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Majka wins short, steep Tour de France Stage 17

PLA D'ADET, France (AP) — Poland's Rafal Majka captured his second stage victory at the Tour de France on Wednesday, winning Stage 17th with a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees.

Pyeongchang's 2018 Olympic committee faced audit

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said.

AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

Seahawks start atop AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.

US movie theaters to show Premier League games

NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theaters around the U.S. will show live English soccer games on their big screens on Saturday mornings.

LeBron James humbled by fans in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — LeBron James was honored by the appearance of hundreds of fans who clutched his jersey or held up life-size cutouts of his face at a store in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Selig still waiting on Tommy John report

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers.

Jets eliminating paper season tickets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders and offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly.

Tour de France pack off on short, steep Stage 17

PLA D'ADET, France (AP) — The Tour de France pack has embarked on Stage 17, the shortest leg of the three-week race featuring three tough climbs plus an uphill finish in the Pyrenees.

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

Denver Broncos owner gives up control due to Alzheimer's

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, whose team has reached six Super Bowls in his 30 years in charge, has relinquished day-to-day control of the team due to Alzheimer's disease. "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team's daily operations due to his condition," a Broncos statement said. "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to '

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down

By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is stepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the National Football League team said on Wednesday, adding that it was saddened he could no longer take part in the club's daily operations. Bowlen, 70, is one of the NFL's most well-known owners and guided the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances during his 30 years at the h

Sterling files new suit amid Clippers collapse fears

Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a new lawsuit Tuesday as testimony continued in a probate trial on the validity of a $2 billion deal to sell the NBA team. A mess that began in April when recordings of Sterling making racist comments to his would-be girlfriend led to his being banned from the NBA for life by league commissioner Adam Silver, lingers on -- even as an Augu

Athletics make 10-year Oakland stadium lease deal

The Oakland Athletics announced a 10-year lease extension deal with the city council to continue playing Major League Baseball games at the team's 48-year-old home ballpark. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will meet next Tuesday to consider the deal but are expected to approve the plan that will ensure the team remains in Oakland. "We are pleased to hear today that the A's owners are agr

Cavaliers gain salary room for possible Love deal

A salary-dumping deal by the Cleveland Cavaliers could help the new NBA team of superstar LeBron James swing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for star center Kevin Love. The Cavaliers obtained guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from Utah for second-year guard Carrick Felix, a second-round pick in next year's NBA Draft and $1 million.

L.A. Clippers would lose players if Sterling stays: CEO

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim chief executive, said on Tuesday at a trial over the NBA team's $2 billion sale. Parsons, the former Time Warner CEO who was installed by the NBA to run the Cl

Seven ex-NFL players appeal concussion settlement

(Reuters) - Seven retired National Football League players are appealing a recent settlement between the league and about 5,000 former players stemming from a lawsuit over concussions suffered on the field, court records show. The appeal, filed in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, came about two weeks after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody granted preliminary approval to a settlement

National Basketball Association roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Talks between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves surrounding forward Kevin Love threaten to derail talk of a newly formed 'Big Three' in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are offering No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett to acquire Love from the Timberwolves, but Chicago is still in the picture, according to ESPN. Trade options from th

Major League Baseball roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on his $10.525 million contract this year. Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years

NFL TV analyst Tony Dungy backs off comment about gay player

(Reuters) - NFL television analyst and former coach Tony Dungy backed off on Tuesday from comments he "wouldn't want to deal with" the diversions arising from drafting the league's first openly gay player, saying he was referring to media attention surrounding such a move. Dungy, who was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts when they won the Super Bowl in 2007 and also coached the Tampa Bay Buccan

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the former NFL coach clarified his comments and provided context. "I was not asked whether or not Michael Sam deserves an opportunity to play in the NFL. "I was not asked whether his sexual orientation should play a part in the evaluation process. I was not a

Ferry tragedy gives Koreans extra drive for Crown

South Korea's women golfers dedicated their efforts at this week's inaugural LPGA International Crown team matches to lifting their homeland's spirits after April's ferry disaster that killed nearly 300 people. The Seoul ferry sank on April 16 with 476 people on board, including 325 high school children, and 294 were confirmed dead in a mishap that stunned South Korea after learning incompetence

Judge sets January start for murder trial of ex-NFLer Hernandez

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star's trial would begin on Jan. 9, according to a spokeswoman for

Yankees receive 3B Headley in trade with Padres

(Reuters) - The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula, the Yankees announced. The switch-hitting Headley, who hit 31 home runs with 115 RBIs and won a Gold Glove for fielding in a breakout season in 2012, is batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs this year.

Rookie stars among warm-up foes for US world team

Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Utah's Trey Burke were among 13 players named Tuesday to a USA Select squad that will help train America's Basketball World Cup squad of NBA stars. The Select team, featuring five NBA rookies, is a first step for young players into the USA Basketball talent pool that has produced gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a 62-1 record since settling for bronze at

"Johnny Football" Manziel has a month to win Browns QB job

(Reuters) - Johnny Manziel has found instant popularity since being drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but will have to wait until August to find out if he has the starting quarterback job. The charismatic Manziel, whose No. 2 jersey has become the National Football League's top seller, is in competition with journeyman Brian Hoyer for the critical assignment. Browns coach Mike

Sterling, Ballmer discuss possible Clippers deal: source

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday met with former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to discuss a possible settlement over Sterling's opposition to the $2 billion sale of the basketball team, a source close to the case said. Ballmer met with Sterling for 90 minutes at the 80-year-old real estate billionaire' s

Philadelphia Eagles player arrested in shoving of Arizona officer

A Philadelphia Eagles football player was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of felony aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a police officer probing a bar fight, authorities said on Monday. Keelan Johnson, 24, was booked into jail early on Saturday and later released after the skirmish at a bar on Mill Avenue, an entertainment district near Arizona State University in Tempe. Johnson, an Eagles s

Pacers aquire Stuckey, rue loss of Stephenson

(Reuters) - Three days after losing one of the National Basketball Association's best young players on the free agent market, the Indiana Pacers gained a welcome boost by signing seven-year league veteran Rodney Stuckey on Monday. Though Stuckey lacks the all-round talent of fellow shooting guard Lance Stephenson, who opted to leave the Pacers for more money with the Charlotte Hornets, he will cer

Asian stars excited for LPGA team showdown

After two decades of watching US and European women golfers play for the Solheim Cup, top worldwide rivals have their chance at a team title in the LPGA International Crown. The inaugural edition of the event will begin Thursday at suburban Baltimore's Caves Valley Golf Club with eight teams of four women seeking global bragging rights and the richest share of $1.6 million in prize money. "Every

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