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Kings prepare to open state-of-the-art downtown arena

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:03:08 -0500

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After years of searching for a new home, the Sacramento Kings are set to open a new venue that raises the bar of what an arena can be.


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Panthers LT Michael Oher ruled out with late-week concussion

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:05:46 -0500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers left tackle Michael Oher has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons after developing concussion-related symptoms two days before the game.



NCAA sets Oct. 28 hearing date for UNC in academic case

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:01:22 -0500

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is scheduled to appear before an NCAA infractions committee panel Oct. 28 in the case tied to its long-running academic fraud scandal.



A-Rod starts new role as minor league instructor in Tampa

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:58:10 -0500

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is back on the field for the New York Yankees in his new role as an instructor.



Panthers look to regroup from setbacks as Marshall visits

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:52:35 -0500

PITTSBURGH (AP) — During his lengthy run as a coordinator, a time that began long before spread offenses and opponents trying to snap the ball moments after the officials spot it became the norm, Pat Narduzzi would set pretty ambitious…



Judge dismisses protective order against ex-Auburn player

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:45:01 -0500

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a protective order against former Auburn tight end Landon Rice.



Bills WR Watkins out, Rex Ryan has "major concern"

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:39:08 -0500

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss his second straight game due to a foot injury, and Bills coach Rex Ryan admitted he has "major concern" that Watkins could be out long-term.



Only Bills stand in way of 4-0 start by Brady-less Patriots

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:41:56 -0500

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The 2016 season is still in its first month, and so far nothing has been able to stop the New England Patriots.


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Andretti, Herta teaming up again for 2017 season

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:39:16 -0500

The Indycar ownership tandem of Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta has decided to stay together after a Herta-guided entry with rookie driver Alexander Rossi at the wheel won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.



Forgotten Watson? Clemson's QB lost in Jackson hype

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:37:14 -0500

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 3 Louisville and quarterback Lamar Jackson have done the improbable — turned Clemson passer Deshaun Watson into an afterthought this weekend.


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Back in rankings, No. 24 Boise State has revenge on its mind

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:37:24 -0500

The most challenging stretch of Boise State's season comes just as the Broncos have returned to the rankings.


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Looking back at this week in national history

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:36:00 -0500

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Tennis officials banned for life for manipulating scores

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:25:07 -0500

LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation has banned two Turkish officials for life for manipulating scores of matches, assisting fraudulent betting.



USC football player accused of rape appears in Utah court

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:20:36 -0500

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A suspended University of Southern California football player charged with rape in Utah and facing allegations involving the same woman in California was ordered Friday not to contact the alleged victim.



Colts seek London revenge for Jaguars' 2015 beatdown

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:18:05 -0500

CHANDLER'S CROSS, England (AP) — The last time they played the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts suffered a 51-16 beating. Now the Colts seek redemption in London.


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Jaguars looking to save season, coach with victory in London

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:13:16 -0500

LONDON (AP) — A year ago, Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley noticed the tempo and energy among his players increase as their first practice at London's Allianz Park neared an end. That effort preceded the Jaguars' first win in three…


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Cleveland Browns have 'moved on' without WR Josh Gordon after entering rehab

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:16:00 -0500

The Browns have officially cut ties with wideout Josh Gordon, who just announced Thursday he'd be entering a rehab facility just days before his four game suspension was to be lifted.


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Jets' Eric Decker out with partially torn rotator cuff

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:09:43 -0500

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker has a partially torn rotator cuff that will sideline him for the team's game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.



Colorado hosts Oregon State fresh off big win at Oregon

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:09:44 -0500

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Buffaloes were greeted by a swarm of fans upon their early morning return last weekend.


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Americans sweep Europe to start Ryder Cup

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:09:49 -0500

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The Americans got the Ryder Cup off to a red and rousing start Friday with the first sweep of the opening session since 1975.


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Cal QB hopes to learn from Goff's mistakes against Utah

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:55:28 -0500

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The leading passer in the FBS has a pretty strong connection with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft.


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Wentz back in Fargo for commercial shoot, homecoming game

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:50:00 -0500

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is back in Fargo, where he starred at North Dakota State University.



Blues forward Jalen Schwartz out a month with broken elbow

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:48:31 -0500

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will miss at least a month after hurting his left elbow in practice.



PFW's Week Four Matchup Spotlight: Falcons O-line vs. Panthers defense

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:48:00 -0500

The Falcons have spent the past two weeks lighting up the worst defenses in the NFL, the Raiders and the Saints, giving Atlanta the most productive offense in the league in September.


