoid salary arbitration, including shortstop Francisco Lindor, outfielder Michael Conforto and first baseman-outfielder Dominic Smith. Lindor will earn $22.3 million and Conforto gets $12.25 million in their final...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Corey Kluber throws during an intrasquad game in Arlington, Texas. The New York Yankees reached a deal with Kluber worth $11 million for one year, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 15, because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AP source: Yankees reach deals with Kluber, LeMahieu

Jan. 15, 2021 8:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees made a pair of big moves on the free agent market, reaching a deal with right-hander Corey Kluber worth $11 million for one year and agreeing to a $90 million, six-year contract to keep AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu, a person familiar with the negotiations told The...

Athletics acquire reliever Turley from Pirates for $60,000

Jan. 14, 2021 3:56 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Nik Turley was traded to the Athletics on Thursday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for $60,000, giving Oakland a reliable reliever for late in games after losing closer Liam Hendriks in free agency. Turley went 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA and one save over 25 relief outings —...

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Baltimore. Wolfe, an energetic and talented defensive end, lost his passion for the game during a miserable four-year stretch in Denver that featured three head coaches, 37 defeats and not a single trip to the postseason. So he took a one-year deal with Baltimore, and now Wolfe and the Ravens are right where they want to be in the middle of January: still alive in the playoffs and very much in the running for a trip to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams, File)

Wolfe rediscovers his love for football with winning Ravens

Jan. 12, 2021 3:58 PM EST

Derek Wolfe signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens last March because he missed the joy of competing in the NFL playoffs. Wolfe, an energetic and talented defensive end, lost his passion for the game during a miserable four-year stretch in Denver that featured three head coaches, 37 defeats and not a...

FILE - Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) congratulates Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after the Capitals' 2-1 overtime win in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, in Boston, in this Wednesday, April 25, 2012, file photo. Alex Ovechkin goes into the final year of his contract with the Washington Capitals looking to win the Stanley Cup for the second time. He’ll have 43-year-old past champion Zdeno Chara with him but not Henrik Lundqvist chasing his first title, after tests showed the veteran goaltender couldn’t keep playing because of a heart condition.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NHL offseason moves influenced by coronavirus' impact on cap

Jan. 12, 2021 12:48 PM EST

Jeff Skinner was enjoying an afternoon in his parents’ backyard when suddenly the Buffalo Sabres forward thought his father was pulling an April Fools' joke on him in mid-September. “My dad came out and told me that Eric Staal is on our team,” Skinner said upon learning Buffalo had acquired...