Athlete contracts

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson jogs onto the field at NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Houston. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool)
September 07, 2020 - 6:58 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson is having quite a week. The 24-year-old signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the Houston Texans on Saturday, has a book coming out Tuesday and will lead his team against Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to open the NFL season on...
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FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, members of the original nine women, from left to right, Billie Jean King, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey and Rosie Casals, who helped start the women's professional tennis tour are honored at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C. The nine signed a dollar contract 50 years ago, and it turned into millions for female tennis players. They were tired of being squeezed out of events by promoters and paid 10 times less than men. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)
September 06, 2020 - 6:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams could send a thank-you note to Billie Jean King and eight other players who signed $1 contracts to launch a new women's pro tennis circuit 50 years ago. The bold move by King and her peers, known as the “Original 9,” led to the lucrative prize funds and multimillion-...
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FILE - This is a 2020 file photo showing Adrian Peterson of the Washington NFL football team. Washington released veteran running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, a stunning move by first-year coach Ron Rivera in the name of getting younger. Rivera called Peterson early in the morning asking him to come to the practice facility, then delivered the news the team was moving on from the 35-year-old star. The move came less than 36 hours before NFL rosters must be trimmed to the 53-man limit and nine days before the start of the regular season. (AP Photo/File)
September 06, 2020 - 6:50 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Adrian Peterson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the agreement had not been announced. The 35-year-old Peterson was released by...
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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, right, talks with special teams coach Craig Aukerman during NFL football training camp Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool)
September 06, 2020 - 12:00 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jadeveon Clowney made clear for months he wanted to be with a team that can win a Super Bowl, and he’s finally made his choice even if he didn't get the long-term deal in the process. The Tennessee Titans announced Sunday they agreed to terms with the three-time Pro Bowl...
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Luguentz Dort (5) has his 3-point attempt blocked by Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) as referee Pat Fraher, left rear, looks on during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 03, 2020 - 12:37 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — James Harden couldn't get his shot to fall all night, so the scorer turned stopper. In this wild Game 7 that took one strange turn after another in the final seconds, the biggest play came when a guy known almost entirely for his offense turned up the defense. Harden...
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Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Gardner Minshew II, left, hands the ball off to running back Leonard Fournette during NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
August 31, 2020 - 3:26 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jaguars moved another step closer to purging Tom Coughlin's tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville. The team waived running back Leonard Fournette on Monday, a stunning decision many outsiders view as the latest in a series of head-scratchers that could help the franchise...
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FILE - This Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 file photo shows Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. The Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022, a person familiar with the trade said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
August 31, 2020 - 2:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars never got the first-round draft pick they sought for Yannick Ngakoue. Still, the Minnesota Vikings didn't acquire a young, productive pass rusher without some sacrifice. Jacksonville dealt Ngakoue to Minnesota on Sunday for a second-round draft...
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Seattle Mariners' Austin Nola (23) is greeted at home on his three-run home run by Kyle Lewis (1) and Kyle Seager during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
August 30, 2020 - 11:18 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle and San Diego completed a seven-player trade Sunday night, with catcher Austin Nola joining the contending Padres and prized outfield prospect Taylor Trammel going to the Mariners as centerpieces of the deal. Seattle sent Nola and right-handed relievers Austin Adams and Dan...
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FILE - This Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 file photo shows Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. The Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022, a person familiar with the trade said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
August 30, 2020 - 9:30 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue is headed north, far away from Jacksonville. A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. The...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi waves as he arrives at the team hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club has confirmed that the Argentina great has sent a note expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst in the player's career and in the club's history.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
August 30, 2020 - 7:15 am
MADRID (AP) — In another sign that Lionel Messi’s time with Barcelona is coming to an end, the player did not report for required coronavirus testing scheduled for the whole squad on Sunday. Barcelona said Messi was the only player who did not undergo the tests at the club’s training center. The...
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