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Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay must submit to drug testing for a year after pleading guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated stemming from his arrest after a traffic stop in March. More>>

A&M QB prefers unique nickname over Kenny Football

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Just call him Kenny Trill. More>>

Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup

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It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley - breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month. More>>

AP Source: Watt agrees to contract extension

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A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans. More>>

United offloads youth to signal shift in policy

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Manchester United was minutes away from announcing a blockbuster move for Radamel Falcao in the final hours of the transfer window when the club released a statement that went largely unnoticed. More>>

Chelsea gets top spot in AP soccer poll

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With an emphatic 6-3 win at Everton over the weekend, Chelsea took over at the top of The Associated Press global football poll on Tuesday. More>>

Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

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English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds ($1.38 billion) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe's other top leagues. More>>

World Cup slalom record holder Schild retires

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Austrian skier Marlies Schild retired Tuesday, ending a career in which she overcame several serious injuries before setting the women's record for most World Cup slalom wins. More>>

Kirk wins Deutsche Bank, gets into Ryder Cup talk

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Chris Kirk figured the Ryder Cup was out of his hands when he failed to earn one of the nine automatic spots. He already has plans to be at the Tennessee-Georgia football game during the matches in Scotland. He doesn't... More>>

Take my sweat, please: Tennis' gross ritual

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In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness - the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. More>>

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

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The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that. More>>

Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves

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The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter. More>>

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Dizzy in heat, Bouchard out of upset-heavy US Open

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Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry. More>>

9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

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Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. More>>

Homer-happy Nationals beat Dodgers 6-4

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Gio Gonzalez picked a good time to earn his first victory for Washington in the second half, coming against a talented Dodgers lineup the Nationals could see in the postseason. More>>

US OPEN SCENE: Azarenka's 'Happy Birthday' wish

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As a singer, Victoria Azarenka makes for a really good tennis player. More>>

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

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San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. More>>

Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB

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Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. More>>

Man United signs Falcao loan with option to buy

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Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco early Tuesday in a coup by the struggling club on the final day of the summer transfer window. More>>

Spain, Greece move to 3-0, Senegal upsets Croatia

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By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup. More>>

Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready

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Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. More>>

Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

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Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his... More>>

Braves' offense goes quietly in no-hit loss

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With their playoff hopes uncertain, Atlanta's struggling batters picked a bad time to get no-hit by Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia relievers. More>>

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

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The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization." More>>

Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

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By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. More>>

Hamels, Phils bullpen pitching no-hitter thru 8

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Cole Hamels and a pair of Philadelphia Phillies relievers are pitching a combined no-hitter through eight innings against the Atlanta Braves. More>>

Panthers QB Newton returns to practice field

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Cam Newton is back in pads - dramatically oversized pads. More>>

Djokovic tops Kohlschreiber, reaches US Open QFs

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Playing mostly mistake-free tennis, top-seeded Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for the eighth year in a row - and at a 22nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament overall. More>>

For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

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A small auction house that's becoming known for selling rare baseball memorabilia has come across a mother lode of cards prized by collectors. The collection from 1909, 1910 and 1911 features more than 1,400 cards... More>>

McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

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By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to... More>>

No. 10 Baylor opens stadium with 45-0 win over SMU

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Bryce Petty took a bruising shot to his lower back on No. 10 Baylor's first offensive drive in its new riverfront stadium. More>>

Indians-Royals game suspended in 10th inning

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The race for the AL Central title got another wrinkle Sunday night when Cleveland's game at Kansas City was suspended in the 10th inning. More>>

RG3 statue, boats on water at Baylor's new stadium

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RG3 in bronze and boats on the water at Baylor. More>>

Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early

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Tony Stewart climbed from his battered car, took a big gulp of water, and surveyed the damage. More>>

Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

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Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. More>>

What to watch at US Open: Serena seeking quarters

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With Maria Sharapova's loss at the U.S. Open, four different women will win Grand Slam titles this year. More>>

Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters

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Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. More>>

Giants power past Brewers 15-5 for 3-game sweep

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After an extended slump they would rather forget, the San Francisco Giants are gaining ground and back in the thick of the playoff chase as September begins. More>>

Angels trounce A's 8-1 to complete 4-game sweep

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While the Los Angeles Angels buzzed around their clubhouse preparing for their fantasy football draft, the Oakland Athletics had their own doors locked for a grim team meeting. More>>

AP source: Chiefs' Smith agrees to 4-yr extension

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When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise. More>>

Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

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After playing her worst game of the season, Maya Moore recovered to keep the Minnesota Lynx season alive. More>>

Henley takes a 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

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Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead. More>>

Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

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They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier. More>>

Bautista homers again, Jays rally past Yankees 4-3

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The Blue Jays finished off a forgettable August with their biggest power display of the month. More>>

Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher

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Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely nothing to do with his sexual orientation. More>>

Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher

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Michael Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a few hours after clearing waivers. More>>

Neymar, Messi set up winner for Barcelona debutant

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Returning from his World Cup-ending injury, Neymar combined with Lionel Messi on Sunday to set up a winning goal for a teenage newcomer to Barcelona. More>>

Dunn dealt to A's, could be his last shot playoffs

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One more shot at the playoffs for Adam Dunn before he says he's probably done. More>>

Brewers acquire Broxton from Reds for 2 players

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The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named. More>>

Old-school Tide shows glimpse of no-huddle offense

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Looking for a way to calm a jittery first-time starting quarterback, No. 2 Alabama broke out the no-huddle offense for a while against West Virginia. More>>

Algeria soccer death seen part of a wider ills

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The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert Ebosse, the... More>>

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan

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Will Power raced with his head instead of his gut. Only a catastrophe was likely to derail his IndyCar Series championship, and the Australian knew he had to throttle the aggression that has made his career - and... More>>

Winston, FSU hold off Oklahoma St 37-31 in opener

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Jameis Winston and No. 1 Florida State might have to play better for a return trip to the stadium where the next national title will be decided. More>>

Peavy takes no-hitter into 8th of Giants' 3-1 win

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Jake Peavy appreciated the effort of his defense. More>>

Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round

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Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. More>>

Peavy's no-hit bid for Giants broken up in 8th

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Jake Peavy's bid for a no-hitter was broken up on a one-out single in the eighth inning by Milwaukee's Mark Reynolds against the San Francisco Giants. More>>

Gordon says Stewart could run strong in Atlanta

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Tony Stewart was cheered in practice Saturday. More>>

Todd Gurley leads Georgia past Clemson 45-21

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Todd Gurley felt strong and healthy. More>>

Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21

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The Auburn offense didn't slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game. More>>

US OPEN SCENE: Djokovic gives singer the spotlight

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Novak Djokovic used some of his spotlight as the world's top tennis player to let another light shine. More>>

Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23

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Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field. More>>

Fighter War Machine extradited to Nevada

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The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his ex-girlfriend and then fled to California. More>>

Fighter War Machine extradited on assault charges

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The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine has been extradited to Las Vegas to face charges he beat his ex-girlfriend and then fled to California. More>>

US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds

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As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation. More>>

Mo'Ne Davis heads to WNBA conference finals

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By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Little League World Series sensation Mo'Ne Davis is heading to the conference finals in Minnesota on Sunday. More>>

Jonathan Martin makes 49ers' 53-man roster

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Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who had a tumultuous departure from the Miami Dolphins last October amid a bullying scandal, made the 49ers when the team trimmed its roster to the NFL's 53-man limit on Saturday. More>>

With heavy heart, Kuchar hovers around the lead

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With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring... More>>

Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future

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Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. More>>

Champ Bailey, Michael Sam among NFL cuts

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By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer For the first time in his career, Champ Bailey was told he isn't good enough. More>>

Saints cut Bailey, Meachem, both kickers

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The New Orleans Saints included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts Saturday. More>>

No. 5 Ohio State pulls away to beat Navy 34-17

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There might come a time when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer expands his offensive playbook to include various long passes, reverses and bootlegs. More>>

Defense shines as No. 7 UCLA beats Virginia 28-20

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Brett Hundley was all smiles, mostly because of his defense. More>>

Fisher: Sam was no distraction in training camp

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St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he was in Michael Sam's corner from the start and that having the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team was no distraction at all in training camp. More>>

Serena Williams runs US Open winning streak to 17

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Bidding for a third consecutive U.S. Open title, Serena Williams moved into the fourth round by beating 52nd-ranked Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-3 Saturday. More>>

Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FG

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Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland. More>>

No. 1 US Open women's doubles duo out in 2nd round

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A day after beating Venus Williams in singles at the U.S. Open, Sara Errani and her partner, Roberta Vinci, were knocked out in the second round as the top-seeded team in women's doubles. More>>

Michael Sam back at Missouri

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Michael Sam smiled and shook hands on the sideline at Missouri's season opener against South Dakota State on Saturday ahead of finding out his NFL future. More>>

Appalachian St, fab frosh & pace of play in Week 1

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By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Texas A&M's outburst, Boise State's flop and Temple's late-night surprise were just an appetizer. More>>

Djokovic beats Querrey to reach US Open 4th round

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Novak Djokovic needed all of 15 minutes to take the first five games against Sam Querrey, sending the top-seeded Serb on his way to the U.S. Open's fourth round for the eighth year in a row. More>>

Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers Video included

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When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2. More>>

49ers' Aldon Smith apologizes for suspension

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues. More>>

What to watch at US Open: Isner-Kohlschreiber III

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John Isner is not the sort to study a lot of video of past matches in order to prepare for an upcoming opponent. More>>

