Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 file photo, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL game in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboys have given young linebacker Jaylon Smith a new contract while the holdout by Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott nears a month since the team reported to training camp. Smith’s extension was announced Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Jacobsohn, File)
August 20, 2019 - 11:06 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When the Dallas Cowboys announced a contract extension for Jaylon Smith, it was first a celebration of the linebacker's journey from a career-threatening knee injury in college to one of the NFL's richest contracts at his position. Of course, it didn't take long for the focus...
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Fuller runs the ball in the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. Fuller got his first taste of the NFL's business side during his rookie minicamp. One of the receiver's would-be teammates had a bad practice. Not much later, that player got pulled out of a meeting. Not much after that, the player was no longer Fuller's teammate. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
August 19, 2019 - 3:19 pm
Devin Fuller got his first taste of the NFL's business side during his rookie minicamp. One of the receiver's would-be teammates had a bad practice. Not much later, that player got pulled out of a meeting. Not much after that, the player was no longer Fuller's teammate. "I was like, 'Wow, so it's...
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Former Texas Rangers player Josh Hamilton makes comments during a ceremony where the club inducted him into its Hall of Fame, before the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
August 17, 2019 - 10:17 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton said he had forgotten how the grass looked and smelled at the home of the Texas Rangers. He hadn't been there since playing in the AL Division Series four years ago. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP the season the Rangers went to their first World Series, was back for...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, then-New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins lies on the court while being tended to after an injury during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans. A person with knowledge of the situation says Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins is undergoing tests to confirm a preliminary diagnosis of a ligament tear in his knee. Cousins was injured in a workout in Las Vegas this week, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, because no official diagnosis has been released publicly. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
August 15, 2019 - 8:19 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations. Cousins was diagnosed Thursday with a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury that could sideline the six-...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2008, file photo, color lights play on the Louisiana Superdome at twilight before the BCS championship college football game in New Orleans. The home to the Saints football team, will get $450 million in renovations if Louisiana officials agree to the financing plans. Upgrades to the iconic, 44-year-old domed stadium are part of Gov. John Bel Edwards' ongoing negotiations with the NFL team, aimed at keeping the organization in Louisiana for another 30 years. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
August 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Orleans' iconic Superdome, home to the Saints football team and a symbol of the city's revival after Hurricane Katrina, will undergo a $450 million facelift, under a financing plan approved Thursday that is aimed at keeping the NFL team in Louisiana for decades. The 44-...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during an NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J. Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
August 14, 2019 - 4:12 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate III never hesitated to take a prescribed fertility drug because the doctor who wrote the prescription told him he had given it to other NFL players and it was not banned. Speaking to reporters a day after an independent arbiter...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2019, file photo, New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell speaks to reporters after a practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Florham Park, N.J. Bell was in fifth grade when he realized he couldn't shake music from his mind. “That's when I really realized I loved music,” the star running back recalled in an interview with The Associated Press in the players' lobby in the New York Jets' facility. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 14, 2019 - 4:10 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell was in fifth grade when he simply couldn't shake music from his mind. The creative beats. The grooving basslines. The raw lyrics. He was hooked on it all, just like football. "That's when I really realized I loved music," the star running back recalled in an...
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
August 13, 2019 - 1:26 pm
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs needed a playmaking safety and signed coveted free agent Tyrann Mathieu. They needed help at cornerback and signed Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne. They had to address the pass rush and extended the contract of defensive end Frank Clark. That...
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August 12, 2019 - 9:41 pm
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old soccer player has signed a professional contract with USL Championship club Orange County SC. Francis Jacobs is the youngest male player ever to sign a pro soccer contract in the U.S., according to the club. Jacobs is from Laguna Beach, California. He was 14...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif. Colin Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL, even if he has to compete to get on the field. A source close to Kaepernick told The Associated Press on Friday: “Colin has always been prepared to compete at the highest level and is in the best shape of his life.” Kaepernick released a video earlier this week saying: “5 a.m. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.” (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
August 09, 2019 - 3:48 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is eager to prove he's good enough to play in the NFL. A person close to Kaepernick told The Associated Press on Friday: "Colin has always been prepared to compete at the highest level and is in the best shape of his life." The person spoke anonymously because...
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