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FILE - Cubs fans take photos through the locked gates at Sloan Park, the spring training site of the Chicago Cubs, in Mesa, Ariz., after Major League Baseball suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak, in this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo. The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Cactus League asks MLB to delay spring training due to COVID

Jan. 25, 2021 9:12 PM EST

The Cactus League and Arizona community leaders have asked Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to coronavirus concerns just over three weeks before pitchers and catchers are supposed to report. The Cactus League made the request in a letter to Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred obtained...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros' Michael Brantley gestures while rounding the bases on his two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of Game 4 of a baseball American League Division Series in Los Angeles. Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 20, because the contract, which is pending a successful physical, had not been announced. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Brantley rejoins Astros to complete unfinished business

Jan. 25, 2021 8:24 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — An erroneous report saying Michael Brantley had agreed to a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays had the outfielder fielding goodbye texts from his Houston Astros teammates most of Wednesday morning. By the afternoon those same teammates were sending him notes of congratulations and welcoming...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh paces the sideline during the second half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama in Orlando, Fla. Michigan has decided to stick with Harbaugh. He has finalized a new, five-year deal with a base salary of $4 million per year. He can make as much as $8 million with incentives, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Harbaugh's new-look staff at Michigan adds coach Ron Bellamy

Jan. 25, 2021 7:58 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has added wide receivers coach Ron Bellamy, completing his new-look staff. Harbaugh made the announcement Monday night, adding he will coach the team's quarterbacks. Harbaugh says contract extensions were agreed to with Jay Harbaugh, his son, and Sherrone...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, New York Yankees' Adam Ottavino delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa, Fla. The Yankees made a rare trade with the rival Boston Red Sox, sending struggling reliever Ottavino to Boston along with minor league right-hander Frank German for a player to be named or cash. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Yankees send Ottavino to Boston in rare trade with Red Sox

Jan. 25, 2021 7:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Wanting to slash salary to avoid paying luxury tax, the New York Yankees opted to make a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox. Boston acquired struggling reliever Adam Ottavino along with minor league right-hander Frank German from the Yankees on Monday for a player to be named or cash. As...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi, right, laughs with offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael during practice at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La. The Los Angeles Chargers announced on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, they have agreed to terms with Lombardi as offensive coordinator, Renaldo Hill as defensive coordinator and Derius Swinton II as special teams coordinator. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, Pool, File)

Lombardi, Hill and Swinton join Chargers as coordinators

Jan. 25, 2021 7:40 PM EST

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — New Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley has started building his staff by naming his coordinators. The Chargers announced on Monday they have agreed to terms with Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator, Renaldo Hill as defensive coordinator and Derius Swinton II as special...

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs stands on the field after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 38-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Bills motivated to improve after AFC championship loss to KC

Jan. 25, 2021 7:19 PM EST

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Cole Beasley was so committed to being part of what became the Buffalo Bills’ deepest postseason run in 27 years, the veteran slot receiver spent the past three weeks playing on a broken leg. The partially broken fibula will eventually heal without needing surgery. The pain...

Football fan Brian Pope browses for Tom Brady jerseys in the pro shop at Gillette Stadium, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. Tom Brady is going to the Super Bowl for the 10th time, and New England Patriots football fans are cheering for him -- just like before. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

'No Hard Feelings': Patriots fans still rooting for Brady

Jan. 25, 2021 7:05 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — As soon as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFC title game, Brian Pope went shopping for a Tom Brady jersey to wear when he watches them play in the Super Bowl. One problem: Pope lives in Connecticut. And he isn’t really even a Buccaneers fan — or at least he...

Panthers hire Sean Ryan to coach quarterbacks

Jan. 25, 2021 6:46 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have hired Sean Ryan as quarterbacks coach and Tony Sparano Jr. as assistant offensive line coach, and announced that defensive line coach Mike Phair will not return next season. Ryan replaces coach Jake Peetz, who left to become the offensive coordinator at LSU. Sparano...

Steelers promote QB coach Canada to offensive coordinator

Jan. 25, 2021 6:00 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't look very far to find a new offensive coordinator, promoting quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to the position on Monday to replace Randy Fichtner. The Steelers opted not to renew Fichtner's contract following a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland. Pittsburgh...

Ole Miss hires Baker as passing game coordinator/TEs coach

Jan. 25, 2021 5:41 PM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin has hired John David Baker as passing game coordinator and tight ends coach. Baker spent the last two seasons at Southern California, where he was tight ends coach last season. His hiring was announced on Monday. Baker was an offensive quality control...