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Berdych beats Vesely to make Shenzhen semis with Gasquet

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:45:48 -0500

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Defending champion Tomas Berdych defeated Czech countryman Jiri Vesely 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2 in the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals on Friday.






Browns coach Jackson says team 'moved on' from Josh Gordon

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:34:58 -0500

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson says the team has "moved on" from suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon.


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Tipsheet: Cards expose massive flaw in replay system

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:30:00 -0500

An umpiring blunder and a flawed replay challenge system helped the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night, to the chagrin of the San Francisco Giants. Not a great night for integrity of competition.


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Djokovic says Grand Slams, No. 1 ranking no longer priority

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:18:05 -0500

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic says Grand Slam trophies and the No. 1 ranking are no longer his priorities.


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Umpires: MLB requires 'immediate' challenge of walk-off double

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:20:00 -0500

Walk-off double should have been a ground-rule double, but umpires were governed by a replay rule and Reds did not "immediately" challenge.


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Hibino reaches final in bid to retain title at Tashkent Open

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:13:52 -0500

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Nao Hibino is one match away from retaining her title at the Tashkent Open after beating Denisa Allertova 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday.



UCLA sets focus on Arizona's Dawkins for key Pac-12 matchup

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:11:08 -0500

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — UCLA coach Jim Mora said he has been pleased by his defense's ability to contain "the guy that can hurt you most" this season.



Texas A&M looks to keep strong start going vs South Carolina

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:12:17 -0500

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Sumlin has been here before. This time, the Texas A&M coach believes his ninth-ranked Aggies can keep rising past September.


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Sabres GM: Ristolainen's return unlikely to sway talks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:09:43 -0500

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray tells The Associated Press he doesn't believe defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's decision to join the team for practice without a contract will have any effect on thawing negotiations.



Southern Conference to keep championships in North Carolina

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:01:46 -0500

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Southern Conference will keep four league championships in North Carolina despite the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference withdrawing championships because of the state law restricting rights of LGBT people.



Boston College seeks more positivity against Buffalo

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:02:14 -0500

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College coach Steve Addazio is hoping for another week of positivity as his Eagles play their final tune-up game against Buffalo on Saturday.



NFL Draft scouting: Lamar Jackson vs. Deshaun Watson, and Louisville vs. Clemson

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0500

As we finally get to October, the college football schedule starts to pick up with meaningful conference games, and there are a few games that match up teams in the top 25.


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Pens, Caps, Lightning and Panthers make East crowded at top

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:48:02 -0500

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The gang's almost entirely back for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals, Steven Stamkos re-upped with the Tampa Bay Lightning and the retooled Florida Panthers look ready for their close up.


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Wild win for Cardinals after disputed final play

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:49:00 -0500

Molina's two-out double in ninth scores Carpenter from first for a 4-3 win that keeps the Cardinals' wild-card hopes alive. The hit should have been called a ground-rule double, but Reds didn’t indicate quickly enough that they wanted to challenge.


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No. 22 Texas defense faces test at Oklahoma State

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:42:37 -0500

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The struggling Texas defense will be tested again when it faces Oklahoma State's explosive offense on the road.


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Penn State safeties ready to help stop Minnesota's run game

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:37:30 -0500

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — As an incoming freshman, Penn State safety Marcus Allen figured his transition to college football would be gradual.






Lynx reap WNBA honors: Reeve (coach); Fowles (defense)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:29:28 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve is the WNBA coach of the year and Lynx center Sylvia Fowles is the league's defensive player of the year.






Outcast to back on top: Petrino has Louisville ranked No. 3

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:24:03 -0500

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bobby Petrino was simply too good at what he does best to remain a college football outcast for long.


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After modernizing Pac-12, can Scott keep it competitive?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:24:51 -0500

Larry Scott hits the first half of Stanford's game against Southern California before bouncing over to Berkeley for game two of his Saturday doubleheader.


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FANTASY PLAYS: First bye week means replacement challenges

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:19:38 -0500

Fantasy football players must now deal with an added challenge: the bye weeks. That means replacing top players in your lineups, starting with those from Seattle and Green Bay, where the Packers looked better on offense last week.


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Rutgers coach Ash faces former employer Meyer in Columbus

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:14:53 -0500

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When then-Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash came to Urban Meyer last year seeking his opinion on the open Rutgers coaching job, Meyer advised him it was a "no-brainer."


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Dortmund winger Andre Schuerrle reinjures right knee

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:07:57 -0500

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel says winger Andre Schuerrle reinjured his right knee in the Champions League match against Real Madrid, in which he scored the late equalizer.


