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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. No team in the NFC is spending more salary cap space on safeties than the Minnesota Vikings, who will be counting on Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris to support a secondary in transition after the departure of their top three cornerbacks from last season. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

Safety first: Smith, Harris are secondary luxury for Vikings

Aug. 13, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No team in the NFC has allocated more salary cap space to the safety position than the Minnesota Vikings, who will rely even more heavily this season on their excellent yet expensive tandem of stalwart Harrison Smith and upstart Anthony Harris. Their experience in a secondary that...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) rushes New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the first half of an NFL football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. When or if Yannick Ngakoue returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the disgruntled defensive end will need several introductions. The Jaguars have been forced to revamp their defensive line during the first two weeks of training camp, and they don’t appear done. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Injuries, opt-outs force Jags to retool D-line sans Ngakoue

Aug. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If or when Yannick Ngakoue returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the disgruntled defensive end will need several introductions. The Jaguars have been forced to revamp their defensive line during the first two weeks of training camp, and they don’t appear done. Veteran...

FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, a player runs across the NCAA logo during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money will go into effect. That's after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. Justice Elena Kagan denied the NCAA’s request to put a lower court ruling on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA asks the Supreme Court to take up the case.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Ruling keeps NCAA from limiting some athlete compensation

Aug. 11, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing certain student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money as “educational expenses” will go into effect after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. Justice Elena Kagan...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP study: MLB average salary under $1.3M; Scherzer tops list

Aug. 10, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s eye-popping salaries took an astonishing dive during the coronavirus pandemic to their lowest level in nearly a quarter-century, according to a study by The Associated Press. Washington pitcher Max Scherzer topped the shortened season’s list at $17.8...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) goes to the basket over Miami Heat's Andre Iguodala, left, and Tyler Herro, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The suns won 119-112. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

NBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for Devin Booker comments

Aug. 9, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green’s suggestion for Devin Booker’s future did not amuse the NBA. The league fined Green $50,000 on Sunday for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with his comments about Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ star...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) tackles Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, including Hightower. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen. Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday's deadline. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, while those voluntarily opting out receive...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons (31) reacts against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. Justin Simmons had an eventful offseason, finding his voice during peaceful protests of racial and social injustice from his hometown in Florida to downtown Denver. The fifth-year safety and first-time All-Pro also failed to reach agreement on a long-term contract with the Broncos, so he's playing under the franchise tag in 2020.(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Simmons had enlightening offseason despite no new contract

Aug. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A breakout 2019 season garnered Justin Simmons his first All-Pro nod and the Denver Broncos’ franchise tag. So, he was counting on two things in the offseason: laying low and signing a big contract. George Floyd’s fatal arrest changed Simmons’ plans to stay...

Winters signs with Bills after being released by Jets

Aug. 6, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed offensive guard Brian Winters on Thursday, five days after the seventh-year player was released by the New York Jets. Winters is listed at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds and was a starter from his rookie season after being selected by New York in the third round...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after receiving the winner's award check after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women's singles final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Despite a loss in revenue from holding its marquee event without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, that its overall compensation to players at this year’s U.S. Open will be $53.4 million -- which is 93.3% of the roughly $57.2 million awarded in 2019.  (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

US Open singles champs to get $850K less prize money in 2020

Aug. 5, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

Despite a loss in revenue from holding its marquee event without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday that its overall compensation to players at this year’s U.S. Open will be $53.4 million — which is 93.3% of the roughly $57.2 million awarded in...

FILE - In this in this April 15, 2008 file photo, U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth takes questions during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Chicago. Ueberroth vision laid the foundation for what the Olympic Games have become today.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

BOYCOTT GAMES: Could another Olympic reset be on tap?

Aug. 5, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — By the time the boycott hit, Edwin Moses could envision the end of the Olympics as he knew them — or maybe the end of them altogether. The IOC was virtually bankrupt in 1980, both financially and, in many minds, morally. Its long-held insistence on adhering to a...