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  • Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, left, and Riley Cooper push each other during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, left, and Riley Cooper push each other during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, left, and Riley Cooper push each other during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, left, and Riley Cooper push each other during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, center, restrains Cary Williams from Riley Cooper (14), during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, center, restrains Cary Williams from Riley Cooper (14), during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) restrains Cary Williams from Riley Cooper (14), during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) restrains Cary Williams from Riley Cooper (14), during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

  • Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, left, and Riley Cooper push each other during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, left, and Riley Cooper push each other during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, center, restrains Cary Williams from Riley Cooper (14), during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) restrains Cary Williams from Riley Cooper (14), during practice at the NFL football team's training facility, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NFL

Cooper, Williams scuffle at Eagles practice

PHILADELPHIA – Riley Cooper, who left the Philadelphia Eagles for three days in training camp after a video of him making a racial slur surfaced on the internet, got into a scuffle with Cary Williams at practice yesterday.

Williams was covering Cooper, broke up a pass from Michael Vick and both players went to the ground. Cooper got up and shoved Williams first. Williams responded with a couple punches and had to be forcibly restrained by teammates, including Vick.

Cooper walked away after Brandon Boykin stepped in to separate the players. Williams then took his helmet off, screamed at Cooper and started walking toward him before Vick stepped in and grabbed the fiery cornerback by his jersey. Williams yelled at Vick, and an assistant coach led the quarterback away. DeSean Jackson eventually calmed Williams, who is no stranger to fights.

NFL

Cowboys cut Livings year after free-agent signing

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys released guard Nate Livings just a year after signing him as a free agent to shore up their offensive line.

The Cowboys originally put Livings on season-ending injured reserve after he had the second arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in the past six months during training camp.

Dallas still has to pay Livings $1.7 million this season. He signed a five-year contract with the Cowboys last year and started all 16 games in 2012. But Dallas had the worst per-game rushing average in team history last season, and Tony Romo was sacked a career-high 36 times for the second straight year.

NFL

Falcons’ White vows
to play against Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Roddy White isn’t promising he’ll be 100 percent for the Falcons’ opener at the Saints on Sunday.

White is guaranteeing he’ll be on the field – just like every game of his career.

The streak of 128 consecutive games played – every regular-season game for eight seasons – appeared to be at risk when White sprained his left ankle in Atlanta’s second preseason game at Baltimore. He was held out of the Falcons’ last two preseason games and finally returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

White, also limited yesterday, said he doesn’t spend much time thinking about the fact he’s never missed a game.

He says he takes a simple approach: If there is an opportunity to play, then “just play.”

BASEBALL

Cardinals 1B Craig has sprained foot, no fracture

CINCINNATI – St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig has a sprained left foot but no fracture, a big relief for a Cardinals team that feared it had lost its cleanup hitter for the rest of the season.

Craig hurt his foot while rounding first base during a 5-4, 16-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. He stayed on the ground for a long time and walked off gingerly.

X-rays in Cincinnati were inconclusive. He was sent back to St. Louis for an MRI and more X-rays that indicated nothing was broken.

Manager Mike Matheny said it’s a relief that he can return at some point. The Cardinals were in second place in the NL Central, a game behind Pittsburgh, heading into their game last night.

BASKETBALL

Source: Auriemma will coach U.S. women’s team

A person with knowledge of the decision said Geno Auriemma will return to coach the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

USA Basketball will discuss the move at a news conference today in Connecticut. The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the appointment of the Connecticut coach has not been announced.

Auriemma will be the first repeat coach for the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team, which has won a gold medal at the past five games. Mike Krzyzewski decided in May that he would return to coach the men a third time.

Auriemma’s team cruised through the 2012 London Games, winning by an average of 34 points, including an 86-50 rout of France for the title.

BOXING

National champion dies
in Arizona after beating

PHOENIX – A 17-year-old national champion boxer is dead after being found severely beaten in his family’s south Phoenix home and the police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Authorities said Alexis Urbina died of his injuries yesterday at a hospital.

The Phoenix police said the teen was found unconscious and covered in blood in the family’s living room about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. They said there was no obvious sign of forced entry into the house, but Urbina’s family said some of his boxing memorabilia is missing.

Urbina won the 141-pound Youth Men’s Division at the USA Boxing National Championships in April at Spokane, Wash.

FORMULA ONE

Mexico may return to calendar after 22 years

MONZA, Italy – Mexico could hold its first Formula One race in 22 years in 2014 if a provisional schedule is approved by the World Motor Sport Council.

A draft calendar reported by the British Press Association yesterday features an unprecedented 21 races. The previous high was 20, while there are 19 this year.

Mexico has been penciled in for Nov. 9 – a week before the United States Grand Prix.

There is set to be a new grand prix in Sochi, the Russian city hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Oct. 19. That also is subject to approval by F1’s governing body.

New Jersey will not host a race despite the backing of F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

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