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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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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019,file photo, St. John's head coach Chris Mullin in action during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against Butler in Indianapolis. Chris Mullin has "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's. Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 saying in a statement the team "progressed well" during Mullin's four years. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
April 09, 2019 - 3:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin "stepped down" as basketball coach at St. John's on Tuesday after four years on the job, citing a "personal loss." Athletic Mike Cragg director announced the decision, saying the team "progressed well." He noted Mullin's "contributions" and "deep passion for this...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 1999, file photo, eight founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) pose at a celebration of the association's 50th anniversary in New York. Back row from left are Marilynn Smith, Marlene Hagge, Alice Bauer, Louise Suggs and Betty Jameson. Front row from left are Bettye Sanoff, Shirley Spork and Patty Berg. Marilynn Smith died Tuesday, April 9, 2019. She was 89.(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File)
April 09, 2019 - 10:39 am
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Marilyn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday. She was 89. She died in Goodyear, Arizona, surrounded by family and friends, the LPGA...
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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas baseball players listen to their national anthem before facing Panama's Los Toros de Herrera for the final, Caribbean Series baseball tournament championship game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City. The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, which appears to once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
April 08, 2019 - 4:56 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB. The Treasury...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper flips his bat after hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Washington. The Phillies won 8-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 02, 2019 - 11:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first boos, guttural and loud, greeted Bryce Harper during pregame introductions 15 minutes ahead of the rain-delayed first pitch Tuesday night, as he stood in the Nationals Park visitor's dugout wearing his Philadelphia Phillies uniform — and hours before he marked his second...
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April 02, 2019 - 5:56 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some could be playing in the United States this year. The 34 players are 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and...
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts smiles at a news conference before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 01, 2019 - 7:22 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts loves winning and having a yearly chance at championships. He also appreciates a supportive, family feel on a team around him. The Red Sox give Bogaerts all of that, with stability for the next seven years to boot. He considers it a perfect fit. "The fans, this...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, right, and Rhys Hoskins celebrate after Harper's home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 30, 2019 - 8:24 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: $140 MILLION MAN Patrick Corbin begins earning the $140 million contract he signed with the Nationals, making his first start for his new team against the visiting Mets. The 29-year-old lefty was considered the top starting pitcher on the free...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez gestures toward the crowd after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 29, 2019 - 1:52 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: DAY OF DECISION Corey Knebel plans to choose a course of action on his ailing right elbow, potentially sidelining a key part of Milwaukee's vaunted bullpen for the season. The 27-year-old has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He could...
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