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FILE - In this May 22, 2018 file photo Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team general manager Paul Fenton smiles during an introductory news conference in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild have fired Fenton after just one rough season, marked by the end of a six-year streak of making the playoffs and a disassembly of the once-promising core of forwards by trading Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter prior to the deadline. Wild owner Craig Leipold said he told Fenton of his dismissal on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 shortly before the team made the surprising late-summer announcement. (Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune via AP, file)
July 30, 2019 - 6:14 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Less than 15 months after hiring Paul Fenton as general manager, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold changed his mind. Still confident he has a contending team, Leipold decided to fire Fenton on Tuesday despite the unusual late-summer timing to try to redirect the franchise...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, then-Los Angeles Rams linebacker Robert Quinn (94) raises his fist during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn says the issue of protesting during the national anthem “might come up” before the season with owner Jerry Jones, who in the past has taken a hardline stance against displays by his players. Quinn joined the Cowboys in an offseason trade. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)
July 29, 2019 - 8:34 pm
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas defensive end Robert Quinn says he chose his new team before an offseason trade from Miami because it felt like the right fit when he visited the Cowboys. There remains one issue unaddressed with owner Jerry Jones: protesting during the national anthem. Quinn raised his...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2019 file photo United States' team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. U.S. Soccer says the players on the World Cup champion women's national team were paid more than their male counterparts from 2010 through 2018. According to a letter released Monday, July 29, 2019 by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation has paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women as opposed to $26.4 million paid to the men. Those figures do not include the benefits received only by the women, like health care. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
July 29, 2019 - 8:24 pm
Facing mounting public pressure in a fight over equitable pay, U.S. Soccer said the World Cup champion women's national team has been paid more than the men's team. According to a letter released Monday by U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and...
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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten talks to the media following practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Saturday, July 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
July 27, 2019 - 6:46 pm
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott's contract holdout doesn't faze the player who has been around Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones longer than anyone else on the roster — even after taking a year off. Jason Witten said "talk to me in a month" when the tight end was asked Saturday if Elliott's...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) reacts during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a three-year contract extension with All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, locking up the anchor of their defense for the foreseeable future. Wagner and the Seahawks completed the lengthy contract negotiation, Friday, July 26, 2019 on the second day of training camp and will keep the All-Pro in the only uniform he has played in as a professional. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
July 26, 2019 - 8:50 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Bobby Wagner took on the challenge of representing himself when it came to negotiating a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks. The risk paid off. Wagner and the Seahawks reached agreement on a three-year contract extension Friday night, locking up the anchor of their defense...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay speaks during a news conference ahead of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, in Atlanta. Coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have agreed to contract extensions through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams. The defending NFC champions announced the deal Friday, July 26, 2019, while veterans reported to training camp in Orange County. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
July 26, 2019 - 3:52 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay and Les Snead have received their rewards for their two-year transformation of the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams' 33-year-old head coach and his general manager have agreed to contract extensions through 2023. The defending NFC champions announced the deals Friday while...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson, right, rounds third after hitting a two-run home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto steps off the mound during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 23, 2019 - 6:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to welcome the All-Star Game back to Dodger Stadium with a $100 million renovation of their landmark ballpark. The Dodgers unveiled the logo for next year's Midsummer Classic along with their latest modernization plans Tuesday for their 57-year-old...
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Kansas City Royals' Martin Maldonado hits a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, July 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
July 16, 2019 - 1:30 am
CHICAGO (AP) — With their All-Star catcher sidelined, the Chicago Cubs quickly found some experienced help behind the plate. The NL Central leaders acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City on Monday night that sent left-hander Mike Montgomery to the Royals. Cubs president of baseball...
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July 12, 2019 - 7:10 pm
PLANO, Texas (AP) — Veteran NFL referee Tony Corrente was quick to make the distinction about what changes now that pass interference can be challenged by coaches and reviewed by officials. "First of all, the rule has not changed whatsoever. Pass interference is still the same rule that we have had...
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American League Gleyber Torres, left, of the New York Yankees, and American League Mookie Betts, of the Boston Red Sox, celebrate a 4-3 victory of the National League in the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 10, 2019 - 2:33 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Baseball players' union head Tony Clark says a poor job has been done of marketing Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, the reigning AL MVP. "Mookie should be a household name," Clark told the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. "Mookie should be a one-name guy...
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