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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Baseball players and owners had a deal to expand active rosters from 25 to 26 players for most of the season, but the union backed out in the final stages of collective bargaining.

As part of the deal, the limit from Sept. 1 on would have been lowered from 40 to 28.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press on Friday: \"We thought we were going to make an agreement, had a tentative agreement. ... but nothing's done until it's done.\"

While the players' association backed out, Manfred says \"there were serious reservations on both sides.\"

Union head Tony Clark says the parties may revisit the topic during the five-year contract.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) \u2014 The New England Patriots went back to practice without Rob Gronkowski on Friday as the 2015 All-Pro tight end prepared for season-ending back surgery.

It didn't look much different than a lot of their workouts this season.

\"We've had some experience I think this year being without him,\" quarterback Tom Brady said a day after the team announced that Gronkowski is expected to miss the rest of the season recovering from a herniated disk in his back. \"It's not something that you want to deal with. But at some point in the year, based on how long the season is, you're always going to deal with something.\"

One of the dominant tight ends in NFL history, Gronkowski's biggest struggle is often to stay on the field. He has had ankle and knee surgery once, three operations on his forearm, and two previous back operations. He was the 2014 Comeback Player of the Year, a year after he played in just seven games because of injuries to his back, forearm and knee.

The 2010 second-round draft pick has already missed three weeks this season and had a limited role in three others \u2014 the fifth year in a row that he hasn't been able to play in every game.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday he is disappointed for Gronkowski, praising his work and his contributions to the team. Brady made it clear that he still has plenty of targets for this weekend's game against the Los Angeles Rams, even without the three-time All-Pro.

\"We've still got a lot of good players,\" Brady said. \"We'll keep battling without him. We've got a lot of tough guys in the locker room still, and we'll see what we can make of this season. We were off to a good start and we've got to keep it going.\"

After spending the first half of the season on the injury report with a hamstring problem, Gronkowski was hurt again on Nov. 13. He took a shot in the chest from Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas that Gronkowski said was \"probably one of the hardest I've got hit in my career.\" He missed the Nov. 20 game against San Francisco; when he returned last week against the New York Jets, he left late in the first quarter with a back injury.

He did not practice this week.

On Thursday, the team and Gronkowski's family issued a joint statement saying the hit in the Seattle game resulted in a pulmonary contusion to his lung, but doctors cleared him to return. Against the Jets, though, \"Rob began to experience significant back and leg pain.\"

\"It has been determined that it is in Rob's best long-term interest to undergo surgery to address his lower back injury,\" the statement said. \"We do not expect that he will be able to play for the remainder of the 2016 season, but will await the results of (Friday's) surgery before making a final determination.\"

One Gronkowski returned to the Patriots when the team re-signed fullback Glenn, Rob's brother, to the practice squad.

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PHOENIX (AP) \u2014 College basketball had bogged down, the scoring at all-time lows, the wrestling under the basket going through gym roofs across the country.

Something had to be done, so the NCAA began implementing rules to clean up and speed up the game.

These new rules, put in place over the past few years, have mostly worked. Scoring is up, the games have more movement and flow, the physical play in the post at least toned down a bit.

\"We've made some inroads,\" said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men's basketball championships. \"The past couple years have been very positive in trying to change the direction we were on, but it's an ongoing effort.\"

College basketball began to bog down around the turn of the century as players got bigger and stronger and the game failed to adapt.

By the 2012-13 season, scoring in Division I dropped to 67.5 points per game, lowest since 1951-52 \u2014 long before the 3-point shot and shot clock were added. It was the fourth straight season scoring dropped.

Shooting percentages and assists dropped, and 3-point shooting dipped to levels not seen since the arc was added in 1986. Fouls also were down, a sign that officials were letting them play, as they say.

Once an offensive game, the game shifted toward the defense, the flow of games like being stuck in stop-and-go traffic.

So what the NCAA did was turn to rules already in place, asking officials to start carrying them to the letter of the law.

No more hand-checking, putting two hands on an opponent, using arm bars or jabbing. The block/charge, the most difficult call in basketball, was altered to limit the big crashes under that occur in every game. A restricted arc was created under the basket to prevent defenders from sliding under offensive players as they rose to the basket.

Last season, the shot clock was reduced from 35 to 30 seconds in an effort to speed up the game.

The NCAA has added to or tweaked the rules each season, hoping to hone the game into a much more high-scoring, free-flowing form.

It certainly worked last season.

Scoring rose from 67.2 points per game to 72.6, possessions per game climbed, field goal percentages and assists increased. Teams also averaged one more foul and one more free throw attempt per game.

\"There was a sense a couple years ago that our game was favoring the defensive players a little too much,\" Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. \"We were losing some of the excitement, some of the flow, some of the athleticism, some of the scoring that fans seemed to want. I think we've encouraged some of the rule changes that have freed up the flow of play and shifted the balance a little bit more to the offense.\"

This season, the NCAA has asked officials to pay more attention to the physical play in the post and fighting for rebounding position.

There's also a stronger emphasis on preventing defensive players from bellying up on ball handlers, creating a cylinder around the offensive player where any contact is a foul on the defense \u2014 as long as the ball handler is making a normal basketball move.

