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Golson wins Seminoles QB battle ove...

Golson wins Seminoles QB battle over Maguire

Golson wins Seminoles QB battle over Maguire
Griffin denies 'liking' p...

Griffin denies 'liking' post that ripped Redskins

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RB Richardson released by Raiders, sources say

RB Richardson released by Raiders, sources say
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27 minutes later: Serena cruises into 2nd round

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Haden: Sarkisian decision in best interest of USC

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Report: Clippers' Jordan parts ways with agents

Report: Clippers' Jordan parts ways with agents

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'Deflategate' judge says Brady susp...

'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge made clear Wednesday that the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady over "Deflategate" is in jeopardy as the star New England quarterback returned to practice.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, who's been asked by the NFL Players Association to void the suspension, warned a league lawyer during oral arguments in the scandal over underinflated footballs that there was precedent for judges to toss out penalties issued by arbitrators.

Berman continued to push for a settlement in the dispute - a potential result he called "rational and logical." But throughout the hearing, he also cited several weaknesses in the way the NFL handled the controversy that could become the basis for handing a victory to Brady and his union.

After the hearing, Berman met behind closed doors with both sides for more than an hour before the lawyers left court, saying the judge asked them not to discuss the negotiations publicly. If there is no deal, the Manhattan judge has said he hopes to rule by Sept. 4, six days before the Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL's season-opening game.

Neither Brady nor NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in court Wednesday. Brady returned to his team after participating in negotiations along with Goodell and lawyers on both sides a day earlier.

Berman ordered Brady and Goodell to return to court if they can't settle, scheduling a tentative Aug. 31 hearing.

The league announced in May that it was suspending Brady over allegations he conspired with two Patriots equipment employees to deflate footballs below what league rules allow, to give him a competitive edge in New England's victory over the Indianapolis Colts in January's AFC championship game. Goodell, who by contract with the players' union can act as an arbitrator for labor disputes, upheld the suspension, touching off the legal battle.

During more than two hours of arguments by attorneys, the judge noted other arbitration decisions have been rejected when a key witness was not allowed to testify as he asked why NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash - who worked on the NFL investigation - could not be questioned by union lawyers during the suspension's appeal.

Arbitration proceedings, while more relaxed than court proceedings, are still required to follow due process rules to ensure fairness, Berman said.

"You have to allow someone to make their case by calling witnesses," he said.

Berman also suggested that the league's finding that Brady was generally aware that game balls were being deflated was too vague, noting that any reference to the Jan. 18 game against the Colts was "conspicuously absent" in a report on an NFL investigation that the league used as a basis for the suspension.

Finally, Berman said he could not understand how the commissioner opted to keep a four-game suspension over a fine or a lesser penalty seen in other cases of equipment tampering. In one exchange, he questioned Goodell's defense of the Brady punishment on the grounds that it was comparable to penalties on players caught using performance enhancing drugs.

"How is that equal to steroid use?" he asked of the deflation allegations.

"They both go to the integrity of the game," responded NFL lawyer Daniel Nash.

"Well, everything goes to the integrity of the game," the judge shot back.

It was the second week in a row the judge seemed to lean harder on the NFL in open court, though he again cautioned that he had not yet made up his mind which side would win.

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Associated Press writer Jake Pearson contributed to this report.

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Panthers WR Benjamin has torn ACL, ...

Panthers WR Benjamin has torn ACL, sidelined for the season

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Wednesday, an injury that the team announced will sideline him for the season.

"Obviously, we feel awful for Kelvin," general manager Dave Gettleman said in a press release. "He's worked tremendously hard to put himself in a positon to have a strong year. We're confident he will attack his surgery and rehab with the same determination he has met all challenges before."

It's a major blow to the Panthers in their quest to win a third straight NFC South championship. Benjamin had developed into Carolina's No. 1 receiver after setting franchise rookie records in 2014 with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters earlier in the day Benjamin had a sprained knee and remained hopeful everything would be fine. However, Benjamin was taken back to Charlotte, North Carolina where an MRI revealed the tear.

The injury occurred during a joint practice with the Miami Dolphins.