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NHL's Western Conference race seems to be set up to be wild

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:01:31 -0500

The NHL's Western Conference should be wild all season, perhaps as much as ever as parity reigns and points are tough to come by on any given night.


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Notre Dame hopes new attitude means better D vs. Syracuse

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:49:49 -0500

NEW YORK (AP) — There is only so much a coach can do to change a defense in a few practices. Game plans can be adjusted. Schemes can be tweaked. Lineups can be shuffled. Some different players can be given…



Kvitova beats 4th-seeded Halep to reach Wuhan Open final

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:47:01 -0500

WUHAN, China (AP) — Former champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the final of the Wuhan Open by beating fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6-1, 6-2 Friday.


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German federation to train Kosovo's staff, coaches, judges

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:38:50 -0500

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The German soccer federation has agreed to assist Kosovo in its first steps as a new organization.



Stolen Fernandez jersey returned to Tampa high school

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:31:37 -0500

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A high school jersey once worn by Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and stolen after his death has been returned to the Florida school.






No. 14 Miami visits Georgia Tech in Richt's ACC debut

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:22:38 -0500

ATLANTA (AP) — Mark Richt will be looking for offensive balance in his first Atlantic Coast Conference game as Miami's coach.


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Mangala replaces Mathieu in France squad

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:11:44 -0500

PARIS (AP) — Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has been removed from the France squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers for an unspecified reason.



Consumer advocate responds to ethics complaint for trying to regulate payday lenders

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:01:00 -0500

There’s money to be made in predatory lending. Big money. And when that is threatened, it’s no surprise that an industry that preys on the poor turns to bullying tactics.


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Tickets for Cardinals possible tiebreaker game on sale at noon Friday

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:01:00 -0500

If the Cardinals tie the New York Mets or San Francisco Giants for a wild card, the tiebreaker game would be played Monday at Busch Stadium


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No. 15 Nebraska has chance to get payback against Illinois

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:49:35 -0500

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is in the middle of a stretch of playing four of five games against teams it lost to last year.


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The Way We Hear It: Nerves beginning to fray in Cleveland as Browns keep losing?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:35:00 -0500

Cleveland Browns first-year head coach Hue Jackson has received somewhere between solid and rave reviews for the way he is handling his young Browns team so far, as the club has gone from losing big to just blowing games they…


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Hub Arkush: Injury to Cutler, struggles on offense put future of Bears QB in spotlight

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:33:00 -0500

Chicagoans running for the exit sign on their beloved Bears bandwagon appear to need a bit of a jolt to their memories before making the final leap.


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Can the Aztecs hold onto their Top 25 ranking?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:31:06 -0500

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The San Diego State Aztecs have more on their minds than maintaining the program's highest ranking in nearly four decades.



Unbeaten Maryland, improved Purdue get started in Big Ten

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:30:51 -0500

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland couldn't ask for a better scenario to play its first Big Ten game under DJ Durkin.


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Clemson-Louisville highlights trio of top 10 matchups

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:31:30 -0500

The fifth week of the college football season offers arguably the best lineup of games since the opening weekend. With so many top 10 teams facing each other, this week could provide some clues on which teams have legitimate College…


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West Virginia looks to snap loss streak against Kansas State

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:20:40 -0500

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Linebacker Justin Arndt has been around as long as West Virginia has been in the Big 12. Five seasons in, Arndt and the Mountaineers are still looking for a way to figure out how to outfox…


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FIFA hires former UEFA, ISL executive to commercial team

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:20:55 -0500

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says it has hired Philippe Le Floc'h, a former marketing executive with UEFA and the ISL agency, as its chief commercial officer.



Demon Deacons' defense aims to slow Wolfpack in ACC matchup

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:11:16 -0500

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest's defense has been good enough to give its offense time to figure some things out after a bumpy start. And that has the Demon Deacons heading into Saturday's game with instate rival North Carolina…


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Duke hosts Virginia, hopes for momentum boost from ND upset

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:04:40 -0500

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Blue Devils and Cavaliers both pulled off impressive victories last week. So which team has more momentum now?


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Boxing federation to develop Olympic anti-betting program

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:06:05 -0500

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The international boxing association says it is developing a new anti-betting education program after three boxers were sanctioned by the IOC for gambling on fights at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.


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Auburn hopes to hold onto momentum from LSU win

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:52:56 -0500

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers face another Sun Belt Conference team hoping for similar results.


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LSU opens new era against explosive Mizzou

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:47:14 -0500

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ed Orgeron is encouraging everyone associated with LSU to forget the recent past and let go of the frustration that led to the firing of arguably the most successful football coach in school history.


