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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks with reporters in Doha, Qatar, Friday Dec. 20, 2019. FIFA has received nine offers from companies seeking the commercial and broadcasting rights to the expanded 24-team Club World Cup. Infantino said the interest was greater than anticipated in the new competition, which will relaunch in China in June 2021 with a new name and a new format. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)
December 20, 2019 - 6:25 am
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is assessing nine offers from companies seeking to buy the commercial and broadcasting rights for a new club competition he hopes will become the most lucrative in world football, usurping Europe's Champions League. The deadline passed Thursday for...
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File-This photo taken Aug. 29, 2019, shows Tom Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars watching players warm up before an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Owner Shad Khan has a decision to make about the Jaguars (4-7), who are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Khan hired Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone at the same time in 2017, adding them to incumbent general manager Dave Caldwell and creating a triumvirate that worked well for two seasons. It now appears to be falling apart. Marrone took a shot at Coughlin on Tuesday, the first clear sign of internal strife. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
December 18, 2019 - 6:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations, parting ways with the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach a little more than a day after the NFL Players Union took a sledgehammer to his reputation. Owner Shad Khan made the...
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December 17, 2019 - 3:05 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — ESPN has reached a settlement with a former on-air personality who sued the cable sports giant alleging sexual harassment. In an agreement filed Dec. 12 in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, Adrienne Lawrence agreed to dismiss her lawsuit. “Adrienne Lawrence and ESPN have...
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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, left, Charlotte MLS owner David Tepper, center, and Charlotte mayor Vi Lyles pose for a photo after announcing the MLS will have a team in Charlotte in 2021 at an event in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
December 17, 2019 - 11:26 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Tepper's vision of bringing a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte has been realized. Charlotte was awarded an MLS expansion team on Tuesday by MLS commissioner Don Garber at a news conference in downtown Charlotte. The team will begin play in 2021 and can sign players...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 file photo, refugees and migrants are rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, 60 miles north of Al-Khums, Libya. The United Nations is urging governments, businesses and others to “reboot" the world's response to refugees as the number of people fleeing their homes rises along with hostility to migrants. The U.N. and Switzerland are hosting the first Global Refugee Forum in Geneva Tuesday and Wednesday. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo, file)
December 17, 2019 - 6:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations urged governments, businesses and others on Tuesday to “reboot" the world's response to refugees as the number of people fleeing their homes rises along with hostility to migrants. The first Global Refugee Forum, being hosted in Geneva by the U.N. and Switzerland on...
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Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter (15) acknowledges the crowd as he is introduced during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 17, 2019 - 1:02 am
The milestones are piling up, and running out, for Atlanta’s Vince Carter. His next game — which could come as early as Tuesday, when the Hawks visit the New York Knicks — will be the 1,504th in his career, which will tie John Stockton for fourth-most in NBA history. Barring injury, Carter will...
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File-This photo taken Aug. 29, 2019, shows Tom Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars watching players warm up before an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Owner Shad Khan has a decision to make about the Jaguars (4-7), who are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Khan hired Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone at the same time in 2017, adding them to incumbent general manager Dave Caldwell and creating a triumvirate that worked well for two seasons. It now appears to be falling apart. Marrone took a shot at Coughlin on Tuesday, the first clear sign of internal strife. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
December 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Coughlin tried to fine former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler more than $700,000 for missing “mandatory” appointments with a team trainer or physician. It was just one example of how Coughlin has run roughshod over players since his return to...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., one of seven scheduled Democratic candidates participating in a public education forum, makes opening remarks, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Topics at the event planned for discussion ranged from student services and special education to education equity and justice issues. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 15, 2019 - 6:33 am
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Take Bernie out to the ball game? Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is aggressively opposing a Major League Baseball plan to cut 42 minor league teams across the country after 2020. Among the targeted are the Vermont Lake Monsters,...
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Los Angeles Angels' Anthony Rendon looks over at his 17-month-old daughter, Emma during a news conference to welcome him to the baseball team in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
December 14, 2019 - 5:22 pm
Anthony Rendon and agent Scott Boras had just wrapped up the third baseman’s $245 million deal to join the Los Angeles Angels last Wednesday when Mike Trout began blowing up his phone. “Based on his exclamation points in his texts, he seemed really excited,” Rendon said with a grin. Two of the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern takes a question from a reporter during a news conference following an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas. The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 and underwent emergency surgery. The league says in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
December 12, 2019 - 10:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA said former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday and had emergency surgery. The league said in a statement its thoughts and prayers are with the 77-year-old Stern's family. Stern served exactly 30 years as the NBA's longest-tenured...
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