Winston, FSU hold off Oklahoma St 37-31 in opener (Yahoo Sports) - Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State held off Oklahoma State 37-31 to begin defending its national title. Playing on the same field where this year's national champion will be crowned, Winston wasn't nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago. The Cowboys were 19-point underdogs in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys but stayed close when J.W. Walsh matched Winston's scoring run with a 24-yard sprint and dive across the goal line to get within 27-24 early in the fourth quarter. The scoring pass, which gave Florida State a 37-24 lead, was set up when P.J. Williams sent Walsh cart-wheeling to the turf on a hit that forced a fumble. Tigers win 8-4, salvage doubleheader split (Yahoo Sports) - Kyle Ryan pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged a split of Saturday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with a potentially costly 8-4 victory. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera pulled up lame while running out a grounder in the fourth inning, forcing him from the game. In the opener, Chris Sale struck out a season-high 13, beating Max Scherzer in a matchup of All-Star aces and leading Chicago to a 6-3 win. Ezequiel Carrera, Don Kelly and Ian Kinsler each had three hits for Detroit in the nightcap. Todd Gurley leads Georgia past Clemson 45-21 (Yahoo Sports) - Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia gained some early style points in the national race with a 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson on Saturday night. If rating Heisman Trophy favorites after Week 1, Gurley would surely be among the favorites. Georgia broke open a game that was tied 21-all at halftime, shutting down Clemson and a fast-break offense that didn't look nearly as effective without record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and star receiver Sammy Watkins. Gurley pretty much finished off Clemson by himself. Former Steelers, Bengals LB James Harrison retires (Yahoo Sports) - Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying his desire to play doesn't match the desire to stay home with his family. Harrison, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, wrote on his Facebook page he didn't want to miss another birthday or first day of school so he could continue his career. The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals following a decade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He met with the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week, but did not sign a contract. Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future (Yahoo Sports) - Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. It was 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for NFL teams to pare rosters to 53 players. Twenty others were cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, all of them mere footnotes. For Sam, it meant a roadblock in his journey to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster. Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round (Yahoo Sports) - Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. Unable to capitalize on plenty of chances, and surprisingly outplayed in a trio of tiebreakers, Isner lost to the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4). It was the third year in a row that these two men faced each other in the third round in New York, and Kohlschreiber won them all. Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice (Yahoo Sports) - Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday. Golson was 14-of-22 passing for 295 yards and ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. It was the sixth straight season-opening loss for the Owls. Fuller then made Rice safety Julius White miss as he raced into the end zone. US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds (Yahoo Sports) - Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game. Finland was 0 for 17 in the second quarter, missing all six 3-point attempts, and missed 19 straight shots over the second and third quarters before Tuukka Kotta ended the drought with a basket with 8:48 remaining in the third that made it 62-20. Costa must learn respect - Martinez - Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Chelsea's Diego Costa must learn the "ethics and culture" of British football after his side's 6-3 win. Roma 2-0 Fiorentina - Ashley Cole makes his Roma debut as they begin the new Serie A season with a hard-fought win against Fiorentina.

