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Future sign: Cole arrives with old placard of Yankees fealty

NEW YORK (AP) — On his first day in pinstripes, Gerrit Cole admitted to stealing a sign — no, not those signs. Cole affixed his signature to a record $324 million, nine-year contract at 10:45 a.m., walked into a news conference at Yankee Stadium and pulled out the crinkled placard he took to one of […]

Vikings, Cowboys On The Cusp Of NFC Playoff Berths

The six NFC playoff teams might be set with a week to spare. Minnesota will clinch from the couch if the Los Angeles Rams lose at San Francisco on Saturday night. If the defending NFC champion Rams win, the Vikings (10-4) can eliminate them by winning at home against Green Bay in the final Monday […]

Boras’ billions: baseball agent creates free-agent flurry with $814 million in contracts over 3 days

NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Boras showed up at the winter meetings with his own press conference backdrop. How appropriate, given his banner offseason. Beloved by his high-profile clients, courted by powerful owners and a polarizing figure for fans, baseball’s most famous agent negotiated $814 million of contracts in little over three days last week. […]

Giannis, Bucks visit prison with Laker showdown looming

STURTEVANT, Wis. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks chose to recover from the end of their 18-game winning streak at a medium-security Wisconsin state prison. Two days before an anticipated showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team was scheduled for a “player individual day” Tuesday — usually used for individuals to get […]

Jazz fan banned over taunting incident sues team for $100 million

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah Jazz fan is suing for $100 million after being banned for life from the team’s arena over what were called racial taunts directed at point guard Russell Westbrook during a game. Shane Keisel said there was nothing racial about his heckling during the game in March and that […]

ON Football: A how-to guide to getting to the Super Bowl

With eight of the 12 postseason berths already occupied, it’s time to look at who the other four might be. And what all of them need to go deep into January — and into February. NFC SEATTLE (11-3) WHERE THEY ARE: Sitting atop the NFC West and in potential shape to get the overall top […]

Vince Carter’s NBA career milestones are piling up

The milestones are piling up, and running out, for Atlanta’s Vince Carter. His next game — which could come as early as Tuesday, when the Hawks visit the New York Knicks — will be the 1,504th in his career, which will tie John Stockton for fourth-most in NBA history. Barring injury, Carter will pass Dirk […]

Game before matchup with Lakers, Bucks’ 18-game streak snapped by undermanned Mavs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bucks have little time to reflect on the end of their 18-game winning streak. Milwaukee’s impressive run was halted Monday night when Seth Curry and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 26 points to help the Dallas Mavericks hang on for a 120-116 victory even without star guard Luka Dončić. Milwaukee, which dropped […]

Playoff-bound Packers focused on winning NFC North

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are in. After completing the regular-season sweep of the longtime-rival Chicago Bears and having the Dallas Cowboys make easy work of the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Packers clinched a playoff berth. It’s the first time in three years that Green Bay (11-3) will play […]

Mighty Bernie at bat? Sanders makes pitch for minor leagues

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Take Bernie out to the ball game? Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is aggressively opposing a Major League Baseball plan to cut 42 minor league teams across the country after 2020. Among the targeted are the Vermont Lake Monsters, the Single-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics in […]

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