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Clippers have found their identity,...

Clippers have found their identity, but how long will it last?

Although Blake Griffin & Co. have regrouped after the departure of Chris Paul, the team still faces a very uncertain future.
NBA suspends Rockets' Ariza, Green ...

NBA suspends Rockets' Ariza, Green 2 games

The NBA is suspending Houston's Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green two games for aggressively entering the Clippers' locker room Monday night. Rockets teammates Chris Paul and James Harden will not face discipline or fines for their roles.
Melo: Game is 'fun again' after acc...

Melo: Game is 'fun again' after accepting role

After scoring a game-high 27 points on Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony said the game is "starting to become fun again" as he has accepted his role with the Thunder.
Butler on Ramsey's SB talk: Better ...

Butler on Ramsey's SB talk: Better back it up

Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey better be able to back up his guarantee that Jacksonville will beat New England on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.
Police interview friends of QB who ...

Police interview friends of QB who killed self

When Dr. Brian Hainline learned about the apparent suicide of another college athlete, it hit hard. Again.
Ice and quiet: AHL game bars fans d...

Ice and quiet: AHL game bars fans due to snow

A snowstorm in Charlotte forced the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate to play its Wednesday home game without fans.

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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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Rasmus Dahlin could save Olympic ho...

Rasmus Dahlin could save Olympic hockey

The Olympic rosters don't seem particularly exciting, but Rasmus Dahlin could be the attraction the tournament needs.
No. 7 Wichita State looks to extend...

No. 7 Wichita State looks to extend home win streak vs. SMU

SMU, the defending American Athletic Conference champion, looked like it was poised to make another run, but has suddenly hit the skids and now faces a road test at No. 7 Wichita State on Wednesday at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. The Mustangs (12-6, 2-3 AAC) are coming off a stunning 66-64 loss
Pac-12 leaders No. 14 Arizona, Stan...

Pac-12 leaders No. 14 Arizona, Stanford face off Saturday

A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
Howard leads Syracuse past Pitt 59-...

Howard leads Syracuse past Pitt 59-45

Frank Howard saw to it that Syracuse didn't make history Tuesday. The Orange had never lost five games in a row in the 42-year tenure of Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, but coming off a disheartening double-overtime loss at No. 23 Florida State, that prospect loomed - even against a Pittsburgh team
Parks, Martin, lead Memphis over UC...

Parks, Martin, lead Memphis over UConn 73-49

Mike Parks Jr. had a career-best night for Memphis, while Jeremiah Martin, the Tigers leading scorer, matched him in points and rebounds. The result was an early lead that built to a runaway victory for the Tigers as Memphis defeated UConn 73-49 on Tuesday night. Both Parks and Martin recorded 21 points
Davis leads Texas A&M past Mississi...

Davis leads Texas A&M past Mississippi 71-69

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy offered up a concise invocation when Mississippi's Breein Tyree tossed up a 3-point attempt from the left of the top of the key late Tuesday night in Reed Arena. ''I was praying that it would bounce out,'' Kennedy said. The result was a 71-69 Aggies

Fox Sports

CSUN gets first Big West win,...

CSUN gets first Big West win, beats UC Riverside 66-57 (Jan 17, 2018)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) Tavrion Dawson had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Cal State Northridge rolled to a 66-57 victory over UC Riverside on Wednesday night for its first Big West Conference win.
Magic is missing as Cavaliers...

Magic is missing as Cavaliers host Orlando (Jan 18, 2018)

CLEVELAND -- The Orlando Magic are the last team the Cleveland Cavaliers beat.
Heidegger with 24, UC Santa B...

Heidegger with 24, UC Santa Barbara upend CS Fullerton 83-64 (Jan 17, 2018)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) Max Heidegger scored 24 points and UC Santa Barbara dealt Cal State Fullerton its first conference loss with an 83-64 win on Wednesday night.
76ers limp into meeting with ...

