Free agency

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) gets set for a faceoff during the first period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
September 20, 2019 - 1:17 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and...
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August 23, 2019 - 6:38 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers intend to sign center Dwight Howard after he completes a buyout with Memphis, a person familiar with the decision says. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal hasn't been completed for Howard to make an improbable return to the...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) prepares for drills during an NFL football practice in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
August 04, 2019 - 9:12 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Yannick Ngakoue's holdout failed to land him a new contract. The standout pass rusher reported to the Jacksonville Jaguars' training camp Sunday following an 11-day absence and appears ready to play out his rookie deal. Coach Doug Marrone said Ngakoue passed his...
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File-This Sept. 16, 2013. file photo shows the Phillies Phanatic dancing with a fan on the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green fuzzy fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies' rights to the Phanatic next year and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
August 03, 2019 - 2:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate...
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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) throws against the Cleveland Indians during first inning baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday July 24, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 28, 2019 - 9:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman was acquired by his hometown Mets from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for a pair of minor league prospects, a trade that makes it likely New York will deal away one of its current starters by Wednesday's deadline. A 28-year-old right-hander who made...
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American League pitcher Aroldis Chapman, of the New York Yankees, throws during the ninth inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 09, 2019 - 11:08 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on baseball's All-Star Game (all times local): 11:04 p.m. Justin Verlander blazed 97 mph heat from the start, Cleveland's Shane Bieber struck out the side and the AL staff combined to fan 16, dominating a loaded NL lineup 4-3 in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night for its...
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FILE - At left, in a March 20, 2019, file photo, Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. At right, in a May 8, 2019, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant is shown during the first half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/File)
July 09, 2019 - 10:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed. So expect changes on that front for 2020. The NBA's board of governors discussed ways Tuesday to fix that process — either by changing rules, adding rules or potentially eliminating some...
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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant watches after hitting a one-run single against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 08, 2019 - 7:12 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — His free agency delayed a year because the Chicago Cubs kept him in the minor leagues for one extra day, Kris Bryant is the shining example of why players are agitating for change in their labor contract. Baseball has had labor peace following eight work stoppages from 1972-95, but...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks as San Antonio Spurs' Rudy Gay (22) watches during the the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. Just three seasons ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, they were the story of the league. They agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
July 07, 2019 - 10:42 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The deal bringing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn is official, and he's changing his number along with his address. The Nets completed a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, with Brooklyn landing Durant and a protected first-round pick in next year's draft for D'...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the NBA basketball team's practice facility in Camden, N.J. There is no more doubt about Butler's future. The Miami Heat completed agreements on what will become a four-team trade Monday, July 1, 2019 to land Butler from the 76ers, with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers also involved. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
July 06, 2019 - 11:50 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Toronto said farewell to Kawhi Leonard. Miami said hello to Jimmy Butler. The Lakers finally have Anthony Davis. Free agency became real Saturday. The four-team trade that sent Butler to the Heat — with a new $142 million, four-year contract — was one of the first big moves to get...
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