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May 5, 2016 - 8:09pm
5 min 23 sec ago

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — One day after becoming the first team to agree to terms with its first-round draft pick, the Atlanta Falcons have become the first team to sign all their selections.

The Falcons on Wednesday signed safety Keanu Neal to a four-year, $10.7 million deal with a signing bonus of about $6 million.

The team signed its other five picks on Thursday: linebacker Deion Jones, tight end Austin Hooper, linebacker De'Vondre Campbell,...

May 5, 2016 - 8:08pm
5 min 22 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — World Cup champions Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Chastain, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 World Cup final shootout against China, was selected on the player ballot. MacMillan, her teammate on that squad, was voted in on the veteran ballot. Garber was chosen on the builder ballot.

Chastain played 12 seasons of international soccer,...

May 5, 2016 - 7:51pm
5 min 22 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington's Barry Trotz, Dallas' Lindy Ruff and Florida's Gerard Gallant are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association voted at the end regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Thursday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Trotz guided the Capitals (56-18-8, 120 points...

May 5, 2016 - 7:44pm
5 min 22 sec ago

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed punter Lachlan Edwards, their seventh-round draft pick, and waived wide receiver Joe Anderson, who made headlines by standing outside Houston's stadium with a sign looking for an NFL job last season.

Edwards, from Sam Houston State, is the first of the Jets' seven picks to sign. He will compete with fellow Australian Tom Hackett, who signed as an undrafted free agent.

Anderson was signed to the...

May 5, 2016 - 7:37pm
5 min 22 sec ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New UNLV men's basketball coach Marvin Menzies has filled out his staff with three assistant coaches.

The school announced on Thursday the hiring of Andre LaFleur, Rob Jeter and Eric Brown.

Jeter was the head coach at Milwaukee for 11 seasons, winning 20 or more games five times. His record of 185-170 leaves him one short of the school record for most victories.

La Fleur spent the past five seasons as associate...

May 5, 2016 - 6:58pm
5 min 22 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game due to a sore right wrist and is hoping to return on Friday.

Heyward tested his wrist during batting practice before Thursday night's game against Washington. As long as it responds well to the workout, he plans to play in the second game of the four-game series.

Heyward says he got hurt while working on his swing during Chicago's series at Arizona last...

May 5, 2016 - 6:48pm
5 min 22 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says a decision is imminent on whether games between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins will be played in Puerto Rico this month.

Manfred said Thursday the announcement on whether a two-game series will be moved because of concerns about the Zika virus will be made Friday or Monday "at the latest."

The teams are scheduled to play May 30-31 in San Juan to celebrate Roberto Clemente Day, a league-wide...

May 5, 2016 - 6:27pm
5 min 22 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs and second-round draft pick Chris Jones have agreed to terms on a contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team had not announced the deal.

The Chiefs traded away their first-round pick last weekend, so Jones was their first selection with the No. 37 overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound defensive tackle...

May 5, 2016 - 6:25pm
5 min 22 sec ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed both of their sixth-round draft picks, quarterback Brandon Allen and defensive end Tyrone Holmes.

The players signed their deals Thursday, after rookies reported for a three-day orientation.

Allen was the 201st overall pick in last week's draft. He threw for 7,463 yards in four years at Arkansas. As a senior in n 2015, he led the Southeastern Conference in passer rating and yards per...

May 5, 2016 - 6:16pm
5 min 22 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Hockey League and the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are each donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing shelter, food, accommodation and comfort.

"The National Hockey League family stands with all who have been affected by the devastating...

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