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Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits

NEW YORK (AP) — The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during […]

Nick Foles and Case Keenum have strong career connections

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles contemplated retirement after a miserable season with the Rams in which he ended up losing his starting job to Case Keenum. That’s just one spin of a unique quarterback carousel that’ll be on display when Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the […]

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

NEW YORK (AP) — Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA’s new All-Star matchup. LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game. James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from […]

Embrace the Bold North in Minneapolis for Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl. Tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to the “Bold North.” Many activities surrounding Super Bowl will take advantage of Minnesota’s wintry weather, including outdoor concerts, ice sculptures and opportunities for winter sports. Super Bowl […]

50 women set to participate in football careers forum

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will host a forum on women’s careers in football next week before the Pro Bowl. Fifty women representing five countries (U.S., Canada, Panama, Germany and Australia) will participate in the event on Jan. 26-27 in Orlando. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 28. The forum will feature panel discussions and […]

Former Badger, current Browns tackle Joe Thomas still undecided about future

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Thomas remains torn about his football future. He’s still holding. Cleveland’s star left tackle, who played more than 10,000 consecutive snaps before suffering a season-ending left triceps injury on Oct. 22, said Wednesday night that he’s undecided about continuing his Hall of Fame-caliber career — or retiring. “Making progress,” the 10-time […]

Vikings deep in playoffs, thanks in part to diligent Diggs

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The path for Stefon Diggs to last-play touchdown fame and sudden Minnesota savior didn’t start with such brilliance. Diggs has only arrived at this stage of his life and his career, a Vikings standout on the verge of a Super Bowl, with an unrelenting diligence and a dose of humility. […]

Minnesota Twins hire retired Justin Morneau as assistant

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The team said Wednesday Morneau will become the fourth former Twins player from his generation to get the job, joining Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins. The 36-year-old Morneau will be involved in the amateur draft and be […]

Aggressive Eagles set to face Minnesota’s top-ranked defense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Foles threw a deep pass into the wind on the first play from scrimmage against the Falcons, LeGarrette Blount scored the only touchdown on fourth down and wide receiver Nelson Agholor ran 21 yards on a new play. The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) are aggressive no matter what. They’ll need that approach […]

Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota’s still-buzzing stadium. “Hey, let’s open these things up!” Zimmer blurted […]
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