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Winston, FSU hold off Oklahoma St 37-31 in opener (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:05 am]
Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State held off Oklahoma State 37-31 to begin defending its national title. Playing on the same field where this year's national champion will be crowned, Winston wasn't nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago. The Cowboys were 19-point underdogs in the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys but stayed close when J.W. Walsh matched Winston's scoring run with a 24-yard sprint and dive across the goal line to get within 27-24 early in the fourth quarter. The scoring pass, which gave Florida State a 37-24 lead, was set up when P.J. Williams sent Walsh cart-wheeling to the turf on a hit that forced a fumble.
Tigers win 8-4, salvage doubleheader split (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 2:55 am]
Kyle Ryan pitched six scoreless innings in his major league debut, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged a split of Saturday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with a potentially costly 8-4 victory. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera pulled up lame while running out a grounder in the fourth inning, forcing him from the game. In the opener, Chris Sale struck out a season-high 13, beating Max Scherzer in a matchup of All-Star aces and leading Chicago to a 6-3 win. Ezequiel Carrera, Don Kelly and Ian Kinsler each had three hits for Detroit in the nightcap.
Todd Gurley leads Georgia past Clemson 45-21 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 1:38 am]
Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia gained some early style points in the national race with a 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson on Saturday night. If rating Heisman Trophy favorites after Week 1, Gurley would surely be among the favorites. Georgia broke open a game that was tied 21-all at halftime, shutting down Clemson and a fast-break offense that didn't look nearly as effective without record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and star receiver Sammy Watkins. Gurley pretty much finished off Clemson by himself.
Former Steelers, Bengals LB James Harrison retires (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:53 pm]
Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying his desire to play doesn't match the desire to stay home with his family. Harrison, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, wrote on his Facebook page he didn't want to miss another birthday or first day of school so he could continue his career. The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals following a decade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He met with the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week, but did not sign a contract.
Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:52 pm]
Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. It was 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for NFL teams to pare rosters to 53 players. Twenty others were cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, all of them mere footnotes. For Sam, it meant a roadblock in his journey to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster.
Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:39 pm]
Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. Unable to capitalize on plenty of chances, and surprisingly outplayed in a trio of tiebreakers, Isner lost to the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4). It was the third year in a row that these two men faced each other in the third round in New York, and Kohlschreiber won them all.
Golson leads No. 17 Irish to 48-17 win over Rice (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:30 pm]
Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 75 and 53 yards and ran for three more scores in his return after missing the 2013 season for academic impropriety, leading No. 17 Notre Dame to a 48-17 victory over Rice on Saturday. Golson was 14-of-22 passing for 295 yards and ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. It was the sixth straight season-opening loss for the Owls. Fuller then made Rice safety Julius White miss as he raced into the end zone.
US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 10:07 pm]
Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game. Finland was 0 for 17 in the second quarter, missing all six 3-point attempts, and missed 19 straight shots over the second and third quarters before Tuukka Kotta ended the drought with a basket with 8:48 remaining in the third that made it 62-20.
Costa must learn respect - Martinez [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 30, 2014, 9:45 pm]
Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Chelsea's Diego Costa must learn the "ethics and culture" of British football after his side's 6-3 win.
Roma 2-0 Fiorentina [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 30, 2014, 9:36 pm]
Ashley Cole makes his Roma debut as they begin the new Serie A season with a hard-fought win against Fiorentina.

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NBA Soccer
Derrick Rose with explosive crossover, two handed jam on Finland (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 3:01 am]
Rose looked like his vintage self for a night.

Manu Ginobili gets statue of himself in Argentina [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 1:30 am]
The statue is in Buenos Aires, in case you were looking to travel to get your picture with it.

Brook Lopez confident he’ll be better than ever [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 12:00 am]
That’s a higher bar than most realize

Timberwolves have record week after trading Love (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:14 pm]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have parlayed the Kevin Love trade into a record-setting week at the team's box office.

USA cruises past Finland in World Cup opener, 114-55 [NBC Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:00 pm]
Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 points on the night. Finland had great fans, though.

MLS Snapshot: San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Real Salt Lake [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:37 am]
A controversial penalty provided RSL's equalizer as the teams shared points at Buck Shaw.

Real Salt Lake , Earthquakes play to 1-1 draw [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:06 am]
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Javier Morales evened the score in the 36th minute, and the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake finished with a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

Timbers beat Whitecaps 3-0 [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:06 am]
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Alvas Powell, Maximiliano Urruti and Rodney Wallace scored in the second half in the Portland Timbers' 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

MLS Snapshot: Vancouver Whitecaps 0-3 Portland Timbers [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:53 am]
A second half explosion helped Caleb Porter's team claim fifth in the Western Conference.

“Gutted” Toronto FC rues blowout loss to New England [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:20 am]
Not the expected sight: Jermaine Jones as the USMNT midfielder walking off the field with three points, not TFC's Michael Bradley.

