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  • From Prune Packers to pro ball, Twins add 'out of nowhere' 24-year-old undrafted pitcher
    Jul 29, 2014 7:52 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitcher who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs in a California summer league but has never been drafted. The Twins plan to send Brandon Poulson to their rookie league club in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He was cleared to play on Tuesday. Poulson pitched this summer for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in the collegiate Sacramento Rural League. He played last season for the...

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit; agrees to $70M testing fund, implement common concussion rules
    Jul 29, 2014 7:44 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine...

  • Senate passes bill to keep highway aid flowing to states, sends the measure back to House
    Jul 29, 2014 7:38 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes. The House could accept the Senate's changes or reject them and send the bill back to the Senate. Whichever outcome, a highway funding bill is still expected to clear Congress before lawmakers adjourn for the summer later...

  • Twitter posts stronger-than-expected 2nd-quarter results, stock flies high
    Jul 29, 2014 7:32 PM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stronger-than-expected results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. The San Francisco-based company's stock jumped 29.6 percent to $50.01 in extended trading after the results came out. Twitter posted a net loss of $144.6 million, or 24 cents per share, in the April-June period. That compares with a loss of $42.2 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier when Twitter...

  • With Michael Sam in camp, Rams are uniquely prepared for sensitivity session
    Jul 29, 2014 7:17 PM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp. Such guidance could be valuable for the St. Louis Rams, even if by all accounts they have welcomed Michael Sam into the fold. "I don't think it ever hurts to just talk about general respect for other people and other players," middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. "There's not a problem in our locker room, however it doesn't hurt to go around and remind people about...

  • Person familiar with defense tells AP: Browns WR Josh Gordon to blame second-hand smoke
    Jul 29, 2014 7:09 PM CDT

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL. Facing an indefinite suspension for marijuana use, Cleveland's talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, according to the person who...

  • Showtime returns: New coach Byron Scott believes Lakers will be back in title contention soon
    Jul 29, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. "This organization is all about championships, period," Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. "We don't look at Western Conference finals, Western Conference championships. We look...

  • Crane thinks winning is worth a party; PGA field has top 100, and then some
    Jul 29, 2014 6:52 PM CDT

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ben Crane won the St. Jude Classic in June, his first victory in three years and the fifth of his PGA Tour career. For all he knows, Crane might never win again. Or maybe this would be the start of more victories. Winning on the PGA Tour is harder than ever, so Crane responded in a most appropriate way. He threw himself a party. "We were going to celebrate," he said. "We invited over 70 of our closest friends. We strung up lights. We brought in all these food trucks. We had...

  • University of Texas System regents pick US military leader McRaven as chancellor finalist
    Jul 29, 2014 6:50 PM CDT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor to oversee 15 campuses. Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011. McRaven must wait 21 days before he can be formally hired. He would replace...

  • US appeals court keeps Mississippi's last abortion clinic open, saying rights need protection
    Jul 29, 2014 6:48 PM CDT

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's effort to close its last abortion clinic was overturned in federal appellate court on Tuesday. Advocates for the law said women with unwanted pregnancies could always travel to other states, but the judges said every state must guarantee constitutional rights, including abortion. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to block Mississippi's 2012 law requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Ten states have adopted...

  • Lawyers for man accusing 'X-Men' director of sex abuse want off the case after 3 suits dropped
    Jul 29, 2014 6:45 PM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lawyers for a former child model accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse said Tuesday they want to get off the case because their relationship with the accuser has deteriorated. Attorneys Jeff Herman and Mark Gallagher filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Honolulu asking to withdraw as counsel for Michael Egan III. They say they no longer talk to Egan except through a new lawyer. Egan, now 31, accuses Singer in a lawsuit of sexually abusing him during trips to...

  • Player who said former major leaguer Offerman hit him with bat wins nearly $1M in lawsuit
    Jul 29, 2014 6:44 PM CDT

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer says a Connecticut minor league baseball player hit by former major leaguer Jose Offerman in a 2007 baseball bat attack has won nearly $1 million in a lawsuit. A jury Tuesday awarded $940,000 to Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who wanted $4.8 million. Nathans' lawyer Josh Koskoff says he's still affected by a head injury he suffered in the attack. Offerman's lawyer Frank Riccio II says the jury found Offerman committed an assault but not battery....

  • More tickets to be offered for NBA superstar LeBron James' free homecoming show in Ohio
    Jul 29, 2014 6:17 PM CDT

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James' Ohio hometown says more tickets are being offered for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first round of free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron was released Monday, and fans claimed them within hours. The city says more tickets will be made available Wednesday evening in response to the overwhelming demand. Organizers aren't divulging how...

