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FILE - This 2013, file photo shows Rex Grossman of the Washington Redskins NFL football team. The Atlanta Falcons have signed Rex Grossman to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matt Ryan. Grossman, who hasn't thrown an NFL pass since 2011, helped Chicago go 13-3 in 2006 and reach the Super Bowl.  (AP Photo/File)

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NFL Former Dolphins offensive lineman Martin says he attempted suicide multiple times MIAMI – Former NFL tackle Jonathan Martin posted on Facebook saying difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times, and he wanted to share his struggle with social isolation to help others. Martin, who retired this year, said his problems date to childhood in California, …

Patriots place extra importance on third preseason game

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third …

Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of …

Patriots trade draft pick to Lions for tackle Michael Williams

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The New England Patriots acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Detroit Lions for a draft pick on Wednesday. The Lions took Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he has not played in an NFL game. Williams played tight end at …

Bolt leaves ’em laughing and a new star comes out in 400

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BEIJING – Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a …

Humbled Vick at peace in reserve role with Steelers

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PITTSBURGH – The crowd around the backup quarterback’s locker was three or four deep. Somewhere in the middle, underneath the bright lights that never seem to go away, Michael Vick spent 13 minutes answering the same questions that …

Construction worker plunges to death at Vikings stadium site

Thursday, August 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – A construction worker plunged about 50 feet to his death at the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium site Wednesday morning while a second worker with him was seriously injured. Officials were still trying to determine how the …

Cowboys think they have depth to replace injured Scandrick

Thursday, August 27, 2015

OXNARD, Calif. – Orlando Scandrick’s season-ending knee injury was a flashback for Dallas Coach Jason Garrett to losing linebacker Sean Lee during the offseason a year earlier. There is one difference, though. This time, the Cowboys think they …

Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person. The announcement came Wednesday, with the indictment stemming from an incident …

Porcello pitches Red Sox past Sale, White Sox 3-0

Thursday, August 27, 2015

CHICAGO – For one night at least, it was all there for Rick Porcello. He kept his fastball down, and stepped up in every big spot. It was one happy return to the majors. Porcello pitched seven sharp …

Verlander loses no-hit bid in ninth inning against Angels

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed on the left-field line, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-0, Wednesday night. Trying to become the sixth major leaguer to throw three …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NFL Steelers meeting with QB Vick PITTSBURGH – The Steelers worked out the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday, hopeful there’s enough game left in the 35-year-old’s still dangerous legs to provide the defending AFC North …

Reggie Wayne looking forward to fresh start with Patriots

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. “There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I …