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Off-field troubles continue to plague NFL after miserable 2014

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shattered cellphones. Fireworks accidents. Failed drug tests. The NFL’s endless aggravation raged through an offseason marked by more crime and punishment, rules violations by owners, and the never-ending “Deflategate” saga. The latest black eye came from Pro Bowl defensive end Sheldon Richardson, who addressed his recent drug suspension by telling his teammates and coaches as they reported to training camp …

UFC’s Ronda Rousey to star in biopic based on her memoir

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fresh off her knockout win, Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Ronda Rousey is headed to the big screen. Paramount Pictures said Monday that it has acquired …

Bat boy hit in head by bat dies; National Baseball Congress suspends position

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. – The National Baseball Congress has suspended using bat boys and girls during its World Series games in Kansas following the death of …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NFL Giants GM Reese speaks with injured DE Pierre-Paul EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants finally spoke with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about his injuries. Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said Monday morning in a radio …

Never given a star quarterback, Tim Brown built a Hall of Fame career at wide receiver

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Perhaps more than any other position in football, wide receivers are forced to depend on teammates for success. Without a quarterback to throw it, a line to block or other running backs and receivers to …

Cespedes smacks three doubles for Mets; Beltre hits for cycle again

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes hit three doubles and the New York Mets took over first place in the NL East, routing the Miami Marlins, 12-1, Monday night. Fresh off sweeping Washington, the Mets won their fourth in a row and …

Diack fights back at allegations of widespread doping in track and field

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PARIS – With his federation embattled by widespread doping allegations that could lead to a reshuffle of Olympic and world championship podiums for more than a decade, IAAF President Lamine Diack defended his organization’s anti-doping record and dismissed …

Judge: St. Louis residents don’t need vote on stadium funds

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ST. LOUIS – The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project. St. Louis Circuit Judge Tomas Frawley’s ruling voided …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Sunday, August 2, 2015

NFL Seattle finalize contract extension with LB Wagner SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks and Bobby Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension that keeps the All-Pro middle linebacker with the club after this season. Team owner Paul Allen confirmed …

Park wins Women’s British Open, captures fourth different major

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland – As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another …

Red Sox exec Lucchino issues statement on stepping down

Sunday, August 2, 2015

BOSTON – Larry Lucchino, who is stepping down as president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, said “the end of the year is a good time for this change.” Lucchino, 69, was part of the ownership group that purchased the Red Sox in 2002. Boston won the …

RHP Porcello goes on DL; newly acquired RHP Cook recalled

Sunday, August 2, 2015

BOSTON – The Red Sox placed struggling right-hander Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his right triceps. To fill his spot on the roster, Boston added newly acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Cook. Manager John Farrell said Sunday the Red Sox initially thought of …

Bus stop: Steelers great Jerome Bettis bulls way into Hall

Sunday, August 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH – By the end of 2004, Jerome Bettis was done. Finished. Burned out. A dozen years in the NFL, most of them as the perpetually smiling, blue-collared soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers, left him spent. The Steelers …