  • Los Angeles lifeguard seriously injured by rare beach lightning strike making 'good recovery'
    Jul 29, 2014 6:01 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An off-duty lifeguard who was critically injured during a rare lightning strike at Los Angeles' Venice Beach is said to be improving steadily. City News Service reported Tuesday that the man, whose name was not released, remains hospitalized at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe says the man, in his 50s, is "making a good recovery." Sunday's lightning strike killed 21-year-old...

  • Artist's foundation sues ex-owner of NYC's Chelsea Hotel, known as artist haven, over painting
    Jul 29, 2014 6:00 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A foundation that safeguards pop artist Larry Rivers' legacy says an ex-owner of New York's Chelsea Hotel removed, and won't return, a loaned painting that hung in the lobby. The Larry Rivers Foundation sued Joseph Chetrit (cheh-TREET') Tuesday, seeking the return of the canvas, "Dutch Masters." The lawsuit says "Dutch Masters" was removed after Chetrit bought the artist-friendly hotel in 2011 and began renovations. The foundation says his management rebuffed demands to return...

  • Rory McIlroy had his British Open celebration, now ready to move forward
    Jul 29, 2014 5:50 PM CDT

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The claret jug is not out of sight. Rory McIlroy is just trying to get it out of his mind. McIlroy had plenty of fun with golf's oldest trophy after his wire-to-wire win in the British Open. He celebrated with friends in England, took the jug out for a night on the town in Belfast with his buddies, and brought it with him when he returned home to Florida. And yes, it's with him at Firestone this week at the Bridgestone Invitational. "I've sort of been taking pictures of it...

  • Sacramento suspect arrested in death of aunt of Clippers player after 3-week manhunt
    Jul 29, 2014 5:49 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes. Officer Michele Gigante says a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy found 51-year-old Michael Williams on Tuesday. Police say Williams is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife, 48-year-old Tanganyika (Tan-gah-NEE-kah) Williams, whose body was found July 8 on a Sacramento street. Barnes pleaded for help from the public, using his Twitter and Instagram accounts...

  • ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith for comments about provoking assault
    Jul 29, 2014 5:37 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online...

  • Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief suspended until Chase opener for Indy infraction
    Jul 29, 2014 5:25 PM CDT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill were both suspended through the Sept. 6 race at Richmond. Grubb, the crew chief, was also fined $125,000. It strips Hamlin of two vital crew members during the stretch of the season he would be putting the finishing touches on preparations for...

  • 128 killed on bloodiest day of Gaza war: Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule, power plant
    Jul 29, 2014 5:24 PM CDT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory's 1.7 million people cut off from power and water and sent the overall death toll soaring past 1,200, Hamas' shadowy military leader remained defiant as...

  • Tim Howard doubling up: Working as English Premier League goalie and TV commentator
    Jul 29, 2014 5:13 PM CDT

    Tim Howard's next super-human feat: doubling as an English Premier League goalkeeper and TV announcer. The U.S. star will work up to 10 games for NBC Sports Group during the upcoming season on days his club, Everton, isn't playing. Howard did seven matches for NBCSN last season, and the network announced Tuesday that it had formalized the relationship by signing him to a multiyear deal. At age 35, Howard is still one of the top goalies in the Premier League, and he showed why at this summer's...

  • NCAA proposed head-injury settlement raises tough medical questions for doctors and athletes
    Jul 29, 2014 5:10 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A key feature of a proposed settlement of a head-injury lawsuit against the NCAA is the creation of a $70 million fund to pay for medical evaluations of current and former college players in several sports. The provision raises some sticky medical questions. Here are some of them: WHAT WILL THE EVALUATIONS BE LOOKING FOR? Players who believe they have suffered sports-related concussions will be checked for conditions including post-concussion syndrome and a devastating incurable...

  • Top-seeded Safarova loses to Mladenovic in 1st round of Citi Open
    Jul 29, 2014 5:02 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic lost to France's Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday. Mladenovic rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon semifinalist. She will face American qualifier Taylor Townsend in the second round. No. 2 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against two-time defending champion Magadalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. Rybarikova had won her last 10 matches in the tournament....

  • Column: 2 settlements down, 1 to go for NCAA in midst of rebound
    Jul 29, 2014 4:48 PM CDT

    Two down, one big one to go. And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren't the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be. The NCAA's agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give some former and current athletes a bit of peace of mind — if no real money. It also extricates the organization from another serious threat to its existence, one that could have potentially bankrupted...

