Sports business - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Sports business Cole shuts down Nationals as Pirates roll to 6-1 win PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole spent the last six weeks stringing together dominant performance after dominant performance with little to show for it, thanks to a Pittsburgh Pirates offense that always seemed to sputter whenever their ace's turn in the rotation came up. Yet Cole tried to stay upbeat, stressing that if he kept doing his job eventually the l... Thu, 18 May 2017 06:18:00 GMT 2017-05-18T06:18:00Z Steinbrenner will consider adding; won't deal top prospects NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees may be buyers, not sellers, as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Led by young stars Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the retooled Baby Bombers began Wednesday in the AL East lead at 23-13, a seven-win improvement over last year at this time. Owner Hal Steinbrenner said New York's starting pitching has been a pleasant surprise to him, and he will... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:01:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:01:00Z LeGarrette Blount joins the Eagles on 1-year contract PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeGarrette Blount is bringing his power running to Philadelphia. The Eagles and Blount agreed on a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a bruising back to complement their group of smaller, speedy runners. Blount led the NFL with 18 touchdowns rushing in 2016 while helping the New England Patriots win the Sup... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:37:00Z Pick 6: Kelly, Rodriguez, Mora in need of improvement in '17 Mark Helfrich went into last season with a 33-8 record in three years as Oregon coach and an appearance in the national championship game. He then went 4-8 and was fired. Point is, just about every coach outside of Nick Saban and Urban Meyer can be considered on the hot seat. For this exercise, let's narrow the definition: a coach who i... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:25:00 GMT 2017-05-17T06:25:00Z Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Celtics have a No. 1 seed and the No. 1 pick. And Danny Ainge is enjoying them both . "It's two completely different situations," the Boston basketball boss said Tuesday night after the team won the NBA draft lottery. "One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present. This team is a lot of fun to be around this year."... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:20:00 GMT 2017-05-17T06:20:00Z REX allows hospitalized kids to 'attend' Sporting KC matches Fifteen-year-old Kaylee Brown used to play soccer until cystic fibrosis made it difficult. Now a fan, she's not always able to attend games because of her condition. So Sporting Kansas City brought the game to Kaylee. The Major League Soccer team and its stadium sponsor, Children's Mercy Hospital, have been working with a robot named RE... Tue, 16 May 2017 23:38:00 GMT 2017-05-16T23:38:00Z Banged-up Penguins march on vs Senators as injuries mount Seeing a top-line forward and your most indispensable defenseman walking slowly down the tunnel and out of sight during a game would be startling if the Pittsburgh Penguins haven't grown so used to it. At least Bryan Rust and Justin Schultz felt well enough on Tuesday to join the rest of the team as the defending Stanley Cup champions hopped a plane and h... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:46:00Z Celtics, Lakers, 76ers have plenty riding on the NBA lottery NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash are gone, though on Tuesday they won't be forgotten. The former All-Stars have as much to do with this NBA draft lottery as the players of tomorrow. The Boston Celtics can benefit in a big way from trading two former champions, while the Los Angeles Lakers hope a failed trade for... Tue, 16 May 2017 06:13:00 GMT 2017-05-16T06:13:00Z SEC coaches eager to see impact of early signing period Southeastern Conference coaches are eager to see the impact an early signing period will have on recruiting, even though a number of them were against the change. An early signing period received formal approval last week from the Collegiate Commissioners Association. The new plan will allow high school seniors in the 2017-18 school year to sign with colleges on Dec. 20-22 a... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:09:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:09:00Z Rubber match: Cavaliers to wear Goodyear logo on jerseys CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are teaming up with another Akron icon. Linked by geography and superstar LeBron James, the defending NBA champions on Monday announced a three-year sponsorship deal with Goodyear. The Cavaliers will wear the tire giant's winged-foot logo on the fronts of their jerseys starting next season. "This is a natu... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:08:00Z Pens, Sens, Preds, Ducks traded their way to NHL's final 4 Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed. But the four teams left vying for the Stanley Cup this spring — the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators in the East and Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks in the West — all made a handful of significant trades to get t... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:23:00 GMT 2017-05-15T06:23:00Z Yanks' Chapman to miss at least month with shoulder injury NEW YORK (AP) — Unable to pitch through pain in his shoulder that had bothered him for weeks, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list Sunday and likely will miss at least a month. Chapman had a MRI on Saturday, a day after getting just two outs and giving up a run in the ninth inning of a 5-1 loss to Houston. The 29-year-old left... Mon, 15 May 2017 04:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T04:49:00Z Harper gets big deal, hits HR in 9th, Nats beat Phils 6-4 WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was money for the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. Fresh from getting a big deal, Harper hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4. Hours before the game, the Nationals announced they had reached agreement with Harper on a... Sun, 14 May 2017 03:55:00 GMT 2017-05-14T03:55:00Z Harper, Nationals reach $21.6 million deal for 2018 season WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper put up another big number Saturday without taking another swing. Harper and the Washington Nationals reached a $21,625,000 deal for the 2018 season, a contact that gives him an $8 million raise and covers the slugging outfielder through his last year before he can become a free agent. The 24-year-old Harpe... