Sports team and league operation

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago. The Lakers say they have mutually agreed to part ways with Walton after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, April 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo,File)
April 12, 2019 - 8:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Walton is out as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after three losing seasons. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. Pelinka called Walton leaving a...
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April 12, 2019 - 6:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three people familiar with the situation say the Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball operations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on...
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April 12, 2019 - 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn't help Tom Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will have to discard his longtime brand as one of 11 helmets banned by the league and players' union for 2019. Brady was one of 32 players wearing helmets...
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FILE - In this a, Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Grizzlies fired Bickerstaff on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 11, 2019 - 5:44 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason Thursday with plenty of questions to answer, then controlling owner Robert Pera added to the to-do list by firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout. The...
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Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 10, 2019 - 2:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two...
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold models the NFL football team's new "Gotham green" uniform Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
April 05, 2019 - 2:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — New colors, a tweaked logo, flashy uniforms and fired-up fans and players. The New York Jets are the latest NFL franchise to switch up their playbooks and call for a major rebranding, with the team's revamped look unveiled Thursday night during a launch party at a midtown Manhattan...
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April 02, 2019 - 7:23 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some could be playing in the United States this year. The 34 players are 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, patrons visit the sports betting area of Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The state lottery released figures on Friday, March 29, 2019, showing that casinos in Rhode Island lost nearly $900,000 on sports betting in February, after they paid out winning bets for the Super Bowl and other professional sports. ( AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 29, 2019 - 12:04 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Casinos in Rhode Island lost nearly $900,000 on sports betting in February after winning bets for the Super Bowl and other professional sports were paid out, the state lottery said Friday. That leaves Rhode Island with about $150,000 in revenue from sports betting since the...
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Ted Leonsis, owner of the NHL Capitols and NBA Wizards, addresses the American Gaming Association's Sports Betting Executive Summit, at the MGM Grand National Harbor Casino, in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled last May 14 that any state can legalize sports betting if it chooses, and since then the action has been swift. Sports gambling is now legal in eight states, with more than 20 others at least considering legalization. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
March 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A year ago, Nevada was the only state where single-game sports bets were legal, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expected to be successful in persuading the Supreme Court to maintain that status quo. Listen to him now. "What we've learned is it's another point of engagement...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressing the crowd during an NFL football Super Bowl send-off rally for the team, in Foxborough, Mass. Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft want a Florida judge to block prosecutors from using secretly taken video that police say shows him engaging in paid sex acts with female massage parlor employees. Kraft’s attorneys challenged in court documents filed Thursday, March 28, 2019, the warrant allowing Jupiter police officers to hide video cameras in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 28, 2019 - 4:36 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft want a Florida judge to block prosecutors from using secretly taken video that police say shows him engaging in paid sex acts with female massage parlor employees. In court documents filed Thursday, Kraft's attorneys...
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