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Texans place star DE JJ Watt on injured reserve

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:23:15 UT

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.

WADA says electronic database is safe despite cyber attack

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:40 UT

The system, known under the acronym ADAMS, was targeted by a group of hackers known as Fancy Bears, who recently released documents listing confidential medical records for athletes including Venus Williams, three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Olympic gold medalists Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah. The fight against doping is not taking place in a neutral environment; it entices people with malicious intentions who want to gather information in order to harm WADA and athletes. The incident response team that we have assembled is actively working with law enforcement agencies in Canada and elsewhere, and acting on the intelligence obtained through our investigations to prevent any further intrusions. The leaked medical records have highlighted the use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) in elite sports, with a number of athletes taking banned drugs with permission from anti-doping organizations, event organizers and sports federations.

Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:59:54 UT

(AP) — Phil Mickelson criticized another Ryder Cup captain in explaining why this American team at least will be prepared to play its best. Mickelson says he had to learn how to hit a different golf ball and it affected his preparations.

Fan drops ring during televised Yankee Stadium engagement

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:26:13 UT

The 29-year-old had everything he needed to make one of life's biggest decisions on Tuesday night: the engagement ring, the perfect woman and a beautiful early autumn night at Yankee Stadium, which focused a camera on the couple and broadcast the big moment on the center field video board. When Fox pulled the precious item from his pocket and dropped to one knee before girlfriend Heather Terwilliger to propose during the middle of the fifth inning, the ring fell to the ground in the second row of section 228 in the ballpark's second deck. [...] Terwilliger looked down and saw something shiny in the cuff of her pants leg — earning a save. Yankee Stadium public address announcer Paul Olden informed the crowd the ring had been found.

Abdul-Jabbar writing book about UCLA coach John Wooden

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:06:13 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA. Abdul-Jabbar, who went on to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer, remained close to Wooden.

Memorial service set for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:24:29 UT

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins have scheduled a public memorial service for pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a weekend boat crash along with two friends.

Williams writes she 'won't be silent' about police killings

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:15:56 UT

Star tennis player Serena Williams says she "won't be silent" about the killing of black men by police officers. Williams recalled "that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend" — a reference to when Philando Castile was shot by a Minnesota police officer in July — and said she worried about similar fates for members of her family.

LEADING OFF: Ortiz, Red Sox try again to clinch in New York

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:04:25 UT

Beginning his final series in the Bronx, Ortiz went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and stranded seven runners. Last year's NL Cy Young Award winner figures to slot in as the team's No. 3 postseason starter behind Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks. With veteran Miguel Montero back to catching him, Arrieta struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings last time out against St. Louis. Toronto won the opener Tuesday night and is closing in on a playoff berth, leading the wild-card standings by two games over Baltimore with five to play. Sanchez, meanwhile, matched Wally Berger in 1930 as the fastest major league player to 20 homers (51 career games).

Motivation doesn't always come on the course in Ryder Cup

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:03:42 UT

Michael talked to us a lot about the Olympic experience and Team USA and how much fun it was for him to have the four American golfers down there because he's such a big golf fan. [...] Love already did that in comments last week when he suggested this might be the greatest golf team ever. Captain Ben Crenshaw gathered his charges the night before and brought in Bush, then governor of Texas, to try and inspire them to an improbable comeback. Seve Ballesteros was one of the best Ryder Cup players ever, a pivotal figure in turning the tide against the U.S. team. In 2010 he was recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor, but captain Colin Montgomerie still wanted him to be part of the team. Before play begin at Celtic Manor in Wales, Ballesteros spoke by phone to the European team, which promptly went out and reclaimed the cup from the U.S. "The whole team spoke to Seve for about 10 minutes and that was very motivational, very passionate and also very sad to hear him, to hear the way he is," Montgomerie said.

Europe gets confidence-boosting performance against Canada

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:44 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Team Europe started fast and strong against Canada, getting three shots on Carey Price and drawing a penalty in the first 21 seconds of Game 1 in the World Cup of Hockey finals. Instead of skating off discouraged, Europe appears to have boosted its confidence with the relatively competitive game. To win, Europe will likely have to figure out how to score on the power play. In addition to solving its problems on the power play and stopping Crosby and Co., Europe must cut down on mistakes in even-strength situations. Shortly after failing to score on a power play, the Europeans turned the puck over and Bergeron carried it up the middle of the ice. Ryan Getzlaf snatched the puck from the 6-foot-9, 39-year-old defenseman near center ice along the boards and faked a shot at the top of the left circle, leading to a tap-in goal for Stamkos on the right side of the net.