From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man - English pair win swimming golds - Red Sox DH Ortiz in lineup vs Price, Rays (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is in the starting lineup, a day after leaving a game because of back spasms. Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins (Yahoo Sports) - Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season. In Lynch's place, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday. Sussex in world record run chase - Sussex pull off a world-record run chase with nine balls to spare against T20 Blast South Group winners Essex. 3 sue Pounceys over alleged fight at nightclub (Yahoo Sports) - NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. The lawsuit says Pickett was beaten when she tried to intervene and Williams was injured when the Pounceys threw James and Pickett out of the club. Maurkice Pouncey plays center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mike Pouncey is a center for the Miami Dolphins. Home nations continue judo dominance - Wizards' Wall added to US list for World Cup (Yahoo Sports) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance (Yahoo Sports) - Diego Maradona has criticized Argentina for its second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team ''did not play at all.'' Maradona starred for Argentina when it won the 1986 World Cup and coached the national team four years ago in South Africa. He says this team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three goals each time. Argentina lost to Germany 1-0 in the World Cup final this month in Rio de Janeiro. Maradona's team in the 2010 World Cup was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Saints S Jairus Byrd opens camp on the sidelines (Yahoo Sports) - After sitting out the Saints' offseason practices because of back surgery, safety Jairus Byrd is remaining on the sideline as training camp begins. Byrd was placed on New Orleans' physically unable to perform list on Friday shortly before the opening practice of camp. Byrd won't be permitted to practice until removed from the list, but coach Sean Payton said 2013 Pro Bowl defensive back is on the verge of being fully fit and will return to practice before camp ends. ''I don't want to put a time on it, but his progress is, I would say, ahead of schedule,'' Saints coach Sean Payton said.

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From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:16 pm]

English pair win swimming golds [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:19 pm]

Red Sox DH Ortiz in lineup vs Price, Rays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:24 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is in the starting lineup, a day after leaving a game because of back spasms.
Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:12 pm]
Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season. In Lynch's place, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday.
Sussex in world record run chase [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:09 pm]
Sussex pull off a world-record run chase with nine balls to spare against T20 Blast South Group winners Essex.
3 sue Pounceys over alleged fight at nightclub (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:02 pm]
NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. The lawsuit says Pickett was beaten when she tried to intervene and Williams was injured when the Pounceys threw James and Pickett out of the club. Maurkice Pouncey plays center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mike Pouncey is a center for the Miami Dolphins.
Home nations continue judo dominance [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:46 pm]

Wizards' Wall added to US list for World Cup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:43 pm]
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer's World Cup of Basketball.
Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:38 pm]
Diego Maradona has criticized Argentina for its second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team ''did not play at all.'' Maradona starred for Argentina when it won the 1986 World Cup and coached the national team four years ago in South Africa. He says this team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three goals each time. Argentina lost to Germany 1-0 in the World Cup final this month in Rio de Janeiro. Maradona's team in the 2010 World Cup was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Saints S Jairus Byrd opens camp on the sidelines (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:29 pm]
After sitting out the Saints' offseason practices because of back surgery, safety Jairus Byrd is remaining on the sideline as training camp begins. Byrd was placed on New Orleans' physically unable to perform list on Friday shortly before the opening practice of camp. Byrd won't be permitted to practice until removed from the list, but coach Sean Payton said 2013 Pro Bowl defensive back is on the verge of being fully fit and will return to practice before camp ends. ''I don't want to put a time on it, but his progress is, I would say, ahead of schedule,'' Saints coach Sean Payton said.

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NBA Soccer
Top 10 dunks of Las Vegas Summer League (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:46 pm]
The Andrew Wiggins spin and dunk is a thing of beauty.

Report: Omri Casspi clears waivers, becomes free agent [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:59 pm]
He's a free agent now... but 30 teams just passed on him.

Hawks sign first-round pick Adreian Payne (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:38 pm]
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have signed power forward Adreian Payne, the team's first-round pick last month.

Magic sign veteran Ridnour as 3rd point guard (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:28 pm]
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic filled out their rotation in the backcourt with the signing of free agent guard Luke Ridnour.

Report: Hawks sign Shelvin Mack to three-year, $7.3 million deal [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:14 pm]
He is a solid backup to have while Dennis Schroder develops.

Knee injury will keep Lallana out of Liverpool’s Premier League opener [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:48 pm]
LCL injury could sideline former Southampton star for six weeks.