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UEFA says no disciplinary case over banana throwing

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:19:58 -0500

MOSCOW (AP) — UEFA says it has not opened a disciplinary case against Russian club FC Rostov after a banana was thrown onto the field during a Champions League game.


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Ilkay Gundogan returns to Germany squad for qualifiers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:42:35 -0500

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ilkay Gundogan will return for Germany after nearly a year out with various injuries for World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland.



Iniesta returns as Spain seeks to avenge loss to Italy

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:07:30 -0500

MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.


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SKorean soccer club loses points over corruption scandal

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:42:41 -0500

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean soccer league has deducted nine points from league leader Jeonbuk Hyundai after one of the club's employees was convicted of bribing referees in 2013.






Iniesta returns as Spain seeks to avenge loss to Italy

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:32:30 -0500

MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.


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Who's hot (Molina), who's not (Hazelbaker, Pham)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:23:00 -0500

Yadier Molina willed the Cardinals to another victory Thursday night, but it might be nice if he got more help from his friends.


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Newcomers _ 6 Euros, 2 Yanks _ could be key to Ryder Cup

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:05:35 -0500

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Welshman Jamie Donaldson had quite the debut in the Ryder Cup two years ago, though his rookie success wasn't enough to get him invited back.


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Gyorko tries to make the most of his first pennant chase

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0500

In three seasons with the San Diego Padres, Jedd Gyorko never came close to experiencing the thrill of a pennant race.


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Japan approves $1.5b deal for new Tokyo Olympic stadium

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:51:53 -0500

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government approved a 150 billion yen ($1.5 billion) contract Friday to build a new main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a project that has been delayed by more than a year.


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Mi Jung Hur eagles 2 of last 3, tied with Brooke Henderson

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:38:15 -0500

BEIJING (AP) — Mi Jung Hur eagled two of the last three holes Friday for a 10-under 63 and a share of the second-round lead with Brooke Henderson in the Reignwood LPGA Classic.



Hamilton tops hot and fiery practice in Malaysia

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:40:32 -0500

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Lewis Hamilton fired the latest shot in the close Formula One title fight against Nico Rosberg by edging his Mercedes teammate and setting the fastest time in Friday's practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.


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Force India confident of retaining Sergio Perez

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:58:08 -0500

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Force India remains "very confident" of extending the contract of Sergio Perez despite the Mexican driver's threat that he will be forced to consider changing teams if a deal is not reached this month.


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Goold: Cardinals need a Saturday starter, so why not Rosenthal?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 03:05:00 -0500

Having exhausted other options, club must get creative for pivotal game -- and hopes that the decision is important enough to make.


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Thursday's Sports in Brief

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:07:14 -0500

PRO FOOTBALL



Iowa hosts Northwestern without star WR Matt VandeBerg

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:01:13 -0500

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Over the past two games, Iowa has looked nothing like the team that dominated the Big Ten West in 2015.


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No. 17 Michigan St. looking to bounce back at Indiana

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:01:16 -0500

Coach Mark Dantonio finds himself in an unusual place this weekend. He's trying to get No. 17 Michigan State off the mat and ready to fight back.


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No. 13 Baylor seeks 5-0 start at rebuilding Iowa State

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:01:29 -0500

AMES, Iowa (AP) — As tumultuous as Baylor's offseason was, the Bears' first month under interim coach Jim Grobe has gone relatively smoothly.


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A's rally falls short in 3-2 loss to Mariners

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:59:42 -0500

SEATTLE (AP) — The last-place Oakland Athletics fell just short of handing the Seattle Mariners a crushing loss to their playoff hopes.


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Syracuse faces reeling Notre Dame; chance for a big win

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:50:55 -0500

Syracuse failed its biggest early season challenge, which in retrospect shouldn't have been a big surprise. Louisville apparently is that good.


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Cards' Palmer sees familiar benefits to Rams' plan for Goff

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:44:23 -0500

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Carson Palmer can appreciate Jared Goff's current predicament better than just about anybody.



Fresh start for Oklahoma in Big 12 opener at No. 21 TCU

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:43:59 -0500

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — While Oklahoma gets a fresh start in pursuit of its 10th Big 12 title, coach Bob Stoops doesn't expect the Sooners to have to change their focus after two September losses pretty much ended their…


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Arkansas hopes to end Little Rock woes against Alcorn State

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:39:57 -0500

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — It would be so easy for Arkansas to overlook Football Championship Subdivision member Alcorn State on Saturday.