Benjamin was running a one-on-one route against Dolphins safety Reshad Jones when he made a cut toward the sideline and his knee buckled. He crashed to the ground and screamed in pain as he grabbed for the knee.

"He went to plant and make a swim move and without any contact just kind of went down," Rivera said. "It was unfortunate and it's one of those things that could have happened in any drill."

As Benjamin lay on the ground, players from both teams gathered around him and took a knee.

Trainers attended to Benjamin and quickly called for the cart to take him into the locker room. Quarterback and close friend Cam Newton helped Benjamin into the cart. Newton appeared disturbed by the events as trainers carted his top target off the field.

While wide receiver is considered one of Carolina's deeper positions, it will be difficult to replace Benjamin.

To make matters worse, rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess also tweaked a hamstring and is expected to miss practice Thursday against the Dolphins. Earlier in training camp wide receiver Stephen Hill suffered a torn ACL at training camp and was later waived-injured.

It's expected that Corey Brown and veteran Jerricho Cotchery would be the starters entering the team's preseason game against Miami on Saturday night. The Panthers will count on wide receivers like Ted Ginn Jr., Brenton Bersin and Jarrett Boykin to step up and battle for more playing time.

Ginn said he spoke with Benjamin after practice told him, "keep his head up."

"You've got to realize he's our No. 1 guy," Ginn said. "Not having your No. 1 guy on the practice field, it hurts you a little bit. I believe we have the guys behind him to step up and do whatever we need to do to fill the void right now."

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Red Sox bring in ex-Tigers boss Dom...

Red Sox bring in ex-Tigers boss Dombrowski to run club

BOSTON (AP) New Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski thought enough of the team to pick Boston over other suitors.

Now he's going to spend the next six weeks trying to figure out what's worth keeping - in the front office, on the field at Fenway Park and in the minor leagues.

"I'm not here to blow up the organization," Dombrowski said at a Fenway Park news conference Wednesday, a day after he was hired. "They have a lot of good people here."

Speaking to reporters a day after a mid-game shake-up that left general manager Ben Cherington on the outs, Dombrowski said he would be hiring a general manager but was in no rush. He did not discuss the future of manager John Farrell, who is on leave from the team after being diagnosed with what he said was a treatable form of cancer.

Dombrowski said he spoke to Farrell on Tuesday night - after he underwent his first chemotherapy session - but just told him they would meet after the manager was healthy again. In Farrell's absence, bench coach Torey Lovullo is managing the team, which entered Wednesday night with a 53-66 record, 14 games behind the rival New York Yankees in the AL East.

Red Sox owner John Henry began the news conference with a statement that acknowledged the team's failures in finishing last two of the last three seasons. (In 2013, the club won the World Series for the third time in a decade, but the first in Cherington's tenure.)

"As owners, we're all responsible for the poor results we've had, and for results going forward," Henry said. "Dave Dombrowski is an architect of team-building the right way. For almost three decades now, he's earned the respect of almost everyone in the game."

The general manager of the Montreal Expos at the age of 32, Dombrowski won the 1997 World Series with the Florida Marlins and led the Tigers to the Series twice. But he was let go on Aug. 8 with Detroit languishing below .500.

Henry said he decided to pursue Dombrowski when he "became a free agent" less than a week after the Red Sox announced that president and CEO Lucchino would be stepping down at the end of the season.

Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy was named Lucchino's successor on the business side; he attended Wednesday's news conference along with chairman Tom Werner, prompting Henry to explain: "This is really our lineup for 2016 and beyond."

Although Dombrowski would be installed above Cherington in the baseball decision-making, "Ben did not object" to discussing the job with him, Henry said.

Up until Dombrowski was hired, the top Red Sox brass - including the new president - hoped that Cherington would stay, they said. Cherington declined, and on Tuesday night it was announced that he would be leaving after sticking around to help with the transition.

"We think the world of Ben," Werner said. "We are disappointed but respectful of his decision."

Cherington said later that he was surprised when Henry and Werner told him on Saturday that they were pursuing Dombrowski. Although he had pledged to do what he could to make the Red Sox better, the GM thought it was time to go.

