• Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team's ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with the message "Fred, Jeff & Saul, Ya Gotta Leave," erected on Interstate 95, about eight...

  • AP source: MLS, players agree in principle to 5-year deal

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Major League Soccer and its players' union have agreed in principle to a five-year labor contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press, averting a possible strike ahead of Friday's season opener. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the...

  • Saints cutting veteran running back Pierre Thomas

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have notified veteran running back Pierre Thomas that he is being released after eight seasons with the club. Thomas' agent, Lamont Smith, confirmed the move Wednesday, while Thomas posted messages about the end of his playing days in New...

  • Report: Mets' Murphy says he disagrees with gay 'lifestyle'

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the "lifestyle" of people who are gay. The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB's first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. Murphy spoke to NJ...

  • NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The new flat-seam ball in college baseball is having the desired effect, with teams hitting 40 percent more home runs so far this season. The NCAA announced Wednesday that teams are hitting a home run about every other game. Last year, teams homered about once every...

  • Goodell: NFL responsible for Super Bowl seating problems

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tells jurors in a taped deposition the football league was responsible for problems that left hundreds of fans without seats or with restricted views during the Super Bowl held in Arlington in 2011. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports...

  • Cowboys re-sign slot receiver Cole Beasley on 4-year deal

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free-agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo. Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The...

  • With Peterson's status in question, Vikings pay a visit

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status. Whether it's keeping him or turning to a trade, the Vikings will likely make up their minds soon about whether Peterson will continue his...

  • Goldschmidt back, De La Rosa debuts as D-backs beat Rockies

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 5 min ago

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Paul Goldschmidt walked and struck out in his first major league action since a broken hand cut short his 2014 season, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Wednesday. Rockies prospect Jon Gray fanned Goldschmidt with a 97 mph fastball in the...

  • Peyton Manning will take pay cut, return to Broncos

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 10 min ago

    ENGLEWOOD — Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy. Weeks of speculation about the five-time MVP's future ended Wednesday with word that he's returning for an 18th season in the NFL and fourth in Denver. A person with knowledge of the...

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