• In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Detroit Tigers' J.D. Martinez watches his ball after hitting a three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher John Axford in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. A person with knowledge of the deal says Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration. The person spoke Monday night, Feb. 8, 2016, on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    JD Martinez, Tigers finalize $18.5 million, 2-year deal

    DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, a deal that avoided salary arbitration.

  • California court throws out caddie lawsuit against PGA Tour

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Caddies lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a federal judge in California ruled they signed a contract with the tour that requires them to wear bibs as part of their uniform and cannot claim that corporate sponsorship on the bibs makes them human billboards.

  • In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland, center, is greeted in the dugout after he hit a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, in Seattle. Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for later Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    Moreland’s $5.7M deal with Rangers avoids arbitration

    PHOENIX (AP) — First baseman Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday.

  • Ex-Tigers pitcher loses bid for new trial in contract case

    HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request by ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain for a new trial in a breach-of-contract case.

  • Carolina Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera yells during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Panthers turn page to 2016 after deflating Super Bowl loss

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl — winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general manager of the Carolina Panthers.

  • Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with Marcus Johansson (90), of Sweden, after Chimera scored a goal against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Also defending for the Predators is Shea Weber (6). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Johansson has goal, 2 assists as Caps beat Predators 5-3

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A return to Nashville for Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz was nice, but winning was even better.

  • Winnipeg Jets' Alexander Burmistrov, of Russia, and St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester, right, reach for a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Scheifele’s goal gives Jets 2-1 shootout win over Blues

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark Scheifele looked like a player who had scored plenty of shootout goals. The Winnipeg Jets looked like a team that could play with one of the NHL’s best.

  • In this May 5, 2016, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Tyler Clippard throws against the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. Clippard agreed Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, to a $12.25 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    Clippard says D-backs’ potential drew him to Arizona

    PHOENIX (AP) — Reliever Tyler Clippard says that Arizona’s potential to contend for a title was a big reason he signed with the Diamondbacks.

  • In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, workers install an ESPN Monday Night Football banner before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. The sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine has hit a soft patch as people cut the cord to watch programming online. It's a sign of one of TV’s biggest challenges: the ever-increasing cost of sports rights and whether consumers want to keep footing the bill. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    Sports costs at ESPN weigh down Disney’s Force-ful quarter

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round of layoffs in the latest quarter. As more people cut the cord to watch programming online, its perch on top of the pay TV empire is looking unsteady at best.

  • Denver Broncos’ Von Miller (58) and Peyton Manning (18) celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Broncos revel in parade amid questions about Manning, Miller

    DENVER (AP) — It took John Elway 15 years to experience a parade as a quarterback. As an executive, only five.