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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.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

Kirk beaming after biggest PGA career win

Chris Kirk fired a bogey-free closing-round 66 to win the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship by holding off hard-charging fellow American Billy Horschel. The 29-year-old Kirk posted the biggest win of his career Monday and moved into the top spot in the FedEx Cup playoff standings. Kirk, who jumped to the top of the FedEx Cup playoff points list with two events to play, posted his first victo

Astros sack manager Porter

Houston (AFP) - The Houston Astros have fired team manager Bo Porter in mid-season, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Monday.

Phillies pitchers combine to no-hit Braves

Starter Cole Hamels and his Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen tossed a combined no-hitter with a 7-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves on Monday. The left-handed Hamels struck out seven batters in six innings before the bullpen took over for the first combined no-hitter in the Major League Baseball team's history. Philadelphia ace Hamels had five walks and a high pitch count, forcing manager Ryne Sandb

American Kirk wins Deutsche Bank title

American Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. Labor Day, Kirk fired a flawless five-under-par 66 at the TPC Boston to win the second of four lucrative FedExCup playoff events on the U.S. The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and 16th to pull two strokes clear and nar

Phillies' Hamels, bullpen combine for no-hitter

(Reuters) - Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta on Monday. Starter Hamels struck out seven and walked five in six no-hit innings before leaving the game, and the three members of the Phillies bullpen kept the no-hitter intact. It was fun to watch them and create something very special." On a hot afte

Golf-American Kirk wins Deutsche Bank title

* Closing 66 earns Kirk second win of season * Makes strong case for Ryder Cup call-up * McIlroy ties for fifth place (Adds detail, quotes) NORTON, Massachusetts, Sept 1 (Reuters) - American Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and

Sam fails to secure spot on Rams' practice squad

(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's bid to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) looked even more remote on Monday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 10-man practice squad. Two days after being cut from the Rams' final 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season, and a day after going unclaimed on wavers by any other NFL team, Sam was still on the out

Greece ace in wildcard pack, Senegal's hot streak continues

Greece and hosts Spain were the first teams to book their spots in the knockout stage of the Basketball World Cup on Monday by beating Puerto Rico while Senegal took their second surprise scalp in as many days. Greece improved to 3-0 in Group B with a 90-79 victory over Puerto Rico as Nikos Zisis led the way with 19 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 and Nick Calathes added 14 points. Gre

Sam left off Rams' practice squad

St. Louis (AFP) - Michael Sam, who is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player, remained without a team Monday, two days after being cut by the St. Louis Rams.

Ryder Cup wildcard challenge for McGinley and Watson

Ryder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson take centre stage on Tuesday when they both name their three wildcard picks to complete their lineups for Gleneagles. McGinley in particular is facing a tough choice with two former world number ones, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, along with the Ryder Cup hero of two years ago Ian Poulter all failing to make it into the nine automatic qualifying sl

Blood brothers jumping through hoops at world champs

Playing for Slovenia at the Basketball World Cup means a lot to Goran Dragic. Slovenia have won their opening two matches in Group D and the Dragic brothers have been flying up and down the court averaging a combined 35.5 points per game. Slovenia is a country of just over two million people, making it the smallest country participating at the World Cup. With Goran and Zoran playing well and gre

Astros fire manager Porter and bench coach

(Reuters) - The struggling Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley on Monday, bringing in Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season. Houston has gone 59-79 this season and lies fourth in the American League West standings with only state rivals, the Texas Rangers, below them. "Bo's passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win un

Japan baseball game lasts 4 days and 50 innings

In a scenario more usually associated with its cousin, cricket, a baseball game in Japan dragged on for four days with two high school teams slogging it out over a record 50 innings. Chukyo and Sotoku began their slug-fest on Thursday in the semi-final of Japan's high school rubber-ball baseball championship in Akashi, western Japan. It wasn't until Sunday morning that Chukyo's captain broke the

Henley takes lead but McIlroy lurks at Deutsche Bank golf

American Russell Henley fired a six-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but four-time major winner Rory McIlroy appears poised to strike. The 25-year-old McIlroy stormed up the leaderboard with a seven-under 64 on Sunday to move into contention at the TPC Boston. "I am happy to have another chance for a win here in Boston," McIlroy said. McIlroy, the 2012 Deutsche

Ernst edges Kim to win first LPGA title

Portland (AFP) - American Austin Ernst sank a short par putt on the 18th hole to defeat Kim In-Kyung in a playoff to capture the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.

National Football League roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant". He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game

Major League Baseball roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland A's acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox received minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and unspecified cash considerations in exchange for Dunn. The A's will pay about half of the remaining $2.5 million owed to Dunn this season, according to ESPN. Dunn, 34, has 460 career home runs and is in the final year of his four-year, $56 mil

Chiefs sign quarterback Smith to contract extension

(Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013, signed a long-term contract extension with the National Football League (NFL) team on Sunday. "It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortuna

Henley leads, McIlroy two behind at Deutsche Bank

(Reuters) - American Russell Henley took the lead but Rory McIlroy loomed large, just two strokes behind after the third round at the $8 million Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Sunday. Henley dominated the par-threes to card a six-under-par 65 and jump to the front at 12-under 201 on a day of low scoring in ideal conditions at the TPC Boston. He edged one shot ahead of com

Sam's league dream still in limbo after clearing waivers

(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) remained in limbo on Sunday after his exit interview with the St. Louis Rams. Both the Rams and national media reported Sam had gone unclaimed off waivers by other league teams before Sunday's 12 noon ET deadline passed. The former University of Missouri standout now waits to

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