Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans. Flacco was the Super Bowl MVP and the NFL's highest-paid quarterback just a few years ago. After injuries shortened his last two seasons, Flacco is now in New York with a new role: as a backup to Sam Darnold. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
May 28, 2020 - 5:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Flacco has hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and been the Super Bowl MVP. He has been the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and one of the faces of a franchise. Now with the New York Jets, Flacco is merely a 35-year-old backup coming off an injury and tasked with helping Sam Darnold...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) stretches prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Charlotte, N.C. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever, or if, they actually play. Newton is 31 and five years removed from his AP NFL MVP season, but he has been posting workout videos on Instagram to show he's now healthy. Where he eventually ends up — likely as a backup, at least at first — remains one of the most intriguing storylines of the offseason. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
May 26, 2020 - 1:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Offseason shopping is still in full swing in the NFL. Even with the status of the upcoming season uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic, teams continue to tinker with their rosters by adding players they hope will help them win — whenever or if they actually play. Virtual...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady’s journey to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series released in 2021. Entitled “The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,” the nine-episode series will include a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats he was a part of. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
May 22, 2020 - 2:57 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in New England says not even a Hail Mary is going to help Tom Brady win a seventh Super Bowl championship now that he's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, in a tongue-in-cheek tweet Friday, took a swipe at the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith (99) sits on the bench during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif. Smith will be able to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys after the NFL on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, conditionally reinstated the pass rusher from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 20, 2020 - 7:57 pm
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Aldon Smith will be able to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys after the NFL on Wednesday conditionally reinstated the pass rusher from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues. Smith, who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2015, will be able to...
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Munich's goal keeper Manuel Neuer gestures during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Union Berlin and Bayern Munich in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Hannibal Hanschke, Pool)
May 20, 2020 - 10:00 am
MUNICH (AP) — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has extended his contract at Bayern Munich by two years through June 2023. The 34-year-old Neuer, Bayern’s captain, had been involved in protracted negotiations with the club, particularly after it signed a would-be replacement in Alexander Nübel from...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern Conference was the biggest spender, hiring three lobbying firms and paying them a total of $140,000, according to lobbying disclosure forms reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 19, 2020 - 11:52 am
The Power Five conferences spent $350,000 on lobbying in the first three months of 2020, more than they had previously spent in any full year, as part of a coordinated effort to influence Congress on legislation affecting the ability of college athletes to earn endorsement money. The Southeastern...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa passes during an NCAA college football game against LSU in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa is a rarity in the NFL: a left-handed quarterback, something the league hasn't had in several years. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)
May 16, 2020 - 1:07 pm
When Tua Tagovailoa signed his rookie contract with the Miami Dolphins, the left-handed quarterback from Alabama didn’t have to worry about smudging his signature. He signed the documents with his right hand. Yes, the NFL’s latest lefty QB is a natural right-hander, one whose father, Galu, turned...
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Grounds crew members mow as work continues to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 12, 2020 - 10:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball did not include an economic proposal during its opening presentation to the players' union on terms to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized big leaguers for not being willing to cut pay further at a news conference on...
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In an otherwise empty ballpark, a grounds crew member continues to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 12, 2020 - 7:15 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The California Collegiate Athletic Association has suspended all fall sports for the upcoming year, the league announced on Tuesday. The NCAA Division II conference currently has 13 members but will lose one with...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2017 file photo Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws the ball during an NCAA college football practice at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tagovailoa signed a $30.275 million, four-year guaranteed contract with the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the negotiations confirmed Monday, May 11, 2020 to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)
May 11, 2020 - 6:02 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Now Tua Tagovailoa can pay for that Cadillac Escalade he gave his mom. The new Miami Dolphins quarterback signed a $30.275 million, four-year guaranteed contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The contract includes a $19.6 million signing...
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