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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 Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham, left, hands off to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass. A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the New York Jets have acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas from the New England Patriots for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 because the teams had not yet announced the trade. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 10, 2019 - 3:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets are getting some roster help from the most unlikely of sources: Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Adam Gase's squad acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Patriots for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick on Tuesday, according to a person with direct...
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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt during the second round of the European Masters golf tournament in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 2:19 pm
Seventeen days after Rory McIlroy cashed in by winning the FedEx Cup, a new season begins at The Greenbrier. That's nothing new. A year ago, there were only 10 open days between the final putt in the Tour Championship (Tiger Woods) and the first shot of the next season (Nick Taylor). It was an even...
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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 - This March 30, 2018, file photo shows Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Red Sox in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Red Sox have parted ways with Dombrowski. Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg made the announcement Sunday night, Sept. 8, 2019, shortly after the New York Yankees beat Boston 10-5. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 09, 2019 - 3:50 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Dave Dombrowski built World Series champions in Florida and Boston in a 40-year career in baseball and helped the Detroit Tigers win two AL pennants. He's also pretty experienced at what happens after that. The Red Sox parted ways with Dombrowski shortly after midnight Monday, less...
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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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Chicago Cubs' Nicholas Castellanos is congratulated by Anthony Rizzo after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
September 09, 2019 - 12:18 am
Nicholas Castellanos has evidently found a ballpark that suits him. Castellanos — who openly complained about Comerica Park's spacious dimensions earlier this year when he was with Detroit — has flourished since a trade to the Chicago Cubs. The 27-year-old outfielder has hit 13 home runs for...
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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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FILE - In this Friday, July 26, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins running backs Derrius Guice (29) and Adrian Peterson (26) run drills during the NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va. Adrian Peterson told Derrius Guice to grab some ice cubes and wrap them around his surgically repaired left knee. Guice chuckled a bit. “You're really old school,” Guice said. “We got all this Cryotherapy and stuff, and you're talking about bags of ice.” Old school, meet new school in the Redskins backfield headlined by a 34-year-old climbing the all-time rushing list and a 22-year-old itching to make his NFL debut 13 months after a torn ACL. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
September 08, 2019 - 12:38 pm
Adrian Peterson entered Sunday a single yard shy of becoming the fifth running back in NFL history to top 1,000 yards rushing in season openers. Washington coach Jay Gruden, however, made the four-time All-Pro and 2012 NFL MVP a heathy scratch Sunday for the Redskins' opener at Philadelphia. That...
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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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