  • US judge orders Kurdish oil seized following Iraqi government complaint alleging oil is stolen
    Jul 29, 2014 4:30 PM CDT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The U.S. has barred a shipment of Kurdish crude oil from reaching the Texas coast amid concerns independent oil sales from Kurdistan could further weaken Iraq's fragile central government as it struggles to contain a Sunni military offensive. A U.S. District judge ordered a U.S. Marshal to seize the cargo — about 1 million barrels of crude oil, worth about $100 million — aboard the tanker United Kalavryta in response to a complaint filed by the Iraqi government claiming...

  • Stock market ends modestly lower ahead of key economic reports later this week
    Jul 29, 2014 4:27 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market fell modestly on Tuesday as investors waited for a batch of big economic reports later this week. On Wednesday, the government releases its look at economic growth in the spring quarter and the Federal Reserve finishes a two-day meeting. The next day, a report on China's manufacturing industry will give investors an update on the health of the world's factory floor. For U.S. investors, the key news comes Friday, when the Labor Department releases its monthly report...

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks
    Jul 29, 2014 4:26 PM CDT

    iBook charts for week ending July 28, 2014: Top Paid Books 1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James - 9781612130293 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman - 9781101046340 - (Penguin Group US) 3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - 9781101569184 - (Penguin Group US) 4. The Heist by Daniel Silva - 9780062320070 - (Harper) 5. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James - 9781612130590 - (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 6. Act of War by Brad Thor - 9781476717142 - (Atria/Emily...

  • Jamaican wins 110 hurdles at Commonwealth Games; positive doping test revealed
    Jul 29, 2014 3:53 PM CDT

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Andrew Riley won the 110-meter hurdles gold Tuesday to complement his teammate Kemar Bailey-Cole's 100-meter gold medal on the track at the Commonwealth Games, clinching both high-profile sprint races for Jamaica. Next up will be the 4x100-meter relay, where Jamaica will be favored when world record holder Usain Bolt makes his only appearance of the athletics program in Glasgow. Due to a left foot injury, Bolt didn't attempt to qualify for the individual sprints. The...

  • Donald Trump says he'll submit bid to buy Buffalo Bills but thinks he isn't likely to win
    Jul 29, 2014 3:30 PM CDT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump says he is unlikely to be the next owner of the Buffalo Bills because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his. "I'll be bidding, but many other people will be bidding," the billionaire businessman said on Fox News ahead of a Tuesday deadline for prospective owners to submit initial offers. The National Football League franchise is for sale following the death in March of owner Ralph Wilson. "I would say the chances are very, very...

  • HOF 2014: Seattle Seahawks' big year continues with Walter Jones' Hall of Fame induction
    Jul 29, 2014 2:46 PM CDT

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — As Walter Jones started going through names to give his induction speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he constantly came back to his son Walterius. The youngster was with him in New York during Super Bowl week when Jones found out he'd be honored in his first year of eligibility, and just the third player having spent their entire career with Seattle Seahawks to be inducted. It felt only right to have the 14-year-old give the speech. Talk about a unique summer vacation...

  • 2 defendants in Vegas illegal World Cup betting case freed from jail; poker pros post bail
    Jul 29, 2014 2:44 PM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme has been let out of jail after his poker-star friends posted his bail and immigration officials cleared his release. Fifty-year-old Wei Seng Phua and his 22-year-old son, Darren Phua, are among eight people charged with setting up an illegal sports book in a Caesars Palace villa and taking World Cup bets. Bail was set for $2 million for the father and $500,000 for the son. Poker professional Andrew...

  • Prosecutor to discuss assault allegations against Tigers' minor league pitcher Evan Reed
    Jul 29, 2014 2:29 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area prosecutor plans to talk to reporters about an investigation involving Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Evan Reed and allegations of sexual assault. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said she'll announce the results of her review at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Reed was with the Detroit Tigers when the allegations became public in April. Messages seeking comment were left with Reed's attorneys Tuesday. In May, they said they were confident the case would be closed with no charges...

  • Man facing disorderly conduct charge after urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave
    Jul 29, 2014 2:02 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month. "Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,"...

  • Man facing disorderly conduct charge after urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave
    Jul 29, 2014 1:58 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland authorities plan to prosecute a man for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The man, who has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns fan, will be charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery. He could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said the man will not be identified until charges are filed and served....

  • Ecclestone defense, prosecutors discuss possible deal to end F1 boss' German bribery trial
    Jul 29, 2014 12:36 PM CDT

    MUNICH (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone are in talks about a possible deal to end the Formula One boss's bribery trial in Germany. The 83-year-old Ecclestone went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust. The charges involve a $44 million payment to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money. Ecclestone denies wrongdoing and says Gribkowsky blackmailed him. His defense team called on Tuesday...

