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NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players will receive $127.84 million in performance-based bonuses for the 2016 season, led by a payout of $371,783 to Falcons cornerback Brian Poole. The payments compensate players based on their playing time for their salary levels. Poole was an undrafted free agent who...
TOKYO (AP) — Manny Ramirez is set to begin the next chapter of his baseball odyssey by playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent Shikoku Island League. Ramirez is no stranger to far-flung outposts, having put in a brief stint in Taiwan in 2013. But fans will be curious to see...
As Hilary Knight read a text message from a former U.S. women’s hockey player praising the team for sacrificing playing in the world championships over a wage dispute, she started to wonder who will play if they don’t make progress in talks with USA Hockey. “We’re unanimously united as a player...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — They are supposed to be the best of the best. In many instances, they have looked more like the ugliest of the ugly. Some of the top teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament have seen their names pop up in off-the-court headlines all too often and for all the wrong reasons. —...
BOSTON (AP) — Injuries have prevented the Celtics’ core starters from spending much time on the floor together this season. With everyone finally healthy with 14 games to go, they plan to make the most out of the games they have left before the postseason. So far, they like what they see....
Boston Bruins' David Krejci, right, of the Czech Republic, is checked by Calgary Flames' Dennis Wideman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Backes gave the Bruins a sigh of relief when he returned to the ice. Then he gave them a lift just a few minutes later. On his second shift back from the medical room, Backes scored the go-ahead goal to help Boston stop Calgary’s 10-game winning streak with a 5-2...
Kansas City expects All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to be ready for its opener at Minnesota on April 3 after tests showed inflammation but no structural damage in his injured left knee. The Royals are concerned about his hyperextended left elbow, and manager Ned Yost said Perez probably will be...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has dismissed robbery, assault and all other charges against former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stemming from a fight last month in Pittsburgh, after a childhood friend testified that he knocked out two men who confronted Revis during a dispute over a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is picking North Carolina to win the men’s NCAA Tournament over Duke. Last year, Obama had Kansas winning it all in his bracket. The Jayhawks lost to eventual champion Villanova in the Elite Eight. Obama also has Arizona and Kansas in his Final...
BOSTON (AP) — The Patriots have re-signed Pro Bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Hightower’s agency, SportsTrust Advisors, tweeted the agreement on Wednesday and his agent Pat Dye, Jr confirmed it. The new pact is for four years and $43.5 million. It brings back one of the Patriots’ biggest...

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