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Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.

FCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.

Mixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.

Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods' words instead of his actions.

Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before death

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.

ITF rules on Israel and Ukraine Davis Cup venues

LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation ruled Tuesday that Davis Cup matches will be moved out of Ukraine and Israel because of security issues in both countries.

FCC chief supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission says it's time to repeal NFL television blackout rules.

US cuts Basketball World Cup team to 12 after beating Puerto Rico

Derrick Rose earned a spot on the final 12-man US roster of NBA stars for the Basketball World Cup after helping the Americans rip Puerto Rico 112-86. Rose sat out an exhibition victory two nights earlier over the Dominican Republic and there was concern about him after his having missed most of the past two NBA seasons due to knee surgeries. Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chand

McIlroy gives himself a shot with some Barclays practice

By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy blamed a first-round 74 on a lack of preparation, but after putting in extra time on the range, the Northern Irishman came out firing on Friday and put himself into contention at The Barclays. The world number one fired a six-under-par 65 in the second round at Ridgewood Country Club to stand five shots behind co-leaders Adam Scott and Amer

Ryu stretches lead at LPGA Canadian Women's Open

South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon stretched her lead to five strokes after firing a six-under par 66 in the second round of the LPGA Canadian Women's Open. Ninth-ranked Ryu, the 2011 US Women's Open champion whose only other LPGA title came at the 2012 Toledo Classic, opened by matching the London Hunt and Country Club course record with a 63 and followed up with another solid effort to stand on 15-unde

Mickelson serves up a treat for fans at The Barclays

The five-times major champion blasted an errant drive at the 295-yard par-four fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club and a bad bounce placed the ball on the artificial turf floor among the dining tables on the deck of a grandstand overlooking the green. With the crowd around the green roaring encouragement, Mickelson climbed the stairs and surveyed his lie as patrons parted to let him through.

Scott grabs share of lead, McIlroy recovers nicely

By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Adam Scott used a run of four successive birdies on Friday to vault into a share of the halfway lead at The Barclays, and Rory McIlroy joined the fray at the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. Scott, the Australian world number two, caught fire from the par-four fifth hole to post a 31 on the front nine and added two more birdies including a

Golf-Scott grabs share of lead, McIlroy recovers nicely

* Australian tied with Tringale after 65 * McIlroy also has a 65 to go three under (Adds details, quotes) By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Adam Scott used a run of four successive birdies on Friday to vault into a share of the halfway lead at The Barclays, and Rory McIlroy joined the fray at the opener of the four-event FedExCup playoffs. Scott, the Australian world number two

Defending champ Scott shares PGA Barclays lead

Defending champion Adam Scott made a run of four consecutive birdies and closed with a tap-in birdie to share the lead after Friday's second round of The Barclays PGA tournament. The Australian star, who captured his first major title last year at the Masters, fired a six-under par 65 to match American Cameron Tringale atop the leaderboard halfway into the first event of the season-ending PGA pl

Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they will no longer use the team's moniker. The editorial board controls only the paper's opinion pages and is

Washington Post editorials drop 'Redskins' name

The Washington Post newspaper's editorial board announced Friday it will no longer use the controversial nickname of the National Football League's Washington Redskins, supporting calls that the word is offensive. The newspaper's editorial page has championed a name change for many years, noting in 1992 the term Redskins "is really pretty offensive" to Native Americans, with the team's logo a pr

White House defends Obama's golf outings during crises

By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a somber statement on the death of American journalist James Foley after a video emerged showing Foley's grisly execution by Islamic State militants. Then Obama proceeded directly to a golf course to play 18 holes. "Bam's Golf War," blared the cover of the New York Daily News, showing a picture of the smiling president

Chiefs Stephenson suspended four games

(Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, the National Football League team said on Friday. Selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2012 draft, Stephenson started seven games for Kansas City last year and was expected to a corner

South Korea's Noh gets rare PGA penalty

South Korea's Noh Seung-Yul received a rare two-stroke penalty during Friday's second round of The Barclays US PGA tournament for playing a shot from the wrong green. Unaware he needed to take a relief drop with no penalty, Noh played his next shot from the putting surface of the wrong hole, a rules violation. We have never seen this happen," said Slugger White, the PGA Tour vice president of ru

Donaldson stays on Ryder Cup course with Czech lead

Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson remained on course for a Ryder Cup place on Friday when he maintained a one-shot lead at the halfway point of the Czech Masters. The 38-year-old world number 29, who needs to finish the weekend in the top seven to book a maiden Ryder Cup appearance at Gleneagles next month, overcame a nervy conclusion to his second round.

Love deal to Cavaliers set for Saturday - reports

NBA star center Kevin Love was expected to be traded Saturday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining US Olympic teammate LeBron James in a new "Big Three" for the superstar playmaker. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, ESPN and USA Today reported Friday that details of a three-team trade have been agreed upon, but the deal cannot be completed until Saturday due to NBA rules regarding the contract of Jun

Golf-Furyk shares lead, Stenson surges with a 64

By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Jim Furyk shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of the clubhouse lead at The Barclays, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson surged into contention with a sizzling 64 midway through the second round on Friday. Furyk was joined on seven-under-par 135 by fellow Americans Kevin Chappell (67) and Brendon Todd (69) on an overcast day at Ridgewood Country Club

Cleveland's Manziel fined for obscene gesture

New York (AFP) - Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the National Football League on Friday for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins' bench during a pre-season road loss Monday.

Boston set to sign Cuban outfielder

Rusney Castillo, a Cuban outfielder who defected to Haiti six months ago, has agreed to a record Major League Baseball contract with the Boston Red Sox, multiple reports said Friday. The league's website and ESPN reported that the Red Sox won a bidding war for the talented 27-year-old Caribbean standout, the latest defector from the Communist island to make his way to the US major leagues. The R

Golf-European Tour Czech Masters scores

Aug 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Czech Masters at the par-72 course on Friday in Prague. The cut was set at 144. 135 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 66 69 136 Gregory Bourdy (France) 69 67 137 Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 70 67 Lee Slattery (Britain) 68 69 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 72 65 John Hahn (U.S. ...

Van Pelt leads Barclays' logjam, McIlroy struggles

By Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Rory McIlroy played poorly. The Northern Irishman, winner in his last three starts including the British Open and PGA Championship, shot a three-over-par 74 and trailed Van P

Golf-Van Pelt leads Barclays' logjam, McIlroy struggles

* Eight share second at FedExCup opener * Eagle helps put Van Pelt in front * McIlroy nine off lead after first round (Changes slug, updates with Van Pelt in lead) By Larry Fine PARAMUS, New Jersey, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Bo Van Pelt chipped in for eagle at the par-five 17th hole for a 65 that pushed him past a crowd of eight players and into the first-round lead at The Barclays on a Thursday when Ror

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