  • NASCAR won't permit Chase-eligible drivers to attend Goodyear tire test at Homestead
    Jul 29, 2014 12:22 PM CDT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will not allow championship-eligible drivers to participate in a Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But, to ensure fairness, NASCAR will allow all organizations represented in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship to participate in the Aug. 26 test because Homestead is the site of the title-deciding season finale. Teams will have to send a driver not qualified for the Chase to the tire test. The restrictions create a dilemma for Team Penske, which...

  • Gstaad champion Pablo Andujar beats Jurgen Melzer in straight sets in Kitzbuehel
    Jul 29, 2014 12:15 PM CDT

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Pablo Andujar beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4 at the Kitzbuehel Cup on Tuesday, two days after earning his third career title in Gstaad. The 44th-ranked Spaniard broke the Austrian's first service game to win the opening set, and saved three break points while 2-1 down in the second before adding another break. Melzer returned from a toe injury and played his first match since losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round at Wimbledon. Andujar will face Paolo Lorenzi...

  • Summary of NCAA head-injury settlement: What are the terms? What happens next?
    Jul 29, 2014 12:06 PM CDT

    A filing in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday notified a U.S. district judge that lawyers for former college athletes and the NCAA reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit after nearly a year of talks. Here's a rundown: KEY TERMS: The NCAA will fund a $70 million program to test current and former athletes for brain injuries. It'll also establish a common return-to-play policy all schools must follow. And it agrees to mandate baseline neurological tests for athletes to help determine the...

  • Parents sue Georgia school system in 2013 death of teen found dead inside a gym mat
    Jul 29, 2014 10:46 AM CDT

    VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat at school filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators Monday. Classmates found the body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson of Valdosta in the middle of a mat propped upright against the wall of their high school gym Jan. 11, 2013. Sheriff's investigators concluded that the teenager died in a freak accident, having become stuck upside down in the center of the mat while trying...

  • The peculiar plight of Tiger Woods: How 2 weeks can change the last month of the season
    Jul 29, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. Tiger Woods has reason to see only a big ATM machine. Woods has eight wins at Firestone, one more than Matt Kuchar has won on the PGA Tour. In 15 appearances, he has made $11.06 million, which is roughly the same as Tom Watson has made in four decades on the PGA Tour. OK, that's not a fair comparison. Watson played at a time when total prize...

  • In their own words: Stories of athletes who are named in the NCAA head-injury lawsuit
    Jul 29, 2014 8:40 AM CDT

    Ten head-injury lawsuits filed against the NCAA were consolidated into one federal class-action suit in Chicago, where a settlement was announced Tuesday. In all of the lawsuits combined, dozens of plaintiffs who said they suffered concussions playing contact sports in college are named. Here are some of their stories: Adrian Arrington, former Eastern Illinois football player Arrington, a strong safety at Eastern Illinois from 2006 to 2009, initiated the first lawsuit in 2011. Arrington says...

  • 16-year-old Nigerian female weightlifting gold medalist fails drug test at Commonwealth Games
    Jul 29, 2014 8:33 AM CDT

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday. Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Glasgow Games after testing positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last Friday. Amalaha's "A'' sample contained amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both banned by the World Anti-Doping...

  • Cincinnati picked to win American Athletic Conference; UCF 2nd, Houston 3rd
    Jul 29, 2014 8:04 AM CDT

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Cincinnati has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference, with defending champion Central Florida second. The Bearcats went 9-4 last season under coach Tommy Tuberville and returns 16 starters. They received 17 of 30 first-place votes from the media panel and 311 points. UCF, which went 12-1 and beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl last season, received seven first-place votes and 296 points. The Knights return 17 starters but must replace quarterback Blake Bortles....

  • Let's go surfing now ... in Madagascar, newest member of global surf association
    Jul 29, 2014 7:39 AM CDT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar. The island nation in the Indian Ocean has become the 86th member of the International Surfing Association as part of a drive to promote the sport in Africa, the California-based association said. Madagascar offers more than 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) of coastline that have been largely unexplored by the global surfing community, it said. "It's world class," Blair Rogers, a surfing tour operator in southwest Madagascar, said Tuesday....

  • AP Sportlight
    Jul 29, 2014 7:12 AM CDT

    July 30 1870 — Monmouth Park opens with a five-day race meet. 1930 — Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for soccer's first World Cup in Montevideo. 1932 — The 10th modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles. 1961 — Jerry Barber edges Don January by one stroke in a playoff to win the PGA title. 1968 — Washington's Ron Hansen pulls off an unassisted triple play in a 10-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. 1971 — In the NFL Chicago All Star game, the Baltimore Colts beat the All-Stars 24-17. 1976 —...

