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August 13, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Pittsburgh Steeler coach Chuck Noll's contract and recent coaching record were the focus of debate at the NFL antitrust trial, with the players' attorneys critical of both. Attorneys for the eight players suing the league over its free-agency system said Noll's 10-year consulting deal with the Steelers, which took effect in 1989, is worth $1 million. Money, particularly salary, is a continuing issue in the trial no matter who is on the witness stand.
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April 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers wrapped the 2013-14 season with two straight wins, finishing 27-55 on the season. Week 25 started with a 119-104 win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday, which dropped the Lakers to sixth in the NBA draft lottery . On Wednesday, the Lakers closed out the year with a 113-110 victory on the road in San Antonio against the Spurs. All-star Kobe Bryant took off early, heading to France before the Lakers' season ended . Kent Bazemore underwent surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.
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May 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
This is the first in a series of profiles focusing on this year's free-agent class. Deron Williams, point guard Most recent team: New Jersey Nets (moving to Brooklyn next season) Type of free agent: Player option, Unrestricted Positives: Well, we are talking about the most talented candidate in the free-agent pool. Even if the Lakers upgraded at point guard this season by acquiring Ramon Sessions, his shaky postseason play and Williams' superior talent still makes him a worthy candidate for the Lakers back court.
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April 7, 2014 | By Mark Brilliant
The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men's basketball players who reject the NCAA's precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes. At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as "employees" eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.
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November 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The season of free agency is upon us, and with it the season of contractual absurdity. Baseball is awash in money - from national television contracts, local cable deals, and the most powerful website in sports, mlb.com. The industry generates $8 billion per year, and the cash flow is so generous that each team will get another $25 million in revenue next year, just from an increase in TV money. All that money has allowed even small-market teams to retain their stars. The Cincinnati Reds kept Joey Votto for $225 million.
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April 30, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Infielder Jorge Cantu opted for free agency Monday, leaving the Angels' Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees as part of a contractual opportunity of his deal with the major-league club. Cantu was batting .291 (25 for 86) with four home runs and 22 runs batted in in 21 games playing first base for Salt Lake. He hit .277 with two homers and 10 RBI in spring training. The 30-year-old, eight-year major-league veteran formerly with the Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres failed to crack the Angels' roster out of spring training.
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May 23, 2012
The crux of Darius Morris' exit interview with Mike Brown and Mitch Kupchak centered around the NBA Summer League. That's because the Lakers want to see a few things. They want to see how much growth he experiences this off-season. They want to see if Morris in an elevated role will give them a better idea as to whether they should consider him in the team's future. Meanwhile, Morris enters this off-season wanting to use the summer league, which goes from July 13-22 in Las Vegas, to impress two parties.
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May 7, 2012 | By Mark Medina
An interesting reality surrounds Devin Ebanks as he steps on the court. His promotion to the Lakers' starting small forward during Metta World Peace's seven-game suspension serves as an audition for two different parties. One party involves Lakers Coach Mike Brown, who has given him scarce playing time after starting him for the season's first four games. The other part of the equation involves other teams, since Ebanks will become a restricted free agent on July 1. Still, Ebanks maintained after Monday's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo that "I'm just focused on the playoffs" and declined to entertain his thought process heading into free agency.
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July 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but there's still plenty of things to monitor. First of all, Laker fans can still get their hoops fix by watching the 2012 London Olympics. Among the notable subplots: Kobe Bryant has played an elder statesman role with Team USA where he's providing leadership, deferring teammates and playing defense. Pau Gasol remains Spain's No. 1 option, became the country's flag bearer and hopes he can rectify his native country's gold-medal match loss to Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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May 22, 2012 | By Mark Medina
*Audio of Troy Murphy's exit interview Lakers forward Troy Murphy said although he "enjoyed playing here," he wasn't sure he would re-sign with the team. "Unfortunately, it ended sooner than we had expected," Murphy said Tuesday after his exit interview at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. "I'm going to take some time off and collect my thoughts and see what the future has in store. " What Murphy thinks very well might not matter. The Lakers signed him last year to the veterans' minimum for $1.4 million, and The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported he isn't expected to return.
