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Olentangy Orange's Zach Harrison announces that he will sign with Ohio State over Michigan and Penn State in front of family, friends and students at Olentangy Orange High School, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 in Lewis Center, Ohio. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
December 19, 2018 - 8:40 pm
Zach Harrison is one of the most highly touted recruits in the country, and he goes to high school 15 miles from Ohio State. Yet not until Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, did the 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end commit to the Buckeyes, giving incoming coach Ryan Day his first...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 3, 1999 file photo, members of the Cuban baseball team carry their country's flag onto the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement runs through Oct. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
December 19, 2018 - 6:51 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement,...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 file photo, three generations of exiled pitchers from the Havana town of Regla, Cuba, from left, Rene Arocha, Manuel Hurtado and Joel Hernandez, pose before a baseball game between Cuban baseball team Industriales and a team of former players now living in exile in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cubans can sign under rules similar to what players from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan face, according to a new agreement between Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation. Players from Cuba would be allowed to sign big league contracts without defecting.(Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald via AP, File)
December 19, 2018 - 6:32 pm
The next generation of Cuban baseball stars may have a much easier time reaching the major leagues. Cubans can sign under rules similar to what players from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan face, according to an agreement among Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2018 file photo Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley runs to first base on a passed ball in the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Cleveland. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Michael Brantley. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 because the club has not yet announced the move. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, file)
December 19, 2018 - 6:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have long admired Michael Brantley's game from afar. They're ready to appreciate it up close. The Astros finalized a $32 million, two-year contract Wednesday with the free agent outfielder and introduced him in Houston. "We like everything about Michael's game, and...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. The federal government would regulate sports betting nationwide under a bill to be introduced Wednesday, Jan. 19,2018. The bill would have the U.S. Justice Department set minimum standards states must meet in order to offer sports betting, but denies the sports leagues the so-called “integrity fees” they have been seeking in new legislation, essentially a cut of sport betting revenue. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 19, 2018 - 2:57 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A pair of U.S. senators from opposing parties is proposing that the federal government take back control of sports gambling in America, the first formal move by Congress after a Supreme Court ruling reopened a complex debate over fans betting on games and who controls the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban leaves the field after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia in Atlanta. UCF’s Josh Heupel, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Saban are the finalists for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 17. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
December 19, 2018 - 2:12 pm
The Latest on the first day of the early college football signing period (all times Eastern): 3:10 p.m. New North Carolina coach Mack Brown landed a big pickup by flipping in-state quarterback Sam Howell from Florida State. Howell committed to the Seminoles in the spring, but announced he will...
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Philadelphia Flyers' Carter Hart, left, blocks a shot as Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader, center, and Travis Sanheim look for the rebound during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
December 19, 2018 - 6:40 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart had a night he'll never forget, and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers had a night they really needed. Hart made 20 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as Philadelphia defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Matt Adams hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the first inning of a baseball game, n Cincinnati. The Nationals have agreed to terms a $4 million, one-year deal with first baseman Matt Adams that includes a mutual option for 2020. General manager Mike Rizzo announced the contract Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. He fills a void for Washington as a left-handed bat who is expected to split time at first base with Ryan Zimmerman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
December 18, 2018 - 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams is returning to a Nationals team he believes is better than the one he was traded from and has the potential to make even more moves this offseason. Adams finalized a $4 million, one-year deal on Tuesday that includes a $3 million salary for next season and a $4 million...
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Newly signed Texas Rangers pitcher, Lance Lynn, center, responds to reporters questions as team general manager Jon Daniels, left, and manager Chris Woodward, right, look on in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Stephen Hawkins)
December 18, 2018 - 7:54 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The only time Lance Lynn has pitched in the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers was as a rookie in 2011, during the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals. Lynn will now go into that stadium's final season in 2019 as a big part of the Texas rotation. He signed a $30 million...
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December 18, 2018 - 7:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Matt Harvey has agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Harvey can earn an additional $3 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 for each start from 15 through 26. The...
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