  • TV SportsWatch
    Jul 29, 2014 7:11 AM CDT

    All Times EDT Wednesday, July 30 LITTLE LEAGUE 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Big League World Series, championship, at Easley, S.C. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 12:30 p.m. MLB — Regional coverage, Washington at Miami or Arizona at Cincinnati 3:30 p.m. MLB — Pittsburgh at San Francisco 7 p.m. ESPN — L.A. Angels at Baltimore SOCCER 7 p.m. FS1 — International Champions Cup, Manchester City vs. Liverpool, at New York 9 p.m. ESPN2 — MLS, New York at Real Salt Lake

  • This Date In Baseball
    Jul 29, 2014 7:10 AM CDT

    July 30 1870 — Monmouth Park in New Jersey opened with a five-day race meet. 1917 — Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach and Ossie Vitt each went 5-for-5 in Detroit's 16-4 win over Washington. 1933 — Dizzy Dean struck out 17 Cubs, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago 8-2. 1947 — The New York Giants beat Ewell Blackwell and the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings, ending Blackwell's 16-game winning streak. 1959 — Willie McCovey had four hits in four at-bats in his major league debut, with the San Francisco...

  • NFL Calendar
    Jul 29, 2014 7:09 AM CDT

    Aug. 3 — Hall of Fame game, Canton, Ohio. Aug. 26 — Teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 75 active players. Aug. 30 — Teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 53 active players. Aug. 31 — Waiver period begins for players released the previous day; practice squads can be filled. Sept. 4 — Regular season begins, Green Bay at Seattle. Sept. 7-8 — First full weekend of regular season. Oct. 7 — Fall owners meetings, Detroit. Oct. 28 — Trade deadline. Dec. 28 — Regular season ends. Jan. 3-4,...

  • NHL Calendar
    Jul 29, 2014 7:09 AM CDT

    July 20-Aug. 6 — Salary arbitration hearings held. Aug. 8 — Deadline for salary arbitration decisions.

  • NBA Calendar
    Jul 29, 2014 7:09 AM CDT

    Aug. 30-Sept. 14 — FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Spain. Sept. 27 — Training camps open for teams competing in preseason games outside North America. Sept. 30 — Training camps open for all teams. Oct. 27 — Rosters set for opening day. Oct. 28 — 2014-15 regular season begins. Jan. 5 — 10-day contracts can be signed. Jan. 10 — Contracts guaranteed for rest of season. Feb. 13-15 — All-Star weekend, New York. Feb. 19 — Trade deadline (3 p.m. EST). April 15 — Last day of regular season. April...

  • HOF 2014: After long wait, 70-year-old Humphrey rewarded for star career with Falcons, Eagles
    Jul 29, 2014 2:29 AM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Claude Humphrey wishes he could have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame "a long time ago where I could have actually enjoyed it more." Even so, there's a bonus for Humphrey, the former standout defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Now that he's 70, it's the perfect time for Humphrey's 12-year-old grandson to savor the honor with him. Humphrey's daughter, Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, will make the introductory speech at the ceremony. Sitting in the audience...

  • NBA, Clippers eager to move on from Sterling to Ballmer after court ruling
    Jul 29, 2014 2:14 AM CDT

    The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powerhouse team next season, with two All-Star players and one of the league's best coaches. The only thing that could've messed it up was ownership. That no longer appears to be a concern after Monday's ruling in Los Angeles, where Superior Court Judge...

  • Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
    Jul 29, 2014 2:05 AM CDT

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide ___ JUDGE GREEN LIGHTS $2B SALE OF LA CLIPPERS A judge approves the record-setting $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, as Donald Sterling loses his bid to block the sale made by his estranged wife. http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=O2X8UvuM ___ TAX FRAUD CASE AGAINST MESSI TO PROCEED A bid to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi has failed in a Spanish court, meaning...

  • Key dates in dispute over sale of Los Angeles Clippers
    Jul 29, 2014 12:24 AM CDT

    Here is a timeline of developments in the move to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. April 25 — Recordings emerge and quickly spread of team owner Donald Sterling denouncing his young girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games. April 29 — Sterling gets a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who called the remarks hateful and deeply offensive. May 12 — Sterling tells CNN he's not a racist and apologizes for his remarks...

  • Recovered from illness, Serena ready for return at Bank of the West
    Jul 29, 2014 12:12 AM CDT

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It was only later, when she was able to clear her head, that she realized the seriousness of her situation. "It was interesting and I was scared after," Williams said. "I didn't...

  • Worley tosses 4-hitter to lead Pirates past struggling Giants 5-0 in San Francisco
    Jul 29, 2014 12:00 AM CDT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vance Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a 5-0 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Monday night. Worley (4-1) struck out three and walked one. His only other complete game came in a 7-2 win over the Giants on July 26, 2011, in Philadelphia. Four players drove in a run off Bumgarner (12-8) in the first, and Josh Harrison hit his seventh homer in the second to provide all of Pittsburgh's...

