Athlete contracts

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, declined the $18 million contract option on Kluber, who lasted just one inning in his only start before a shoulder injury ended his season. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca, File)
October 30, 2020 - 8:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and Brad Hand were among 15 more major leaguers who became free agents Friday when teams declined their 2021 options, many the victims of budget cuts following a regular season without fans due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also cut loose were Milwaukee...
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and third baseman Justin Turner pose for a group picture after the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to win the baseball World Series, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
October 29, 2020 - 1:30 am
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others. The commissioner’s office said Wednesday...
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred poses with fans before Game 1 of a baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year's innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. (AP Photo/Ron Blum
October 20, 2020 - 7:06 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ahead of a World Series capping the pandemic-shortened season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to keep two of this year’s innovations: expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base. “People were wildly unenthusiastic about the...
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File-This Sept. 22, 2020, file photo shows New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell watching from the sideline near the end of the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. The New York Jets have surprisingly released Bell, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two full seasons. The team issued a statement from general manager Joe Douglas on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in which he says the Jets made the move after having several conversations with Bell and his agent during the last few days and exploring trade options. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 13, 2020 - 9:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Later, Le'Veon. The New York Jets surprisingly released disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell on Tuesday night, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two full seasons. The team issued a statement from general manager Joe Douglas in which he said the Jets made the move after...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo plays against the Nashville Predators in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms on a $61.6 million, seven-year contract with top free agent Pietrangelo, a person with direct knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 12, 2020 - 9:47 pm
Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in. Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027. It's the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenseman in the NHL. Adding...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. Forward Taylor Hall surprised many in turning down numerous contending NHL teams which courted him, and instead sign with the Buffalo Sabres in free agency. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
October 12, 2020 - 4:57 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall refused to buy into the negativity surrounding the Buffalo Sabres, and instead focused on the positives. The opportunity to alongside captain Jack Eichel was a factor. Playing for a familiar coach in Ralph Krueger another. Add in Buffalo being close to his home in...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is tackled by New York Giants cornerback Logan Ryan, rear, in the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Prescott suffered a lower right leg injury on the play. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
October 11, 2020 - 9:42 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott's brother wasted little time trying to show the upbeat side of the Dallas quarterback in a hospital bed after a gruesome ankle injury that ended his season Sunday. A masked Tad Prescott posted a selfie on Twitter with a smiling Prescott in a hospital bed behind...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press, late Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, that the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to sign free-agent forward Hall to a one-year, $8 million contract. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
October 11, 2020 - 8:40 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall is betting on himself in a surprising destination. Hall agreed to sign an $8 million, one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Sunday night. Hall joins his fourth NHL organization since being the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. He’s reunited with...
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning in Game one of a baseball American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
October 11, 2020 - 1:07 am
A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ HELLO AGAIN Houston and Tampa Bay are set to open their AL Championship Series in San Diego, with Astros left-hander Framber Valdez opposing 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. The Rays are seeking revenge after Houston beat them in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. The NHL is embarking on a free agent period like never before in hockey history. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Torey Krug and winger Taylor Hall headline a talented free agent class. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
October 10, 2020 - 6:51 pm
Taylor Hall went unsigned during the first day of free agency. Same with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Hoffman. A handful of the top free agents are still available, but NHL teams aren't waiting for those big fish to sign to make other moves. Boston paused its pursuit of Hall to sign big winger Craig...
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