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Chicago Cubs' pitchers Yu Darvish (11) and Cole Hamels (35), former Rangers' pitchers leave the dugout during the baseball game against the Texas Rangers Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
March 29, 2019 - 1:28 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are about to face a pair of their former aces, Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels, in consecutive games against the Chicago Cubs. "That will be unique," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "It will be a good challenge for our guys because they're both so...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) and forward John Collins (20) leave the court after the team's 113-105 loss to the Boston Celtics in an NBA basketball game, in Atlanta. The instant camaraderie these two talented youngsters have make the Hawks one of the most intriguing storylines in the NBA losers bracket. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)
March 29, 2019 - 11:35 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The first time they took the court together, Trae Young threw up a lob and, somehow, John Collins knew right where the ball would be. What followed was a thunderous dunk that hardly anybody else saw. It was merely a summer workout, held on Atlanta's practice court shortly after Young...
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Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Stroman warms up in the outfield before an opening day baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Toronto, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 6:49 pm
The Latest on opening day (all times EDT): 5:45 p.m. The Dodgers have chased Arizona's Zack Greinke with three homers in the fourth inning on opening day. After Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes hit back-to-back homers, Corey Seager celebrated his return from Tommy John surgery with a solo shot...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor throws during spring training baseball practice in Surprise, Ariz. Mike Minor will now do for the Rangers what Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish did the past three seasons in Texas. With those former aces in the visitors dugout for the season-opening series, Minor starts the Rangers opener against the Chicago Cubs. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
March 27, 2019 - 12:16 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Minor will now do for the Rangers what Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish did the past three seasons in Texas. With those former Rangers aces in the visitors' dugout, Minor starts the season opener for Texas against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. The left-hander's first career...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Jupiter, Fla. deGrom is expected to start Opening Day against the Washington Nationals. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)
March 27, 2019 - 10:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $137.5 million, five-year contract, a deal that includes $52.5 million deferred into the 2030s. New York and deGrom had agreed in January to a $17 million, one-year deal, and he was on track to be eligible...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 23, 2019 - 3:33 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After winning a World Series with the Red Sox, Chris Sale preferred to stay in Boston rather than find out what he would be worth as a free agent after this season. "When half the league isn't trying to win anything, and we have a team that's trying to win every year? That...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, center, hits a double in the third inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Monday, March 11, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 23, 2019 - 12:01 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt wanted to stay in St. Louis, just like Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and Matt Holliday. Acquired in December from Arizona, the six-time All-Star first baseman gave up a chance to become a free agent after this season when he finalized a new contract with the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in Kansas City, Mo. The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent defensive end Justin Houston. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
March 22, 2019 - 3:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Guaranteed payments for unrestricted NFL free-agent contracts this month make up just over half of the total money to be paid, down a bit from 2018, when Kirk Cousins signed a fully guaranteed $84-million deal. For the first 148 deals reached in March, the players' union says $1.116...
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Boston Red Sox' Mookie Betts connects on a solo-home run in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 20, 2019 - 10:09 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020. Despite Mike Trout's $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson, of Sweden, is seen during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a few of the potential free agents in the NHL with a lot at stake down the stretch of the regular season and in the postseason. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
March 20, 2019 - 1:56 pm
Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a few of the...
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