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AP source: Anthony Rendon and Angels agree to 7-year, $245 million contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and ...

Astros probe widens to almost 60 witnesses, 76,000 emails

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball has interviewed almost 60 people and obtained tens of thousands of electronic messages in its investigation into allegations the Houston Astros broke rules by using a television camera to steal signs. Former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers sparked the ...

Study: Inconsistent seams, player behavior behind HR uptick

By Jake Seiner AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Baseballs weren't juiced during a record-setting 2019 regular season, according to a study commissioned by Major League Baseball. They were just flying farther. A four-person committee of scientists concluded baseballs this year had less ...

Knicks fire David Fizdale, make Mike Miller interim coach

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — David Fizdale was the latest coach tasked with trying to turn around the New York Knicks. He was given barely 100 games before the longtime losers decided it was time to try someone else. The Knicks cut ties with Fizdale and promoted ...

Rangers complete $28M, 3-year deal with RHP Kyle Gibson

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have completed a $28 million, three-year contract with right-hander Kyle Gibson, adding another veteran in the middle of their starting rotation. Texas announced Gibson’s addition on Friday. He spent the first seven years of his big league career ...

No. 2 Buckeyes seeking playoff spot against No. 10 Badgers

By The Associated Press No. 10 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) at No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 9-0, No. 1), Saturday at 8 p.m. EST (FOX). Line: Ohio State by 16 1/2. Series record: Ohio State leads 60-18-5. WHAT’S AT STAKE Wisconsin: The Big Ten West Division champions have a lot ...

AP Interview: Joshua out to regain aura, belts in rematch

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Anthony Joshua didn't just lose three world heavyweight titles and an undefeated record when he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in one of boxing's biggest upsets in a generation. He lost his aura, his growing sense of invincibility. So Joshua has had to reinvent ...

No. 10 Duke dominates No. 11 Michigan State, 87-75

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vernon Carey Jr. showed Michigan State exactly what it's missing. Carey had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help No. 10 Duke dominate the 11th-ranked Spartans in an 87-75 victory Tuesday night. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound ...

Spurs rally for 2OT win after Harden’s disputed non-dunk

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — James Harden had a slam dunk waved off by officials, the first sign that it might not be the Houston Rockets' night. Lonnie Walker IV helped make sure of that. Walker had a career-high 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame ...

Panthers leaning toward offensive-minded head coach

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are in the market for a new head coach, and owner David Tepper hinted he's targeting someone with an offensive background. Tepper fired longtime coach Ron Rivera — whose background is on defense — on Tuesday following a ...