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FILE - In this July 9, 2017, file photo, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, stands on the field before the All-Star Futures baseball game in Miami. Union head Tony Clark says he applauds the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to give minor league players a 50 percent raise and hopes that other clubs will follow suit. Representatives from the players’ association made a scheduled visit to Blue Jays spring training camp Monday, March 18, 2019, a day after The Athletic reported the team planned to provide raises for all minor league players, some of whom made as little as $1,100 per month in recent seasons. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
March 18, 2019 - 7:14 pm
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs do the same. Representatives from the players' association visited the Blue Jays spring training camp a day after The Athletic reported the...
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Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki warms up during his team's practice at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Saturday, March 16, 2019. The Mariners will play in a two-baseball game series against the Oakland Athletics to open the Major League season on March 20-21. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 18, 2019 - 6:33 pm
TOKYO (AP) — This is the Ichiro effect. Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the Japanese-American to travel here from his home in Hayward, California, was Ichiro Suzuki; not family ties, not pure wanderlust, but a chance to see a player he called "simply the best." And get...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict walks the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Cincinnati. The Bengals terminated the contract of Burfict on Monday, March 18, 2019, releasing him to free agency. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
March 18, 2019 - 5:34 pm
The Bengals stuck with linebacker Vontaze Burfict through all his troubles, including a hit to Antonio Brown's head that led to a playoff loss. They finally released him on Monday after a season of below-average performance. During seven seasons with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by...
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March 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. After a week of being beat up in the media over the trade of the popular star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., general manager Dave Gettleman went on the offensive, Monday, March 18, 2019, saying the trade was the best interests of the New York Giants and was a deal the organization could not refuse. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
March 18, 2019 - 2:37 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After a week of being beaten up in the media over the trade of popular star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., general manager Dave Gettleman went on the offensive, saying the trade was in the best interests of the New York Giants and was a deal the organization could not...
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, left, throws to first base after forcing out Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte at second base in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Baez completed the double play on Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly at first. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
March 18, 2019 - 10:25 am
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It does not take Javier Baez long to show off his magic tricks, even in a spring training game. The Chicago Cubs star singled in the first inning on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies and stole second, escaping a tag by shortstop Garrett Hampson with a deft swim move. "I wasn't...
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Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier (14) gets the game-winning goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) in overtime of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 17, 2019. The Flyers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
March 17, 2019 - 11:38 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clock ticking down on both the game and in some ways their season, the Philadelphia Flyers summoned some more late magic to stun the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. James van Riemsdyk scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Sean Couturier finished off a...
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New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) celebrate his first period goal of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild with teammates Mathew Barzal (13) and Anders Lee (27) Sunday, March 17, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)
March 17, 2019 - 10:32 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of guys who played high school hockey in Minnesota helped the New York Islanders pick up an important two points on the road Sunday night. They also did no favors for the home team. Brock Nelson scored 1:04 into overtime and the Islanders beat the Wild 3-2 to move into...
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Marquette guard Markus Howard (0) goes up for a shot against Seton Hall players, from left, Romaro Gill (35), Anthony Nelson (2), Sandro Mamukelashvili (23) and Myles Cale (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball semifinal game in the Big East men's tournament, Friday, March 15, 2019, in New York. Seton Hall won 81-79. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
March 17, 2019 - 10:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Picking a perfect bracket has become a nearly impossible act, the ritual of ripping up brackets an annual rite of the NCAA Tournament. UMBC proved the point early last year by beating Virginia to become the first No. 16 seed to topple a No. 1 in tournament history. Loyola-Chicago...
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Duke's Zion Williamson (1) goes up to dunk against Florida State during the first half of the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
March 17, 2019 - 9:35 pm
The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament (all times local): 9:36 p.m. Betting on March Madness is starting with many gamblers throwing their weight behind Duke and freshman phenom Zion Williamson. William Hill US says nearly 20 percent of the money bet on the NCAA Tournament winner...
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