NFL NHL
Jets release suspended CB Patterson, cut WR Hill (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 1:17 am]
Dimitri Patterson went from likely starting cornerback for the New York Jets to being out of a job - all in the span of one bizarre week. The Jets released Patterson on Saturday, capping a strange stretch that included an unexcused absence, accusations from both the cornerback and the team, and a suspension. The move came as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-player roster limit. Also among the team's 21 cuts were wide receiver Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, and quarterbacks Matt Simms and Tajh Boyd.

Former Steelers, Bengals LB James Harrison retires (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:53 pm]
Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying his desire to play doesn't match the desire to stay home with his family. Harrison, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, wrote on his Facebook page he didn't want to miss another birthday or first day of school so he could continue his career. The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals following a decade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He met with the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week, but did not sign a contract.

Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:52 pm]
Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri's season opener, he looked down at his cell phone. It was 3 p.m. CT, the deadline for NFL teams to pare rosters to 53 players. Twenty others were cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, all of them mere footnotes. For Sam, it meant a roadblock in his journey to become the first openly gay player to make an NFL roster.

Jonathan Martin makes 49ers' 53-man roster (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 10:53 pm]
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who had a tumultuous departure from the Miami Dolphins last October amid a bullying scandal, made the 49ers when the team trimmed its roster to the NFL's 53-man limit on Saturday afternoon.

Saints cut Bailey, Meachem, both kickers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 9:56 pm]
The New Orleans Saints included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts Saturday. Receiver Nick Toon was among several young, relatively unproven players who survived the last round of cuts before the Saints begin preparations for their Sept. 7 regular-season opener at Atlanta. The Saints brought in Bailey after he was released by Denver and general manager Mickey Loomis said after the move that Bailey was expected to compete for a starting cornerback job.

Looking to make the leap: Reid Boucher [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 3:10 am]
Stefan Matteau is in the conversation, too.

Oilers’ Schultz admits it’s too early for Norris talk [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 2:00 am]
His new deal earned more than a few critics.

Poll: What can the Devils expect from Larsson? [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 12:30 am]
He's still just 21.

Fanspeak: Martin Brodeur named greatest Devil in franchise history [NBC Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:00 pm]
Cory Schneider has some big shoes to fill.

Boudreau doesn’t know how Ducks goalie situation will ‘shake out’ [NBC Sports: August 30, 2014, 9:30 pm]
Frederik Andersen and John Gibson both have a shot at being No. 1.

Baseball Golf
Strasburg pitches Nats to 3-1 win over Mariners (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:45 am]
SEATTLE (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg pitched into the eighth inning and Jayson Werth hit his second home run in two nights to lead the Washington Nationals past the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday.

Peavy takes no-hitter into 8th of Giants' 3-1 win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:30 am]
Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter over 7 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Saturday night. The right-hander got the first out of the eighth on a nice backhand grab by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Mark Reynolds fought off a 1-2 pitch and flared it just over the head of Joe Panik into right field for the first Brewers hit. Jeremy Affledt gave up a hit to pinch hitter Lyle Overbay before Sergio Romo came on to strike out Carlos Gomez on three pitches.

Angels use 8 pitchers to beat A's 2-0, extend lead (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:24 am]
The Los Angeles Angels used eight pitchers - a franchise record for a nine-inning game - in a 2-0 victory over Oakland on Saturday night that increased their AL West lead over the Athletics to four games. Their only hits were infield singles by Josh Donaldson in the first and fourth, and a single by Sam Fuld in the ninth. Cory Rasmus made his first major league start for the Angels in place of Garrett Richards, out for the season because of a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. He was replaced by Yoslan Herrera (1-1) after Jonny Gomes was sent up to pinch hit for Josh Reddick, and Gomes grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Cubs, Cardinals split doubleheader (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:02 am]
Matt Holliday homered twice and drove in five as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 13-2 Saturday night to earn a split of a doubleheader. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for St. Louis, which won for just the third time in its past nine games. It's the most runs this season for the Cardinals and the first time in seven games they scored at least three runs. Chicago is 2-3 in its past five, but has won nine of 14.