"I felt strongly that what was best for Dave, what was best for me, what was best for the Red Sox was the same thing, and that was a clean break," he said. "I have great respect for Dave Dombrowski. His resume speaks for itself. He will be an asset clearly for the Red Sox and I wish him and I wish the Red Sox nothing but the best going forward."

Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who was with Boston from 2004-11, said "this place is never boring" before the Indians faced the Red Sox.

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AP freelancer Ken Powtak contributed to this report.

Eli Manning not looking to be the N...

Eli Manning not looking to be the NFL's top paid quarterback

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Eli Manning didn't ask the New York Giants to make him the NFL's highest-paid quarterback.

A perplexed and slightly miffed Manning on Wednesday shot down a report that he wants to be the league's top-paid quarterback, insisting that was not the goal in contract talks.

"Never been said, never come out of my mouth," Manning said Wednesday.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP is in the final year of a contract that will pay him a $17 million base salary. His agent, Tom Condon, has been negotiating a new deal, but the two sides are not close to an agreement, Giants co-owner John Mara said Monday.

Manning insisted neither he nor Condon told the Giants to make him the highest-paid quarterback. He said he speaks with Condon occasionally, but he isn't looking for constant updates on the talks.

"If something comes up, I ask him to call me and keep me updated or send me a text, but that's it," Manning said.

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers currently is the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, earning $22 million annually.

The 34-year-old Manning has spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with the Giants, so he knows how people in the New York-area react to headlines.

For those who know him, it's totally out of character to make such a demand.

Manning even received a telephone message from his father asking what was happening.

"I don't know how all negotiating goes and what is being asked," Manning said. "I don't think I want to know. That was never said by him, claiming that this is the goal of what we are trying to do."

Manning said he does not compare himself to other quarterbacks by salary, and right now he is not thinking or concerned about his contract.

"My focus is on practice and getting the best out of our practices and getting better," Manning said. "That's all I am focused on. Nothing has changed. Nothing is different. Reports are all wrong. I don't know where they are getting their information from. I just kind of laugh at it."

Manning had a bounce-back season in 2014 playing in Ben McAdoo's West Coast offense. He threw for 4,410 yards, 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while hitting 63.1 percent of his passes. The previous season he had 3,818 yards, 18 touchdowns and a career-high 27 interceptions.

The Giants' offense struggled in the preseason opener last weekend, failing to get a first down in four series.

Manning expects improvement this weekend against Jacksonville at MetLife Stadium.

"Obviously, put some points on the board and get some drives going, sustain some drives," he said about goals for Saturday. "Hopefully be able to get out there, set the tempo, play fast with the offense, get some first downs and get into a good rhythm with the offense."

Manning said the offense practiced well against the Bengals earlier in the week, then didn't make anything happen in the game.

"I don't think there's a case of us doing things incorrectly, we've just got to do them a little bit better," he said. "I think we're on the right process of getting better, and I think it'll show up this weekend."

NOTES: WR Odell Beckham Jr. and LG Justin Pugh had dental work and did not practice. WR Victor Cruz was out with a strained calf. Cruz had just recovered from knee surgery. ... DE George Selvie is only expected to miss a couple of days with a knee injury. Coughlin said there was no ligament damage. ...WR Dwayne Harris, the former Cowboys' special teams maven, had an outstanding day catching passes. ...Coughlin got in the face of CB Chandler Fenner after he tackled Harris following a reception. ...CB Trevin Wade ended the practice, intercepting a Ryan Nassib pass. ....CB Prince Amukamara (groin) returned to practice for the first time in a week.

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Red Sox manager Farrell says he has...

Red Sox manager Farrell says he has 'highly curable' cancer

BOSTON (AP) Fighting back tears, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that he had a "highly curable" form of cancer and has taken a medical leave for the rest of the season to deal with lymphoma.

The 53-year-old Farrell said bench coach Torey Lovullo will run the team in his absence. Farrell said he planned on being back with the team for spring training.

Farrell said the cancer of the lymphatic system was discovered when he had hernia surgery in Detroit earlier this week.

"I know we usually start out with the injury report. I'll start out with myself on this one. Monday's surgery for the hernia revealed that I have lymphoma," he said before Friday night's game at Fenway Park against Seattle.

