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McCutchen, Phillies finalize $50M, 3-year deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a back-loaded $50 million, three-year contract on Wednesday, a deal that includes a team option for 2022. McCutchen gets $10 million next season, $17 million in 2020 and $20 million in 2021. The ...

Amari Cooper’s impact on Cowboys immeasurable

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer Nobody is questioning Jerry Jones anymore about trading a first-round pick for Amari Cooper. The Cowboys are 5-1 since the 24-year-old wide receiver was acquired from Oakland for a 2019 selection that will likely be in the 20s. They're one win from ...

Oakland sues NFL, Raiders over move to Las Vegas

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders' upcoming move to Las Vegas. The suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the Raiders, the NFL and the other 31 clubs ...

Charlie Morton to Rays and a Tanner-for-Tanner trade at meetings

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — An All-Star starter to the relief-reliant Rays, a Tanner-for-Tanner trade and a Scott Boras sighting. Intrigue at the winter meetings, but not much impact. Not yet, anyway. Charlie Morton was the top name to switch teams Wednesday, ...

Chiefs seek 10th straight win vs Chargers, AFC West title

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are missing their star running back, likely without his backup and could have their top two wide receivers hobbled or shelved for their crucial AFC West showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday ...

Team Sky’s future in doubt after broadcaster pulls backing

By ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — The future of the most successful cycling team of the last decade was put in doubt Wednesday when Sky announced its withdrawal from the sport following the European pay TV giant's takeover by American company Comcast. Team Sky, which had a rider ...

A look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer Just more than a month after the season started, there are only nine unbeaten teams left in Division I men's college basketball. And it's a similar story at the other end of the spectrum: Only five teams have yet to win a game. Getting this far without a loss ...

Sorry, Seattle: NHL GMs learned from Vegas expansion draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Hindsight is 43/35 for the Columbus Blue Jackets. That's how many goals and assists William Karlsson put up for the Vegas Golden Knights after the Blue Jackets let him go in the most recent NHL expansion draft. They also sent first- and second-round draft ...

Column: It’s time for the shift to go

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer. It's not a problem if the hitters don't make it one. "There's an easy way to combat that," Oakland's Bob Melvin said. "Just hit the ...

Forbes’ double-double fuels Spurs by Suns 111-86

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bryn Forbes was happy to finally earn the first double-double of his basketball career, and even happier that it came in another San Antonio Spurs victory grounded in defense. Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 ...

Serge Ibaka, Raptors cruise past Clippers 123-99

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 on Tuesday night without injured Kawhi Leonard. Kyle Lowry added 21 points, making four of the Raptors' 14 3-pointers. Leonard sat ...

Ovi’s 21st hat trick helps Caps to 6-2 rout of Red Wings

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 on Tuesday night. Ovechkin entered the night as the NHL's goal leader and stretched his total to 25 through 30 games, ...

Chiefs supplant Rams atop AP Pro32 poll; Steelers fall to 10

By SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes has had a special season so far. A league-leading 43 touchdown passes. A no-look pass against the Baltimore Ravens. And he has led the Chiefs to the top of latest AP Pro32 poll . The Chiefs received seven of ...

Roethlisberger OK, Boswell not as Steelers weigh changes

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's ribs are bruised but not broken. The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season. Roethlisberger believes he'll play on Sunday when New England visits Heinz Field, one of the few ...

Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Blazers 111-103

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets' bench came to the rescue twice Tuesday night, and the second time made the difference. James Harden had 29 points and seven Rockets scored in double-figures as Houston used a big second-half run and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 111-103 victory ...

Penn ends No. 17 Villanova’s city supremacy in 78-75 win

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth took the potential tying shot with hands that have slipped on two Villanova national championship rings, and a tick of the clock suddenly seemed endless. "The ball seemed like it was up there for way too long," Penn forward AJ ...

AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity ...

Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran Nick Young

DENVER (AP) — The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA. Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los ...

4th Redskins QB starter of season prepped with ‘Madden NFL’

By Howard Fendrich Pro Football Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — This is what it's come to for the Washington Redskins: Their fourth quarterback of a once-promising, now-lost season, Josh Johnson, will be making his first NFL start since 2011 and spent time playing the "Madden NFL" video game to ...

Warriors named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of Year

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer The three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors are the fourth team to be honored as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year . The Warriors join the 1980 U.S. hockey team, the 1999 U.S. Women's World Cup soccer squad and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the ...