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April 2, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $100 million, eight-year contract. It’s the largest deal for a player under club control with less than one year of major league service. Acuña was the NL Rookie of the Year last season. The deal includes two team options that, if exercised, would raise the value to $124 million over 10 years.

NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have been fined by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. The league say Green was fined $35,000 for comments on social media that “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating.” Curry was fined $25,000 for similar reasons, while Durant’s fine of $15,000 was for “public criticism” of the refereeing. The discipline stems from Friday night’s game at Minnesota, which the Warriors lost 131-130 in overtime.

UNDEATED (AP) — Alliance of American Football co-founder Bill Polian says he’s “extremely disappointed, ” but he’s been told football operations have been suspended and that virtually everyone involved will be terminated within 24 to 48 hours. He says the only people to be retained will be equipment managers and others closing facilities. Polian maintains the league appeared “headed to a tremendous run of success” and all he’s heard is “that it’s about the money.”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime coach Lute Olson and the late Rick Majerus headline the 2019 class of six former players and three influential coaches selected for the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining them during the induction ceremony this November are former Indiana star Calbert Cheaney, Duke’s Shane Battier (BAT’-ee-ay), Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Ernie DiGregorio of Providence, UNLV’s Larry Johnson, Stanford standout Todd Lichti and longtime Valparaiso coach Homer Drew.

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) —Major League Baseball’s is taking over the former Dodgertown spring training camp in Vero Beach for its amateur development initiatives. It will be re-named the Jackie Robinson Training Complex. The sport is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier with the Dodgers on April 15, 1947.