Athlete contracts

FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 1:47 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:40 p.m. Evgeni Dadonov is back with the Florida Panthers, after being out of the NHL for more than five years. The right wing agreed Saturday on a three-year deal to return to Florida, where he would certainly figure to be a candidate...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic takes the puck down the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with Petrovic. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 01, 2017 - 1:37 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:30 p.m. Canadian teams are spending money in the first couple of hours of free agency. The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Sam Gagner to a $9.45 million, three-year deal and defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a $6 million, two-year...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 12:12 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times local): Noon Patrick Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year contract on Saturday. Sharp spent 10...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, second from left, shoots as Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, guard Bradley Beal, second from right, and forward Otto Porter Jr. defend during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. A person with knowledge of the situation says Griffin has agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million to remain with the Clippers. Griffin and the Clippers agreed Friday night, June 30, 2017, on a new deal, one that will be signed when the league’s moratorium on offseason moves ends on July 6. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
June 30, 2017 - 11:52 pm
Blake Griffin was in line to be one of the most pursued players in free agency. That is, until he decided to skip free agency. And his reward for that will be one of the richest contracts in in NBA history. Hours before other teams could officially start trying to woo him away from the Los Angeles...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, second from left, shoots as Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, guard Bradley Beal, second from right, and forward Otto Porter Jr. defend during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. A person with knowledge of the situation says Griffin has agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million to remain with the Clippers. Griffin and the Clippers agreed Friday night, June 30, 2017, on a new deal, one that will be signed when the league’s moratorium on offseason moves ends on July 6. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
June 30, 2017 - 10:36 pm
A person with knowledge of the situation says Blake Griffin has agreed to a five-year deal worth approximately $175 million to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin and the Clippers agreed Friday night on a new deal, one that will be signed when the league's moratorium on offseason moves...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9) tries to drive past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Timberwolves have reached an agreement to Rubio to the Utah Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency. A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides agreed to the move on Friday, June 30, 2017, hours before free agency opened. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
June 30, 2017 - 7:40 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves reached an agreement with Utah on Friday to send point guard Ricky Rubio to the Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency. The Jazz sent a protected future first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Timberwolves in exchange...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9) tries to drive past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Timberwolves have reached an agreement to Rubio to the Utah Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency. A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides agreed to the move on Friday, June 30, 2017, hours before free agency opened. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
June 30, 2017 - 7:38 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves reached an agreement with Utah on Friday to send point guard Ricky Rubio to the Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency. The Jazz sent a protected future first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Timberwolves in exchange...
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June 30, 2017 - 1:33 pm
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have locked up another member of their stellar 2014 draft class, agreeing to a five-year extension to keep guard Gabe Jackson under contract through the 2022 season. A person familiar with the deal said Friday that it is worth $56 million. The person spoke...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz guard George Hill, right, drives past Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Los Angeles. Hill gave the Jazz their best point guard production since Deron Williams was traded in 2011. Hill, however, is a free agent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
June 30, 2017 - 2:42 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Teams are lining up to offer Gordon Hayward a max contract when free agency begins Saturday morning. How the Utah Jazz address their point guard situation could affect the All-Star's decision as much as anything else. The Jazz can offer Hayward more cash than anyone else, but...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2017, file photo, Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic celebrates a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. When the puck drops on NHL free agency Saturday, some teams will hit and some will miss. It happens every summer. The Oilers signed Lucic to a seven-season, $42 million contract a year ago and he panned out, helping the franchise reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 30, 2017 - 2:41 am
When the puck drops for NHL free agency Saturday, some teams will pay whatever it takes to land the top free agents available. Some will hit. Some will miss. It happens every summer. The Edmonton Oilers signed Milan Lucic to a seven-season, $42 million contract a year ago and he panned out, helping...
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