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Lions roar as Bills' Watkins injured

Aug 29, 2014

Lions roar as Bills' Watkins injured

The Buffalo Bills lost more than their preseason finale Thursday night, when rookie receiver Sammy Watkins did not return after aggravating a rib injury. The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, have several big decisions to make before establishing their 53-player regular-season roster following ...

Goodell announces harsher penalty for domestic violence

Aug 29, 2014

Goodell announces harsher penalty for domestic violence

Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. ...

Stewart to return to NASCAR track

Aug 29, 2014

Stewart to return to NASCAR track

Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward ...

Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Aug 28, 2014

Tashiro earns under 63-kg bronze at judo worlds

Miku Tashiro fell in the women’s under 63-kg semifinals on Thursday, but won a bronze medal at the World Judo Championships. The 20-year-old Tashiro lost by ippon to Israel’s Yarden Gerbi, who was in turn defeated in the final by France’s Clarisse Agbegnenou. Tashiro ...

Aug 28, 2014

Klitschko to defend title in November

Undisputed heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on Nov. 15, the Ukrainian said Wednesday. Klitschko had to pull out of the original Sept. 6 date due to an injured bicep. But now the ...

Aug 28, 2014

Olympic swimmer Ye enters college

China’s two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ye Shiwen has a new title: College freshman. The 2012 London Games champion in the women’s 200- and 400-meter medleys registered this week at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University under a government program waiving the grueling entrance exam for ...

Aug 28, 2014

Nakaya, Udaka collect judo golds

Riki Nakaya and Nae Udaka both struck gold respectively in the men’s 73-kg and women’s 57-kg divisions at the world championships on Wednesday. Nakaya, a silver medalist at the London Olympics, defeated Hong Kuk-hyon of North Korea by ippon to win his second career ...

Stan rips fan during match

Aug 28, 2014

Stan rips fan during match

In the heat of the moment, locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka snapped at a rowdy spectator, telling him to “Shut up.” An hour later, his 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over 91st-ranked ...

USC's Shaw admits rescue was a lie

Aug 28, 2014

USC's Shaw admits rescue was a lie

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and ...

NHL says expansion still in discussion stage

Aug 28, 2014

NHL says expansion still in discussion stage

The NHL insists expansion is not imminent. “Nothing has happened to change the status quo,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a telephone interview Wednesday with AP. “There continues to be interest from some markets, and we continue to be interested in discussing ...

Aug 28, 2014

NFL suspends star Gordon for season

Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another ...

Nishikori cruises by Odesnik

Aug 27, 2014

Nishikori cruises by Odesnik

Kei Nishikori defeated American Wayne Odesnik in straight sets Tuesday to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open, the year’s final Grand Slam event. Nishikori, who missed two ATP tournaments after having a cyst removed from his right big toe on Aug. ...