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FILE - In this May 2019 file photo, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson walks the $1 billion Elk Grove Technology Park which was the former 85-acre Busse Farm.Johnson came up with the idea of bowl sponsorship while he was in Wisconsin a couple winters ago. Elk Grove Village had been advertising on Chicago Cubs broadcasts, but it stepped back because of pricing and was looking for something new. Johnson was watching a bowl game on TV when it came to him. With some help from 4FRONT, a sports marketing company, Johnson and Elk Grove settled on a $300,000 deal with the ESPN-owned Bahamas Bowl. The village also considered the Hawaii Bowl and New Mexico Bowl. They used "Makers Wanted" in the bowl title as part of a campaign to promote a local industrial park. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP, File)
August 14, 2019 - 12:04 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chad Bruner is a huge football fan. One day last December, he was sitting in a big leather chair in his Oklahoma City home when the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl caught his attention. It wasn't anything about the play on the field. Looking back, Bruner couldn't even remember which...
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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk is shown during a break in action in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, in New York. Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Shattenkirk played 73 games for the New York Rangers last season, finishing with two goals and ranking first among the team's defensemen in assists (26) and points (28). (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 05, 2019 - 10:00 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning after being bought out by the New York Rangers. Lightning vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced the deal Monday. Shattenkirk said he chose the...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 and the league's challenge these days is growth and not survival, an upward trajectory that will be boosted when the U.S. co-hosts the World Cup in 2026. MLS has doubled in size to 24 teams under Garber's leadership, plays primarily in soccer specific stadiums and maintains an average attendance among the top 10 soccer leagues in the world. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, file)
August 01, 2019 - 2:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Don Garber keeps a fireman's hat in his office. "When you're running a business like this, you are a fireman. You're putting out fires every day," he said. Garber's 20th anniversary as Major League Soccer's commissioner is Sunday, and the league's challenge these days is growth, an...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2018 file photo Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team general manager Paul Fenton smiles during an introductory news conference in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild have fired Fenton after just one rough season, marked by the end of a six-year streak of making the playoffs and a disassembly of the once-promising core of forwards by trading Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter prior to the deadline. Wild owner Craig Leipold said he told Fenton of his dismissal on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 shortly before the team made the surprising late-summer announcement. (Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune via AP, file)
July 30, 2019 - 4:14 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Less than 15 months after hiring Paul Fenton as general manager, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold changed his mind. Still confident he has a contending team, Leipold decided to fire Fenton on Tuesday despite the unusual late-summer timing to try to redirect the franchise...
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, top right, gives autographs at NFL football training camp Saturday, July 27, 2019, in St. Joseph, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 29, 2019 - 3:34 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes spent this past offseason riding horses through the surf and throwing passes on the beach, swapping jokes with Jimmy Kimmel and hob-knobbing with celebrities on the red carpet. He's the cover boy for this year's Madden video game. The Texas Tech die-hard who...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin speaks during an NHL hockey media day in Las Vegas. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go to China as part of the NHL’s continued outreach in that country. Ovechkin will visit Beijing in early August as a league ambassador. He’s expected to take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings. (AP Photo/John Locher, FIle)
July 18, 2019 - 7:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go to China as part of the NHL's continued outreach in that country. Ovechkin will visit Beijing in early August as a league ambassador. He's expected to take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings. The...
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July 16, 2019 - 7:13 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's NHL expansion team is close to an agreement with Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis to become its first general manager, a person with direct knowledge tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not made an announcement...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson right, watches as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. The Devils are doing all they can to make sure Hall re-signs long term rather than leaving in free agency next summer. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 14, 2019 - 11:23 pm
After the New Jersey Devils acquired P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall texted Ray Shero a green checkmark. "Like, 'Check that box off,'" Shero said. "I guess that's good." The Devils have a much longer checklist to complete to convince Hall to re-sign and not leave as a free agent next summer. There is no...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York. The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
July 11, 2019 - 11:43 pm
Artemi Panarin did not have to imagine what he might look like in a New York Rangers uniform. His likeness in Rangers blue adorned the giant video screens at Madison Square Garden with the message "Welcome Artemi" a full four days before he signed with the team. "There was a moment where I just sat...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mitch Marner (16) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are among a bumper crop of restricted free agents. Every NHL team in the league would like to add any of those players to its roster. However, it will register as a big surprise in if any team tries to sign them away. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
July 03, 2019 - 3:35 pm
Some of the NHL's best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players this summer. However, it would be a big surprise in the NHL...
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