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Former NBA players Kobe Bryant, left, and Tony Parker talk during the first-place match between Spain and Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 16, 2019 - 8:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town...
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September 15, 2019 - 9:50 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — SoFi Stadium is the name of the palatial new home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The growing personal finance company formally known as Social Finance has reached a 20-year agreement for the naming rights to the multibillion-dollar stadium complex in...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019 file photo, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, skates with the puck during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington. Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct, less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its punishment Saturday, Sept. 14, saying it followed a meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday. Kuznetsov will not appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 14, 2019 - 9:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for "inappropriate conduct," less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced...
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September 14, 2019 - 7:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct. The decision comes less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine...
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September 13, 2019 - 1:05 pm
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Billionaire Joe Mansueto has purchased full ownership of the Chicago Fire. The team announced Friday that Mansueto — the founder and executive chairman of Chicago-based financial services firm Morningstar Inc. — bought the remaining shares of the team from Andrew Hauptman...
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FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, fans cheer as the Oakland Raiders announce their fourth round draft pick during an NFL football draft event in Las Vegas. The NFL was so petrified of being associated with gambling or sports betting that up until recently players were forbidden to go into casinos, and anything associated with Las Vegas was suspect. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 13, 2019 - 9:18 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — When Roxy Roxborough set the lines for the big Las Vegas sports books in the '80s and '90s, he was also working behind the scenes to help the head of the NFL's security team keep a close eye on point spreads that moved suddenly for suspicious reasons. He remembers a few, like when...
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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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In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, photo, 10-year-old twin brothers Ryan left, and Jack Ykoruk, play in the Lincoln Financial Field sensory room before a preseason NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
September 07, 2019 - 9:42 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the chorus of "Fly! Eagles! Fly!" or "E-A-G-L-E-S" chants become too overwhelming for fans with sensory needs at Lincoln Financial Field, the Philadelphia Eagles took a big step to make sure those fans don't have to leave the event. The Eagles partnered with Children's...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas ruled in a report released Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 06, 2019 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series...
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