"Thankfully, it was detected in the hernia surgery. I can honestly tell you I'm extremely fortunate that it was found. Treatment will begin in the coming days," he said.

Farrell said a mass was completely removed during the procedure and no additional surgery was necessary. He said chemotherapy would start early next week.

Red Sox stars David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia stood along a wall to Farrell's left when he made the announcement. Vice President Sam Kennedy, general manager Ben Cherington and Lovullo also were in the room.

"A little bit of a shocker to be told later that afternoon that this was going on. Like I said, I'm fortunate," Farrell said. "Stage 1. It's localized. It's highly curable. I'm extremely fortunate to not only be with people with the Red Sox, but access to MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital) and world class talent that can handle this."

The Red Sox are in last place in the AL East with a 50-64 record. In February, Farrell's contract was extended through 2017 with a club option for 2018.

"When they mentioned the word `cancer,' it's something that it doesn't matter where it comes from, it kind of impacts you," Ortiz said.

Farrell guided Boston to the World Series championship in his first season in 2013. He previously managed the Toronto Blue Jays for two years.

"Sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery. Stay Strong and look forward to seeing you at the ballpark soon," the Blue Jays tweeted.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said he is being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma, and his doctors consider it "very treatable and curable." His plans were to remain coach and team president while being treated.

Cherington said Farrell told him the news Thursday when the GM was traveling between flights en route to Greenville, South Carolina, to visit one of the team's Single-A affiliates.

"He called me on a quick layover," Cherington said. "I was sort of in shock. A few minutes to sink in and I figured I had to get back to Boston last night. I've been talking to him yesterday and this morning."

"There's a lot of respect for him, not just in the Red Sox organization, but throughout baseball," he said. "There's a lot of people already reaching out. He's someone that spent his whole life in baseball. He's played, he's coached, worked in the front office and, obviously, he's managed now."

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner spoke about Farrell during the pregame TV telecast.

"We all love John," he said. "We said the most important thing is get back soon."

Farrell, a former major league pitcher, was the pitching coach for the 2007 Red Sox when they won the World Series. Ace Jon Lester returned from lymphoma that July and started the clinching game of the Series in Colorado.

"Obviously, we go pretty far back. I talked to him a little bit, already," said Lester, now pitching for the Chicago Cubs. "He seems pretty positive. Everything seems pretty positive, so that's good."

"He's in a good place for it. That's obviously one of the better places, if not the best place, in the country to be if you have cancer. He's in good hands. I know those doctors pretty well," he said.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona is one of Farrell's closest friends. Farrell was the pitching coach in Boston under Francona.

"He's such a tough guy and he has so many people that care about him that I just honestly feel like he will come through this with flying colors," he said before the Indians played at Minnesota.

"I'm glad we're going to go through there in a couple days because I'd like to see him. But he sounded really good," Francona said.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi wished Farrell well.

"It's not what you want to see. Say some prayers for him and his family, hope everything goes well," he said before a game in Toronto. "Just get healthy, that's most important. He's a good man, a good baseball man, you want to see him get healthy."

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia echoed that sentiment.

"It's awful. We heard the prognosis is very good, that's encouraging," he said before a game in Kansas City. "But it's scary whenever you hear of something like that happening. He's a young man."

Farrell said he never had any symptom before the notification of the cancer discovery.

Ortiz said he heard about Farrell's condition from teammate Hanley Ramirez, who was crying when he delivered the news.

"We have a big family around here and definitely when it comes down to health issues, you want to be sure that everything goes OK. The organization is taking a lot of responsibility on that to make sure that John gets through it the way it's supposed to be," Ortiz said.

Farrell was touched by his players' support.

"In a way, you live vicariously through their careers," he said. "Yours is over, you try to help when you can with them, and when they show that support, it's meaningful."

Yankees to honor A-Rod's 3,000th hi...

Yankees to honor A-Rod's 3,000th hit in pregame ceremony

TORONTO (AP) The New York Yankees will honor Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit with a pregame ceremony before hosting the Blue Jays on Sept. 13.

Rodriguez homered off Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 19, becoming the 29th player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau.

Rodriguez said he was "in disbelief" upon learning of the planned celebration.

Manager Joe Girardi said he was pleased to see the Yankees pay tribute to A-Rod's achievement.