Indians beat Royals 3-2 in 11 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 3:56 am]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana each had an RBI single in the 11th inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Suzann Pettersen tied for Portland Classic lead (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 2:21 am]
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot her second straight 5-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic. Trying to match Nancy Lopez's record with her third victory in the event, Pettersen had an eagle, four birdies and a bogey at Columbia Edgewater. Got to go out tomorrow and just try to birdie as many holes as you can,'' said Pettersen, who birdied Nos. The last five times Pettersen has led or had a share of the lead after three rounds, she has gone on to win.

Day and Palmer share halfway lead at Deutsche Bank (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:53 pm]
(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Saturday. Despite an unexpected bogey on his final hole, Day carded a three-under-par 68 in fluctuating afternoon winds while Palmer shot a 71 in the morning at the TPC Boston. They finished level at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of Americans Matt Kuchar (66) and Billy Horschel (66) on a tightly-bunched leaderboard. World number one Rory McIlroy, slowed by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th where his approach shot bounded 30 yards over the green into a hazard, fired a 69 to trail the leaders by five shots.

Bob Tway shoots 63 for share of Calgary lead (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:47 pm]
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Bob Tway shot a 7-under 63 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Joe Durant and Joe Daley in the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic.

Poulter hits trouble in Boston [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:37 pm]
Ian Poulter shoots a 73 and fellow Ryder Cup hopeful Luke Donald a 74 as their hopes recede at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Golf-Day and Palmer share halfway lead at Deutsche Bank (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:24 pm]
* Day soars into a tie at the top with a 68 * Joins Palmer, who carded a second-round 71 * McIlroy trails by five strokes (Updates at end of round) Aug 30 (Reuters) - Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Saturday. They finished level at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of Americans Matt Kuchar (66) and Billy Horschel (66) on a tightly-bunched leaderboard. World number one Rory McIlroy, slowed by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th where his approach shot bounded 30 yards over the green into a hazard, fired a 69 to trail the leaders by five shots.

Motor Sports Tennis
Kanaan leads Ganassi 1-2 to end 2014 on a high note (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:59 am]
Tony Kanaan gets on the board to cap off a second half of the 2014 season where he came close to winning several times, and finally broke through.

Still searching: Castroneves finishes 14th, falls short of IndyCar title (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:21 am]
The three-time Indy 500 champion contends at Fontana, but a pit entry violation going into his final stop ends his bid for a championship.

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:11 am]
Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race and claiming the season title after a career filled with agonizing misses. Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power drove an intelligent race with just enough aggression to preserve his healthy points lead. After briefly taking the lead late, Power comfortably held off second-place teammate Helio Castroneves and wrapped up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006. He led the IndyCar points standings heading into the final race in 2010 and 2012, and he led with two races left in 2011 - but he failed to claim the title each time.

Will Power claims 2014 IndyCar title as Tony Kanaan ties season win record in Fontana [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 4:54 am]
Will Power has, at long last, become a Verizon IndyCar Series champion. Meanwhile Tony Kanaan takes the win in Auto Club Speedway finale.

IndyCar Fontana update: Ryan Hunter-Reay leads; title battle for Power, Helio continues [NBC Sports: August 31, 2014, 3:33 am]
The Indy 500 champ is threatening to win another 500-miler in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Bouchard reaches US Open's 4th round for 1st time (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 2:15 am]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard pulled out a suddenly tight match Saturday night, edging 30th-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to reach the U.S. Open's fourth round for the first time.

Moonballs from qualifier doom Wimbledon champ (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 12:58 am]
Instead of trying to match Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's power, unknown Aleksandra Krunic confounded her with looping shots and frustrated her by chasing down every ball. For Kvitova, who won her second Wimbledon title last month, the loss was huge.

Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:22 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Losing to the same opponent in the U.S. Open's third round for the third consecutive year, 13th-seeded John Isner was beaten 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) Saturday by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, leaving zero American men in the field.