76ers limp into meeting with Celtics (Jan 18, 2018)

BOSTON -- It's no secret that injuries have seriously haunted the Philadelphia 76ers in recent years.
Top 25 Capsules

Top 25 Capsules

WASHINGTON (AP) Top-ranked Villanova led by as many as 44 points - 44! - and gave Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing a rude welcome back to the schools' rivalry, handing the Hoyas their worst loss in more than 40 years, 88-56 on Wednesday night.
Lyons scores 22 as Air Force ...

Lyons scores 22 as Air Force rallies past Colorado St. 76-71 (Jan 17, 2018)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Trevor Lyons scored 22 points and Jacob Van made four straight free throws in the last 25 seconds as Air Force rallied from nine points down to clip Colorado State 76-71 on Wednesday night.

Reuters

Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, re...

Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, reaches third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For Maria Sharapova, it was a case of revenge being served hot as she fended off her U.S. Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) under a blazing sun to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Doping: CAS to hear appeals from 39...

Doping: CAS to hear appeals from 39 banned Russians next week

(Reuters) - The cases of 39 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games will be heard next week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.
Tennis: Muguruza outfoxed by Hsieh ...

Tennis: Muguruza outfoxed by Hsieh in second-round defeat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seed Garbine Muguruza became the latest big-name casualty at the Australian Open as she lost 7-6(1) 6-4 in the second round to tricky Taiwanese doubles specialist Hsieh Su-wei on Thursday.
Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics docto...

Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics doctor Nassar in court to 'go to hell'

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.
IAAF not privy to any championships...

IAAF not privy to any championships bid concerns: CEO

(Reuters) - Athletics global governing body has not been made aware of any information that would give it concern about successful world championship bids by Doha and Eugene, Oregon, the IAAF's chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.
Golf: Rahm returns to California a ...

Golf: Rahm returns to California a year older and much wiser

(Reuters) - Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson head into this week's CareerBuilder Challenge with their careers heading in opposite directions.

SI.com

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

Busy night for referee Scott

Busy night for referee Scott

It was a busy night for referee Graham Scott at Stamford Bridge, with VAR confusion dominating the headlines. Here, we run through the main incidents...
Conte: VAR must improve after mista...

Conte: VAR must improve after mistake

Antonio Conte said the Video Assistant Referee system must improve after a "big mistake" in Chelsea's FA Cup penalty shoot-out win over Norwich on Wednesday.
Australian Open: Live scores

Australian Open: Live scores

Updates from day four, with Britain's Johanna Konta back in action along with Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Juventus confirm Can approach

Juventus confirm Can approach

Juventus director general Giuseppe Marotta says the Serie A champions are trying "all they can" to sign Emre Can from Liverpool.
The Offload: Eddie's extension

The Offload: Eddie's extension

First up for discussion on The Offload was the news that Eddie Jones has extended his contract to remain England head coach until August 2021.
Joao Mario turns down West Ham loan

Joao Mario turns down West Ham loan

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has decided against joining West Ham on loan, according to Sky in Italy.

abc News

Sources: Rockets shocked Clippers'...

Sources: Rockets shocked Clippers' Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers escaped disciplinary action

The Houston Rockets are shocked and disappointed that Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers avoided any disciplinary action as a result of the events during and after the Los Angeles Clippers' contentious win Monday night, team sources told ESPN. Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green were both suspended for two games for entering the Clippers' locker room and engaging "in a hostile, verbal altercation with several Clippers players," according to the league's release. The Rockets are upset that Griffin and Rivers weren't disciplined for their roles in the events that led to Ariza's anger escalating to the point that he stormed into the Clippers' locker room to confront them. The Rockets are adamant that Griffin intentionally made contact with Mike D'Antoni moments before a heated confrontation between the Houston coach and Clippers star forward. D'Antoni was arguing a goaltending no-call on the previous possession...
Carmelo Anthony says accepting rol...

Carmelo Anthony says accepting role has made game 'fun again'

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Carmelo Anthony's season has been about acceptance with the Thunder as he adjusts to a new role as an auxiliary scorer featured on most nights as the third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George. And as he grows more comfortable with it, he said Wednesday the game is getting fun again. "Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, I think you become comfortable with it," he said. "You start putting your all into it, you start working on that role and on that acceptance, and it becomes fun. I think right now, after accepting that role, I think early in December, the game is starting to become fun again for me, fun for us as a team. Any time you get to making shots and winning basketball games it makes it that much more fun." Anthony was dominant against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Thunder's 114-90 win, leading all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3. As...
Pats DT Adam Butler calls Jags CB ...

