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FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, declined the $18 million contract option on Kluber, who lasted just one inning in his only start before a shoulder injury ended his season. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca, File)

Lester, Kluber, Hand boost free agent total to 175

Oct. 30, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and Brad Hand were among 15 more major leaguers who became free agents Friday when teams declined their 2021 options, many the victims of budget cuts following a regular season without fans due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also cut loose were Milwaukee...

NBA, players extend deadline for opting out of CBA

Oct. 30, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

The NBA and its players agreed Friday to extend the deadline for opting out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by one week until Nov. 6, and talks will continue in the interim regarding the numerous issues that have to be decided before next season begins. It is the fourth extension of the opt-out deadline...

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Hector Neris reacts after winning a baseball game against the New York Mets, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies clear out 'pen, decline options on Neris, Phelps

Oct. 30, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have declined options on relievers Héctor Neris, David Phelps and David Robertson, clearing out the bullpen after it posted the highest ERA in the majors. Philadelphia also said Friday that right-hander Heath Hembree, left-hander Adam Morgan and...

Michigan's Chaundee Brown granted eligibility after transfer

Oct. 30, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan guard Chaundee Brown has been granted immediate eligibility following his transfer from Wake Forest. Michigan announced the decision from the NCAA and Big Ten on Friday. Brown said he is “thankful and truly blessed." Brown started 74 of his 84 games in three seasons...

Dodgers decline option on RHP Jimmy Nelson

Oct. 30, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Nelson’s $2 million option was declined Friday by the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing the right-hander to become a free agent. Nelson is owed a $500,000 buyout. It’s been a rough three years for Nelson, who had a career year with the Brewers in 2017, posting a 3.49 ERA...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2009 file photo, billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen attends a benefit in New York. Major League Baseball owners voted Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, to approve the sale of the New York Mets to Cohen. The sale from the Wilpon and Katz families values the franchise at between $2.4 billion and $2.45 billion, a record for a baseball team. The sale is likely to close within 10 days. (AP Photo/File)

Sale of Mets to Steve Cohen approved; Wilpon era nears end

Oct. 30, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wilpon family's control of the New York Mets neared its end after 34 years when Major League Baseball owners voted Friday to approve the sale of the team to billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. The vote was 26-4, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press,...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Brad Hand delivers to Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians have declined contract options on Brad Hand and first baseman Carlos Santana for next season, decisions that will initially cut $27 million from the team's payroll. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

Indians decline options on closer Hand, 1B Santana for 2021

Oct. 30, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brad Hand's solid season didn't earn him another one with the Indians. Feeling the financial pinch from a shortened season, Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million contract option on Friday and also chose not to exercise options for either first baseman Carlos Santana ($17.5 million) or...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jon Lester option declined by Cubs, lefty becomes free agent

Oct. 30, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester’s $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $155 million, six-year contract and allowing the 36-year-old left-hander to become a free agent. Lester is owed a $10 million buyout: $2 million on each Dec. 31 from 2022 through...

The Latest: No bodychecking in OHL, sports minister says

Oct. 30, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Ontario’s minister of sport said in a speech that the Ontario Hockey League will not have bodychecking this season. Lisa MacLeod told the Empire Club of Canada that removing purposeful physical contact is a necessity for...

University of North Dakota: Miller no longer on hockey team

Oct. 30, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota said Friday that Arizona Coyotes top draft pick Mitchell Miller is no longer on the school’s hockey team. The announcement by university president Andrew Armacost came a day after the Coyotes renounced their rights to the 2020 fourth-round...