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AP source: Panthers to release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Short

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team has not ...

Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

ATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank's family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the ...

Kittle dismisses ‘chatter’ about Niners trading Garoppolo

By Rob Maaddi AP Pro Football Writer George Kittle dismissed talk about the San Francisco 49ers possibly trading Jimmy Garoppolo the way he sheds tacklers after making catches. "I think it's speculation. I think it's rumors. I think it's chatter," Kittle said on the AP Pro Football ...

Eddie Rosario, Indians finalize $8 million, 1-year contract

Eddie Rosario, Indians finalize $8 million, 1-year contract By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder Eddie Rosario has joined the Cleveland Indians, adding a quality player who has haunted their pitchers in recent years. Rosario passed his physical on ...

Chiefs’ success big reason why fans will be at Super Bowl

By The Associated Press There will be about 25,000 fans inside Raymond James Stadium for the Super Bowl on Sunday. One reason the Buccaneers and Chiefs won't be playing before oceans of empty seats is Kansas City helped to prove it was possible to have folks in the stands. The Chiefs hosted ...

NHL revises virus protocols with 40 players on COVID-19 list

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer With COVID-19 problems cropping up and four teams currently idled, the NHL has revised its virus protocols in a bid to keep the shortenend season on track. Glass panels have been removed from behind benches for better air flow, players and coaches are not ...

AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. WNBA free agents can't officially sign until Monday, but Parker is leaving Los Angeles for Chicago after playing the first 13 years of her professional career with ...

Tight games this weekend, with one upset projected

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer Aaron, meet Aaron. And Aaron. Aaron Donald, the unanimous All-Pro defensive tackle who owns a couple of Defensive Player of the Year awards, certainly hopes to meet fellow All-Pro Aaron Rodgers on Saturday — in the Packers' backfield. Donald hopes ...

AP source: LeMahieu, Yanks work on $90 million, 6-year deal

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

NBA fines Irving $50,000 for health, safety violations

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving's absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $1 million. The NBA fined the point guard $50,000 on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities Saturday. The ...

Judge, Yankees agree at to $10,175,000, 1-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Slugging outfielder Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $10,175,000. Judge had his third straight injury-interrupted season since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, hitting .257 with nine ...

Bills’ dynamic Allen-Diggs duo ‘just scratching the surface’

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Stefon Diggs isn't altogether content with how he and quarterback Josh Allen have teamed up to rewrite several pages of the Buffalo Bills' single-season record book. Acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March, Diggs ...

A wearable tech defense vs COVID-19 in world juniors bubble

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — What looks like a thin pack of gum is attached to Braden Schneider's event credential at the world junior hockey championship. It's a beacon providing both contact tracing capability should the Canadian defenseman test positive for COVID-19 and a warning if he stands ...

Padres acquire Darvish in blockbuster trade with Cubs on Tuesday night

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller reunited with an old friend in another blockbuster move Tuesday night. The aggressive Padres got Yu Darvish in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, adding another ace to their rotation after announcing a ...

Florida-Oklahoma in Cotton Bowl dozen years after title game

By Stephen Hawkins AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dan Mullen has been part of two national championships with Florida, the last for the Gators coming in a win over Oklahoma in his final game as their offensive coordinator before leaving for his first head coaching job. That BCS ...

No preseason, no problem: NFL rookies shine in strange year

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer Facing fourth-and-goal at the 1 in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Jets turned to veteran Frank Gore — along with rookie Mekhi Becton. The critical play called for Gore to run behind Becton, a 6-foot-7, 363-pound left ...

Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. Arizona was accused of nine counts of misconduct, including five Level I violations, in a Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA in ...

Alabama’s Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer Heisman Trophy finalists Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have been selected to The Associated Press All-America team, leading a contingent of five Alabama players on the first-team offense. Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris, tackle Alex ...

Lawrence, Fields land on title stage after lobbying to play

By Pete Iacobelli AP Sports Writer There has never been any doubt about the football abilities of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields of Ohio State. Their youth quarterback coach could see the power arms, nimble feet and accurate decision-making when they were budding Georgia prep ...

Washington releases 2019 1st-round pick Dwayne Haskins

By Stephen Whyno AP Sports Writer Washington released 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Monday, less than 24 hours after he committed three turnovers in a loss to Carolina and in the aftermath of another violation of pandemic protocols. Haskins started in place of injured quarterback ...