Sports team and league operation

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Amir Coffey (7) guards Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the second quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game, Thursday, Oct 3, 2019, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
October 06, 2019 - 9:56 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tried Sunday to defuse the rapidly growing fallout over his deleted tweet that showed support for Hong Kong anti-government protesters, saying he did not intend to offend any of the team's Chinese fans or sponsors. A short time after Morey...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks out from the dugout prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 5:23 pm
From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a century. Right until his time in Chicago ran out...
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Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drives away from PNC Park after being fired before the final baseball game of the season between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 5:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by years of losing. Yet over the years, as the...
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FILE - This is an Aug. 31, 2019, file photo showing New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German throwing to first in a pickoff attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, in New York. Yankees star pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball because of domestic violence. MLB did not give details in its statement Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, but said the leave "may last up to seven days, barring an extension." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 25, 2019 - 5:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán's administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy has been extended through the World Series. Germán was placed on leave for seven days last Thursday. MLB and the players' association agreed to the extension on Wednesday,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, the Detroit Red Wings play an NHL preseason game against the Boston Bruins at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Red Wings are desperately trying to keep fans filing into Little Caesars Arena while the allure of the relatively new facility wears off while the team goes through a painful rebuild. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 24, 2019 - 2:42 am
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings season-ticket holder Matt Larson pays about $74 for two of the cheapest seats in Little Caesars Arena. The 32-year-old fan gets a pair of high top chairs set up behind a counter, giving him plenty of space for food and drink, in a spacious area perched near the...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly speaks to members of the media before the start of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, in Miami. The Dolphins look like the worst team in the NFL, and might even be the worst team in Miami. On the other hand, a comparison with the Marlins is one matchup the Dolphins might win. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
September 19, 2019 - 9:55 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has agreed to a contract extension and will return for a fifth season in 2020, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins hadn't...
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FILE - This is an Aug. 31, 2019, file photo showing New York Yankees pitcher Domingo German throwing to first in a pickoff attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, in New York. Yankees star pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball because of domestic violence. MLB did not give details in its statement Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, but said the leave "may last up to seven days, barring an extension." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 19, 2019 - 3:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees star pitcher Domingo Germán was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy on Thursday, casting doubt over whether New York's top winner this season will be available for the playoffs. Manager Aaron Boone was informed of the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Miami Dolphins' Minkah Fitzpatrick (29) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati. A person familiar with the negotiations says Fitzpatrick has been traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020. The person confirmed the trade to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, night because the teams had not confirmed it. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
September 16, 2019 - 10:30 pm
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick got his wish and was traded Monday night to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round draft pick in 2020, two people familiar with the negotiations said. The people confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, is joined by players George Parros , left, and Kevin Westgath after meeting with NHL officials in New York. The NHLPA announces its decision whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement and set the clock ticking toward another potential work stoppage in 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 16, 2019 - 5:34 pm
The National Hockey League will play its next three seasons without the threat of a work stoppage amid optimism that labor peace will stretch beyond 2022. The NHL Players' Association on Monday announced it would not opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. Combined with the owners'...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019 file photo, Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, skates with the puck during the third period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington. Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct, less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its punishment Saturday, Sept. 14, saying it followed a meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday. Kuznetsov will not appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 14, 2019 - 11:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for "inappropriate conduct," less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced...
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