  • Pirates 5, Giants 0
    Jul 28, 2014 11:54 PM CDT

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  • 16-year-old Tiafoe falls in ATP debut; Ginepri, Young advances at Citi Open
    Jul 28, 2014 11:37 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe lost his ATP tour debut while fellow Americans Robby Ginepri and Donald Young won their opening-round matches at the Citi Open on Monday. Russia's Evgeny Donskoy defeated Tiafoe, the world's seventh-ranked junior player and a D.C.-area native, 6-4, 6-4. Top-seeded Tomas Berdych will face Ginepri, who advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-4, 6-2. Young beat Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4....

  • Los Angeles Lakers finally confirm former guard Byron Scott will become their new coach
    Jul 28, 2014 11:25 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night. The Lakers finally made the long-anticipated announcement in a news release. Scott will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at the Lakers' training complex. Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30. Scott is the 25th head coach in the 16-time NBA champions' franchise history. General manager Mitch...

  • Diamondbacks 2, Reds 1, 15 innings,
    Jul 28, 2014 10:48 PM CDT

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  • Ahmed's single in 15th inning sends Diamondbacks over Reds 2-1
    Jul 28, 2014 10:48 PM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long. Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings. Ahmed's single off J.J. Hoover (1-8) gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring...

  • Carter leads Astros homer-happy 7-3 win over Athletics with 3-run drive
    Jul 28, 2014 10:34 PM CDT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night. Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro's homer a two-run shot. Krauss' homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A's starter Jesse Chavez (8-7). Two batters later, Dominguez...

  • Darvish strikes out 8, Arencibia has big hit and Rangers beat Yankees 4-2
    Jul 28, 2014 10:28 PM CDT

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for his 10th victory and J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Darvish (10-6) shouted out and pumped his fist after his final strikeout, when Brian McCann swung and missed to end the seventh with two runners on base. Brett Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter had three hits — to pass Carl Yastrzemski on the hits list — off the All-Star...

  • Wada earns 1st MLB win, Rizzo drives in 2 runs as Cubs beat Rockies 4-1
    Jul 28, 2014 10:21 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league win, pitching seven strong innings Monday night as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1. Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back Wada (1-1). In only his third career start in the majors, Wada cut through the Colorado lineup, allowing one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego. The sole blemish on Wada's performance came in the sixth...

  • Rangers 4, Yankees 2
    Jul 28, 2014 10:11 PM CDT

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  • Astros 7, Athletics 3
    Jul 28, 2014 10:06 PM CDT

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  • Cubs 4, Rockies 1
    Jul 28, 2014 10:03 PM CDT

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  • Clippers owner Donald Sterling loses in court, judge allows $2B team sale to ex-Microsoft CEO
    Jul 28, 2014 9:46 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks. Shelly Sterling sought the probate judge's approval to ink the deal after...

  • Baker caps Marlins' 4-run 9th to help them rally past Soriano and Nationals 7-6
    Jul 28, 2014 9:43 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Baker hit a two-out RBI single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning by the Miami Marlins, who extended their winning streak to five games by beating the Washington Nationals 7-6. Miami trailed 6-1 in the seventh. Washington's Rafael Soriano (2-1), who earned his 200th career save Sunday, took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead and blew a save for the fourth time this season. Casey McGehee led off with a four-pitch walk, Garrett Jones doubled and Marcell Ozuna hit...

  • Switch-hitting slugger: Cabrera homers from both sides of plate, Blue Jays top Red Sox 14-1
    Jul 28, 2014 9:41 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs, R.A. Dickey pithed three-hit ball for seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays romped past the Boston Red Sox 14-1 on Monday night. The Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games while the Red Sox lost one day after stopping a five-game slide that began in Toronto with three losses. Cabrera homered into Boston's bullpen in right field after Jose Reyes led off the game with a walk. Cabrera made it 9-0...

  • Marlins 7, Nationals 6
    Jul 28, 2014 9:32 PM CDT

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  • Blue Jays 14, Red Sox 1
    Jul 28, 2014 9:28 PM CDT

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  • Travis d'Arnaud homers, Bartolo Colon pitches well again as Mets crush Phillies 7-1
    Jul 28, 2014 9:13 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Travis d'Arnaud went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer, Bartolo Colon made his second straight strong start, and the New York Mets crushed the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 on Monday night. D'Arnaud hit one of three doubles for the Mets as they took a 4-0 lead in the first. Then the catcher's seventh home run of the season broke the game open in the fifth. The 41-year-old Colon (10-8) retired the first 20 batters in his last outing Wednesday against Seattle, eventually allowing two runs...

