Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, in Washington. A jump in the salary cap should make for a more entertaining NHL offseason. Tavares and Senators captain Erik Karlsson could be among the high-end players on the move in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 23, 2018 - 7:58 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Kings in his return to the NHL, the Hurricanes and Flames pulled off a five-player trade, and John Tavares will now explore different possibilities for his future. After a dull first round of the draft, action picked up Saturday as teams laid the...
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Rasmus Dahlin, of Sweden, puts on a jersey after being selected by the Buffalo Sabres during the NHL hockey draft in Dallas, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
June 22, 2018 - 9:09 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some curveballs. The Sabres taking Dahlin was automatic since...
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FILE - In this April 8, 2018, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Dwight Howard (12) kisses the basketball before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 20, 2018, because the teams have not announced the trade and the league has not yet approved it. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
June 20, 2018 - 11:57 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Hornets will get the Nets'...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass behind offensive guard Zack Martin (70) and center Travis Frederick (72) during NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in Frisco, Texas. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 8:46 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Cowboys and Zack Martin have agreed to terms on an $84 million, six-year contract extension that will make the two-time All-Pro the highest-paid guard in the NFL. The deal includes $40 million guaranteed money and will...
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June 11, 2018 - 7:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A little more than a year after a life-threatening brain injury, Daniel Poncedeleon is ready to make his major league debut. The St. Louis Cardinals bought the 26-year-old right-hander's contract from Triple-A Memphis on Monday before they opened a three-game series against the San...
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June 10, 2018 - 11:28 am
Earl Thomas is putting the pressure on the Seattle Seahawks for a new contract, saying he will not participate in any team activities until his contract situation is resolved. That includes the upcoming mandatory minicamp. The three-time All-Pro safety posted a lengthy statement on social media...
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Atlanta Falcons safety Quincey Mauger clowns around with defensive end Takkarist McKinley during an NFL football practice Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
May 30, 2018 - 6:39 pm
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Matt Ryan barked out a play, took the snap and zipped a pass to the receiver who played his college ball at Alabama. Nope, it wasn't Julio Jones. He's sitting out the team's voluntary offseason program. So it was Calvin Ridley — a first-round draft pick from the Crimson...
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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with relief pitcher Alex Colome after the team's 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game Thursday, May 24, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
May 25, 2018 - 10:52 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Rather than waiting to see where the Seattle Mariners are sitting by the time the trade market heats up, general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to be proactive. Rewarding a strong start in spite of numerous injuries and the suspension of Robinson Cano, the Mariners pulled off the first...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter Hanley Ramirez takes off his batting helmet after grounding out with bases loaded during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox have designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment to make room for Dustin Pedroia on the 25-man roster as he returns from the disabled list. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, FIle)
May 25, 2018 - 2:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who are responsible for the $15.25 remaining on his contract but avoided him triggering a $22 million salary for 2019. Boston made the move Friday to clear a roster spot for All-Star shortstop Dustin Pedroia, who was...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane waits for play to resume during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils in San Jose, Calif. The Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is expected to be finalized on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night, May 22, on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been completed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 5:14 pm
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Evander Kane knew San Jose was a good fit when Joe Thornton showed up for a late-night airport pickup following a trade deadline deal. That comfort was only reinforced over the next 10 weeks on the ice and in the dressing room. It left Kane with an easy choice as he headed...
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