Athlete injuries

Oakland Athletics players warm up during baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The Athletics are scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League wild-card game Wednesday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 01, 2019 - 3:45 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin has been counting on his young Oakland Athletics to build on last season's playoff return that ended in a lopsided wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium. Gain some experience under pressure. Get a little feel for October baseball. Understand how much has to go right to...
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Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea throws during baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The Athletics are scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League wild-card game Wednesday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
October 01, 2019 - 3:08 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Just more than a year after shoulder surgery, Sean Manaea will make his most important start yet when he takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game. Manager Bob Melvin named Manaea his starter for Wednesday's winner-take-all home game against the Tampa...
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Everton's Theo Walcott is carried off after an injury during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Saturday Sept. 28, 2019. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
October 01, 2019 - 1:45 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — European soccer leagues and player unions are teaming up to improve how concussions are identified and treated during games. The European Leagues group and FIFPro, the global network of national unions, say they will make country-by-country agreements "over the course of...
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Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) speaks with Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (84) after his helmet-to-helmet hit on Doyle during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Burfict has been suspended for the rest of the season for the hit. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
September 30, 2019 - 4:45 pm
Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended Monday for the rest of the season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, the most severe punishment in NFL history for an on-field infraction. Burfict will miss the final 12 games of the season and any playoff...
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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto, left, Victor Robles, center, and Adam Eaton, right, celebrate after a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
September 30, 2019 - 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto and Victor Robles took a moment to themselves off to the side of the clubhouse mayhem as the Washington Nationals celebrated clinching an NL wild card. They chatted, then they hugged. The two young Dominican outfielders — Soto is 20, Robles 22 — were a big part of...
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Houston Rockets' James Harden is photographed during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
September 30, 2019 - 3:53 pm
USA Basketball had a tough summer. The outlook for 2020 is already much brighter. Plenty of NBA standouts — elite names like Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and Paul George among them — are clearly intrigued by the notion of...
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Washington Mystics forward LaToya Sanders, right, protects the ball from Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones in the first half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 30, 2019 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Connecticut Sun are game-planning to get Jonquel Jones more involved in the WNBA Finals after their versatile 6-foot-6 center took just eight shots in the opener. Jones, who led the team in scoring and rebounding during the regular season, will try to get more in the flow...
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, left, scrambles under pressure from Denver Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, right, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
September 30, 2019 - 1:15 pm
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The winless Denver Broncos suffered the worst loss of their anguished season Monday when rising star Bradley Chubb was diagnosed with a torn left ACL that requires surgery and ends his season. The fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, Chubb was injured in the Broncos' 26-24...
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Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus picks up his clipboard after the last out in the ninth inning as the Houston Astros defeat his team in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
September 30, 2019 - 12:13 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Manager Brad Ausmus has been fired by the Los Angeles Angels after just one difficult season in charge. Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the decision to move on swiftly from Ausmus on Monday, a day after they finished 72-90 for the franchise's worst record since...
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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton celebrates his solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
September 30, 2019 - 12:04 am
The New York Yankees hit 306 home runs this year with minimal contributions from Giancarlo Stanton. Now he's back to try to help the Yankees win a title. Stanton hit a mammoth home run Friday night at Texas, a reminder that yes, this New York lineup can actually become more powerful than it was for...
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