"All relationships are going to have rocky moments and you like to see things get righted and repaired," Girardi said before Friday night's game in Toronto. "I think both sides have made a lot of gestures to do that."

Rodriguez missed all of last season while serving a drug suspension. Last month, Rodriguez and the Yankees settled a dispute over a marketing payment with a deal that gave $3.5 million to charitable groups.

Rodriguez is batting .264 with 24 homers and 63 RBIs in a resurgent season. He began the day in an 0-for-11 skid.

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No settlement: Goodell, Brady await...

No settlement: Goodell, Brady await 'Deflategate' ruling (Yahoo Sports)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves Federal court Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Last-minute settlement talks between lawyers for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have failed, leaving a judge to decide the fate of

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved ''tried quite hard'' to reach a deal in the controversy that has hung over professional football since New England easily won the AFC title game in January, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said in federal court in Manhattan.

Kirk Cousins to start season as Red...

Kirk Cousins to start season as Redskins QB (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins prepares to pass as quarterback Robert Griffin III watches during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Richmond, Va. The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Robert Griffin III.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Robert Griffin III. ''We feel like at this time, Kirk Cousins gives us the best chance to win,'' coach Jay Gruden said, unseating Griffin, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Although Gruden said that it's Cousins' job for the season, not just the Sept. 13 opener against Miami, the quarterback is not overconfident.

Taylor named Bills starting quarter...

Taylor named Bills starting quarterback over Manuel, Cassel (Yahoo Sports)

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) gets past Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Sean Spence (51) on a touchdown run during the second half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who goes by the nickname ''T-Mobile,'' got the call to be the Buffalo Bills' season-opening starter. ''It came down to basically that explosiveness that Tyrod brings to us,'' Ryan said. Taylor won the job over former Bills starter and 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota.

Fisher names Golson starting QB for...

Fisher names Golson starting QB for No. 10 Florida State (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2014 file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson gets set to pass during the first half an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Los Angeles. With a week until the opener against Texas State, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher still is trying to decide between Everett Golson or Sean Maguire as the starting quarterback. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

After playing coy for the past couple weeks, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher ended the suspense on Monday of who will be his starting quarterback by announcing Everett Golson had earned the job. Golson, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, beat out junior Sean Maguire. ''He came in, related to our players well and showed what kind of player he was,'' Fisher said of Golson.

Williams into US Open 2nd round whe...

Williams into US Open 2nd round when injured opponent stops (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Open defending champion Serena Williams, left, consoles opponent Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia after Diatchnko stopped playing because of an injury during her first round match against Williams at the U.S. Open Tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top women. Williams was out there for only 27 minutes and took 32 of the 37 points that were played. ''It was definitely different and bizarre,'' Williams said.

Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant su...

Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

The list of key players the Pittsburgh Steelers will have to do without early in the 2015 season keeps growing. Add second-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant. The NFL suspended Bryant for four games after Bryant violated the league's substance abuse policy.

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Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restor...

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restores natural order in baseball

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-yea...

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-year, $155 million deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, ...

Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, will face Nadal in semis

Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thu...

Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thunder past Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Browns to interview Bills' Pettine ...

Browns to interview Bills' Pettine with Broncos' Gase out of running

Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kic...

Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kicked out of MLBPA after lawsuit

Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

Reuters

Keuchel matches home win milestone ...

Keuchel matches home win milestone in Astros victory

(The Sports Xchange) - Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday.
Tokyo 2020 poised to withdraw logo ...

Tokyo 2020 poised to withdraw logo in latest blow - reports

TOKYO (Reuters) - Organizers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were poised to withdraw the official logo announced for the Games just a month ago after its designer admitted to copying presentation materials from the internet, media reports said on Tuesday.
Royals acquire Gomes from Braves

Royals acquire Gomes from Braves

(Reuters) - The American League-leading Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Nadal flashes old form in win over ...

Nadal flashes old form in win over Coric

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal showed flashes of his top form under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium to beat young Croat Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 and close Day One at the U.S. Open tennis championships on Monday.
Top seeds in a hurry on day of U.S....

