• Sale on yielding ace role: ‘We play for a trophy, not a tag’

    In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago. A person familiar with the trade tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox have gotten star pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016,  because the trade hadn't been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

    BOSTON (AP) — New Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale said he isn’t worried that he might not be the ace of the pitching staff after being added to a rotation that already includes David Price and reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello.

  • Brian Thorburn to leave as head of PGA of Australia

    In this May 2, 2016, file photo, Harold Varner III tees off the 18th hole during the final round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. Varner held on to win the Australian PGA Championship in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sunday, Dec.4, 2016 by two shots after a roller-coaster last round of 65 that included seven birdies and two bogeys in an entertaining nine-hole stretch at Royal Pines. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Chief executive Brian Thorburn will leave the PGA of Australia in February after six years in charge of the country’s major professional golf organization.

  • Matt Holliday figures to balance Yanks’ batting order

    In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday sits in the dugout after leaving a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning in St. Louis. A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent Holliday and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday night, Dec. 4, 2016, because the agreement had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Matt Holliday figures to balance the New York Yankees’ lineup while not adding a lengthy payroll commitment to a team trying to get under the luxury-tax threshold within the next two years.

  • Red Sox conscious of new luxury-tax penalties this offseason

    In a Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Boston Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski looks on during practice in Cleveland. The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseball’s new luxury tax rules. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, that the new collective bargaining agreement’s stricter penalties for spending above a certain payroll threshold could factor in to the team’s plans. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The big-spending Boston Red Sox could be far more conservative this offseason because of baseball’s new luxury tax rules.

  • Winter meetings heat up: Melancon to Giants, Hill to Dodgers

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill, left, speaks as manager Dave Roberts looks on during a media availability at Major League Baseball's winter meetings, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. Hill recently signed a 3-year deal to stay with the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer.

  • MLB meal money cut, but teams assume cost of clubhouse food

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Daily meal money for major league baseball players is being cut from $100.50 to $30 under the sport’s new collective bargaining agreement, but teams are assuming the cost of providing clubhouse food spreads for home games and road trips.

  • A’s being phased out of revenue sharing, so ballpark urgency

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics will be phased out of revenue sharing in the coming years as part of baseball’s new labor deal, and that puts even more urgency on the small-budget franchise’s plan to find the right spot soon to build a new, privately funded ballpark.

  • AP Source: NHLPA rejects offer to extend CBA for Olympics

    NHL players could still go to the 2018 Olympics, but it won’t be in exchange for extending the collective bargaining agreement through 2025.

  • Nationals don’t tender contract to OF Ben Revere

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals did not tender a contract to outfielder Ben Revere before Friday’s deadline, making him a free agent.

  • APNewsBreak: Union backed out of deal to add 26th player

    At left, in a March 17, 2015, file photo, Major League Baseball Players Association executive and former Detroit Tigers first baseman Tony Clark talks to the media before a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. At right, in a May 19, 2016, file photo, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to reporters during a news conference at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York. Negotiators for baseball players and owners are meeting this week in Irving, Texas, in an attempt to reach agreement on a collective bargaining agreement to replace the five-year contract that expires Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players and owners had a deal to expand active rosters from 25 to 26 players for most of the season, but the union backed away in the final stages of collective bargaining.