  • Mets 7, Phillies 1
    Jul 28, 2014 9:08 PM CDT

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  • Jake Odorizzi pitches 7 strong innings, James Loney has 2 RBIs, Rays beat the Brewers 2-1
    Jul 28, 2014 9:01 PM CDT

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start, James Loney had two RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Monday night. Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings to beat the team that took him 32nd overall in the 2008 draft. Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Loney drove in two with a two-out, bases-loaded single off Kyle Lohse (11-5), who gave up two runs and four hits over six innings. The Rays had won nine in...

  • Rays 2, Brewers 1
    Jul 28, 2014 8:50 PM CDT

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  • A more mature Derrick Rose returns from knee injury as US basketball team opens camp
    Jul 28, 2014 7:57 PM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Derrick Rose says he feels old. The 25-year-old point guard's rigorous play on Monday during the U.S. basketball team's first practice dictated otherwise. "I was joking with Kyle Korver, I told him 'I'm getting old, man. I've got to stretch, I've got to use rollers and stuff.' He looked at me kind of weird," Rose said laughingly. "But I feel a lot more mature. I've been preparing for this for a long time. I've dedicated my whole summer to this. I think I've sacrificed a lot for...

  • Jurors acquit 2nd man in robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed
    Jul 28, 2014 7:23 PM CDT

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A jury on Monday acquitted a man in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed. The Washtenaw County Circuit Court jury reached the not guilty verdict in the trial of Ed Thomas, 21, one of two men charged in the slaying of the 20-year-old wide receiver from Chicago. The other man charged, Kristopher Pratt, 20, accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, testifying that he shot Reed and Thomas participated in the Oct....

  • Williams recovers from viral infection; opens hardcourt season Wednesday
    Jul 28, 2014 7:00 PM CDT

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It was only later, when she was able to clear her head, that she realized the seriousness of her situation. "It was interesting and I was scared after," Williams said. "I didn't...

  • Key dates in dispute over sale of Los Angeles Clippers
    Jul 28, 2014 6:55 PM CDT

    Here is a timeline of developments in the move to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. April 25 — Recordings emerge and quickly spread of team owner Donald Sterling denouncing his young girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games. April 29 — Sterling gets a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who called the remarks hateful and deeply offensive. May 12 — Sterling tells CNN he's not a racist and apologizes for his remarks...

  • Fans quickly claim all tickets for NBA superstar LeBron James' free homecoming show in Ohio
    Jul 28, 2014 6:36 PM CDT

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James' Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours. Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won't divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope...

  • Rays' Archer on flap with Ortiz: 'I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat'
    Jul 28, 2014 5:54 PM CDT

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn't mad at David Ortiz. A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi's style. "I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat," Archer said Monday. "I'm not comparing the two, but they're obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished." "I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That's just who...

  • R Free Roll wins $200,000 Honorable Miss at Saratoga Race Course
    Jul 28, 2014 5:07 PM CDT

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — R Free Roll took an early lead on a sloppy track and went on to win the $200,000 Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap by 1 1/4 lengths on a rainy Monday at Saratoga Race Course. Making her 17th start but just the second outside of her native Florida, the 4-year-old daughter of Rockport Harbor was never challenged under jockey Paco Lopez. She finished the six furlongs in 1:10.12. R Free Roll paid $15, $5.80 and $5.10, and the $120,000 winner's share of the purse increased...

  • Brad Keselowski to run NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway
    Jul 28, 2014 5:01 PM CDT

    NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Brad Keselowski will run the NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa on Saturday, just a day before the Sprint Cup event at Pocono. Keselowski will make his seventh start in NASCAR's second-tier series this season. Keselowski, who has already won a pair of Nationwide races in 2014, will replace Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 car so Blaney can run a trucks race in Pocono on Saturday. Keselowski has won twice in four Nationwide races at Iowa Speedway, including the inaugural event in 2009....

  • Business Highlights
    Jul 28, 2014 4:58 PM CDT

    ___ US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these...

  • After record-tying 5th win at Brickyard, Jeff Gordon eyeing elusive 5th NASCAR championship
    Jul 28, 2014 4:49 PM CDT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels. He was the "Wonder Boy" who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to Madison Ave. and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song. Gordon won all the big races, collected four championships in seven years and had 58 victories before his 30th birthday. Then his pace began to slow, the rest of the field caught up...

