• Big names in play as baseball winter meetings open

    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) — Andrew McCutchen, Chris Sale, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander could be available for the right price.

  • Nielsen admits to ‘butterflies’ for 1st game vs. Islanders

    Detroit Red Wings' Frans Nielsen (51) celebrates with teammates after his goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Frans Nielsen admitted he’ll have “some butterflies” when he faces the New York Islanders for the first time since leaving for Detroit as a free agent last summer.

  • Report: Company sold turf product after learning of defects

    This Sept. 28, 2016, photo shows a Duraspine turf field in Newark, N.J. FieldTurf, the country’s leading maker of artificial sports turf, sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams nationwide after its executives knew they were falling apart faster than expected and might not live up to lofty marketing claims, according to an investigation by NJ Advance Media. (Andre Malok/NJ Advance Media via AP)

    WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — The country’s leading maker of artificial sports turf sold more than 1,000 fields to towns, schools and teams nationwide after its executives knew they were falling apart faster than expected and might not live up to lofty marketing claims, according to an investigation by a news organization.

  • Cammalleri’s 2nd of game lifts Devils past Predators in OT

    New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) watches a shot by teammate Michael Cammalleri get past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, for a goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Devils won 5-4. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Cammalleri’s second goal of the game with 18 seconds remaining on the clock in overtime capped New Jersey’s comeback from three goals down in the third period and gave the Devils a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

  • Houston AD: Briles not a candidate to be next football coach

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek says former Baylor coach Art Briles is not a candidate to be the Cougars next coach.

  • White Sox agree to 1-year deals with OF Garcia, 2B Lawrie

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with outfielder Avisail Garcia and a $3.5-million, one-year deal with second baseman Brett Lawrie.

  • 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.

  • Media outlets release tax arrangements made by top players

    MADRID (AP) — A group of European media outlets on Friday published what it claims are details of tax arrangements made by several top soccer players and coaches, including Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.