Athlete contracts

FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, the United States Women's National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The U.S. Soccer Federation and the World Cup champion women's team have agreed on a labor contract, settling a dispute in which the players sought equitable wages to their male counterparts. The financial terms and length of the multiyear deal were not disclosed. The agreement was ratified by the players and the federation's board Tuesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
April 05, 2017 - 7:01 pm
The U.S. women's national team believes its new contract is both fair and good for the future of the sport. The U.S. Soccer Federation and the team's union announced Wednesday that a labor deal had been struck to settle an at times contentious dispute in which the players sought equitable wages to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 3:49 pm
Alex Ovechkin and other players aren't so sure the NHL's decision to skip the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year is final. The Washington Capitals superstar on Tuesday reiterated his intention to represent Russia next February, calling the league's decision a "bluff." Montreal Canadiens...
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FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in Washington. Ovechkin and other players are raising doubts about the finality of the NHL announcement that it won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. Capitals superstar reiterated his intention to represent Russia next year in South Korea, calling the league’s decision not to go a “bluff.”(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
April 04, 2017 - 1:26 pm
Alex Ovechkin and other players aren't so sure the NHL's decision to skip the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year is final. The Washington Capitals superstar on Tuesday reiterated his intention to represent Russia next February, calling the league's decision a "bluff." Montreal Canadiens...
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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ricky Nolasco works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 04, 2017 - 12:53 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin threw batting practice to Khris Davis all spring and cannot remember the slugger clearing the fences once. Not in an exhibition game, either. Davis saved those shots for opening night, hitting a go-ahead homer in the sixth and connected again leading off the eighth...
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St. Louis Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt, left, congratulates Stephen Piscotty on signing a long-term contract with the Cardinals, during a press conference Monday, April 3, 2017, in St. Louis. At right is Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
April 03, 2017 - 3:48 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A day after St. Louis signed a legacy contract with one of its all-time greats, the Cardinals went back to work locking up their young nucleus of talent. Right fielder Stephen Piscotty became the latest St. Louis youngster to agree to a long-term contract, finalizing a $33.5...
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina smiles during a news conference ahead of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cardinals have finalized a contract extension with seven-time All-Star Molina that runs through the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 02, 2017 - 11:44 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When it was over, when the numbers were finalized and the contract was ready, Yadier Molina cried. Tears of joy. Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals announced a new deal Sunday that adds $60 million over three seasons through 2020, increasing the likelihood that the catcher will...
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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches from the dugout during the second inning of the team's preseason baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 02, 2017 - 11:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees aren't among baseball's top two payrolls for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, making cuts along with some other traditional big spenders. The Los Angeles Dodgers topped the major leagues for the fourth straight opening day but dropped to $225 million...
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina smiles during a news conference ahead of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cardinals have finalized a contract extension with seven-time All-Star Molina that runs through the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 02, 2017 - 8:57 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — When it was over, when the numbers were finalized and the contract was ready, Yadier Molina cried. Tears of joy. Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals announced a new deal Sunday that adds $60 million over three seasons through 2020, increasing the likelihood that the catcher will...
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Arizona Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates his two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants with Nick Ahmed (13) during the sixth inning of an Opening Day baseball game Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 02, 2017 - 7:05 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener Sunday. Derailed by a dreadful bullpen last year, the Giants started this...
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The Chicago Cubs celebrate a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros in an exhibition baseball game Friday, March 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
April 02, 2017 - 1:48 am
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ OPENING DAY Chris Archer is set to throw the first pitch of the 2017 season when Tampa Bay hosts the Yankees at Tropicana Field. An All-Star in 2015, Archer wound up with 19 losses last year, tied with James Shields for most in the majors...
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