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In this June 25, 2016, photo Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. Folau, one of the sport's top players, published a message on his Instagram account that said "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
April 11, 2019 - 5:09 am
Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time. Rugby Australia said Thursday it plans to terminate the fullback's contract with the national team after he made anti-gay comments on social media for the second year in a row. When Folau made similar remarks on April 5...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019,file photo, St. John's head coach Chris Mullin in action during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Butler in Indianapolis. Chris Mullin has "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's. Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 saying in a statement the team "progressed well" during Mullin's four years. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 09, 2019 - 4:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's on Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss." Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, saying the team "progressed well." He noted Mullin's "contributions" and "deep passion for this...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 02, 2019 - 10:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first boos, guttural and loud in a mostly empty ballpark, greeted Bryce Harper during pregame introductions 15 minutes before the rain-delayed first pitch Tuesday night, as he stood in the Nationals Park visitor's dugout wearing another team's uniform. Jeers again filled the...
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April 02, 2019 - 7:23 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some could be playing in the United States this year. The 34 players are 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and...
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts smiles at a news conference before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 01, 2019 - 8:22 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts loves winning and having a yearly chance at championships. He also appreciates a supportive, family feel on a team around him. The Red Sox give Bogaerts all of that, with stability for the next seven years to boot. He considers it a perfect fit. "The fans, this...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, right, and Rhys Hoskins celebrate after Harper's home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 30, 2019 - 9:24 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: $140 MILLION MAN Patrick Corbin begins earning the $140 million contract he signed with the Nationals, making his first start for his new team against the visiting Mets. The 29-year-old lefty was considered the top starting pitcher on the free...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez gestures toward the crowd after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 29, 2019 - 2:52 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: DAY OF DECISION Corey Knebel plans to choose a course of action on his ailing right elbow, potentially sidelining a key part of Milwaukee's vaunted bullpen for the season. The 27-year-old has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He could...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
March 28, 2019 - 10:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball's highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport's biggest spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major...
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Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Stroman warms up in the outfield before an opening day baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Toronto, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm
The Latest on opening day (all times EDT): 5:05 p.m. The pitching matchup in Minnesota between Cleveland's Corey Kluber and the home team's Jose Berrios has been all aces to start, with the Twins and Indians scoreless through four innings. Kluber, the two-time Cy Young Award winner, is perfect,...
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New York Yankees players take part in batting practice during a workout Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in New York. The Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles on opening day Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 27, 2019 - 5:05 pm
Four-man outfields. High-tech anti-spying rules. A starting pitcher facing just one batter in a playoff game. But beyond all the shifts, analytics and social media outreach, here's the best way to tell Major League Baseball has zoomed into a new era: There's not a single active player left from the...
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