Athlete compensation

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision says that Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday night, May 23, 2019, because no official announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 24, 2019 - 8:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season. The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The...
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May 17, 2019 - 5:52 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired NFL players seeking testing as part of a $1 billion concussion settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and "doctor shopping," the federal judge overseeing the case ruled. Lawyers for thousands of ex-players complain their clients agreed to the 2013...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith (50) gestures to fans during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Jacksonville, Fla. Smith, the team’s leading tackler the last two seasons and a Pro Bowl selection in 2017, is stepping away from football to “give this time back to myself, my family & my health.” (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
May 11, 2019 - 3:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith wants everyone to "stop going crazy" because he is stepping away from football for the 2019 season. Smith, the team's leading tackler the last two years, posted a video on his Instagram story Saturday in which he questioned the...
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May 09, 2019 - 9:00 pm
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed Kyler Murray in time for their rookie minicamp. Arizona signed the No. 1 overall draft pick to a four-year contract Thursday worth about $35 million with a team option for a fifth. It includes a signing bonus of more than $23 million. The...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, file photo, Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah stands during pregame of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Detroit. The Seattle Seahawks are addressing one of their biggest offseason needs as veteran defensive end Ansah has agreed to a one-year deal with the team, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
May 08, 2019 - 11:43 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are addressing one of their biggest offseason needs as veteran defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has agreed to a one-year deal with the team, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday night on the...
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Attorney Gene Locks, who represents many former NFL players, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a hearing, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The NFL concussion fund has paid out $485 million since 2017, but some players lawyers, including Locks, told a federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday that there aren't enough doctors in the fund's network to diagnose dementia cases. They oppose a rule to require that players be evaluated by doctors within 150 miles of home to prevent "doctor shopping." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 07, 2019 - 2:57 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL concussion fund has paid out nearly $500 million in its first two years, but some players' lawyers say there aren't enough doctors in the approved network to evaluate dementia claims. They went to court Tuesday to oppose a rule to require retired players to be tested by...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Canada goaltender Shannon Szabados watch as U.S. players celebrate a win during the Four Nations Cup hockey gold-medal game in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The announcement Thursday, May 2, 2019, comes after the Canadian Women's Hockey League abruptly shut down as of Wednesday, leaving the five-team, U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League as the only pro league in North America. The group of players, led by American stars Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, hopes their move eventually pushes the NHL to start its own women's hockey league as the NBA did with the WNBA. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 5:46 pm
Hilary Knight would rather risk missing a year of playing meaningful hockey than settle for the status quo. The star American forward is among more than 200 of the world's top female players who announced Thursday that they will not play professional hockey in North America at all this year in a...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2019, file photo, Team USA's Hilary Knight, left, celebrates a goal with Kelly Pannek, who provided the assist, during a IIHF Women's Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match against Russia, in Espoo, Finland. More than 200 of the top female hockey players in the world have decided they will not play professionally in North America next season, hoping their stand leads to a single economically sustainable league. The announcement Thursday, May 2, 2019, comes after the Canadian Women's Hockey League abruptly shut down as of Wednesday, leaving the five-team, U.S.-based National Women's Hockey League as the only pro league in North America. The group of players, led by American stars Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, hopes their move eventually pushes the NHL to start its own women's hockey league as the NBA did with the WNBA. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP, File)
May 02, 2019 - 1:24 pm
The Latest on women's hockey players announcing boycott in demand for one league (all times Eastern): 1:15 p.m. Tennis great Billie Jean King is supporting the more than 200 women's hockey players who say they will not play in North America next season in their push for a single viable professional...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper strikes out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 23, 2019 - 8:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big deals for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others that included large signing bonuses masked an otherwise flat market for the second straight offseason that caused Major League Baseball's opening-day payrolls to drop by $43 million for 2019. Payrolls, however, rose by $131 million...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, reacts while talking to a trainer and bench coach Josh Bard, center, after hitting a single to right field during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in New York. Judge left the game with an apparent injury. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 20, 2019 - 4:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star slugger Aaron Judge hurt his left oblique while taking a swing and likely was headed to the injured list as the already banged-up New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday. Judge homered early, but hurt himself in the sixth inning while hitting a single. He...
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