Top seeds in a hurry on day of U.S. Open upsets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number ones Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style on Monday, while Kei Nishikori's hopes of making another magical run to the final came to a shuddering halt.
Williams begins calendar Slam push ...

Williams begins calendar Slam push in ruthless style

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Serena Williams began her final push towards a calendar year Grand Slam in devastating fashion on Monday by pounding Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0 2-0 before the overwhelmed Russian waved the white flag and retired.

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A few words with World Cup broadcas...

A few words with World Cup broadcaster Darke

The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup, ACL recovery comes up short

Star Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup after his ACL recovery falls short.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup

Seattle rises to No. 1

Seattle rises to No. 1

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves...

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves Chelsea

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes Wor...

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes World Cup roster

Sky Sports

Davey extends Posh stay

Davey extends Posh stay

Peterborough have extended Alex Davey's loan from Chelsea.
De Guzman deal 'unlikely'

De Guzman deal 'unlikely'

Jonathan de Guzman's proposed loan move to Bournemouth is now unlikely to happen, according to Sky sources.
Cadran target for Litigant

Cadran target for Litigant

Joseph Tuite is to chart an ambitious path with surprise Ebor winner Litigant, identifying the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp as his next target.
Green questioned about Rangers

Green questioned about Rangers

Former Rangers chief executive Charles Green is being questioned by Police Scotland over his time at the club.
Juventus sign Hernanes

Juventus sign Hernanes

Juventus have signed midfielder Anderson Hernanes from Inter Milan for an initial fee of around £8m.
Pirelli to reveal Vettel findings

Pirelli to reveal Vettel findings

Pirelli has said it will present the result of its investigation into Sebastian Vettel’s tyre failure at Spa at the Italian GP this weekend.

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Cubs to have 'pajama party' for fli...

Cubs to have 'pajama party' for flight back to Chicago

LOS ANGELES -- A shark, a Ninja Turtle and Superman walk onto a plane. The start of a joke? Nope, the end of a road trip for the Chicago Cubs. Cubs manager Joe Maddon's "pajama party" for the team's overnight flight home may not be the biggest thing to happen Sunday after?? Jake Arrieta?? no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it's still a good thing. "It works both ways," Maddon said Sunday afternoon. "If you win it's even better, and if you've lost it's kind of like, 'let's put this behind us and move on.' I see it as a win-win-win. It's about keeping the group together. It's about having fun as a group." Rookie third baseman?? Kris Bryant??and his girlfriend spent time online looking for the right pajama or onesie. He went with a one-piece Ninja Turtle pajama, which was folded up in his locker stall while other players came dressed in their pajamas as they arrived at??Dodgers stadium for Sunday's game. "For me,...
Bitter end to Sharapova's already t...

Bitter end to Sharapova's already tough summer

NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova's withdrawal from the US Open on Sunday is much more than a bad break or singular setback. This latest low point for the No. 3-ranked player seems instead to be part of the pattern for one of the most marketable and yet snakebitten athletes in women's tennis. Saying she simply did not have enough time to recover sufficiently from a lingering leg injury, Sharapova, the 2006 US Open champion, pulled out of the final Grand Slam tournament of the year for the second time in three years, wrapping up another tough summer. In July, she lost to Serena Williams for the 17th straight time in the Wimbledon semifinals, then withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in August with a right leg strain. Recently, however, things seemed to be turning around for Sharapova. Last week, she attended the opening of her pop-up shop, Sugarpova, a candy line, in New York City. And once again, she appeared atop Forbes' list of highest-earning...
Jason Day storms through Barclays

Jason Day storms through Barclays

EDISON, N.J. -- The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at the Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn't this easy. He's just making it look that way. Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, Day, 27, powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field, capping off an explosive weekend at Plainfield with an 8-under 62 for a six-shot victory over Henrik Stenson. It was his third victory in his last four starts dating to another close call at the British Open, where he left a 30-foot birdie putt short on the final hole at St. Andrews and missed out on a playoff by one shot. In his mind, that's where it all changed. "Ever since then, I just felt a lot more calm on the golf course," he said. "I felt like it was my time. Mentally, I felt like, 'You paid your dues, now it's time to go out and win tournaments.' I'm not going to say in the future it's going to be like this all the time,...
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