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U.S. senator to query Facebook about report on treatment of critics

FILE PHOTO – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic U.S. senator said on Thursday she will ask Facebook Inc (FB.O) and the Justice Department about a media report that the company hired an outside firm to attack critics, warning that such action could raise campaign finance issues. Senator Amy Klobuchar told…

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‘No way’ Durant remains in Golden State after this season: report

Draymond Green received a one-game suspension and Kevin Durant had little to say to the media. But in the wake of the sideline dust-up between the two Golden State Warriors stars, multiple reports have surfaced alleging that Durant’s impending free agency had something to do with the exchange, and that the exchange may have cost the club a shot at holding onto Durant. FILE PHOTO: Nov 12, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) turns and yells at the Los Angeles Clippers bench after scoring…

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Steelers’ Bell doesn’t report, won’t play in 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell did not report to the team before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed, meaning he is ineligible to play the rest of the season. FILE PHOTO: Dec 25, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Bell, who has held out the entire year since being franchise-tagged for the second straight time, will forfeit the…

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NFL notebook: Steelers’ Bell unlikely to report by deadline

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is unlikely to report to the team before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, meaning he will likely miss the entire 2018 season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Nov 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports According to the report, Bell’s camp has nothing to say and will not discuss with reporters the 26-year-old back’s plans for the coming…

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Report: Timberwolves to trade Butler to Sixers

FILE PHOTO: Oct 19, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring a free throw against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Timberwolves are ending the drama surrounding Jimmy Butler after agreeing to trade the disgruntled superstar to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to an ESPN report on Saturday. Details of the trade, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, were not disclosed. Wojnarowski reported that the league trade call and physicals…

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Cubs willing to trade Bryant: report

FILE PHOTO: Sep 1, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) celebrates with team mates after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Kris Bryant figured to be one the Chicago Cubs’ young cornerstones, but the team is now open to trading him, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Cubs have reportedly been telling teams that nearly every player on the team — including Bryant — is available. He rejected a long-term contract extension offer from…

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MLB owners expected to approve Manfred contract: report

FILE PHOTO: Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, takes part in the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo Major League Baseball owners are expected to unanimously approve a five-year contract extension for commissioner Rob Manfred when they meet next week in Atlanta, USA Today reported Thursday. He needs the approval of 23 of 30 owners. Manfred, 60, was elected as baseball’s 10th commissioner by unanimous vote in 2014 to replace Bud Selig, who held the post for 17 years. He…

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Report: Phillies likely Harper landing spot

Bryce Harper is destined to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to executives polled on the free agent’s future by USA Today. FILE PHOTO: Sep 26, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) stands on the field after the Nationals’ game against the Miami Marlins was called for rain in the eighth inning at Nationals Park in what may be his final home game for the Nationals. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Harper, 26, turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals on…

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Feds give NCAA permission to launch basketball investigations: report

With the federal investigation into corruption in college basketball complete, the government has given the NCAA permission to begin its own investigation into some programs, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Mar 31, 2018; San Antonio, TX, USA; Basketball fans arrive before the semifinals of the 2018 men’s Final Four between the Loyola Ramblers and Michigan Wolverines at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The NCAA has been communicating with the federal government since September 2017, when FBI agents took 10 men into custody as part of their…

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All-Star Game draft to be televised: report

FILE PHOTO: Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo For the second time, NBA captains will draft All-Star teams before the game is played in 2019. For the first time, the draft will be televised, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Five starters from the East and five from the West will be selected as per tradition by fan balloting. Captains to be named will choose…

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