\"Overall, it's made our game better and we need to continue to head in that direction to create as much, what I would call, freedom of movement, getting away from the tug-of-war-type basketball that's taken place in the past, particularly in the post,\" Washington State coach Ernie Kent said.

The rules for the post are still a work in progress.

Officials have been asked to call fouls when post players dislodge each other, a defender uses a swim move to get in front of the offensive player or if the defensive players lays on his opponent with more than incidental contact.

The problem is determining how much contact is too much. Players have been taught for years to play a certain way in the post and asking them to make drastic changes to that will only slow the game down as fouls are continuously called.

Players and coaches always find a way to adapt, but finding the right balance in the post will likely be a gradual process.

\"We have a ways to go still in the low post,\" Gavitt said. \"That will be the challenge over the next few years. How do we get at the physical play in the low post without bias to the offensive or defensive player? How do you guard legally in the low post, how do you play offense legally in the low post? I think the game will be better when we move forward with that.\"

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AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) \u2014 The banged-up Carolina Panthers will be without star linebacker Luke Kuechly and two other key defenders Sunday while their playoff hopes hang by a thread.

The 2015 All-Pro Kuechly and safety Kurt Coleman have been ruled out at Seattle (7-3-1 ) with concussions. Defensive end Mario Addison, the team's leader with 6 1-2 sacks, will miss his second straight game with a foot injury. Ron Rivera's team desperately needs a win to hang in a crowded race for a playoff spot in the NFC.

Kuechly traveled with the team to the Bay Area for practice at San Jose State; the team stayed on the West Coast to cut down on travel time. The Panthers lost to the Raiders last week 35-32, after surrendering an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter.

\"I thought he did a really nice job,\" Rivera said of Kuechly, who spent the week in the concussion protocol. \"(He) just talked to the guys, was in communication with them. We'll see how it goes.\"

Kuechly will miss his second straight start after suffering a scary head injury in a victory over the Saints on Nov. 17. Fourth-year linebacker A.J. Klein will likely make his second straight start in place of the perennial Pro Bowler.

Rivera said Klein, \"practiced really well\" during the week. Shaq Thompson, a first-round pick in 2015, could also rotate in. Michael Griffin and Tre Boston are expected to start at safety with Coleman out.

Klein, a fifth-round pick in 2013, replaced Kuechly in three games early in 2015 after sustaining a concussion in the season opener. Klein had a forced fumble and five tackles against the Raiders, but was in coverage on a 47-yard completion to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, which set up the winning field goal in the fourth quarter.

\"Perception is unfair because of what happened. The perception is he got beat.\" said Rivera. \"There's more to the game and that's what I think people need to understand.\"

Carolina is three games behind the NFC South-leading Atlanta (7-4) and behind the Washington Redskins (6-4-1) for the final wild-card spot. Five teams enter the weekend within a game of the final seed with five weeks left.

The Panthers (4-7) have been decimated by injuries along the offensive line, and lately on defense, after remaining mostly injury free during their run to Super Bowl 50 last season. But Rivera likes his team's mindset despite 2016 not going to plan.

\"I think it's very good, I really do,\" Rivera said. \"They seem to be relaxed, loose and have good energy, which I think is important. So we'll see.\"

The Panthers play the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field this week after getting two wins against them in the 2015 season, including the divisional round of the playoffs 31-24.

Carolina will also be without right tackle Daryl Williams after suffering a left ankle injury in the second quarter against the Raiders. Right guard Trai Turner replaced Williams at tackle in the second half after not playing the position since high school.

Additionally, the Panthers this week placed their top two centers Ryan Kalil (shoulder) and his backup Gino Gradkowski (knee) on injured reserve. Tyler Larsen is expected to make his first career start at center after playing his first offensive snaps last week against the Raiders. The only member of the offensive line playing in the same position he started the season is left guard Andrew Norwell.

\"I thought they've done well,\" Rivera said of the offensive line. \"I thought Trai Turner's handled it very nicely. It's a real plus to have a guy like that.\"

The Seahawks' vaunted defense ranks first in scoring and seventh overall. Safety Earl Thomas (hamstring) and lineman Michael Bennett (knee) are listed as probable. Thomas missed his first career start last week when Seattle lost in Tampa Bay, 14-5. Bennett missed the last five games after having surgery on his knee.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) \u2014 Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain's on-again, off-again career could be over this time.

McClain was suspended indefinitely Friday for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, his third suspension since the end of the 2014 season. That was his only full year with the Cowboys, although he missed three games with injuries, after reviving his career following a year away from the game.

The suspension likely means the end of McClain's Dallas career. The 27-year-old McClain was on his third straight one-year contract but never saw the field for the Cowboys. McClain was suspended the first 10 games this year after a four-game ban to start 2015.

McClain was eligible to return for the Thanksgiving game this season, but owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he wouldn't report to the team. Jones declined to be more specific.

\"Rolando has got to work on his off-the-field situations before he can even begin to think about being a productive player on the field,\" executive vice president Stephen Jones said on his radio show Friday. \"We certainly wish him the best.\"

The eighth overall draft pick by Oakland in 2010 out of Alabama, McClain had three disappointing seasons before the Raiders dumped him. McClain signed with Baltimore shortly after his release but retired twice while with the Ravens.

