Athlete contracts

Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after popping out in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 14, 2019 - 2:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs. The World Series champions' payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on opening day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to...
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September 14, 2019 - 1:19 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension Saturday that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski skates against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost one-year contract after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That’s where the differences end for a pair of veterans trying to help the Stars make back-to-back playoff trips for the first time in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 14, 2019 - 11:53 am
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Joe Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost deal for one year after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That's where the differences end...
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September 14, 2019 - 9:29 am
BEIJING (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA has informed teams that penalties for tampering are now going to be considerably stiffer. Also, a team's governor must certify with each new contract signed that no rules were broken. The person spoke to The Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin, of Russia, skates with the puck during an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Columbus, Ohio. After the offseason additions of star winger Artemi Panarin and defenseman Jacob Trouba, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist says the New York Rangers have to set their own realistic expectations for themselves this season. That process is one of several things to watch around the NHL when training camps open Thursday. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
September 11, 2019 - 1:25 pm
Henrik Lundqvist wants training camp to begin with an honest conversation. The longtime face of the New York Rangers sees this as an important time to define expectations for this season after watching the team fast-track a rebuild by signing winger Artemi Panarin, trading for defensemen Jacob...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is shown during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Tampa, Fla. With NHL training camps set to open this week, roughly a dozen prominent restricted free agents still don’t have contracts, including Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, Toronto’s Mitch Marner, Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen. Those absences could hang over their teams for days, weeks or even months and have raised questions about why it’s taken so long to get them signed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 10, 2019 - 12:13 pm
P.K. Subban doesn't want to give advice to all the unsigned young players around the NHL. He just vividly remembers his own experience as a restricted free agent. Before he signed a short, so-called "bridge" contract, he took some motherly advice. "My mom picked up the phone and called me and said...
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FILE - At left, in a 2015 file photo, is NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr. At right, in a 2018 file photo, is NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. No news getting out seems to be good news as the NHL and NHL Players’ Association discuss a potential extension of the collective bargaining agreement. With the players’ Sept. 15 deadline to decide whether to reopen the CBA fast-approaching, dialogue between the two sides continues to be cordial, professional and constructive _ a drastic change from previous labor talks in a sport that has become known for periodic work stoppages. (AP Photo/File)
September 09, 2019 - 12:46 pm
Representatives from the NHL and NHL Players' Association have met numerous times over the past eight months and not once in a secret underground bunker or a dark parking garage. Unlike previous collective bargaining negotiations that spilled out into the public, few details are emerging from...
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The New England Patriots unveil a sixth banner, right, commemorating the team's Super Bowl 53 victory before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 08, 2019 - 6:07 pm
The Latest on NFL Week 1 (all times EDT): 9 p.m. The New England Patriots have unveiled their sixth Super Bowl banner. In a ceremony before Sunday's season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Patriots turned the field into a video screen for highlights of the NFL title game. Players from...
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September 08, 2019 - 10:07 am
CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about Alex Ovechkin, The Associated Press erroneously reported what season the Washington Capitals captain is entering. He is entering his 15th, not 14th, season. A corrected version of the story is below: Caps' Ovechkin leaner if not lighter going into 15th season...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019 file photo, Oakland Raiders' Antonio Brown smiles before stretching during NFL football practice in Alameda, Calif. Brown was released by the Raiders, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 08, 2019 - 9:37 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders once again head into a season opener having just cut ties with their most talented player. A year after dealing star pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago a week before the opener, the Raiders released disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown two days before...
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