• This Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 file photo San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford makes a diving attempt at a ground ball by Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco. Fresh off his Gold Glove award last week, Crawford signed a new $75 million, six-year contract Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015  that takes him through the 2021 season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,File)

    Brandon Crawford ready to bring more championships to Giants

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Brandon Crawford’s agent called him to say his new deal with the San Francisco Giants had been completed, the shortstop was in the middle of a workout in the AT&T Park weight room. That’s where San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans came to congratulate his player on a contract that keeps him here for another six years.

  • In this photo taken Nov. 8, 2015, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Now that Kirk Cousins has his first four-TD game and his first perfect passer rating, he's looking for a rare road victory. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Skins QB Kirk Cousins goes from backup to contract questions

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — So this is the way things go in the life of Kirk Cousins, NFL starting quarterback: One moment, he’s being criticized for throwing too many interceptions; a few games later, he’s getting questions about a long-term contract with the Washington Redskins.

  • Dodgers in the mix to bring back free agent Chase Utley

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are among about a half-dozen teams interested in acquiring free agent infielder Chase Utley, according to his agent.

  • Lions sign CB Bill Bentley, put CB Josh Wilson on IR

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have put cornerback Bill Bentley back on their roster.

  • White Sox agree to minor league deal with Hairston

    CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox and veteran outfielder Scott Hairston have agreed to a minor league contract.

  • In this June 9, 2015, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez (57) delivers during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Detroit Tigers have acquired right-hander Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers in their latest attempt to stabilize the back end of their bullpen. The teams announced the trade Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Milwaukee receives minor league infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Tigers acquire closer Rodriguez in trade with Milwaukee

    DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers are turning to Francisco Rodriguez in their latest attempt to shore up the back end of their bullpen.

  • Person familiar with decision to AP: Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale

    HOUSTON (AP) — Person familiar with decision to AP: Houston Rockets fire coach Kevin McHale.

  • Lobbyist Griffin Finan, representing DraftKings, FanDuel and the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, speaks with South Dakota gambling regulators, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at a meeting in Deadwood, S.D. Finan said  the games are predominantly based on skill rather than chance, which makes them legal for players in the state. (AP Photo/James Nord

    SD Commission on Gaming set to review fantasy sports betting

    DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Speaking before state regulators in the historic gambling town of Deadwood on Wednesday, a representative of daily fantasy sports operators under scrutiny nationwide said the industry wants to make it clear: The contests don’t constitute gambling under South Dakota law.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) gets some help as the puck hits the goal post while playing against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Parenteau scores 2 to lead Maple Leafs past Avalanche, 5-1

    TORONTO (AP) — The Maple Leafs’ maligned special-teams units enjoyed a special night against the Colorado Avalanche.

  • St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles, left, scrambles away from Chicago Bears defenders Will Sutton (93) and Lamarr Houston (99) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    Keenum ready for his moment with Rams

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Approaching the logo backdrop used for appearances by coach Jeff Fisher and the starting quarterback, Case Keenum jokingly spelled his last name for reporters and asked where he should stand.