Update on the latest sports
Lockout over, free agent frenzy expected
NEW YORK (AP) – A frenzy of is expected in baseball’s free-agent market, now that Major League Baseball’s players and owners have reached deal to end the lockout.
A freeze on roster transactions was dissolved Thursday night, spurring a wave of speculation about new homes for Carlos Correa, Freddie Freeman and more than 100 other free agents who had been kept in lockout limbo.
The deal brings major changes that include expansion of the DH to the National League, increasing the postseason from 10 teams to 12, advertisements on uniforms, a balanced schedule that reduces intradivision play starting in 2023 and measures aimed to incentivize competition and decrease rebuilding, such as an amateur draft lottery. Most of the labor fight, of course, centered on the game’s core economics.
The players’ executive board approved the five-year contract at about 3 p.m. in a 26-12 vote. Owners ratified the deal 30-0 just three hours later, and just like that, baseball’s ninth work stoppage ended.
Training camps in Florida and Arizona are opening today, with players mandated to report by Sunday. The 162-game season will start April 7.
10-games in the NBA
UNDATED (AP) – Here’s tonight’s NBA schedule, all times Eastern.
Minnesota at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
LA Clippers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at New Orleans, 8 p.m.
Cleveland at Miami, 8 p.m.
Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m.
New York at Memphis, 8 p.m.
Utah at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.
Toronto at Phoenix, 9 p.m.
Washington at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
UNDATED (AP) – Vegas comes to Pittsburgh tonight in playoff position, but with nothing guaranteed.
The Golden Knights are coming off a 3-1 loss in Buffalo last night. Likewise, the Penguins are looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss to Florida in their last game Tuesday night.
Other games on the NHL schedule have Minnesota visiting Columbus, Winnipeg at the N.Y. Islanders, and the Capitals in Vancouver to play the Canucks.
T25-MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UNDATED (AP) – Here’s a look at today’s schedule involved top 25 teams in men’s college basketball, all times Eastern:
No. 2 Arizona vs. Colorado, in Pac 12 semifinals at Las Vegas, 9 p.m.
No. 4 Auburn vs. Texas A&M, in SEC quarterfinals at Tampa, Fla., Noon
No. 5 Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt, in SEC quarterfinals at Tampa, Fla., 8 p.m.
No. 7 Duke vs. Miami, in ACC semifinals at New York, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Kansas vs. TCU, in Big 12 semifinals at Kansas City, 7 p.m.
No. 9 Purdue vs. Penn St., in Big Ten quarterfinals at Indianapolis, 9 p.m.
No. 9 Tennessee vs. Mississippi St., in SEC quarterfinals at Tampa, Fla., 6 p.m.
No. 11 Providence vs. Creighton, in Big East semifinals at New York, 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 Wisconsin vs. Michigan St., in Big Ten quarterfinals at Indianapolis, 6:30 p.m.
No. 13 UCLA vs. Washington or No. 21 Southern Cal, in Pac 12 semifinals at Las Vegas, 11:30 p.m.
No. 15 Arkansas vs. LSU, in SEC quarterfinals at Tampa, Fla., 2 p.m.
No. 16 Illinois vs. Indiana, in Big Ten quarterfinals at Indianapolis, 11:30 a.m.
No. 18 Houston vs. Cincinnati, in AAC quarterfinals at Fort Worth, Texas, 1 p.m.
No. 24 Iowa vs. Rutgers, in Big Ten quarterfinals at Indianapolis, 2 p.m.