Palmer opens with a 63 to lead Deutsche Bank

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Ryan Palmer would not have guessed this would be his lowest round of the year, at least not the way it started. More>>

Stewart returns to racing but questions remain

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Tony Stewart was back in his comfort zone, behind the wheel of a race car. More>>

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash

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Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. More>>

Buster Posey goes 5 for 5 in six innings of work

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Buster Posey went 5 for 5 in six innings for the San Francisco Giants on Friday night against Milwaukee, then sat down for the night. More>>

Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open

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A day before facing Venus Williams - and a partisan crowd - at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation. More>>

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

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Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of... More>>

US OPEN SCENE: Fognini perfects art of outbursts

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Fabio Fognini is perfecting the art of the outburst at Grand Slam tournaments. More>>

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

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The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period. More>>

Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts

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By The Associated Press The Law Firm has closed up shop in Cincinnati. More>>

Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston

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Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he'll take his lowest round of the season. More>>

Yankees ace Tanaka sent home with general soreness

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Injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is being sent back to New York because of general soreness in his right arm, a setback in his bid to rejoin the rotation this season. More>>

Penn State, UCF set for Ireland season opener

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The idea started with a phone call. More>>

'Bama opens vs West Virginia with QB questions

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Time to get some answers about Alabama's quarterback competition. More>>

Vikings WR Simpson gets 3-game suspension by NFL

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons. More>>

Manziel willing to share nickname with A&M's Hill

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Johnny Manziel's ready to hand off his nickname. Or at least share it. More>>

US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

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They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans - not to mention some Angry Birds - whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round. More>>

Pro wrestlers take antics to streets in Pyongyang

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Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-of-war and arm... More>>

Roma's American CEO keeps euphoria in check

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For Italian soccer fans, merely mentioning the word "scudetto" - league title - is considered taboo. More>>

What to watch at US Open: Venus eyes 4th round

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Venus Williams is trying to get to the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010 - and at any Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011. More>>

No. 18 Ole Miss sloppy in opener but beats Boise

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Bo Wallace wants to close his college career in style. More>>

Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

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Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. More>>

TPC Boston brings back big memories for Spieth

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Jordan Spieth has spent his second season going to PGA Tour courses he had seen only once, each of them filled with various memories. More>>

Sumlin ready for more out of No. 21 Texas A&M

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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin knows his Aggies have more to accomplish. Still, he couldn't help but take pride in the team's dominating show at Southeastern Conference power South Carolina. More>>

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No. 19 Sun Devils beat Weber State 45-14

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D.J. Foster slid into the featured back role with ease. Taylor Kelly and Jaelen Strong picked up where they left off last season. The young defense held its ground. More>>

Angels rally in 10th for 4-3 win over Oakland

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The Angels and Athletics realize their paths to the World Series are likely to cross repeatedly this fall. Both AL West powers are prepared to grind out wins similar to the one Howie Kendrick delivered in their series opener. More>>

No. 18 Ole Miss pulls away from Boise State 35-13

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For much of the night, it was tough to watch. Mississippi hardly looked like the 18th-ranked team in the country. Boise State in no way resembled the program that used to beat the big boys with such regularity. More>>

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win

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Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. More>>

Jets' Patterson: no-show claims 'completely false'

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Dimitri Patterson disputes the New York Jets' version of his mysterious absence. More>>

Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener

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North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a redshirt freshman walk-on... More>>

US OPEN SCENE: Shirt is not a hometown advantage

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Simone Bolelli says branding was at play when the Italian wore a shirt with the Stars and Stripes on the sleeve for his second-round match Thursday against Tommy Robredo. More>>

Dolphins top Rams 14-13 in preseason finale

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Marcus Thigpen showed why he might not make the Miami Dolphins. More>>

Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel's mark

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Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job. More>>

Notre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation

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Notre Dame added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list of four Irish players being withheld from practice and games as the university completed its investigation into whether they may have turned in homework and papers... More>>

Mickelson in a bind with 4 straight playoff events

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Phil Mickelson isn't a fan of four straight FedEx Cup playoff events that follows a summer of big events and precedes the Ryder Cup. More>>

USC coach accepts some blame in Shaw situation

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Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian believes he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw's fictitious story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning. More>>

After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

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Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six... More>>

Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

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Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. More>>

Serena Williams runs US Open win streak to 16

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After three double-faults in her first service game, Serena Williams was in control the rest of the way and stretched her winning streak to 16 matches at the U.S. Open. More>>

Giants' Petit retires 46 straight for MLB record

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San Francisco Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit has set a major league record by retiring 46 consecutive batters. More>>

FedEx Cup: Where a week can change everything

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Stuart Appleby knows how one week can change everything during the FedEx Cup playoffs. More>>

