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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 Jan. 22, 2017 file photo, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett celebrates with cheerleaders after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxborough, Mass.  Bennett has filled Rob Gronkowski's shoes in more ways than one. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Bennett defines his own ‘Patriot Way’ en route to Super Bowl

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — If Martellus Bennett had his way, people would live in his world. He describes it as a fun place, where imaginations can run wild and people can feel unrestrained. And in a way, Bennett has managed to do just that in his first season with the New England Patriots. Fair or […]
  • 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 […]
  • Fans run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Experience Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Houston. The New England Patriots will play the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Super Bowl comes as Houston recovering from latest oil bust

    HOUSTON (AP) — In May 2013, when Houston was awarded the right to host this year’s Super Bowl, the city’s economy was booming as many of the oil and gas companies that call Houston home and have earned it the nickname “the energy capital of the world” were riding high on a wave of oil […]
  • 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 […]
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady responds to a reporter's question during an NFL football team media availability, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Super Bowl ticket prices down and could drop even more

    HOUSTON (AP) — Looking for a ticket to Super Bowl 51 in Houston on Feb. 5? Don’t buy it now if you want to get the best price. The average price for tickets to the matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots is already down 9 percent from last year’s game, according to […]