Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman talks to the media before a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Los Angeles Kings, in Raleigh, N.C. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the potential that the seventh- and eighth-seeded teams meet in each conference final. This is the world Commissioner Gary Bettman envisioned when the NHL instituted a salary cap in 2005 after a year-long lockout. Bettman prefers to call it “competitive balance,” and it’s the thing he trumpets the most about the state of the league where almost anyone can win the Stanley Cup in a given season. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)
May 05, 2019 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a P-word on players' and coaches lips this playoffs, and it has nothing to do with getting pucks in deep. "Parity in the league, it's insanely tight," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. This has been the postseason of parity with all four division champions gone and the...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., attend a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring the Office of Strategic Services in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pelosi and McConnell are coming together to see if a deal can be made to stop billions of dollars in government spending cuts. Failure to reach an agreement would usher in cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs of $125 billion next year _ a 10 percent drop from current levels.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 28, 2019 - 12:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Washington's odd couple, have a limited set of mutual legislative interests in a capital beset by dysfunction and awash in presidential politics. But automatic spending cuts, the legacy of a budget breakdown...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown by running back Le'Veon Bell during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. The Pittsburgh Steelers have reiterated repeatedly during an eventful offseason that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the team's unquestioned leader. They've handed him a new deal to prove it. The Steelers and the two-time Super Bowl winner agreed to terms on a contract extension Wednesday, April 24, 2019, that will keep Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 24, 2019 - 5:04 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have reiterated repeatedly during an eventful offseason that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the team's unquestioned leader. They've handed him a new deal to prove it. The Steelers and the two-time Super Bowl winner agreed to terms on a contract...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Gio Gonzalez smiles during a media availability in Washington. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Gio González and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract guaranteeing the 33-year-old left-hander $2 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, April 24, 2019, because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
April 24, 2019 - 12:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Gio González and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract guaranteeing the 33-year-old left-hander $2 million. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game in Atlanta. The Los Angeles Rams have exercised their fifth-year contract option on quarterback Jared Goff for the 2020 season. Rams general manager Les Snead announced the long-anticipated move Tuesday, April 23, 2019. He also affirmed the NFC champions' plan to sign Goff to a long-term contract. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
April 23, 2019 - 4:39 pm
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have locked down Jared Goff through the 2020 season, and they intend to keep their franchise quarterback around for a whole lot longer. The Rams exercised Goff's $22.783 million, fifth-year contract option Tuesday. General manager Les Snead and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, right, during the second half of an NFL football game, in Seattle. The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire defensive end Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a first-round draft pick this year and a second-round pick in 2020. Almost immediately after word leaked of the trade on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Clark and the Chiefs worked quickly to reach agreement on a five-year contract worth up to $105 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by either team and was still pending a physical. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
April 23, 2019 - 2:35 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned defense. The Chiefs sent the No. 29 overall...
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks to reporters Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 17, 2019 - 6:44 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When Russell Wilson and his representatives started negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks on a contract extension, they were looking far beyond five more seasons. Having turned 30 late last season, Wilson tried to project into the next decade and the chances of playing his...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2019, file photo, NFC quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks runs onto the field during player introductions before the NFL Pro Bowl football game against the AFC in Orlando, Fla. Wilson posted a video to social media early Tuesday, Apriil 16, 2019, saying, "Seattle, we got a deal," shortly after a reported midnight deadline for the Seahawks and their star quarterback to agree on a contract extension. Wilson's current $87.6 million, four-year deal was signed at the beginning of training camp in 2015 and was set to expire after next season. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
April 16, 2019 - 5:40 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — With one 15-second video clip posted on social media shortly after midnight and five simple words, Russell Wilson put to rest any questions about his long-term future. No more speculation about Wilson wanting to play elsewhere. No more rumblings of a bigger market for Wilson to...
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In this June 25, 2016, photo Australian rugby union player Israel Folau points to the sky after scoring a try against England during their rugby union test match in Sydney. Folau, one of the sport's top players, published a message on his Instagram account that said "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators. Hell awaits you." (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
April 11, 2019 - 4:09 am
Israel Folau and his anti-gay sentiments appear to have gone too far this time. Rugby Australia said Thursday it plans to terminate the fullback's contract with the national team after he made anti-gay comments on social media for the second year in a row. When Folau made similar remarks on April 5...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov enters Superior Court with his wife, Marta Varlamova, in Torrance, Calif. The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs for domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian could have his eligibility to restored July 1, 2020, based on good behavior. Voynov was suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being arrested for domestic abuse. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, left the United States to go back to Russia and in July had the conviction dismissed by a judge in Los Angeles county. (Brad Graverson//The Orange County Register via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 4:52 pm
The NHL suspended defenseman Slava Voynov on Tuesday for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian could have his...
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