Manziel appears as aerobics instructor in TV ad

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Wearing spandex leggings, a headband and working out a class of exercising women as if he were Richard Simmons. No, we've never seen Johnny Football like this. More>>

'Robot march' to protest Iowa's pink locker room

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A University of Iowa professor who donned a robot costume to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann has now set his sights on one of his school's famous quirks: the visiting team's pink locker room at Kinnick... More>>

AP source: Gordon wants to play in CFL but can't

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Josh Gordon can't run a deep pass route into Canada and play. More>>

Cowboys backup S Jakar Hamilton gets 4-game ban

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Dallas backup safety Jakar Hamilton has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. More>>

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

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The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. More>>

Alabama's Saban faces boyhood team, West Virginia

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By JOHN RABY and JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writers Growing up in West Virginia, Nick Saban would peek through the rails at the old WVU Fieldhouse as Jerry West played basketball far below. More>>

Chiney Ogwumike of Sun wins WNBA rookie of year

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By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer Chiney Ogwumike always enjoyed following her sister's path. Now the Connecticut Sun player joins her as a winner of the WNBA rookie of the year award. More>>

Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

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Led by a Japanese pro wrestler-turned-politician, about 20 mixed martial artists from around the world - including a former NFL lineman - arrived in North Korea on Thursday to put on a series of exhibition matches this... More>>

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

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By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Pro Football Writer A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. More>>

Buy a ticket? Psh! NFL teams selling memberships

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The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle - one word, really - yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans. More>>

What to watch in Basketball World Cup group stage

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By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer The U.S. and Spain played a pair of classics in the last two Olympic gold-medal games - the Americans winning both - and fans would love to see them meet again in the... More>>

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

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By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer Parents are worried about their children playing football, but most haven't decided to keep their kids from putting on a helmet and stepping onto the field. More>>

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Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

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A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. More>>

US OPEN SCENE: Philosopher Gulbis' rules for life

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For Ernests Gulbis, the unexamined life really is worth living. More>>

FBS season kicks off quietly with Georgia State

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The first season major college football's champion will be decided by a playoff began Wednesday night in a mostly empty Georgia Dome, with one of the newest members of FBS taking on a team starting its second season in... More>>

Yankees chase Price in 3rd, beat Tigers 8-4

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It was an inning that defied explanation - the New York Yankees banging out hit after hit against one of the best pitchers in baseball. More>>

Royals score 6 runs in 8th to beat Twins 6-1

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The Kansas City Royals conjured up a little more late-game magic Wednesday night. More>>

Philadelphia honors Little League team with parade

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Ryan Howard, meet Mo'ne Davis. More>>

Olivier Giroud out 4 months following leg surgery

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Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud will be sidelined for about four months after surgery to repair a broken left leg. More>>

USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

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Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. More>>

Arsenal in 17th straight Champions group stage

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Alexis Sanchez scored his first Arsenal goal, and the Gunners beat Besiktas 1-0 Wednesday night to reach the Champions League group stage for the 17th consecutive season. More>>

Sam gets last chance at Rams' preseason impression

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Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster. More>>

Chicago's Little League champs return as heroes

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The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. More>>

Royals' Yost implores fans to show up to games

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Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847... More>>

Philadelphia honors Little League team with parade

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The youth baseball team whose star 13-year-old female pitcher and performance in the Little League World Series drew a wide following received a champion's treatment in a parade Wednesday in downtown Philadelphia. More>>

Boxer Jermain Taylor out on bond after shooting

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Boxer Jermain Taylor was freed on $25,000 bond Wednesday after police detained the former middleweight champion in the shooting of his cousin at Taylor's suburban Little Rock home. More>>

NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

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Josh Gordon's wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver's career is in peril. More>>

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

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Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. More>>

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    The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.
    The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.
  • Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves

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    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:41:52 GMT
    The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter.
    The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter.
  • Homer-happy Nationals beat Dodgers 6-4

    Homer-happy Nationals beat Dodgers 6-4

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:41:04 GMT
    Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.
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  • Spain, Greece move to 3-0, Senegal upsets Croatia

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    Monday, September 1 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:30:53 GMT
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    By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer Spain and Greece are headed to the round of 16, and Senegal is in position to join them after shaking up Group B with an upset Monday at the Basketball World Cup.
  • Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

    Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-08-31 23:50:44 GMT
    Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
    After playing her worst game of the season, Maya Moore recovered to keep the Minnesota Lynx season alive.
  • Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

    Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

    Sunday, August 31 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-08-31 22:51:20 GMT
    Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.
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  • Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

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    Monday, September 1 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:51:13 GMT
    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.
    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.
  • Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

    Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-08-28 08:28:35 GMT
    Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.
    Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits - or doughnut holes to Americans.
  • Settlement reached in Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit

    Settlement reached in Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:33:42 GMT
    A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore's career.
    A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore's career.
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