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  • AP sources: Peavy, Giants agree to 2-year deal

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the second inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the agreement had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.


  • Attack could cost Sony half a billion dollars: experts

    Workers remove a poster-banner for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, December 18, 2014The devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures could see the Hollywood studio lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and incur massive recovery costs, experts say. The cancellation of "The Interview," which President Barack Obama called a "mistake," has significantly escalated the potential losses of last month's hack, Hemanshu Nigam of the SSP Blue cybersecurity consultancy told AFP. On November 24, Sony suffered a cyberattack claimed by a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace (GOP). The unprecedented attack paralyzed Sony's computer systems and saw five films leaked online, some of them before their theatrical release.


  • APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax

    Graphic shows 2014 major league team payrolls; 1c x 5 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 139 mm;NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.


  • Things to know about Friday's baseball news

    San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, center, poses for a picture with Padres general manager A.J. Preller, left, and manager Bud Black, right, during a news conference introducing Kemp as part of the baseball club Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Diego. The Padres deal for the former the Los Angeles Dodger was the first of three big deals by the new Padres general manager, who also has added outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and All-Star catcher Derek Norris from Oakland. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:


  • Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: 'We will respond'

    US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference on December 19, 2014 in WashingtonUS President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang. Obama said the movie giant had "made a mistake" in canceling the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," a madcap romp about a CIA plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Sony defended its decision, made after anonymous hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in threatening cinemas screening the film, prompting theater chains to say they would not risk showing it. An envoy for Pyongyang denied the secretive state was behind the hacking, which led to the release of a trove of embarrassing emails, scripts and other internal communications, including information about salaries and employee health records.