Soccer-Liverpool new boy Lallana to miss start of season [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:44 pm]
Liverpool's new signing Adam Lallana will miss the start of the season after suffering a knee injury in training, the club said on Friday. Lallana, who left Southampton earlier this month for a fee of around 25 million pounds ($42.43 million), was hurt on the pre-season tour of the United States. The England midfielder, yet to feature in a pre-season match for Liverpool, does not require surgery but will not be fit in time for their opening Premier League game against Southampton on Aug. 17.

Lallana to miss start of season [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:09 pm]
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will miss the start of the season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Houston acquires Honduran international Luis Garrido on loan from Olimpia [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:04 pm]
23-year-old brings another ball-winner to the Dynamo midfield.

Bebé done at Manchester United; Portuguese attacker joins Benfica [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:01 pm]
One of Alex Ferguson's most notorious transfers has found a new home with Benfica.

NFL NHL
Browns WR Gordon reports to camp, hearing looms (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:07 pm]
Josh Gordon's off-field issues didn't put him out of shape. The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns training camp on Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.

Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:12 pm]
Marshawn Lynch was absent as expected when the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks began training camp. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday he was disappointed Lynch was not present. Carroll reiterated the team wants Lynch there and still intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season. In Lynch's place, Robert Turbin and Christine Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday.

3 sue Pounceys over alleged fight at nightclub (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:02 pm]
NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. The lawsuit says Pickett was beaten when she tried to intervene and Williams was injured when the Pounceys threw James and Pickett out of the club. Maurkice Pouncey plays center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mike Pouncey is a center for the Miami Dolphins.

Saints S Jairus Byrd opens camp on the sidelines (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:29 pm]
After sitting out the Saints' offseason practices because of back surgery, safety Jairus Byrd is remaining on the sideline as training camp begins. Byrd was placed on New Orleans' physically unable to perform list on Friday shortly before the opening practice of camp. Byrd won't be permitted to practice until removed from the list, but coach Sean Payton said 2013 Pro Bowl defensive back is on the verge of being fully fit and will return to practice before camp ends. ''I don't want to put a time on it, but his progress is, I would say, ahead of schedule,'' Saints coach Sean Payton said.

Roethlisberger extension will wait until 2015 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:23 pm]
Ben Roethlisberger is going to have to wait awhile for his next raise. Steelers owner Art Rooney II said Friday the team won't work on a contract extension for the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback until after the 2014 season. Roethlisberger has two years left on his current deal, when the Steelers typically like to renegotiate with Roethlisberger. Rooney stressed the goal is to lock the 32-year-old Roethlisberger for the long term.

Gillis’ daughter: Criticism was hard to ignore [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:17 pm]
In a way, she played a role in him working for the Canucks.

Toronto goalie James Reimer agrees to 2-year deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:23 pm]
Goalie James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract Thursday. Reimer, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to go to arbitration Monday. Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season, but was forced into service with Toronto's playoff hopes on the line when Bernier sustained a knee injury that ended his season.

Leafs re-sign Reimer — two years, $4.6 million [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:12 pm]
He lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season.

Flames ’14 first-rounder Bennett signs entry-level deal [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:05 pm]
He was taken with the fourth overall pick.

Capitals sign 1st Australian player to be drafted (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:24 pm]
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team.

Baseball Golf
A's acquire minor league RHP McGuire from Toronto (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:15 pm]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired minor league right-hander Deck McGuire from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.

Red Sox DH Ortiz in lineup vs Price, Rays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:24 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is in the starting lineup, a day after leaving a game because of back spasms.

Scherzer wins 12th, Tigers beat Angels 6-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 5:37 am]
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning and Max Scherzer won his fourth straight decision, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Young hits 3-run homer in Orioles' 4-0 victory (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 5:23 am]
Wie-Yen Chen allowed five hits over eight innings and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. His 11 wins ties him for third-most in American League. Darren O'Day finished with a routine ninth inning. It was Baltimore's eighth shutout.

Aoki's 14th-inning hit lifts Royals over Indians (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 5:01 am]
Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night. Aaron Crow (5-1), the seventh Kansas City pitcher, earned the victory - striking out the side in a perfect 14th. Left-hander Marc Rzepcynski (0-3), who gave up the hit to Cain, took the loss. Kluber held the Royals to two hits, retiring the first 19 batters he faced before Omar Infante, who was in a 0-for-16 skid, lined a single to center with one out in the seventh.

Furyk, Petrovic, share Canadian Open lead (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:35 pm]
MONTREAL (AP) -- Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday for a 7-under 63 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Tim Petrovic.