The Cowboys were looking for help at linebacker in 2014 after leading tackler Sean Lee sustained a season-ending knee injury in offseason workouts. McClain decided he wanted to play and came to Dallas in a trade just before training camp.

McClain had a career-high 108 tackles that first year with Dallas, second to safety Barry Church and good enough to get him another one-year contract. But the four-game suspension shortened his second season before the announcement in June that he was banned 10 games for another substance-abuse violation.

McClain has 479 tackles and 9 1/2 sacks in 345 games with 134 starts over five seasons.

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) \u2014 Tiger Woods saved par from the dunes with a shot so good that two spectators ran over and scooped up sand for a souvenir.

It also served as motivation Friday at the Hero World Challenge. The tee shot on the par-3 eighth that landed next to a bush was so bad that Woods said he told caddie Joe LaCava after his par putt, \"I'm not dropping a shot.\"

And he didn't.

Woods capped a bogey-free round with an even more unlikely par save on the 16th hole. What stood out on a balmy day at Albany was a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round in which he never really missed a shot. It led to enough birdies for a 7-under 65, leaving him six shots behind and in a tie for ninth in the 17-man field.

His golf was as good as it was Thursday, his first competition in 15 months, only this time he eliminated the mistakes.

\"I wanted to keep that card clean,\" Woods said. \"I don't know what it is about playing and competing, but keeping cards clean, there's something really special. And it feels pretty good about doing that.\"

And he did it quickly, in just under three hours.

Justin Rose, who opened with a 74, withdrew with back problems. That left Woods as a single, and when he realized there would not be much wind, he felt he could play just as well without a marker (typically the club pro) to get a feel for how various shots might be affected.

He was on his own and moving in the right direction.

The par save on No. 8 and a wedge to tap-in range on the No. 9 allowed him to make the turn in 33, just like Thursday. The difference was how he finished.

After pounding a drive down with the wind at his back on the par-5 11th \u2014 he had to carry a bunker 290 yards away \u2014 he switch to a 5-iron to play away from a bunker to the right of the green, making sure he would have the right angle to the pin. It was right where he was aiming, a yard off the green, setting up an easy two-putt birdie. He followed that with a 6-iron to a foot for birdie on the 12th, a 10-foot birdie putt on the 14th and a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th.

He made seven birdies, but nothing brought out the emotion like a par.

His tee shot on the 16th, where he made double bogey Thursday, took a wild hop into a bush in the sandy area. Enough of the ball was showing that Woods tried to hit 6-iron to the front bunker, but it came out heavy into more of the waste area. The next shot was well beyond the hole.

The par putt dropped on its final turn, and Woods thrust his fist toward the cup and slapped the face of his putter.

Two more pars, and he was done and feeling much better about the next two days.

\"I really had it dialed in both ways,\" he said. \"I was shaping it both ways and I really had nice control of my (trajectory). That was the key. I was able to keep the ball down when I needed to and send it at times.\"

Woods stayed out of golf following two back surgeries over the last three months of 2015, and he had not competed since a tie for 10th at the Wyndham Championship on Aug. 23, 2015. There have been no issues with his back, and Woods said he has made a few changes with his swing and how much he works away from golf.

If he looks slimmer, he says he picked up an illness from his children over Thanksgiving. More relevant is that he said he no longer lifts weights or trains as he once does. Woods said he used to run 30 miles a week in his early days on tour.

\"I've had four knee surgeries, three backs. My body's been through it,\" he said.

As for the weights?

\"I don't load the spine like I used to,\" he said. \"I'm trying to do other things to gain strength. I don't have any problem with suppleness and flexibility, but I also need to have stability.\"

As for his swing, Woods said he has made subtle changes to alleviate the strain on his back.

\"I've tried to go back and look at and do some stuff that I used to do as a junior that I did naturally,\" he said.

Another change is that he is at Albany without a swing coach. Woods began working with Chris Como in November 2014, but the work is done in what Woods described as \"training camps.\"

\"We'll have little windows where we'll practice when I have time to do it,\" Woods said. \"Then I'll shut it down, I'll work on my short game in the backyard, chip and putt, and then we'll have another training camp a week or two later.\"

The real measure might not come until early next year, when he gets more tournaments and different \u2014 and colder \u2014 conditions. Friday was just another round, and a step forward.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) \u2014 The Texas Rangers have received right-hander pitcher Brady Dragmire on a waiver claim from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Texas also Friday lost left-hander David Rollins to Philadelphia, his fourth team since the World Series.

Pittsburgh had acquired the 23-year-old Dragmire from Toronto for cash considerations in October. He was 4-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 45 relief appearances for New Hampshire in the Eastern League, his first time at the Double-A level.

The AL West champion Rangers had received Rollins from the Chicago Cubs on Nov. 22, four days after the champions had gotten the Texas-born pitcher on a waiver claim from Seattle.

In 11 relief appearance for the Mariners last season, Rollins allowed eight runs over 9 1-3 innings.

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