MLB braces for lockout with CBA expiring

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IRVING, Texas (AP) The clock ticked down Wednesday toward the expiration of Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement at 11:59 p.m. EST and a likely management lockout ending the sport's labor peace at 9,740 days over 26 1/2 years.

After successfully reaching four consecutive agreements without a stoppage, players and owners have appeared headed for a confrontation for more than two years.

"The lockout seemes like a very likely scenario," pitcher Max Scherzer, a member of the union's executive committee, said Wednesday after finalizing his contract with the New York Mets.

WTA out of China due to Peng concerns

The head of the women's professional tennis tour announced Wednesday that all WTA tournaments would be suspended in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former high-ranking government official in that country of sexual assault.

Peng dropped out of public view after raising the allegations about former vice premier Zhang Gaoli in a Nov. 2 social media posting that was quickly taken down by Chinese authorities. (MORE)

Murray, Hopkins back at Cards' practice

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Quarterback Kyler Murray and All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins were both at practice for the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday in a sign the team's top two playmakers might be ready to return after a three-game absence.

Even defensive end J.J. Watt was seen on the practice field, doing conditioning work off to the side despite a shoulder injury that could keep him out for the rest of the season. (MORE)

With Jones iffy, Giants sign QB Fromm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants gave an indication of their concern about starting quarterback Daniel Jones by signing quarterback Jake Fromm off the Buffalo Bills' practice squad.

The Giants announced the move early Wednesday before practice. (MORE)

Texans scrap practice, no positive tests

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans canceled practice and all other in-person activities Wednesday on the advice of their medical team because some players weren't feeling well. Coach David Culley said they have not had any positive COVID-19 tests.

Culley, speaking to reporters via Zoom, said that the team would resume normal operations Thursday. (MORE)

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