US rebounds to win twice in International Crown (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:36 pm]
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The United States shuffled its lineup in the second round of the International Crown and got the desired result, beat Spain twice Friday to earn its first points in the eight-country competition.

Augusta James wins Canadian Women's Amateur (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:19 pm]
WOODSTOCK, Ontario (AP) -- North Carolina State senior Augusta James won the Canadian Women's Amateur on Friday, shooting a 2-under 69 for a six-stroke victory.

Golf-In-form DeLaet seeks to end local drought at Canadian Open (Reuters) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 8:18 pm]
(Reuters) - Canada's Graham DeLaet has his sights set on ending one of golf's oldest title droughts, and was in "a great position" as he finished the Canadian Open second round just two strokes off the early lead in Montreal on Friday. No Canadian has won the country's national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, but DeLaet at least will start the weekend within striking distance after reeling off nine birdies in a seven-under-par 63 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course. Veteran Americans Jim Furyk (63) and Tim Petrovic (66) led on 10-under with half the field back in the clubhouse, while DeLaet was alone in third place. DeLaet has never won on the PGA Tour, but two runner-up finishes early this year suggest he is on the verge of a long-expected breakthrough.

Jack Nicklaus calls long drive contest "exciting," keeps memento with him to this day (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 7:30 pm]
For fans attending the PGA Championship, Tuesday is always a great day because it's the busiest day of preparation for the players. This year, Tuesday will be even more fun, thanks to the return of the PGA Championship Long Drive Competition. The long drive contest was staged for several years in the 1950s and 1960s and then again in the 1970s and 1980s, and is best known for the fact that Jack Nicklaus won it both times he competed. I thought it was fun to do," Nicklaus said.

Motor Sports Tennis
NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson easy pick for Brickyard [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:34 pm]
On Friday's edition, the NASCAR America crew discussed the favorites for Sunday's Brickyard 400. And not surprisingly, Jimmie Johnson is the easy pick -- but there are a few other drivers who could contend.

NASCAR America: Jimmie Johnson looking for fifth Brickyard win [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:26 pm]
On Friday's edition of NASCAR America, Sam Hornish Jr. joined Leigh Diffey to discuss Jimmie Johnson's quest for his fifth Brickyard 400 win. Hornish noted that Johnson's first win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a positive turning point for his team.

NASCAR America: Clint Bowyer talks keys to winning Chase [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 10:17 pm]
On Friday's NASCAR America, Clint Bowyer talked about handling Indianapolis Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's 21st annual Brickyard 400, as well as his teams' improvement and his hopes of getting into and winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power go looking for something to do in Mansfield, Ohio — they wind up with ‘Sex Tape’ [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:42 pm]
After a long day of testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Penske Racing teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power went to see a movie Wednesday in Mansfield, Ohio. Check out Montoya's hilarious tale about what they saw.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power go looking for fun, wind up with ‘Sex Tape’ [NBC Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:42 pm]
After a long day of testing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Penske Racing teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power went to see a movie Wednesday in Mansfield, Ohio. Check out Montoya's hilarious tale about what they saw.

Fognini, qualifier Cuevas in Croatia Open last 4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 9:51 pm]
Top-seeded Fabio Fognini rallied to defeat Borna Coric of Croatia 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open on Friday. Defending champion Tommy Robredo also advanced to the last four after beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-4. The 18th-ranked Robredo next faces third-seeded Marin Cilic, who eased past Czech Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-2. Also Friday, Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to become the first qualifier in the event's semifinals since Viktor Troicki in 2007.

Cilic, Cuevas reach semifinals of Croatia Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 6:34 pm]
UMAG, Croatia (AP) -- Third-seeded Marin Cilic defeated Czech Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-2 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Croatia Open.

Defending champ Svitolina makes Baku semis (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 3:08 pm]
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Elina Svitolina of Ukraine moved her Baku Cup title defense into the semifinals by dispatching Pauline Parmentier of France 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.

Haase beats defending champ Youzhny at Swiss Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 2:14 pm]
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) -- Robin Haase advanced to the semifinals of the Swiss Open by beating defending champion Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Friday in a rematch of last year's final.

Top-seeded John Isner advances in Atlanta Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 25, 2014, 3:26 am]
ATLANTA (AP) -- Top-seeded John Isner avoided an upset in his Atlanta Open title defense Thursday night, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Robby Ginepri in the second round.


FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

In this photo taken on Sunday, July 13, 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are seen during the official ceremony of handover to Russia as the 2018 World Cup hosts, after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."


