Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts during a Champions League Group F soccer match against Slavia Praha at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club has confirmed that the Argentina great has sent a note expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst in the player's career and in the club's history. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)
August 26, 2020 - 9:21 am
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona hasn’t given up on Lionel Messi just yet. A day after the Argentine great told the club he wants to leave, Barcelona said its restructuring project still revolves around the player. “We want to rebuild for the future together with the best player in history,” Ramon Planes,...
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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown reacts after receiving a technical foul during the third quarter of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)
August 24, 2020 - 6:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Patient and positive, Brett Brown was the perfect coach for the Philadelphia 76ers when they set up a long-term home in the NBA basement. They'll be looking for someone else now that they want to be on top. The 76ers fired coach Brown on Monday, a day after his seventh season...
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August 24, 2020 - 10:45 am
HERNE, Germany (AP) — It must be the bratwurst that keeps bringing the children of retired Utah Jazz great John Stockton to Germany. The basketball, too. Laura Stockton is the fourth child of the NBA legend to sign a professional contract to play in Germany. Her older siblings Michael, David and...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas waits for a play during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Baltimore. The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of the seven-time Pro Bowl safety, who got involved in a fight with a teammate Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, and did not attend practice Saturday, Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
August 23, 2020 - 5:29 pm
The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who got involved in a fight with a teammate Friday and did not attend practice Saturday. According to a statement released Sunday by the team, Thomas was released “for personal conduct that adversely...
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San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, right, trains during NFL football training camp practice Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, Calif. (Xavier Mascarenas/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)
August 20, 2020 - 2:40 am
An offseason centered around Zoom meetings, an abbreviated training camp and the absence of exhibition games made continuity more vital than usual in this year of the coronavirus in the NFL. The joy San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan experienced last January when trusty defensive coordinator...
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Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel can't make the play on a ball hit for a three-run home run by Detroit Tigers' Jeimer Candelario during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
August 19, 2020 - 11:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning, then Edwin Encarnacion followed with his second solo shot of the game to lift Chicago over the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Wednesday night, the White Sox fourth straight win. Abreu lofted the first pitch he faced from Gregory Soto (...
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Ronald Koeman holds up a Barcelona soccer shirt during his official presentation as coach for FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Barcelona officially announced earlier on Wednesday a deal with Koeman to become their coach five days after the team's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Barcelona says the former defender's deal runs through June 2022. Koeman replaces the fired Quique Setien. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
August 19, 2020 - 1:27 pm
Barcelona is rekindling its links with Dutch soccer. The Spanish team officially announced Ronald Koeman as its new coach on Wednesday, a day after club president Josep Bartomeu said the Dutchman accepted the coaching offer and only details needed to be sorted out. “Today is a day to be happy and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) looks to hand the ball off during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. The Tennessee Titans are confident enough Ryan Tannehill can repeat the best season of his career, or close enough, that they gave him a four-year, $118 million contract. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 17, 2020 - 11:43 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are confident enough Ryan Tannehill can repeat the best season of his career, or close enough, that they gave him a four-year, $118 million contract. The rest of the NFL needs to see Tannehill do it again to believe he really is the quarterback who led...
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August 16, 2020 - 8:10 pm
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Rodney Gunter is stepping away from football because of an enlarged aorta. Gunter, who had been placed on the team's non-football injury list at the start of training camp, dropped the news in a statement Sunday. “These last three weeks have been a hard pill...
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FILE - Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce smiles before the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Chiefs and the star tight end have agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension that will keep him with the Super Bowl champions through 2025, a person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal has not been announced. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
August 14, 2020 - 1:54 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs had just finished their first padded practice of training camp Friday when safety Tyrann Mathieu was asked about the long-term contract signed by Travis Kelce, which ensured he would remain in Kansas City through the 2025 season. “I think Travis is a special...
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