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AP source: Anthony Rendon and Angels agree to 7-year, $245 million contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and ...

Astros probe widens to almost 60 witnesses, 76,000 emails

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball has interviewed almost 60 people and obtained tens of thousands of electronic messages in its investigation into allegations the Houston Astros broke rules by using a television camera to steal signs. Former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers sparked the ...

Study: Inconsistent seams, player behavior behind HR uptick

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Baseballs weren't juiced during a record-setting 2019 regular season, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball. They were just flying farther. A four-person committee of scientists concluded baseballs this year had less ...

Knicks fire David Fizdale, make Mike Miller interim coach

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — David Fizdale was the latest coach tasked with trying to turn around the New York Knicks. He was given barely 100 games before the longtime losers decided it was time to try someone else. The Knicks cut ties with Fizdale and promoted ...

Rangers complete $28M, 3-year deal with RHP Kyle Gibson

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have completed a $28 million, three-year contract with right-hander Kyle Gibson, adding another veteran in the middle of their starting rotation. Texas announced Gibson’s addition on Friday. He spent the first seven years of his big league career ...

No. 2 Buckeyes seeking playoff spot against No. 10 Badgers

By The Associated Press No. 10 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) at No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 9-0, No. 1), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (FOX). Line: Ohio State by 16 1/2. Series record: Ohio State leads 60-18-5. WHAT’S AT STAKE Wisconsin: The Big Ten West Division champions have a lot ...

AP Interview: Joshua out to regain aura, belts in rematch

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Anthony Joshua didn't just lose three world heavyweight titles and an undefeated record when he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in one of boxing's biggest upsets in a generation. He lost his aura, his growing sense of invincibility. So Joshua has had to reinvent ...

No. 10 Duke dominates No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vernon Carey Jr. showed Michigan State exactly what it's missing. Carey had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 10 Duke dominate the 11th-ranked Spartans in an 87-75 victory Tuesday night. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound ...

Spurs rally for 2OT win after Harden’s disputed non-dunk

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — James Harden had a slam dunk waved off by officials, the first sign that it might not be the Houston Rockets' night. Lonnie Walker IV helped make sure of that. Walker had a career-high 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame ...

Panthers leaning toward offensive-minded head coach

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are in the market for a new head coach, and owner David Tepper hinted he's targeting someone with an offensive background. Tepper fired longtime coach Ron Rivera — whose background is on defense — on Tuesday following a ...

Carlson’s 3 points in 1st lead Capitals past Sharks 5-2

By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John Carlson is putting himself in some pretty elite company. The defenseman had a goal and two assists in the opening period to reach 40 points for the season, Nick Hathaway and Jakub Vrana each scored twice and the Washington Capitals ...

Clemson, Virginia ACC title game features bevy of playmakers

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hasn't stopped thinking about Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins since the 22nd-ranked Cavaliers clinched their spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game last week. "He's a guy you've got to ...

Rookie QB Hodges to make 2nd straight start for Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It's still officially Duck season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that quarterback Devlin "Duck" Hodges will make his second straight start on Sunday when the Steelers (7-5) visit the Arizona Cardinals (3-8-1). Tomlin named Hodges the ...

Capitals trade Stephenson to Golden Knights for 5th-rounder

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals traded forward Chandler Stephenson to the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 fifth-round pick. Washington needed to shed salary and chose Travis Boyd over Stephenson, who they dealt rather than risk losing him on ...

Rutgers OKs deal to bring back Schiano as football coach

By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Greg Schiano is officially back as Rutgers football coach. The university's Board of Governors on Tuesday approved an eight-year, $32 million contract to bring back the former Scarlet Knights coach to lead the downtrodden program ...

Pair of Japan players made available to major league teams

NEW YORK (AP) — Two players from Japan, Shun Yamaguchi and Ryosuke Kikuchi, have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Clubs have until Jan. 2 (5 p.m. EST) to negotiate with them, Major League Baseball said Tuesday. Yamaguchi, a 32-year-old right-hander with ...

Louisville is new No. 1, unranked Michigan goes to No. 4

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Louisville is the latest team to climb to No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll and Michigan has matched a record by debuting at No. 4. The Cardinals received 48 of 65 first-place votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday. ...

Roger Federer’s face to be minted on Swiss coin

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — The Swiss government says it will produce a 20 franc silver coin with Roger Federer's image on it. The government says it's the first time it has dedicated a commemorative coin to a living person. A 50 franc gold coin with Federer's image on it will be minted next ...

NFL ICYMI: Super Bowl preview? 49ers-Ravens was fun to watch

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer If this edition of 49ers-Ravens — filled with elite players, fourth-down gutsiness and top-notch defense on a rainy afternoon — was indeed a Super Bowl preview, everyone's in for a treat in February. What Baltimore's 20-17 victory over visiting San ...

Net gains: NHL’s load management is top goalies playing less

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Marc-Andre Fleury plays when he's told. How much he plays has changed. A decade ago, Fleury started 61 out of 82 games before backstopping Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup. He started 58 and 34 times on the Penguins' 2016 and 2017 Cup runs splitting time with ...