Sports transactions

FILE - This is a July 26, 2019, file photo showing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey during an NBA basketball news conference, in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, because the move hasn’t been announced.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
October 15, 2020 - 6:52 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down on his own accord. The Rockets announced the move Thursday night, a little over a year after he sparked a rift between the NBA and Chinese government last year when he tweeted support for anti-government protesters in Hong...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, former San Diego Chargers defensive end Fred Dean waves to fans after his speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty, has died. He was 68. His death on Wednesday night, Oct. 14, 2020, was confirmed Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
October 15, 2020 - 8:45 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fred Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty, has died. He was 68. His death on Wednesday night was confirmed Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Dean was hospitalized last week with the...
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File-This Dec. 29, 2019, file photo shows New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. The New York Jets have surprisingly released Bell, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two full seasons. The team issued a statement from general manager Joe Douglas on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in which he says the Jets made the move after having several conversations with Bell and his agent during the last few days and exploring trade options. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)
October 14, 2020 - 4:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets' decision to move on from Le'Veon Bell was a stunner. For a while now, though, it appeared inevitable. The star running back never seemed to truly mesh with Adam Gase or his offense during the past season-plus. And Bell made it clear he wasn't thrilled with his...
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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier makes a leaping catch on a fly ball by Houston Astros Carlos Correa during the third inning in Game 3 of a baseball American League Championship Series, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
October 14, 2020 - 2:22 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays — with big assists from two former Padres who know Petco Park's outfield well — are one win from the second World Series berth in franchise history. Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead, two-run single two batters after another critical error by José...
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File-This Sept. 22, 2020, file photo shows New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell watching from the sideline near the end of the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. The New York Jets have surprisingly released Bell, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two full seasons. The team issued a statement from general manager Joe Douglas on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in which he says the Jets made the move after having several conversations with Bell and his agent during the last few days and exploring trade options. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
October 13, 2020 - 9:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Later, Le'Veon. The New York Jets surprisingly released disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell on Tuesday night, ending a disappointing tenure after less than two full seasons. The team issued a statement from general manager Joe Douglas in which he said the Jets made the move after...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo plays against the Nashville Predators in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms on a $61.6 million, seven-year contract with top free agent Pietrangelo, a person with direct knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 12, 2020 - 9:47 pm
Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in. Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027. It's the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenseman in the NHL. Adding...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. Forward Taylor Hall surprised many in turning down numerous contending NHL teams which courted him, and instead sign with the Buffalo Sabres in free agency. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
October 12, 2020 - 4:57 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall refused to buy into the negativity surrounding the Buffalo Sabres, and instead focused on the positives. The opportunity to alongside captain Jack Eichel was a factor. Playing for a familiar coach in Ralph Krueger another. Add in Buffalo being close to his home in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons then-assistant head coach/passing game coordinator Raheem Morris watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Atlanta Falcons have named defensive coordinator Raheem Morris interim head coach after firing Dan Quinn. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
October 12, 2020 - 4:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The poor performance of Atlanta's defense under the leadership of Raheem Morris won't matter if Morris finds a way to win as the Falcons' interim coach. The more Morris wins, the better he'll look to Falcons owner Arthur Blank as perhaps more than just a temporary replacement for the...
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stands with Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
October 12, 2020 - 2:54 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Quinn never stopped believing he could turn things around in Atlanta. He won’t get the chance. With the Falcons mired at 0-5 for the first time since 1997, Quinn was fired as the team’s coach — just hours after a 23-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Longtime general manager...
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) celebrates with his teammates after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
October 11, 2020 - 11:51 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The ultimate anguish. The ultimate joy. This season, for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, had it all. And it ended in the only fashion that they deemed would be acceptable, with them back atop the basketball world. For the first time since Kobe Bryant's fifth...
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