Athlete contracts

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, center, poses with president of baseball operations Michael Hill, left, and CEO Derek Jeter, right, after a news conference Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Miami. Mattingly will be back with the Marlins in 2020. His contract extension announced Friday is for two years, plus a mutual option for a third year in 2022. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 20, 2019 - 5:52 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Don Mattingly says he's glad to be returning next year as the Miami Marlins manager to provide stability for a struggling franchise, because as a player he experienced the other extreme. Mattingly played for the New York Yankees from 1982 to 1995, when they made 12 managerial changes...
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FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. The NBA's board of governors was unanimous Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules. "We need to ensure that we're creating a culture of compliance in this league," Silver said after two days of meetings concluded in New York. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 20, 2019 - 4:38 pm
The NBA's board of governors was unanimous Friday in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules. Fines of up to $10 million are now possible in the most...
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FILe - In this Dec. 31, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, in Washington. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey’s middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly are finding it increasingly difficult to land guaranteed contracts and are oftentimes forced to go to training camp on professional tryout agreements. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 19, 2019 - 4:56 pm
Stanley Cup-winning experience isn't worth what it used to be. Neither is experience of any kind. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey's middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero...
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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) makes a catch in front of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
September 16, 2019 - 7:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade following a sideline argument with Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone. The Jags are willing to entertain offers. Ramsey's agent asked the Jags to move the disgruntled defender after Ramsey and Marrone got...
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) walks off the field as time runs out in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Roethlisberger's season is over. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending the 37-year-old's 16th season just two weeks in. Roethlisberger injured the arm late in the second quarter of Sunday's 28-26 loss to Seattle. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 16, 2019 - 5:41 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger likes to point out that he's played through the end of every contract he's ever signed. It's tangible proof of the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's commitment both to the game itself and the franchise he's led to a pair of Super Bowl titles. That...
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Former NBA players Kobe Bryant, left, and Tony Parker talk during the first-place match between Spain and Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 16, 2019 - 11:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town...
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September 14, 2019 - 4:19 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension Saturday that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski skates against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost one-year contract after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That’s where the differences end for a pair of veterans trying to help the Stars make back-to-back playoff trips for the first time in more than a decade. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 14, 2019 - 2:53 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Joe Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost deal for one year after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That's where the differences end...
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September 14, 2019 - 1:08 pm
BEIJING (AP) — NBA teams could be fined up to $10 million for tampering and up to $6 million for entering into unauthorized agreements with players, a person with knowledge of the league's plans told The Associated Press on Saturday. Other maximum-fine levels could be raised significantly as well,...
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September 13, 2019 - 12:07 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women's hockey tournament in November because it can't guarantee its players' participation due to an ongoing pay dispute. The federation announced the decision Friday and noted the uncertainty regarding their players...
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