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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle walks through the dugout in the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. Hurdle hopes to return for what would be his 10th season as the Pirates’ manager in 2020. He has two more years remaining on a deal that started with the 2018 season. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 29, 2019 - 2:37 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates fired manager Clint Hurdle before Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati following a stunning second-half collapse that dropped Pittsburgh to the bottom of the National League Central and included a series of off-the-field issues. Pittsburgh entered Sunday...
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Rutgers head coach Chris Ash, left, and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh shake hands after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Michigan won 52-0. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 29, 2019 - 2:32 pm
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Chris Ash's tenure as Rutgers coach is over after three-plus seasons that resulted in only three Big Ten victories. Athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday that Ash had been fired four games into his fourth season, with the Scarlet Knights showing little progress...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon salutes a fan from the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 12:28 pm
From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a century. Right until Maddon's time in Chicago...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on before the start of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, September 15 2019, in Miami Gardens. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 7:52 pm
Antonio Brown's unraveling happened nearly as quickly as his rise in the NFL. One of the most prolific receivers for a decade, the four-time All-Pro got dumped by three teams in 6 1/2 months. The New England Patriots released him last week after a second woman in 10 days accused him of sexual...
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Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook and James Harden, right, are photographed together during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
September 27, 2019 - 6:19 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden isn't listening to anyone who is worried about how things will work in Houston with the addition of Russell Westbrook. The Beard is convinced things will be great and believes the move is not only good for the Rockets as they chase their first title since 1995, but that...
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FILE - At left, in a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Irving said Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at the Brooklyn Nets media day, that Durant wasn’t ready to play in the NBA Finals and won’t let his new teammate come back to the court this time until he’s fully healthy. (AP Photo/File)
September 27, 2019 - 1:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving won't allow anyone to rush Kevin Durant back to the court this time. Irving said Friday that Durant wasn't ready to play when he returned in the NBA Finals, where he was quickly injured again. Irving said his new teammate's health wasn't valued enough, and that won't be...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, left, directs his team against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, in Charlotte, N.C. Georgia Tech's basketball team was banned from postseason play for the upcoming season and slapped with four years of probation for major recruiting violations committed by a former assistant coach and an ex-friend of head coach Josh Pastner. The sanctions handed down Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, by the NCAA also included a reduction in scholarships, limits on recruiting and a fine of $5,000 plus 2% of the program's budget. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File)
September 26, 2019 - 5:18 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner still has the support of his athletic director even after the Yellow Jackets basketball team was slapped with NCAA sanctions Thursday, including a ban on postseason play for upcoming season. Dealing a major blow to Pastner's efforts to rebuild the...
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September 25, 2019 - 5:37 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Theo Epstein says he has no plans of returning to the Boston Red Sox. Speculation in Boston has centered on Epstein possibly replacing Dave Dombrowski, who was fired Sept. 8 as the president of baseball operations for the Red Sox. Epstein is finishing his eighth season as the...
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September 25, 2019 - 6:25 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Sebastian Coe marked his re-election as IAAF president on Wednesday by announcing Chinese conglomerate Wanda as the Diamond League title sponsor in what he called the biggest commercial deal for track and field. The global real estate and film production group is expanding its...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (27) is shown in action against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The St. Louis Blues have acquired All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson and a prospect. The Blues also announced Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, that Faulk signed a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million with the defending Stanley Cup champions. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
September 24, 2019 - 3:05 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues acquired All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson and a prospect. The Blues also announced Faulk had signed a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million that goes into effect...
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