Pats DT Adam Butler calls Jags CB Jalen Ramsey's guarantee 'a bold statement'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots won't say if Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl guarantee is on their bulletin board, but it's definitely on their minds as they prepare for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. "If you're going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up," Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday. Ramsey, star cornerback of the Jaguars, made headlines with his pep rally boast last Sunday at Jacksonville's EverBank Field, telling a large crowd, "We are going to the Super Bowl, and we are going to win that b----." The quote has resonated inside the Patriots' locker room. Asked if Ramsey's prediction indicates the Jaguars are looking past the Patriots, Butler said, "In a sense, yeah." "It's a bold statement to make," Butler added. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that." The two teams...
Snowfall in Charlotte forces AHL's...

Snowfall in Charlotte forces AHL's Checkers to host game without fans

Hockey players are at home on ice, however, the same can't always be said of hockey fans. The AHL's Charlotte Checkers played host Wednesday to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at an empty Bojangles' Coliseum thanks to inclement weather in the area. "It was a little different, but give [Bridgeport] credit, because they came out flying and outshot us 14-4 in the first period," Checkers coach Mike Vellucci said after Charlotte's 4-3 win. "The game was so important that it doesn't matter how many people in the stands, and I think it just took us a while to realize that the game was that important." The Charlotte area got up to six inches of snow due to a winter storm, with overnight temperatures in the teens expecting to make roads "treacherous," according to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. While the Charlotte Hornets opened their doors to NBA fans on Wednesday for their game against the Washington Wizards across town, the Checkers...
Patriots QB Tom Brady limited in p...

Patriots QB Tom Brady limited in practice with right hand injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sustained an injury to his right throwing hand in a minor collision in practice Wednesday, according to a source. A source close to Brady said it is possible the injury could affect him slightly in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Brady is moving forward with the belief that he should be OK overall. A second source said Brady's hand "should be OK." Brady was officially limited in practice, according to the team's participation report, and underwent tests with the team's medical staff afterward. He had been scheduled to hold a news conference at that time. The next benchmark for Brady will be Thursday at 12:15 p.m. ET, which is the team's next scheduled practice. According to a report from the Boston Herald, the injury occurred when one of Brady's teammates accidentally ran into him and jammed his hand. X-rays were taken and revealed no...
Milton scores 33, lifts SMU over N...

Milton scores 33, lifts SMU over No. 7 Wichita State 83-78

Shake Milton hit five 3-pointers en route to a career-best 33 points and SMU beat No. 7 Wichita State 83-78

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WWE star Roman Reigns issues statem...

WWE star Roman Reigns issues statement denying steroid allegations

Accusations of Reigns being connected to a steroid ring surfaced this week
In This Corner Podcast: Seth Rollin...

In This Corner Podcast: Seth Rollins' finisher, Raw 25, Shawn Michaels stops by

Shawn Michaels dishes on the barbershop incident, Ric Flair's retirement match and more
Texas Tech team wears special No. 1...

Texas Tech team wears special No. 1 warmups for Texas player with leukemia

Andrew Jones is Texas' second leading scorer
Jeremy Roenick rips haters, says Ki...

Jeremy Roenick rips haters, says Kid Rock is 'the most talented musician' ever

The NHL chose the Detroit rocker as its All-Star Game entertainment and not everyone is thrilled
WATCH: Dwight Howard blows Wizards ...

WATCH: Dwight Howard blows Wizards coach a kiss after making free throws

DH12 is picked for free throws after a teammate gets ejected. He makes both, and lets Scott Brooks know it
Warriors' Jordan Bell exits game vs...

Warriors' Jordan Bell exits game vs. Bulls with sprained ankle after awkward landing

Bell was injured defending a Robin Lopez dunk and had to be taken off the floor in a wheelchair
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