Media and entertainment industry

A worker walks along the red carpet during preparations for Sunday's red carpet arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Locher)
February 08, 2020 - 10:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell are standing on the Oscars stage performing some hilarious material for a few dozen people who are in stitches watching the two comedians. No, the entirety of Hollywood didn’t flake on the 92nd Academy Awards or get stuck in some horrendous...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 file photo, new president of the African soccer confederation Ahmad speaks at a press conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. Financial wrongdoing across African soccer has been unearthed in a confidential audit of the continent’s governing body that raises concerns about the legitimacy of millions of dollars of payments to executives and national associations. The report covers the period 2015-2019 and the presidencies of Issa Hayatou and successor Ahmad, who remains in power. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)
February 08, 2020 - 7:17 pm
Financial irregularities across African football have been unearthed in a confidential audit of the continent’s governing body that raises concerns about the legitimacy of millions of dollars of cash payments that were distributed to executives and national associations with sparse records. The...
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Defense attorney Donna Rotunno arrives for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial, in New York, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 08, 2020 - 2:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In the third week of testimony at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial, the prosecution rested, the defendant dozed off and there was the most intense testimony yet, with jurors being sent home early one day after a key accuser started sobbing uncontrollably. After several witnesses...
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Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
February 08, 2020 - 12:13 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Baseball returns to the field next week when pitchers, catchers and cheaters report to spring training. Fans await the annual sunny scenes of favorites stretching on bright green grass in Florida and Arizona. This year the players bring along dark clouds of scandal — the 2017...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence waits on deck club before batting against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Pence is returning to the Giants, agreeing to a contract that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, that Pence had reached agreement pending a physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/John Hefti)
February 07, 2020 - 10:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former fan favorite Hunter Pence is returning to the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a contract that will give the young club a veteran presence in both the outfield and clubhouse in a season of big change ahead. The Giants announced Friday night they signed Pence to a one-...
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February 07, 2020 - 10:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will not schedule any more advertising on its platforms promoting music artist Roger Waters. The leadership of the Jewish advocacy organization B'nai B'rith International sent a letter to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred last month criticizing the sport's...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The dual roles of former Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez and ex-Olympic softball player Mendoza as team employees and broadcasters have drawn the concern of baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. (AP Photo/File)
February 07, 2020 - 2:25 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Mendoza will no longer be on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” or work for the New York Mets front office after signing a contract extension with the network. ESPN announced Friday that Mendoza will be an analyst on weekday games as well as making appearances on various...
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Associated Press newsroom manager Amanda Barrett is photographed in New York on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Barrett has been promoted to deputy managing editor, announced Friday, Feb. 7, by executive editor Sally Buzbee. In her expanded role, Barrett will oversee newsroom talent development, as well as continuing to manage the Nerve Center at AP's New York headquarters. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
February 07, 2020 - 1:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amanda Barrett, a longtime newsroom manager at The Associated Press with years of experience leading innovative journalism and driving the coverage of big stories, has been promoted to deputy managing editor, AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee announced Friday. In her expanded role,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, members of the media and grounds crew work on the field at Citi Field in New York, the day before Game 3 of the World Series between the Mets and the Kansas City Royals at the stadium. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)
February 07, 2020 - 8:21 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and the New York Mets say talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the team from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. The Mets said Thursday night in a statement they intend to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. Gambling regulators and sports books in several U.S. states are preparing to allow gamblers to bet on XFL games once the league’s season begins in early February 2020. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
February 07, 2020 - 3:10 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Knowing its season begins less than a week after one of the biggest betting events in America, the new XFL is embracing sports betting in a major way. The revived league owned by wrestling impresario Vince McMahon will consciously appeal to fans accustomed to betting on...
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