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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 […]
  • New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. (13) competes in the Epic Pro Dodgeball event at the 2017 Pro Bowl Skills Challenge on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

    Pro Bowl tries to strike balance between fun and competition

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Like most of the players at the Pro Bowl, Richie Incognito hears the criticism. The game lacks intensity. There’s not enough drama. It’s not real NFL football. But Incognito, a Buffalo Bills guard, is like the vast majority of the 88 players invited to this all-star gathering Sunday night. He sees […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2015, file photo, Therese Duenas counts money as she takes bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. On the board behind here are odds on NFL football and other bets. Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. The Oakland Raiders' new stadium could literally be walking distance from a few of the city's dozens of sports books. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    Wanna bet? Once gambling-shy NFL plans move to Vegas

    Once upon a time, the thought of gambling on a pro football game brought gasps of indignation from the NFL offices. And swift action if it was a player who actually placed a bet. Paul Hornung and Alex Karras each were suspended for the 1963 season for gambling on NFL games. When the league suspended […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy delivers to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals and Danny Duffy have agreed to a $65 million, five-year contract that will keep the popular left-hander in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

    Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to $65M, 5-year contract

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Perhaps the Royals and Danny Duffy thought Kansas City sports fans could use some good news. The team announced a $65 million, five-year contract with the popular left-hander on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the Royals through the 2021 season. Duffy was eligible for arbitration and could have become […]
  • FILE - In this May 6, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper watches the ball after hitting a second home run against the Miami Marlins during the third inning of their baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington. Harper, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, New York Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado were among 146 players eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams, though most were expected to reach agreements. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration. After helping lead the Cubs to their first World Series […]
  • FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2016, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Los Angeles. The Rockies and Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado avoided arbitration Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, by agreeing to a $29.5 million, two-year contract.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    Rockies’ Arenado agrees to $29.5 million, 2-year contract

    DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado shies away from talk about his big numbers, whether that topic is his gaudy statistics or his big, new contract. “I’m just happy it’s over with, to be honest with you. Money’s like my least favorite topic ever,” Arenado said Friday after he avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $29.5 […]
  • In this photo taken Oct. 10, 2016, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper hits a RBI-single during the third inning in Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. Harper and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration. The sides reached a deal Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures ahead of hearings.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.6M deal for ’17

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $13,625,000 contract for 2017, avoiding arbitration and more than doubling the slugging outfielder’s salary two years before he can become a free agent for the first time. The Nationals also reached one-year deals with their three other arbitration-eligible players on Friday, the day […]
  • Keuchel, Astros agree to $9.15 million, 1-year contract

    HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration when the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed Friday to a $9.15 million, one-year contract following a subpar season. The left-hander, who turned 29 on New Year’s Day, was 9-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 26 starts last year and won his […]
  • Mets, Mejia go through formality of agreeing to contract

    NEW YORK (AP) — Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the New York Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive. Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. […]
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner, left, forward William Karlsson, of Sweden, defenseman Seth Jones, forward Scott Hartnell and forward Brandon Saad celebrate Karlsson's goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The Blue Jackets won 3-1. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Record-holding ’92-93 Penguins admire Blue Jackets’ streak

    When Ulf Samuelsson watched the Columbus Blue Jackets pick up their 14th win in a row in Winnipeg last week, he could see the confidence oozing off their bench and out of their locker room. It felt familiar. “There’s certainly something that was going on in our locker room then,” Samuelsson said. “You’ve got to […]