Murray in good shape to face Tsonga [BBC.co.uk Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:22 pm]
Andy Murray believes his physical problems are behind him as heads into the second week of the US Open.

Wawrinka's gets walkover into 4th round of US Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 10:39 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka got a walkover into the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday when Blaz Kavcic pulled out due to an injured right foot just before their scheduled match.


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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot against Paul-Henri Mathieu, of France, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photo, the abandoned beach volleyball Olympic venue is seen in Neo Faliro, southern Athens. As Greece groans under a cruel depression, forecast to end this year, the 10-year anniversary once again raises the question of whether the Athens Games were too costly an undertaking for a weak economy. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)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 Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio is being constructed on the ground levee of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)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

This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Johathan Koppenhaver who appeared in UFC's Ultimate Fighter TV show in 2007. Las Vegas police say the former UFC fighter is the primary suspect in a domestic dispute that resulted in serious injuries. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)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

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and "Downtown" Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Oregon State in Seattle. Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.


Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)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

A small memorial of flowers is seen at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Canandaigua, N.Y. On Saturday night, Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race at the track in upstate New York. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)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

A Palestinian boy rides a donkey next to the destroyed Nada Towers residential neighborhood in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)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.
08/29/2014 05:59 PM
NFL: Lifetime ban possible for domestic abuse
The NFL is immediately implementing a sweeping domestic violence initiative that calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense.
08/31/2014 05:39 AM
Winston, No. 1 FSU dodge Okla. St in opener
Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State opened defense of its national title with a 37-31 victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State.
08/31/2014 01:05 AM
Sam doesn't make Rams' 53-man roster
The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday.
08/31/2014 03:10 AM
Gurley, Dawgs run wild in 2nd, rout Clemson
Todd Gurley ran for 198 yards and three TDs, returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score, and No. 12 Georgia routed No. 16 Clemson, 45-21.
08/31/2014 05:44 AM
LSU pulls off 17-point rally to top Badgers
Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter rally for No. 13 LSU in a 28-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin at NRG Stadium on Saturday night.
08/31/2014 03:01 AM
U.S. flogs Finland to open up FIBA campaign
As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.
08/31/2014 12:41 AM
Agent for waived WR Hill: Jets deserve blame
Stephen Hill's disappointing, two-year run with the New York Jets is over. The former second-round draft pick was waived Saturday, the team announced.
08/31/2014 12:04 AM
Source: Spurs, Clips join race to sign Allen
The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers are the latest elite teams to join the race to sign Ray Allen, ESPN.com has learned.
08/31/2014 01:48 AM
Saints cut veteran DB Bailey, WR Meachem
The Saints released future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem and and both of the kickers they had in camp -- Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke -- while cutting down the roster to 53 players.
08/30/2014 09:45 PM
Costa must learn respect - Martinez
Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Chelsea's Diego Costa must learn the "ethics and culture" of British football after his side's 6-3 win.
08/30/2014 10:19 PM
Murray into US Open fourth round
08/30/2014 05:28 PM
The questions Van Gaal must answer
08/30/2014 07:01 PM
Cook defends England's ODI approach
England captain Alastair Cook defends his team's approach after a second successive heavy defeat in the one-day series with India.
08/30/2014 08:25 PM
Visa delay hits Rojo's Man Utd debut
Marcos Rojo's Manchester United debut is being held up by a four-year-old claim he rowed with a neighbour in Argentina.
08/30/2014 05:04 PM
Glover and Stanning relieved to win
Helen Glover and Heather Stanning describe winning their first World Championship gold medal together as a "relief".
08/31/2014 04:53 AM
Kvitova beaten by qualifier Krunic
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova becomes the latest shock exit at the US Open, losing to qualifier Aleksandra Krunic.
08/30/2014 07:49 PM
I did not enjoy victory - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho says watching Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 was not enjoyable because defensive lapses scarred the win.
08/30/2014 03:13 PM
Marquez on pole for British MotoGP
World champion and championship leader Marc Marquez claims pole for the British MotoGP at Silverstone on Sunday.
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