MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK (AP) — The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year. While the union has resisted many of MLB’s proposed innovations, players are willing to accept the intentional walk...

The Latest: Hendrick ‘can’t sit still’ despite Turn 4 issues

Jimmie Johnson (48) hits the inside wall after losing control of his car coming out of Turn 4 during a NASCAR Clash auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest...

In nearly 3 years on job, Phil Jackson hasn’t fixed Knicks

FILE – In this June 3, 2016 file photo, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, responds to questions during an NBA basketball news conference to announce the hiring of Jeff Hornacek as the head coach in Tarrytown, N.Y. Jackson has made his relationship with Carmelo Anthony...

NHL teams expected to pick up trading pace over next week

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith skates off the ice during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Detroit. The NHL trade deadline is looming over the league, leading to players such as Detroit...

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving...

Lakers trading Lou Williams to Houston for Corey Brewer

The Los Angeles Lakers have swung their first deal of the Magic Johnson Era, agreeing to send Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a future draft pick. Brewer’s agent Wallace Prather confirmed the terms of the trade, which were first reported Tuesday by...

MLB may make unilateral rule changes for 2018

FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2017, file photo, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference following a meeting with team owners in Palm Beach, Fla. Manfred says he can’t offer a prediction on how likely it is that baseball will be altering...

Play vs. Rest: For many NBA teams, it’s still a real battle

Eastern Conference LeBron James of the Cleveland Caveliers (23) goes to the basket during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) MIAMI (AP) — There are 27 games remaining on Cleveland’s...

Lakers shake-up: Magic is in charge after GM Kupchak fired

FILE – In a Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a stadium which will be home to the Los Angeles Football Club in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on...

AP source: Matt Wieters, Nationals agree, pending physical

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters bats against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning in Detroit. Two people familiar with the deal say that free-agent catcher Matt Wieters has agreed to a contract with the Washington Nationals,...