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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.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

USC football player admits making up rescue story

University of Southern California football player Josh Shaw admitted on Wednesday that he fabricated a widely publicized story that he hurt himself while rescuing his young nephew from a swimming pool. I apologize to USC for this action on my part," Shaw said in a statement issued by his attorney, Donald Etra. Etra said the 22-year-old senior defensive back and captain of the Trojan football team

Browns receiver Gordon suspended one year

The National Football League has slapped wide receiver Josh Gordon with a one-year ban for substance abuse after the Cleveland Browns player's appeal was thrown out. The suspension comes after the 23-year-old Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season, argued he failed a drugs test because of second-hand marijuana smoke. The league said in a statement that Gordon's "eligibili

ESPN regrets report on showering habits of NFL's Michael Sam

(Reuters) - Sports television network ESPN said on Wednesday it regrets a report that detailed the showering habits of St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. The Walt Disney Co-owned network received criticism on Tuesday after reporter Josina Anderson quoted an anonymous Rams player saying that Sam waited to take showers "as not to make hi

Coach Rivers signs extension with Clippers

Doc Rivers, the head coach who helped his Los Angeles Clippers players navigate the turbulent waters of the Donald Sterling scandal, will stay with the club through the 2018-19 NBA season. The Clippers announced on Wednesday they had agreed a contract extension with Rivers, who led them to a franchise-best 57-25 record and a second straight Pacific Division title in his first campaign with the c

Chicago pride swells over champion Little League team

By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people lined Chicago's streets on Wednesday to cheer on an all-African-American Little League baseball team whose U.S. The Jackie Robinson West team of 11- and 12-year-olds from Chicago's South Side beat a team from Las Vegas, Nevada, last week to become the top U.S. They are showing kids there's more out there than gang-banging," said Darlet

Rivers signs contract extension with Clippers

In his first significant move since taking over as the Los Angeles Clippers' new owner earlier this month, Steve Ballmer has persuaded head coach Doc Rivers to remain with the team for another five years. Rivers has agreed to a contract that will keep him in Los Angeles through the end of the National Basketball Association's 2018-19 season, though specific terms of the deal were not disclosed b

U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday. The holders, together with the hosts, will be strong favorites to reach the final of the marathon 24-nation event, while European champions France, a rejuvenated Croatia plus Brazil, Lithuania and

Tiger Woods is better off without a coach, says Els

Ernie Els said Wednesday Tiger Woods should forget about hiring a new coach after splitting with Sean Foley and could return to major-winning form on his own. South African Els said Woods had never been the same since he stopped working with Butch Harmon in 2003, and that he didn't like the direction he had taken under Hank Haney and then Foley.

Federer's slam dunk win earns Jordan approval

By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th grand slam title with a workmanlike 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, with NBA great Michael Jordan leading the cheering. Open champion, Federer never appeared threatened by Matosevic but the 76th ranked Australian still forced the Swiss maestro to

USC to vet football player's rescue story after doubts: coach

The University of Southern California plans to vet the story of how one of its football players injured himself rescuing a young nephew from a swimming pool after it received calls questioning the account, head coach Steve Sarkisian said on Tuesday. Josh Shaw, a senior defensive back and team captain, said he suffered two high ankle sprains on Saturday after leaping from a second-floor balcony at

Judge scraps electronic evidence in ex-NFL star's murder case

A judge has thrown out some electronic evidence in a murder case against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez because of a paperwork problem, according to local media reports on Tuesday. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said evidence from two smartphones and three tablets seized last year from Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, could not be used in

Clippers ship Dudley to Bucks for Delfino, Raduljica

The Los Angeles Clippers traded forward Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in an NBA deal for Argentine forward Carlos Delfino and Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica. The trade also netted the Bucks a 2017 first-round NBA Draft pick from the Clippers while shipping a 2015 second-round selection to the Clippers.

Broncos kicker Prater hit with four-game ban

Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater was suspended without pay for the first four games of the upcoming National Football League season Tuesday for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. The Denver Post reported last weekend that the violation was alcohol related. Prater has been under the league's alcohol program since a drink-driving charge in 2011. Prater, 30, made 25 of 26 field goal attempt

First openly gay player makes key Rams roster cut

Michael Sam, the National Football League's first openly gay player, moved one step closer to a place in the St. Louis Rams' lineup Tuesday by surviving a league-mandated roster cutdown. The Rams trimmed four players from the active roster to reach the NFL-required limit of 75 players by Tuesday, but another 22 players must be dropped by Saturday afternoon to create the final 53-man roster for t

U.S. rout Slovenia in final World Cup tune-up

(Reuters) - The United States completed their preparations for the upcoming World Cup with a 101-71 mauling of Slovenia on Tuesday that gave them a perfect record in warm-up games ahead of the 24-nation event in Spain. Missing some top NBA talent who declined invitations to play in the Aug.30-Sept.14 tournament, the Americans were still too strong for the Slovenians after emphatic wins over Brazil

Olympic bonding with LeBron helped Cavs land Love

Kevin Love's camaraderie with LeBron James during their time as US gold medal team-mates at the 2012 London Olympics helped convince Love to join him on the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. The power forward obtained from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade made his first public appearance with the Cavaliers on Tuesday, smiling as he posed for pictures with the new zero-numbered jersey he w

Overhydration may have been factor in Mississippi football player's death

(Reuters) - The death of a Mississippi high school football player three days after he fell ill during a game was due to swelling in his brain possibly triggered by overhydration, a doctor who treated him said on Tuesday. "This seems to be a fluke, freak tragedy," said Dr. Joe Pressler, who treated Walker Wilbanks, 17, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Wilbanks was playing in a Fr

Accurate Swedish golfers and Korean archer take Youth gold

Swedish golfers Marcus Kinhult and Linnea Strom prevailed in a playoff to take the mixed team Youth Olympic gold medal on Tuesday, with their accuracy on the greens only bettered by South Korean archer Lee Woo-seok. The bespectacled 17-year-old archer amassed a huge 704 out of 720 in the ranking round of the men's competition on Friday and the bullseyes continued to flow on Tuesday as he beat Braz

Olympics-Accurate Swedish golfers and Korean archer take Youth gold

Swedish golfers Marcus Kinhult and Linnea Strom prevailed in a playoff to take the mixed team Youth Olympic gold medal on Tuesday, with their accuracy on the greens only bettered by South Korean archer Lee Woo-seok. The bespectacled 17-year-old archer amassed a huge 704 out of 720 in the ranking round of the men's competition on Friday and the bullseyes continued to flow on Tuesday as he beat Braz

Golf-Liberty National to host 2017 Presidents Cup

Liberty National golf course in New Jersey has been chosen as the venue for the 2017 Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday. The course, which opened in 2006, is located along the Hudson River in Jersey City and offers views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. The PGA Tour said the Presidents Cup is part of a 25-year agreement with the course which could bring u

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