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Liriano agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Tigers

By MARK DIDTLERAssociated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth. The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, …

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Jags give 2-year extensions to Marrone, Coughlin, Caldwell

By MARK LONGAP Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Jacksonville’s success last season gave owner Shad Khan hope for the future and increased faith in the team’s leadership. Khan gave two-year extensions to coach Doug Marrone, executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell on …

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Strasbourg and Montpellier draw 0-0 in French league

STRASBOURG, France (AP) – Montpellier’s defense held out again in a 0-0 draw at Strasbourg in the French league on Friday. Montpellier has the second best defense in the league, with only 21 goals conceded in 27 games, and was rarely threatened by a subdued home side. Instead, Montpellier could …

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Top USA Swimming official quits over failure to disclose

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A top official for USA Swimming who was part of an investigation of a coach for sexual misconduct has resigned for not disclosing that she once kissed the coach. Susan Woessner was the senior director of Safe Sport for the national governing body. She says …

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Tennis association, player who fell settle liability lawsuit

By TOM HAYSAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) – The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open …

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The Latest: San Diego State provisionally suspends Pope

NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times Eastern): 4:30 p.m. San Diego State has provisionally suspended senior forward Malik Pope, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, while its compliance department investigates whether he received a $1,400 loan from an agent. Pope’s name …

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Bundesliga relegation rivals Mainz and Wolfsburg draw 1-1

By CIARAN FAHEYAssociated Press BERLIN (AP) – Wolfsburg’s new coach Bruno Labbadia was unable to force an improvement as his side was held at relegation rival Mainz to 1-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday. Labbadia was appointed on Tuesday following Martin Schmidt’s surprise resignation the day before. Schmidt, who led …

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AP Exclusive: Medal haul well short of USOC projections

By EDDIE PELLSAP National Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – It was a sweeping goal, spelled out on a colorful, full-screen slide and presented to leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee in a meeting last year. Sports executives in America targeted athletes on Team USA to win 37 medals at …

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2nd Russian athlete tests positive for doping at Olympics

By JAMES ELLINGWORTHAP Sports Writer GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) – A second Russian athlete failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International Olympic Committee’s executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday’s closing ceremony. Russian Bobsled Federation President Alexander Zubkov told …

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NBA setting up hotline to report misconduct, work concerns

By BRIAN MAHONEYAP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace. The move comes after a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for women in the Dallas Mavericks organization. Commissioner …

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