Athlete health

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2018 file photo West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. Holgorsen can earn a $50,000 bonus if West Virginia beats Syracuse next week in the Camping World Bowl, a game the Mountaineers will play without star quarterback Will Grier and left tackle Yodny Cajuste. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, file)
December 21, 2018 - 11:26 am
Dana Holgorsen can earn a $25,000 bonus if West Virginia beats Syracuse next week in the Camping World Bowl, a game the Mountaineers will play without star quarterback Will Grier and left tackle Yodny Cajuste. Dave Doeren's contract with North Carolina State calls for him to receive a $50,000 bonus...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, file photo, Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin looks on during warm-up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Seattle. Baldwin has been fortunate to have spent eight years in the NFL without having a season defined injuries affecting his play, until this year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 20, 2018 - 6:03 pm
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Doug Baldwin knows he's fortunate to have spent eight years in the NFL and to have established himself as one of the better players on several elite teams. He also knows he's fortunate to have gotten this far without having a season defined by obvious injuries affecting his...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley gives a thumbs-up to the crowd following a victory over Atlanta United in MLS soccer game action in Toronto. Bradley was called for the team's first training camp under coach Gregg Berhalter. But goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Jozy Altidore were omitted from a 27-man roster picked exclusively from players in Major League Soccer. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
December 20, 2018 - 1:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. captain Michael Bradley has an immediate chance to show new coach Gregg Berhalter he deserves to be considered for the next World Cup cycle. The 31-year-old midfielder was the oldest player and among just four veterans selected for a 27-man roster that will attend Berhalter's...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Even a pair of recent road wins haven't been able to mask a potentially troubling trend for playoff-bound Saints. Their normally prolific offense has been largely stagnant in 10 of their last 12 quarters of play. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken, File)
December 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dismisses the notion that the Saints' recent downturn in scoring is a sign of vulnerability. Either that or the 18-year veteran knows better than to acknowledge their past three opponents might have been on to something. "Bottom line is this: Regardless of how those...
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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) scrambles past New Orleans Saints' Tyeler Davison (95) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
December 19, 2018 - 4:19 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton is headed to the bench with a sore shoulder. The Panthers made the decision to shut down the 2015 league MVP for at least one game and possibly the remainder of the season due to a lingering right shoulder problem. Coach Ron Rivera said Taylor Heinicke will make...
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December 19, 2018 - 4:14 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa is optimistic that he will be fully recovered from ankle surgery and ready to play in the Orange Bowl. The Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up said his left ankle will be just fine for the College Football Playoff semifinal game with Oklahoma on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordy Mercer follows through on an RBI single off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland during the second inning of a baseball game, in San Francisco. The rebuilding Tigers aren't a team likely to turn many heads this offseason, but they've wasted little time in pursuing their objectives, making three quiet free agent signings already. Mercer reached a one-year deal with Detroit, and so did pitchers Matt Moore and Tyson Ross.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 19, 2018 - 10:17 am
DETROIT (AP) — Jordy Mercer found out quickly that the Tigers had him on their radar. "They were one of the first clubs that we had talks with," Detroit's new shortstop said Tuesday. "It was early on in the process, so I know they were interested. They didn't back down." The rebuilding Tigers aren'...
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Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (50) passes the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks Sunday Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. Crawford left the game with 1:30 left in the first period after the back of his head struck the right post during a goalmouth pile-up. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
December 19, 2018 - 12:09 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks added another difficult question to their long list of problems when Corey Crawford suffered another concussion. Suddenly, their goaltending situation is completely up in the air. There was no update on Crawford's status a day after he was placed on injured...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 file photo, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Cincinnati. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Matt Harvey has agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The person spoke Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
December 18, 2018 - 9:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey has agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, returning to the team that drafted him out of high school but failed to sign the pitcher. Harvey's deal was disclosed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke Tuesday to The...
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Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) runs against Chicago Bears defensive back Eddie Jackson (39) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
December 18, 2018 - 5:58 pm
This is the most important week of the year in fantasy sports, reserved for an exclusive club of those who have made it to the finals. We are well past the days of scrambling for potential future standouts on the waiver wire. If you are still playing for something this week, it's sort of a reward...
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