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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013, file photo, Boston College goalie Parker Milner makes a save against Harvard during the second period of the opening round of the Beanpot college hockey tournament in Boston. ECHL players, fans and executives are getting creative in trying to raise money to make up for paychecks lost when the rest of the season was canceled. South Carolina goaltender Parker Milner hopes a quarantine concert brings awareness to the situation as well as some extra funds. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 17, 2020 - 3:21 pm
More than a month after the ECHL canceled the rest of its season, minor league hockey players are still hoping to get some financial help. A relief fund set up by the league and Professional Hockey Players Association has $270,000 so far, about a third of the total goal. PHPA executive director...
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April 17, 2020 - 3:16 pm
Major League Soccer is pushing back restarting the season to at least June 8 and says it is also discussing possible salary cuts with the players' union. Teams had played two matches before the season was suspended on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic and the league had been looking at...
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FLE - In this April 17, 2018, file photo, Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien warms up before Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn. The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien have agreed to mutually terminate his contract after a lengthy dispute. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
April 17, 2020 - 1:15 pm
The Winnipeg Jets and Dustin Byfuglien on Friday agreed to mutually terminate the veteran defenseman's contract after a lengthy dispute, potentially marking the end of his hockey-playing career. No financial settlement was part of the agreement, meaning Byfuglien walked away from the $14 million...
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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year and is guaranteeing paychecks to its full-time employees of its central office through May. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
April 15, 2020 - 6:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rob Manfred wants Major League Baseball to be in position to take the field whenever government and health officials give the go-ahead. “I think it’s incumbent upon us to turn over every stone to try to play the game in 2020 if there’s any way we can in the environment,” the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, musician Meek Mill, right, speaks about his incarceration along with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin at the launch of REFORM Alliance in New York. With factories closed, tens of millions out of work and a recession looming because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes, teams, entertainers and business leaders are donating prized possessions in response to a challenge to feed families suddenly in need. The “All In Challenge” was started by Rubin on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, and some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment have answered the call, including Meek Mill. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
April 15, 2020 - 6:22 pm
With factories closed, tens of millions out of work and a recession looming because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes, teams, entertainers and business leaders are donating prized possessions in response to a challenge to feed families suddenly in need. The “All In Challenge” was started by...
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FIULE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. The commissioners of the major college football conferences held a 30-minute conference call Wednesday, April 15, 2020, with Vice President Mike Pence and stressed to him that college sports could not return from the coronavirus shutdown until college campuses have re-opened. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 15, 2020 - 4:55 pm
The commissioners of the nation's major college football conferences held a 30-minute conference call Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence and stressed that college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. The 10 commissioners, along with the athletic...
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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year and is guaranteeing paychecks to its full-time employees of its central office through May. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
April 14, 2020 - 6:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year and is guaranteeing paychecks to its full-time employees of its central office through May. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday in a memorandum to staff, a copy...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2008, file photo, New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, left, and his son, Yankees general partner Hank Steinbrenner, watch the Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring baseball game at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. Henry "Hank" Steinbrenner died Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at his home in Clearwater, Fla. He was 63. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
April 14, 2020 - 1:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hank Steinbrenner, the oldest son of George Steinbrenner and one of the four siblings who own the controlling shares of the New York Yankees, died Tuesday at age 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue. A chain smoker and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Christian McCaffrey runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis. McCaffrey's versatility and superb statistics helped him to a rare double: The Carolina Panthers running back has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
April 14, 2020 - 1:41 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL. The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2016, file photo, workers hang an NFL shield on the main stage before a news conference in San Francisco. The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms, according to a memo sent to the teams that was obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 13, 2020 - 8:10 pm
The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold voluntary classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms,...
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