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:35:00 GMT 2017-05-13T22:35:00Z Orioles star Jones sees Negro Leagues museum, urges dialogue KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the Negro Leagues museum as his backdrop, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said the recent racial taunting he endured in Boston shows there needs to be more dialogue about diversity. Almost two weeks after he said he was called the N-word and had a bag of peanuts thrown in his direction at Fenway Park, the star said Sat... Sat, 13 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-13T21:35:00Z Butt out to prove he's the best tight end in '17 draft class ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jake Butt has no regrets and one thing to prove. The former Michigan star and Denver Broncos rookie wants to show he's the best tight end of the 2017 NFL draft class even though six were selected ahead of him, including three in the first round. Butt was considered a first-rounder, too, until blowing out his righ... Sat, 13 May 2017 20:45:00 GMT 2017-05-13T20:45:00Z WNBA starts with new coaches, players in 21st season NEW YORK (AP) — It's been seven months since the WNBA Finals ended in thrilling fashion with the Los Angeles Sparks edging the Minnesota Lynx in a decisive fifth game. Now the league is set to begin its 21st season Saturday when San Antonio visits New York in the opener of a three-game slate. The defending champion Sparks face Seattle o... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:53:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:53:00Z Brewers top Mets 7-4, Matt Harvey allows 3 HRs in return MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Harvey allowed a season-high three homers. He tied a season high by giving up five walks. He said he fell behind too many hitters. It was not an ideal return for Harvey from a three-game suspension in the New York Mets' 7-4 loss on Friday night to the Milwaukee Brewers. But after a drama-filled week, the Mets can t... Sat, 13 May 2017 05:54:00 GMT 2017-05-13T05:54:00Z AP source: MLB wants Marlins' bidders to show cash up front NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball wants the groups bidding for the Miami Marlins to show their cash up front, and thus far the group led by the son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears to be ahead. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the commissioner's office has told the parties that before... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:37:00Z NASCAR steps in when driver shows at Kansas with pot sponsor KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Carl Long was forced to strip the logo of a Colorado-based marijuana vaping company from his car Friday after NASCAR said it violated rules governing sponsorship and paint schemes. The logo for Colorado-based Veedverks was plastered on Long's green and yellow No. 66 for tech inspection, but a NASCAR spokesman said it was never vet... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:30:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:30:00Z Another early exit plunges Capitals into offseason of change ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The aftermath of the Washington Capitals' all-too-familiar early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time. No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss , in seven games in the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, because some if not many of them won't be back next season. With forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams and... Fri, 12 May 2017 22:13:00 GMT 2017-05-12T22:13:00Z Bears QB Mitch Trubisky makes solid impression as camp opens LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Mitch Trubisky showed off some skills at the first day of rookie camp with the Chicago Bears and they had nothing to do with performance on the field. The Bears traded up to draft Trubisky second overall, less than two months after signing Mike Glennon as a free agent to be their starter for the departed Jay Cutler. When Trubisky was draf... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:18:00Z Dallas Stars sign goalie Ben Bishop to 6-year, $29.5M deal FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have locked up a goalie with Stanley Cup Final experience in hopes of solving one of their biggest problems. Ben Bishop signed a six-year, $29.5 million deal with the Stars, whose announcement Friday came only three days after the team acquired rights to the 30-year-old goalie from the Los Angeles Kings. Dallas gave up a fourth-round pic... Fri, 12 May 2017 20:02:00 GMT 2017-05-12T20:02:00Z NFL owners want to see Vegas stadium lease at May meetings LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and the public entity that oversees their proposed stadium in Las Vegas have a little over a week to agree on a conditional lease to avoid any delays on the team's relocation. Raiders President Marc Badain on Thursday said the lease agreement is on the agenda of the NFL league owners' meetings scheduled to begin later ... Fri, 12 May 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-05-12T01:50:00Z Jason Botterill leaves Penguins to take over as Sabres' GM BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Botterill has no second thoughts over leaving the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins while they are in the midst of yet another playoff run. The lure of returning to the Buffalo Sabres, an organization with which Botterill ended his playing career, and opportunity to make his mark as a first-time general manager outweighed the close ties he est... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:42:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:42:00Z AP Source: Cardinals, QB Blaine Gabbert agree on 1-year deal PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says quarterback Blaine Gabbert has agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced by the team. The 27-year-old Gabbert joins a Cardinals team that will ... Thu, 11 May 2017 02:58:00 GMT 2017-05-11T02:58:00Z Questions remain on Hernandez wealth after conviction erased BOSTON (AP) — Questions abound after a judge erased ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction in a 2013 killing. Chief among them: What, if any, wealth did the former New England Patriots tight end leave behind when he hanged himself in prison on April 19? And could the team be back on the hook for nearly $6 million it withheld from Hernandez after he was charged in th... Wed, 10 May 2017 23:20:00 GMT 2017-05-10T23:20:00Z Matt Harvey rejoins Mets, apologizes for skipping game NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey was contrite. Visibly embarrassed. Entirely apologetic. Nothing like the brash and cocksure kid who burst onto the New York scene a few years back and quickly became one of baseball's most dominant pitchers. A subdued Harvey rejoined the Mets on Tuesday and apologized to teammates, coaches, owners and fans af... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:49:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:49:00Z NFL player charged in connection with New Jersey shooting ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A linebacker in the NFL who starred at Rutgers University was charged by a grand jury on Tuesday in connection with a shooting in New Jersey and was put on waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs. Khaseem Greene was charged with unlawful weapon possession in a Dec. 3, 2016, shooting in Elizabeth, where he is from. Greene originally was ch... Wed, 10 May 2017 01:58:00 GMT 2017-05-10T01:58:00Z FIFA struggles to regain trust as judge decries new leaders MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Even after a year under new leadership, FIFA is still pleading with the world: Trust us. The message is proving as hard to sell as sponsorship of the World Cup. Especially when FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been accused of ousting the ethics leadership whose mission was to clean up soccer's scandal-tainted image. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:26:00Z