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April 5, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
What a difference a (pro) day makes. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had a great one, consistently hitting his receivers in stride. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater did not, struggling with his timing and accuracy in a choreographed on-campus workout that NFL scouts traditionally expect to be polished and seamless. Manziel is the top pick in this mock draft, and Bridgewater tumbles out of the first round. That's based not only on the players' pro day performances, but also on the seismic shift of free agency, in which teams such as Oakland and Tampa Bay addressed (at least for the time being)
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Trout and the Angels agreed on a six-year, $144.5-million contract extension Friday, and the critics immediately pounced. Baseball is so flush with cash that the criticism was directed not at the Angels -- for a third $100-million deal when the first two so far have backfired -- but at Trout and his agent, Craig Landis. Trout set himself up for life financially and preserved the ability to negotiate a monster free-agent contract at 29, which could make him the richest athlete in North American sports history . But the Angels would have preferred a longer deal, and industry executives and other agents wondered why Trout and Landis would pass up a chance at perhaps $300 million -- guaranteed now. "We're not like the other people," Landis said Saturday.
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March 8, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Down, set… shop! NFL free agency opens this week, and with the salary cap set at $133 million per team, each club has $10 million more in buying power than it did last season. Although the signing period doesn't begin until Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, the league this off-season has made time for some window-shopping. In an attempt to cut down on tampering, the league has instituted a three-day negotiating period, which began Saturday morning, allowing teams to discuss contract numbers with agents.
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March 6, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Champ Bailey will eventually wind up in Canton. But he thought he would stay in Denver a little longer. According to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos intend to release Bailey, a future Hall of Fame cornerback who earned eight of his record 12 Pro Bowl invitations in the Mile High City. Bailey, who met with team brass Wednesday, told the Denver Post that he thought the team might approach him with a renegotiation of his $10-million salary but there was no such offer made. “There were no discussions about it,” he told the newspaper.
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February 26, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels signed outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1-million contract on Wednesday, avoiding the rancor of the renewal process and setting the stage for agreement on a long-term extension later this spring. By setting Trout's 2014 salary now, the Angels can start the long-term deal in 2015. That enables the Angels to avoid a luxury-tax assessment this season. Trout, 22, finished second in American League Most Valuable Player voting in each of his first two full seasons. He and the Angels are discussing an extension reported in the range of six years and $150 million.
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March 5, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Greg Jennings will hit the free agent market next week, meaning a seven-year run with the Green Bay Packers that included a Super Bowl victory is likely over. The Packers declined to use their franchise tag on the star receiver, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported. They would have had to offer Jennings a one-year, $10.5-million contract in guaranteed money and decided instead to prepare for a potential salary-cap crunch. Green Bay technically could still bring him back as a free agent, but top receivers are hard to come by this off-season so chances are another team will be willing to pay top dollar for the two-time Pro Bowler.
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July 5, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Evidence that NHL general managers are tiptoeing through an often bewildering minefield of rules and regulations emerged during Peter Chiarelli's conference call. Chiarelli, the Boston Bruins' general manager, was talking about the seven-player blockbuster trade completed Thursday by Boston and Dallas. Going to the Stars were Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and prospect Ryan Button in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser. Late in the call, after a handful of questions about Seguin's maturity level, Chiarelli was asked if he was allowed to talk about the Bruins' pursuit of coveted free agent Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators.
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February 11, 2014 | Wire Reports
The Cleveland Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that Chief Executive Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. “Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35,” Haslam said at a news conference. Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins' GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take over the team's football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.
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January 17, 2014 | Staff and Wire reports
AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and major league home run champion Chris Davis reached rich deals as players and teams swapped proposed figures in salary arbitration. Ninety-one players reached agreements Friday, leaving 39 headed toward hearings next month in St. Petersburg, Fla., from among the 146 who filed for arbitration earlier in the week. Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers reached a one-season deal for $15,525,000 that leaves him less than a year from free agency. Davis and the Baltimore Orioles agreed at $10.35 million.
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