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UCLA will replace flooded Pauley Pavilion floor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA says it will replace the floor of Pauley Pavilion that was flooded by a 20 million-gallon water main leak.

Williams, Ivanovic reach Bank of West quarters

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams feels like the hometown girl when she plays at Stanford even though she grew up in Southern California and currently resides in Florida.

Ukraine, Russia spar over soccer in Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region.

Teen weightlifter stripped of Commonwealth gold

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter was stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal on Friday because of a positive doping test, a case that raised concerns about how such a young athlete had access to banned substances.

Russia takes in Crimean clubs, Ukraine upset

MOSCOW (AP) — Football clubs from the Crimea region annexed by Russia will play in the Russian leagues this season.

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Another decent start for Woods at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods made six birdies to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.

Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Repair crews on Thursday were shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at the water-logged University of California, Los Angeles, continued to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inundated the campus.

NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday.

Comm Games athlete convicted for assault on rival

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.

Rose takes WGC lead as Tiger Woods slips seven shots behind

(Reuters) - Englishman Justin Rose found his putting touch in time to take the lead during the second round at the $9 million WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Friday. Rose struggled to read the greens early but had few complaints after a three-under-par 67 at Firestone Country Club. He recorded an eight-under 132 halfway total, one stroke ahead of Australian Marc Leishman (69) and

Parker inks contract extension with champion Spurs

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain with the reigning NBA champions, the team announced on Friday. Parker, a 13-year NBA veteran, averaged a team-high 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds last season as he led the Spurs to their fifth NBA title, the fourth with Parker on the squad. Parker, who led the Spurs in scoring for the fourth conse

Parker signs extension with champion Spurs

(Reuters) - All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who won his fourth NBA championship ring this past season with San Antonio, has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the Spurs, the team announced on Friday. The Frenchman, who averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists per game last season, was due to make $12.5 million next season in the final year of his contract with San Antonio. He averaged 18

Johnson's leave a six-month cocaine ban - report

US golfer Dustin Johnson, who announced Thursday he was ending his season immediately for personal reasons, is actually serving a six-month PGA Tour suspension after testing positive for cocaine, reported Friday. The PGA Tour's drug test policy does not require any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs be announced. In his statement Thursday, John

Eight bid to host European basketball championship

Eight countries have offered to stage next year's European basketball championship, which was taken away from Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict there, the European federation said Friday. Germany, Croatia, Finland, Latvia, France, Israel, Poland and Turkey have all applied, European basketball sources said. A FIBA Europe meeting in September will make the choice. The 2015 championship was take

Serbia will struggle to repeat Yugoslav-era success, says coach

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Accustomed to basketball glory when they were part of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia will struggle to be more than also- rans as an independent nation at this year's World Cup in Spain, their coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said. “That’s history and there is no point at reminiscing about it,” a grim-faced Djordjevic told reporters after a training session on

Kaymer would love to partner Langer at Ryder Cup

By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer has added his name to a growing list calling for Europe captain Paul McGinley to consider 56-year-old Bernhard Langer as one of his three Ryder Cup wildcard choices. Former skippers Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have already outlined their support for the German veteran while McGinley's opposite number, Tom Watson, also sai

Seattle Seahawks star Lynch reports to training camp

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch ended his seven-day holdout over contract issues and reported to training camp for the Super Bowl champions. Lynch arrived at the Seahawks' camp after the team's morning practice on Thursday. The Seahawks have said they did not plan to diverge from their financial plan to appease Lynch, although they could agree to waive the $495,000 in fines he has amassed fo

Leishman leads WGC Bridgestone, Woods four adrift

Australia's Marc Leishman fired a six-under par 64 to seize a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational with defending champion Tiger Woods four shots back. Leishman had eight birdies and two bogeys at Firestone Country Club and was one stroke in front of England's Justin Rose, South African Charl Schwartzel and American Ryan Moore. It makes this course a lot easier when you're on the fair

Watney leads in Reno with bogey-free round

Nick Watney had nine birdies and no bogeys to take a two-point lead after the first round of the US PGA Tour event in Reno. The tournament uses the Modified Stableford scoring system, awarding points for birdies and eagles and deducting points for bogeys and worse. Watney's effort gave him a total of 18 points and a good start toward a sixth career victory on the US tour, where he hasn't lifted

Watney soars high with 18 points in Reno

(Reuters) - American Nick Watney has never missed out on the FedExCup playoffs and he put himself in good position to maintain that record after charging into the first-round lead at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada on Thursday. Watney, who is on the cusp of qualifying for the PGA Tour's lucrative season finale, piled up nine birdies to total 18 points at Montreux Golf & Country Club i

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Reno Championship scores

Aug 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Reno Championship on Thursday in Reno, Nevada 18 Nick Watney (U.S.) 18 16 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 16 Tim Wilkinson (New Zealand) 16 13 Martin Laird (Britain) 13 Chad Campbell (U.S.) 13 12 Wes Roach (U.S.) 12 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 12 John Huh (U.S.) 12 John Rollins (U.S.) 12 11 Derek Ernst (U.S.) 11 Woody Austin (U.S.) 11 Tommy Gainey (U.S.

Seahawks running back Lynch ends his holdout

(Reuters) - The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks were given a welcome boost on Thursday when running back Marshawn Lynch ended a one-week holdout by reporting for camp at the team's practice facility. Lynch, Seattle's leading rusher for the past three seasons, arrived after the team's morning practice and television cameras showed him wearing a hooded "Beast Mode" sweatshirt and a woollen ca

A's deal Cespedes to Boston for Lester, Gomes

Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes was sent from the Oakland A's to Boston on Thursday for star pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes just ahead of Major League Baseball's trade deadline. The A's, long known for a budget-minded statistical approach that inspired the movie "Moneyball", have won only one playoff series since reaching the 1990 World Series, which they lost to Cincinnati. This se

Leishman takes early control at Firestone

(Reuters) - Australian Marc Leishman, maintaining his recent good form, upstaged the game's biggest names as he charged into a one-shot lead in the opening round of the elite WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Thursday. While eight-times winner Tiger Woods launched his title defense with a two-under-par 68 at a rain-softened Firestone Country Club, Leishman surged to the top of the l

Golf-Leishman takes early control at Firestone

Australian Marc Leishman upstaged the game's biggest games as he charged into a one-shot lead in the opening round of the elite the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Thursday. While eight-times winner Tiger Woods launched his title defence with a two-under-par 68 at a rain-softened Firestone Country Club, Leishman surged to the top of the leaderboard with a sizzling 64. Leishman, whos

Tigers, A's add aces in MLB arms race

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Division leaders Detroit and Oakland forged an American League arms race as the Tigers got David Price from Tampa Bay and the A's dealt for Boston's Jon Lester in a frenzied finish to Thursday's trade deadline. The pair of aces could lead to an epic collision in the AL Championship Series between West-leading Oakland, who have a Major League Baseball-best recor

American Johnson takes leave for 'personal challenges'

(Reuters) - Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for "personal challenges," the big-hitting American said on Thursday in a decision that will keep him from playing in the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced," Johnson, an eight-times winner on the PGA Tour who is ranked 16th in the world

Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from sport

American Dustin Johnson said Thursday he is taking a leave of absence from professional golf to address "personal challenges," bringing his US PGA Tour season to an abrupt end. "I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately," the eight-time PGA winner said in a statement released to media outlets. "I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challen

Ravens' Rice calls altercation "biggest mistake"

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, making his first public comments since being banned for two NFL games for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee, called it "the biggest mistake of my life". Rice and Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, had an altercation in an Atlantic City casino elevator and security video posted online by showed Rice lifting a motionless Palmer out of the elevato

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