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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo. Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros email system and scouting database. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned former St. Louis scouting executive Correa for life on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, and stripped the Cardinals of the 56th and 75th draft choices in June. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
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  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, then-St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Christopher Correa, left, assistant general manager Mike Girsch, center, and general manager John Mozeliak, right, arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis, Mo. Major League Baseball ordered the Cardinals to forfeit their top two picks in this year's amateur draft and pay Houston $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros email system and scouting database. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred banned former St. Louis scouting executive Correa for life on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, and stripped the Cardinals of the 56th and 75th draft choices in June. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

    Cardinals must give Astros top 2 picks, $2M for hacking

    NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final and unprecedented step in an unusual case of cybercrime involving […]
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 24, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank talks about his city's successful bid following a vote at the NFL owner's meeting in Charlotte N.C., that awarded the Super Bowl to Atlanta, which will host the game in 2019, South Florida, (2020) and Los Angeles (2021). The New England Patriots' "Deflategate" was a major story, but the Atlanta Falcons were handed a much-less publicized punishment for pumping fake noise into home games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Falcons' "Inflategate" was a blip on the news radar, in large part because owner Arthur Blank acknowledged the team's rules violation even before the NFL released its official findings in 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

    Blank’s approach made ‘Inflategate’ a blip on Falcons’ radar

    ATLANTA (AP) — The “Deflategate” scandal has hovered over the Patriots for parts of three seasons, thanks to appeals of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, finally served at the beginning of this season. New England’s Super Bowl opponents had their own scandal — but it was a blip on the news radar that most fans long […]
  • Colts hire Kansas City’s Ballard as general manager

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is turning to another first-time general manager to get his franchise back on track. Eight days after firing Ryan Grigson and conducting a week of interviews, Irsay hired former Kansas City Chiefs executive Chris Ballard. The announcement came Sunday on the team’s website. “Chris has a solid […]
  • FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters during an NFL football news conference in Foxborough, Mass. While his Patriots teammates are dealing with the business of trying to win another Super Bowl, Gronkowski is handling business of another sort. The sidelined tight end produced and starred in an online TV series that basically is "Shark Tank For Jocks." (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    Sidelined Gronk still easy to find

    HOUSTON (AP) — While his Patriots teammates are dealing with the business of trying to win another Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski is handling business of another sort. The sidelined tight end produced and starred in an online TV series that basically is “Shark Tank For Jocks.” And while Gronk can be an overwhelming force on […]
  • National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Staples Center, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles. The NHL All-Star Game is scheduled to be played at Staples Center on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    NHL brass still leaning against Olympic shutdown in 2018

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL is likely to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics unless something big changes in the next few months. The league’s owners are still leaning against allowing the world’s top hockey players to participate in the Olympics next year, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday. In the league’s most strident comments […]
  • Thousands turn out for A’s FanFest that sparks positive vibe

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seven free food trucks. Green and gold balloons strung over the waterfront walkway and a bouncy houses for kids. Complimentary zoo passes, dog toys and plenty of coffee. A picturesque, sunny winter day after weeks of heavy rain. The Oakland Athletics and new President Dave Kaval need to do little selling […]
  • A billboard memorializing Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura is shown along I-29 in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The Kansas City Royals organization gathered together Friday to remember Yordano Ventura in a private Celebration of Life for the pitcher who died Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    In wake of Ventura’s tragic death, Royals face harsh reality

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There is no timetable on grief. Unfortunately for the Kansas City Royals, there is one in baseball. Following the tragic death of 25-year-old pitcher Yordano Ventura last weekend, the difficult and unavoidable reality is this: The team must soon get back to business. Killed in a car crash early Sunday […]
  • This image from video provided by Hyundai Motor America shows former NFL quarterback Joe Montana in Hyundai's Super Bowl ad teaser. Advertisers are ramping up their marketing stunts to try to stand out from the crowd during the biggest live TV event of the year, when the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. (Hyundai Motor America via AP)

    To stand out at Super Bowl 51, ads are going for stunts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is reportedly entertaining an unusual twist on her Super Bowl halftime show, which — though it’s not confirmed — she could perform from the roof of the stadium. If that comes to pass, she won’t be the only one making a big play for attention this year. Advertisers from […]
  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis, center, meets with Raiders fans after speaking at a meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee in Las Vegas. America's most popular sport is in the midst of its greatest migration in a quarter century. In a little over a year, three NFL franchises have either moved, announced a resettlement or filed paperwork seeking to relocate. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    California once again on center stage with NFL on the move

    America’s most popular sport is in the midst of its greatest migration since the mid-1990s. In a little over a year, three NFL franchises have moved , announced a resettlement or filed paperwork seeking to relocate . California is once again at the heart of this shift. That was the case in 1958 when the […]
  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, photo Skip Horween, president of Horween Leather Co., poses for a portrait at the factory in Chicago. Horween represents the fourth generation of immigrants from Ukraine who opened a Chicago tannery in 1905 and would come to provide the leather for NFL game balls used today, including the Super Bowl LI ball. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Long, storied history behind the footballs of the NFL

    Skip Horween’s great-grandmother wanted nothing to do with football. In fact, her two sons were so petrified she would find out they were messing around with the barbaric-looking game that they decided to play under assumed names. That’s how it came to be that Arnold and Ralph “McMahon,” both standouts on the Harvard football team […]