With Nibali in command, Tour is about 2nd place

Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas crosses the finish line to win the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5 kilometers (129.6 miles) with start in Maubourguet and finish in Bergerac, France, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling's great showcase is reduced to this — the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali.


Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games

Michael Conlan of Northern Ireland, left, fights Matthew Martin from Nauru during their men's bantam weight (56kg) boxing bout at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, July, 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.


Mercedes drivers fastest in Hungarian GP practice

Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes waits in the paddock during the first practice session at the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 25, 2014. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, July, 27, 2014. (AP Photo/MTI, Szilard Koszticsak)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first and second practices for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg second.


Navardauskas wins Stage 19 of Tour de France

Lithuania's Ramunas Navardauskas crosses the finish line to win the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5 kilometers (129.6 miles) with start in Maubourguet and finish in Bergerac, France, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania led a late breakaway in a downpour to win the 19th Stage of the Tour de France on Friday after hitching a ride with his Garmin-Sharp teammates.


AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

FILE - In this June 26, 2014, file photo musician Jon Bon Jovi performs during a concert of the American rock band Bon Jovi in Lisbon, Portugal. Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, three people who have reviewed documents regarding the sale process told The Associated Press on Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.


Stage 19 for sprinters has begun on Tour de France

MAUBOURGUET, France (AP) — Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint. Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping

FILE - In this Saturday, June 30, 2012, file photo, Britain's Rhys Williams displays the gold medal he won in the 400 meter Hurdles final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland. European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams is out of the Commonwealth Games after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month. Team Wales announced Friday, July 25, 2014, that Williams has been suspended from all competitions after being charged with an anti-doping violation at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.


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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, climbs towards Hautacam to win the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (90.4 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Hautacam, Pyrenees region, France, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


The un-Armstrong? Tour 'boss' Nibali wins Stage 18

Stage winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy climbs towards Hautacam after breaking away from his rivals during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (90.4 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Hautacam, Pyrenees region, France, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he's the "boss" of the Tour de France. Just don't compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling's greatest race, Lance Armstrong.


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Seahawks' Lynch plans holdout over contract
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch plans to hold out and not participate in the opening day of training camp Friday, former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson said Thursday night on the NFL Network.
07/25/2014 07:38 PM
Sources: Lakers offer coaching job to Scott
The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott, according to league sources.
07/25/2014 08:18 PM
Sources: Longhorns kick four more off team
Texas football coach Charlie Strong has kicked at least six players off the team, in addition to suspending the two Longhorns players Thursday after they were arrested for sexual assault.
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Brees thinks he could play another 10 years
New Orleans Saints quarterback says he thinks he can continue to play at a high level for another 10 years.
07/25/2014 10:32 PM
Source: Colts RB Ballard suffers torn Achilles
Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard has suffered a torn left Achilles tendon, a source told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen.
07/25/2014 10:37 PM
Veteran Nicks, Bucs 'mutually agree' to part
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announce Friday that the team and veteran guard Carl Nicks have "mutually agreed" to part ways.
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Dinner's on him: CFL fan wins $322K in raffle
Early Friday morning, an Edmonton Eskimos fan claimed one of the largest jackpots in 50-50 raffle sports history.
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Melo: It was 'always Chicago or New York'
Carmelo Anthony said it was not the money, but instead his confidence in Phil Jackson and his belief that the Knicks "aren't that far away from contending for an NBA title" why he opted to remain in New York instead of signing with the Chicago Bulls.
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Carroll: No-show Lynch is in plans
As expected, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch did not attend the first day of training camp Friday, officially starting his holdout over changes he wants to his contract.
07/25/2014 04:27 PM
Striker Drogba re-signs for Chelsea
Chelsea re-sign veteran striker Didier Drogba on a one-year deal after the Ivorian left Galatasaray.
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£20m Lovren to have Liverpool medical
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From cigarettes and alcohol to marathon man
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England's Rowsell wins pursuit gold
England's Joanna Rowsell wins gold in the Commonwealth individual pursuit but Jason Kenny has to settle for sprint silver.
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Home nations continue judo dominance
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My consistency key to title - Rosberg
Nico Rosberg believes his greater consistency is key to his hopes of beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the F1 title.
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Glasgow 2014 day-by-day guide
Your essential guide to the must-see moments and a look at some of the biggest stars on show.
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Lallana to miss start of season
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will miss the start of the season after suffering a knee injury in training.
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Banned Williams 'always anti-drugs'
Sprinter Christian Malcolm defends banned 400m hurdler Rhys Williams and says Welsh athletics does not have a drugs problem.
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