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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson celebrates his two run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning in Game 3 of baseball's American League Championship Series in Toronto. A person familiar with the negotiations says Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, Donaldson and the Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Source: Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada. Donaldson and …

Panthers’ Newton dismisses criticism of Super Bowl postgame behavior

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton isn’t apologizing for acting like a “sore loser” after the Super Bowl. The league’s MVP has been widely criticized for …

Patriots request waivers for running back Ball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New England Patriots requested waivers on running back Montee Ball. The move Tuesday to cut the former Wisconsin standout comes a day after Ball …

Decreasing number of TV subscribers a concern at ESPN

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES – ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round …

NASCAR changes structure to charter-based system; race field cut to 40

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors. …

Lucic and plenty other Kings score in rout of Bruins

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON – Milan Lucic scored in his return to Boston, Drew Doughty had a power-play goal for his 300th career point and the Los Angeles Kings had nine goal scorers in a 9-2 rout of the Bruins on …

Bucks slip by Celtics on free throw with less than a second left

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Greg Monroe isn’t used to being out of the starting lineup. Benched at the start of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks center responded with a huge game. He scored 29 and …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NBA Knicks fire Coach Fisher; Rambis named interim coach NEW YORK — The New York Knicks fired Coach Derek Fisher midway through his second season. The Knicks made the decision Monday after losing Sunday for the fifth straight …

Agent confirms Seahawks star Lynch plans to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SEATTLE – When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the …

Will Osweiler step in as Peyton steps out in Denver?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn’t even take a snap. Brock Osweiler is a free agent the Broncos probably can’t afford to lose if Peyton Manning retires. And judging by how …

Miller awaits offseason filled with fun, financial reward

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up. A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday. “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if …

League-leading Capitals aim to end troubling power-play drought

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Capitals are winners of three in a row and sitting pretty atop the NHL, so not much seems to be going wrong for Washington. They do, however, have one glaring problem – power-play goals – …

Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join U.S. majors

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure …