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Players emphasize reasons for protests

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While the NFL continues discussions with the players’ union regarding a national anthem policy, players who demonstrate are emphasizing they are protesting social injustice, racial inequality and systematic oppression. They are not against the country, military, flag ...

Plenty of college coaches feeling the heat

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A potentially quiet silly season for coaching moves can quickly turn into whirlwind of big openings. That was the case last year when Nebraska and Florida descended into tumultuous seasons and fired third-year coaches who had winning records in 2016. Multimillion dollars buyouts be ...

Finau has record day at PGA

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside U.S. captain Jim Furyk. He sure didn’t damage his chances. Not by matching a PGA Championship record with 10 birdies in the second round. Not ...

Pittsburgh backup QBs impressive

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph can do the math. The Pittsburgh Steelers have four quarterbacks in training camp. They’ll carry three at most into the regular season. Translation: one of them will be out of a job when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Sept 1. The ...

NFL says ball in game was defective

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No investigation or federal case needed this time. The NFL says a bad football used in a preseason game Thursday night was simply defective. The league said in a statement Friday that a ball was removed from play during the third quarter of the Steelers-Eagles game in ...

White Sox walk it off on Tribe

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CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night. Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows ...

Woodland has record afternoon

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn’t as reliable, he didn’t see ...

Woods remains in hunt as rain arrives in Missouri

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The roars began at the second hole at Bellerive, where Tiger Woods rolled in a putt for birdie, and they grew in volume when he stalked another putt toward the hole for a birdie at the third. But just as Woods was picking up momentum, another rumble brought him to a ...

Ex-Florida AD mum on Smith arrest from 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is declining to say what, if anything, coach Urban Meyer told him about Zach Smith’s domestic violence arrest in 2009. Meyer was placed on paid leave last week by Ohio State amid questions about what he knew and did ...

Bavis named Nailers new coach, head of hockey ops

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WHEELING — The Wheeling Nailers announced Mike Bavis has been named the team’s new head coach and director of hockey operations. Bavis, 48, began his coaching career in 1998, joining the staff of his alma mater, Boston University. Bavis spent 15 years as an assistant coach and an ...

Lindor’s blast wins it

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor skipped down the third-base line, crossed home plate and suddenly couldn’t breathe. He wasn’t alone. Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL ...

Archer wins as Pirates best Rockies

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DENVER (AP) — Adam Frazier has been doing damage with his bat lately. But it was his glove that helped Pittsburgh take a series in Colorado. Frazier had three hits and made a run-saving play in the field, and the Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday. Chris Archer (4-5) was ...

Browns’ Mayfield ready to make his NFL debut

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield played on a big stage at Oklahoma, so he’s not scared of stepping onto football’s biggest one. The Browns rookie quarterback — and perhaps their QB of the future — will make his NFL exhibition debut Thursday night as Cleveland visits the New York ...

Austin vote looms large for Crew

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas’ thriving capital city may finally become a major league sports town. It will just take moving a bedrock franchise of Major League Soccer out of its home turf to do it. Anthony Precourt, owner of the Columbus Crew , has been pushing for months to move his team ...

Rockies stymie Pirates

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DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland has the stuff of an ace. He delivers in the clutch like an ace, too. Just don’t expect Colorado manager Bud Black to label the left-hander one yet. Not even a dominating performance like this could sway him. Freeland threw seven sharp innings and combined ...

Cancer survivors Taillon, Bettis to battle

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DENVER (AP) — The starters for Tuesday’s game between Pittsburgh and Colorado reads like this: Jameson Taillon vs. Chad Bettis. A more accurate description: Two starters bouncing back from testicular cancer. “Both healthy. Both in the big leagues,” the Pirates’ Taillon said. ...

Indians clobber Twins behind Bauer, bats

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer reached a milestone Monday night. Cleveland’s right-hander struck out 11 in six innings — giving him 206 for the season — and the Indians routed the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Bauer (11-6) is one strikeout behind Boston’s Chris Sale for the AL lead. After ...

Heat serves as reminder of final PGA in August

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The PGA Championship finally found its identity. It’s the one major where players are allowed to practice in shorts. They might not need to next year. This is the last year for the PGA Championship to be the final major. It will move to the middle of May and be held ...

NASCAR chairman France takes leave after DWI, drug arrests

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SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (AP) — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag ...

Mutai, Chepngeno claim victories at Debbie Green 5K

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WHEELING — While the Debbie Green Mile saw two former champions cross the finish line first Friday, the Debbie Green 5K Run/Walk for Leukemia crowned two new winners. Kiprop Mutai, secured the overall victory as he crossed the finish line in a blistering time of 14:12, while Vicoty ...