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The Latest: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards show (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. The Russian right wing won the award for the first time after his prolific 128-point regular season. He beat out two-time MVP...

Lawsuit alleges Carrie Underwood copied 'Game On' NFL intro

Jun. 19, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A songwriting team sued country singer Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC Wednesday, saying they stole a song and "slightly modified" it to introduce "Sunday Night Football" to viewers last season. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court noted that Underwood's "Game On" even carried the same...

One Championship plans 80 shows, big roster expansion in '20

Jun. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

One Championship plans to stage about 80 martial arts shows in 2020, and the MMA promotion will roughly double its roster of fighters to do it. One CEO Chatri Sityodtong revealed his latest plans for ambitious expansion to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The promotion is putting on 45 events this year in Asia,...

YouTube's first MLB game will be Phillies-Dodgers on July 18

Jun. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

YouTube's first live broadcast of a Major League Baseball game will be July 18 when the Philadelphia Phillies host the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB and YouTube are partnering to live stream 13 games after the All-Star break. They announced the deal in April. Viewers will be able to access the games by going to...

A newspaper bucks layoff trend, and hopes readers respond

Jun. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

After piggybacking on baseball, NFL stood tall in expansion

Jun. 19, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

George Halas wanted an NFL team in Dallas, and in 1960 the influential founder of the Chicago Bears helped Clint Murchison get one. Less than 10 years later, a league that for decades piggybacked geographically on baseball went from 16 to 26 franchises in a merger with the rival American Football League, making...

Las Vegas Optic names new editor

Jun. 19, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — The Las Vegas Optic has named former Los Alamos Monitor sports editor as the newspaper's new editor. The Las Vegas Optic announced Sunday that Phil Scherer has been chosen to lead the 140-year-old newspapers. He replaces Jason W. Brooks, who has taken a position in Arizona. The...

Final 2 competitive games help NBA Finals in ratings

Jun. 18, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The two top winter sports crowned their champions as summer neared, separated by exactly 10 million viewers. The sixth game of the NBA Finals, where the Toronto Raptors dethroned the depleted Golden State Warriors, was seen by 18.76 million viewers in the United States, according to the...

Nielsen's top programs for June 10-16

Jun. 18, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 10-16. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NBA Finals: Toronto at Golden State, Game 6, ABC, 18.76 million. 2. NBA Finals: Golden State at Toronto, Game 5, ABC, 18.6 million. 3. "America's Got Talent," ABC, 9.46...

Small media company to run Sports Illustrated for new owner

Jun. 17, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that recently bought Sports Illustrated has found someone to run it: a small media company called Maven. Authentic Brands Group bought Sports Illustrated from publishing giant Meredith last month. At the time, the companies said Meredith would run the magazine and the