  • Sailors face pollution in 1st test for Rio Olympics; picturesque venue suits TV, not athletes
    Jul 28, 2014 4:48 PM CDT

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sailors, coaches and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro acknowledge the problem: Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing at the 2016 Olympics, is badly polluted. Some liken it to a sewer. The water is filthy after years of untreated waste being poured into the enclosed bay, a mess officials say will take at least a decade to fix. From a distance, the venue is picturesque, framed between Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. This is the image Rio organizers want the...

  • Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO
    Jul 28, 2014 4:48 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO.

  • Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vania King advance in first round of Citi Open
    Jul 28, 2014 4:29 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — No. 6 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia advanced to the second round of the Citi Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Slovenia's Polona Hercog on Monday. American Vania King also moved on, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win against Canada's Francoise Abanda. Tomas Berdych, No. 5 on the ATP tour, is the top seed on the men's side. The Czech Republic native and other seeds, including American John Isner, received a first-round bye. Wimbledon semifinalist Milos Raonic of Canada, ranked No....

  • Fists flying in Philly at Eagles' camp for second day in a row
    Jul 28, 2014 4:20 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — This Eagles' defense won't be pushed around. For the second straight day at Philadelphia's training camp, a fight broke out between an offensive and defensive player. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher took on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Monday. Linebacker Trent Cole got into it with All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy a day earlier. "We're just playing ball," Fletcher said. "Emotions got going and one thing led to another. It's football. Things happen. We're all working to get...

  • Williams recovers from viral infection; opens hardcourt season Wednesday
    Jul 28, 2014 4:10 PM CDT

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It was only later, when she was able to clear her head, that she realized the seriousness of her situation. Doctors wouldn't let her leave her room, so she got some much-needed...

  • If US city wins 2024 Olympics, USOC faces lost revenues from marketing agreement
    Jul 28, 2014 4:03 PM CDT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city's newly formed organizing committee. It's one of those costly facts of life in the Olympics thanks to the Joint Marketing Program Agreement that a country's Olympic federation must sign when it puts a city up as a candidate to...

  • A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's day at training camp
    Jul 28, 2014 3:49 PM CDT

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's day at training camp. GO, JOHNNY, GO: Manziel got a chance to show off his running ability as the Browns ran several read-option plays with him behind center. On several occasions, Manziel kept the ball, tucked it away and took off, displaying the quickness and elusiveness that made it tough to contain him at Texas A&M. MISCUES: Manziel, who is trying to beat out Brian Hoyer to be Cleveland's starter, had a few plays...

  • Williams recovers from viral infection; opens hardcourt season Wednesday
    Jul 28, 2014 3:42 PM CDT

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get ahead of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It was only later, when she was able to clear her head, that she realized the seriousness of her situation. Doctors wouldn't let her leave her room, so she got some much-needed...

  • Court orders Russia to pay investors over $50B for expropriation of Yukos oil company
    Jul 28, 2014 3:05 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled. Monday's verdict by the Permanent Court for Arbitration increases the economic and diplomatic isolation of Russia at a time when it faces new, potentially painful sanctions from Western powers. The court, a body that rules on corporate disputes, said the Russian government...

  • Santana throws 8 scoreless innings, Gattis drives in both runs to lead Braves past Padres 2-0
    Jul 28, 2014 2:59 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit. It took a while to know if that would be good enough for a win. In the seventh, Evan Gattis finally came through. Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer off outfielder-turned-pitcher Jason Lane and that was all Santana and the Atlanta Braves needed, beating San Diego 2-0 on Monday for their third straight win. "I've got you on the plane," Santana jokingly told Gattis, as they prepared to leave on a West Coast...

  • Poker pros' cash hasn't freed defendants in Las Vegas illegal World Cup betting case
    Jul 28, 2014 2:53 PM CDT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lawyers in Las Vegas want immigration authorities to release a wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme and remains in custody even after his poker star friends posted his bail. Wei Seng "Paul" Phua, 50, and his son, Darren Phua, 22, were in the Henderson Detention Center on Monday on a hold from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to jail records. A few days earlier, poker professional Andrew Robl and 10-time World Series of...

  • Dollar Tree buying peer Family Dollar Stores for approximately $8.5 billion
    Jul 28, 2014 2:21 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been stepping up its courtship of lower-income customers The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing current leader Dollar General Corp., which has about 11,300. Dollar stores grew during...

  • Thiem beats protesting Souza in 3 sets to reach 2nd round in Kitzbuehel
    Jul 28, 2014 2:00 PM CDT

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem defeated Joao Souza of Brazil 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 in a rain-soaked first-round match at the Bet-at-Home Cup on Monday. The 50th-ranked Austrian converted his fourth match point as he broke Souza for a third time in the final set. After the second set, the match was interrupted for nearly an hour due to heavy rain. In the second game of the match, Souza walked off the court after being warned by the umpire for taking too much time between his...

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