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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, right, leaves during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Miami. For the first time since 2015, baseball’s postseason will go on without the Indians. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
October 02, 2019 - 4:05 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians wasted no time on one of their biggest offseason decisions: Bringing back Corey Kluber was a no-brainer. Cleveland said it intends to exercise Kluber’s $17.5 million contract option for next season, when the two-time Cy Young Award winner is expected to be healthy _ and...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
September 30, 2019 - 9:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros. The first-in-the-nation law, signed by Democratic...
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Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus picks up his clipboard after the last out in the ninth inning as the Houston Astros defeat his team in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
September 30, 2019 - 2:14 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have fired manager Brad Ausmus after they went 72-90 in his only season after replacing Mike Scioscia. The Angels made the announcement Monday, a day after the regular season ended. There are six teams now that have managerial openings — San Francisco,...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, left, and Joel Embiid, right, conduct interviews during media day at the NBA basketball team's practice facility, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Camden. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
September 30, 2019 - 1:44 pm
The Latest from NBA media days on Monday (all times EST): 1:40 p.m. Joel Embiid says the 76ers have a "chance to win it all" and he expects to be in the best shape of his career to try and make it happen. Embiid said Monday at the team's media day that he lost 20 pounds over the offseason and is...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks out from the dugout prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 9:51 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: HOT SEAT The day after the regular season can be dicey for managers — a lot of teams like to make changes. A couple of clubs got a head start on their winter plans Sunday, with the Cubs announcing Joe Maddon wouldn't be back and the Pirates...
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald warms up prior an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
September 29, 2019 - 7:01 pm
The Latest on NFL Week 3 (all times EDT): 7 p.m. Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has passed Tony Gonzalez for second on the NFL's all-time receptions list. Fitzgerald entered the game against Seattle needing four catches to tie Gonzalez at 1,325. Fitzgerald extended his streak of games...
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Former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle drives away from PNC Park after being fired before the final baseball game of the season between the Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
September 29, 2019 - 6:03 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Clint Hurdle's booming voice and unrelenting optimism helped shake the Pittsburgh Pirates out of two decades of misery. His charisma gave the moribund franchise an identity, one that reconnected the franchise with a fan base worn down by years of losing. Yet over the years, as the...
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks out from the dugout prior to a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
September 29, 2019 - 4:58 pm
From the moment Joe Maddon joined the Chicago Cubs, taking the reins in a Wrigleyville bar five years ago, he talked about winning. He was the right manager at the right time for a franchise that had experienced mostly terrible timing for more than a century. Right until his time in Chicago ran out...
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Rutgers head coach Chris Ash, left, and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh shake hands after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Michigan won 52-0. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 29, 2019 - 3:32 pm
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Chris Ash's tenure as Rutgers coach is over after three-plus seasons that resulted in only three Big Ten victories. Athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday that Ash had been fired four games into his fourth season, with the Scarlet Knights showing little progress...
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Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook and James Harden, right, are photographed together during NBA basketball media day Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
September 27, 2019 - 7:19 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden isn't listening to anyone who is worried about how things will work in Houston with the addition of Russell Westbrook. The Beard is convinced things will be great and believes the move is not only good for the Rockets as they chase their first title since 1995, but that...
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