Jeter says Marlins undecided about Stanton's future

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MIAMI (AP) - New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says the team has made no decision regarding right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the trading block following an MVP season.

The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are considered front-runners to acquire Stanton, with both teams offering a package of prospects. But the major league home run champion can veto any deal because his record $325 million, 13-year contract includes a no-trade clause.

"We will explore every option out there to make our organization better," Jeter said Tuesday on the Marlins' flagship radio station, WINZ-AM. "There have been no decisions. We have not made many decisions on the baseball side. We're still gathering information. Anything up to this point has been speculation."

The revenue-starved Marlins hope to trade Stanton to help reduce payroll by at least 20 percent to $90 million or less as part of a rebuilding under a new ownership group that includes Jeter.

Stanton is owed $295 million over the final decade of his contract, including $25 million in 2018. He led the major leagues this year with 59 homers and 132 RBIs and was voted National League MVP.

"He is arguably the best player in the game," Jeter said. "He had one of the greatest seasons I've seen a player have in the last 20-plus years."

Unless a deal is completed this week, Stanton's future will be the No. 1 topic at the baseball winter meetings beginning Sunday in Orlando. President of baseball operations Michael Hill will be the Marlins' point man in negotiations, rather than Jeter.

OLYMPICS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics - just not with their anthem playing or their nation's flag rising above them.

The International Olympic Committee barred Russia and its sports leaders from the upcoming games in South Korea after its lead investigator concluded members of the Russian government concocted a doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games that "caused unprecedented damage to Olympism and to sports."

Not welcome in Pyeongchang next year will be any sign of the Russian Olympic Committee or any member of its sports ministry, which was responsible for what investigators concluded was a top-to-bottom scheme of "manipulation and cheating" to ensure Russians could dope at the Olympics on their home turf and not get caught.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Colin Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce and promised that "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people."

Beyonce thanked Kaepernick for his "personal sacrifice," and 2016 Ali Award winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Kaepernick a "worthy recipient" during a video tribute.

Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Less than a year after Willie Taggart inspired the Ducks with his tagline "Do Something," Oregon is searching for a new coach.

Oregon's players were summoned to a meeting at the team's football complex early for the announcement that Taggart had accepted the coaching job at Florida State.

Senior cornerback Ty Griffin tweeted the words "He gone" with a smoke puff emoji.

PRO BASKETBALL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities charged a man in connection with the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, more than seven years after Wright's bullet-riddled body was found decomposing in a Tennessee suburb.

Billy Turner, 46, was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder, and was being held on $1 million bond, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

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