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FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States coach Jill Ellis, left, watches the players warm-up before the Women's World Cup final soccer match against the Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. The two-time FIFA women's coach of the year will lead the World Cup champions women's national team against South Korea in her final game before retiring on Sunday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
October 05, 2019 - 12:17 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Retiring U.S. Soccer women's national team coach Jill Ellis already knows she'll be emotional on Sunday at Soldier Field. The two-time FIFA women's coach of the year will lead the World Cup champions in the finale of their six-game victory tour when the U.S. team faces South Korea. "...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 04, 2019 - 6:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team said Eric Holoman, the team's managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and...
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This October 2018 photo provided by the NWHL shows National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan at TRIA Rink in St. Paul, Minn. Dani Rylan has a blunt message for her detractors in preparing to open her fifth season. To those questioning the league's stability after several franchises lost their local NHL teams' backing, and some of the world’s top players opted to sit out this year, Rylan is defiant by insisting there will be a sixth season next October, a seventh one after that, and so on. "We're not going anywhere. We're just growing," she told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview last month. (Kirsten Burton/NWHL via AP)
October 04, 2019 - 9:13 am
National Women's Hockey League founder and commissioner Dani Rylan has a blunt message for her detractors in preparing to open her fifth season. "We're not going anywhere. We're just growing," she told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview last month. There are questions about the league...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 1949, file photo, Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks Bob Waterfield, left, and Norm Van Brocklin warm up at a practice session in Hershey, Pa. Waterfield was the NFL MVP in 1945 as a rookie while leading the Cleveland Rams to the championship. Then the former UCLA player got to go home to California when the franchise moved to Los Angeles following that title season. Waterfield was a three-time All-Pro and led the league in passing twice. (AP Photo/File)
October 04, 2019 - 7:30 am
A look at the NFL's third decade, the 1940s: FRANCHISES The NFL reached the West Coast for the first time when the defending champion Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles for the 1946 season. After stabilizing for the first time in the late 1930s, the league was mostly unchanged in its third decade...
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks out from the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 03, 2019 - 10:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mickey Callaway went 11-1 in his first 12 games as manager of the New York Mets. After that, nothing ever seemed to go smoothly for him again. Following more than a year on the hot seat, Callaway was fired Thursday by the Mets after missing the playoffs in both his seasons at the...
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FILE - In this May 6Nike CEO and President Mark Parker talks at the finish line of a 2 hours marathon, at the Monza Formula One racetrack, Italy, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Parker has found himself at the center of doping scandal that has brought down renown track coach Alberto Salazar, who ran an elite training program bankrolled by the world’s largest sports apparel company. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
October 03, 2019 - 9:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nike CEO Mark Parker’s involvement in a doping scandal that brought down renowned track coach Alberto Salazar raises questions about whether the company _ or Parker _ will face any repercussions. Salazar and a doctor received a four-year ban from the sport from the U.S. Anti-Doping...
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
October 03, 2019 - 4:30 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — On the surface, the Minnesota Vikings’ game against the New York Giants is a meeting of old friends. It’s the first time Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is going to face his former offensive coordinator since Pat Shurmur left to become the head coach of the Giants in 2018...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander takes part in a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in Houston. The Astros will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of an American League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 03, 2019 - 3:35 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — In an era when openers are in vogue and they're facing the team who started the trend, everything's coming up aces for the Houston Astros this postseason. Houston will start Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay on Friday, followed by Gerrit Cole on...
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Columbus Blue Jackets' Gustav Nyquist, left, of Sweden, carries the puck past New Jersey Devils' Pavel Zacha, of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
October 03, 2019 - 9:40 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to Sweden to help fill the scoring void left by departed star forward Artemi Panarin. More specifically, the Blue Jackets are relying on a quartet of Swedes _ two of them rookies who haven’t played in North America before _ for some...
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks out from the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
October 03, 2019 - 9:19 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Mickey Callaway has been fired by the New York Mets after missing the playoffs in both his seasons as manager. The move Thursday, which was widely expected, comes four days after New York wrapped up an 86-76 season that marked a nine-win improvement over his 2018 debut. But a strong...
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