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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:07:51 -0400
BOSTON (AP) — A fan at Fenway Park has been taken away on a stretcher after flipping over backward trying to catch a foul ball.
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:35:18 -0400

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady leaves the federal courthouse in New York City, on August 31, 2015New York (AFP) - A US federal judge on Thursday overturned a four-game suspension imposed on New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady by the National Football League for his alleged role in the "Deflate-gate" controversy.

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:43:49 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - Chris Davis was determined to pull the Baltimore Orioles out of one of their worst stretches in years and the first baseman accomplished that feat by hitting two home runs, including the game-winner on Wednesday. The decisive walkofff blast in the 11th inning proved the difference between the teams as the Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-6 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles also got their first win this season when trailing after eight innings (1-61).
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:20:14 -0400

MLB: Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals(The Sports Xchange) - Ryan Zimmerman homered twice but his one-out RBI double in the top of the eighth proved to be the most decisive hit as the Washington Nationals held on for a rare win in St Louis, edging the Cardinals 4-3 on Wednesday. Zimmerman's liner down the right field line scored second baseman Anthony Rendon, who worked an eight-pitch walk from reliever Jonathan Broxton (1-4) to start the eighth and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Matt den Dekker. "That was vintage Zim," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Zimmerman's double.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:34:01 -0400

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays(Reuters) - The American League MVP race continued to heat up on Wednesday as joint-favorites Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout each strengthened their case for the award. Toronto All-Star Donaldson and Los Angeles Angels reigning MVP Trout are currently the front-runners to capture the honor with the duel almost certain to extend through the final month of the regular season. Donaldson guided the Blue Jays to a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in his latest effort, flashing the speed and power-hitting that has kept him in the conversation all season.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:01:50 -0400

Dwight Howard was questioned and the gun was eventually seized by airport authorities before they allowed him to board a later flightHouston Rockets centre Dwight Howard was detained by authorities at a Texas airport after trying to board a flight with a handgun in his carry-on luggage, police said. Houston police spokesperson Kese Smith said the gun was discovered on Friday by Transportation Security Administration officials in Terminal E at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Howard was questioned and the gun was eventually seized by airport authorities before they allowed him to board a later flight.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:32:11 -0400

Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels hits a two-run homer against the Oakland Athletics in at O.co Coliseum on September 2, 2015 in Oakland, CaliforniaOakland (United States) (AFP) - Albert Pujols blasted his 555th career home run to tie Manny Ramirez for 14th on the all-time list as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland A's 9-4 at the O.co Coliseum.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:49:29 -0400

Sony Pictures will release the movie "Concussion" in December 2015Sony Pictures on Wednesday hit back at a New York Times report saying it had "softened" the upcoming Will Smith movie "Concussion" to avoid antagonizing the National Football League. The movie due for release in December tells the story of Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist Bennet Omalu, played by Smith, and his diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of deceased NFL players who suffered multiple concussions. Concussions have become a major injury concern for the league, which agreed to pay $765 million to retired players to settle concussion-related health claims after accusations it long ignored evidence that head injuries posed long-term risks to players.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:32:32 -0400

Then-Miami Dolphins' running back Lawrence Phillips, pictured on December 3, 1997, will be arraigned in the death of cell-mate Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, CaliforniaA former NFL running back convicted of choking his ex-girlfriend into unconsciousness has been charged with murder in the strangling death of his cell-mate in a California prison. Lawrence Phillips will be arraigned on September 15 in the death of cell-mate Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, California, in April, the Kern County District Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday. After a stand-out career at the University of Nebraska Phillips was drafted sixth overall in 1996 by the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:35:23 -0400
A man found in possession of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy, which disappeared from the University of Southern California in 1994, has been charged with receiving stolen property, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Lewis Eugene Sparks, 56, was not accused of stealing the famed trophy but had kept it for two decades since the theft. The Heisman, college football's top award, was given to Simpson in 1968 after he starred as a running back for USC and before his professional Hall of Fame career in the National Football League.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:29:14 -0400

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award that was presented to O.J Simpson in 1968 when he was a senior at the University of Southern California is displayed at the Butterfield auction house gallery in Los Angeles on February 10, 1999A man is facing prison over the theft of an O.J. Simpson Heisman Trophy stolen in 1994, when the former gridiron hero faced charges of murdering his ex-wife and a friend. Los Angeles County prosecutors said that Lewis Eugene Starks would be arraigned on Wednesday on a charge of receiving stolen property after trying to sell the trophy and a plaque in December. The trophy was the University of Southern California's copy of the Heisman awarded to Simpson in 1968 as the country's outstanding collegiate football player.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:17:47 -0400

A football helmet's health warning sticker is pictured between a U.S. flag and the number 55, in memory of former student and NFL player Junior Seau, as the Oceanside Pirates high school football team prepares for their Friday night game in OceansideBy Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Entertainment executives altered the script of its forthcoming movie "Concussion," about football-related brain trauma, to avoid antagonizing the National Football League, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing emails between Sony studio executives that were leaked by hackers last year, the Times said marketing plans for the movie were positioned to focus on the story of a whistle-blower, rather than a condemnation of the sport. Sony said on Wednesday that the New York Times story "contains many misleading references" and that nothing had been "softened" in the film to placate anyone.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:20:57 -0400

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, pictured on July 29, 2015, called the "Deflate-gate" controversy the "most overblown story in recent NFL history"Speaking at a Patriots charity function on Tuesday night in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the 74-year-old Kraft said he had explained to Patriots players and staff how he thought they should proceed with preparations for the 2015 season in the face of the ongoing saga. "I spoke on behalf of the team and addressed the organization's position regarding, in my opinion, the most overblown story in recent NFL history," Kraft said. Brady, who is fighting a four-game suspension over the controversy, mentioned it publicly for just the second time since a league investigation found that he was probably "generally aware" that Patriots employees purposely deflated footballs below NFL minimum levels prior to the American Conference final playoff game.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:56:46 -0400
By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A former National Football League running back serving time in a California prison for domestic violence and vehicle theft has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his cellmate, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. If convicted, Lawrence Phillips, 40, could be sentenced to an additional term of 25 years to life, but he will not face the death penalty, according to Andrea Bridges, a deputy Kern County district attorney. Phillips, a two-time college football national champion at the University of Nebraska who became a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, was named four months ago as a suspect in the killing of 37-year-old Damion Soward.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:18:19 -0400

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on August 16, 2015Rory McIlroy will be able to play in the European Tour's Final Series tournaments after being given special exemption due to his ankle injury. The injury, sustained in a football kickabout with friends in July, meant that the world number one was unable to meet the 13-event qualification standard in order to remain in the Race to Dubai even though he currently leads the rankings. "I have spent the last two weeks examining every angle and every possible solution and I have spoken with Rory and his team, as well as independent medical advisers and some prominent players.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:19:14 -0400

Jarryd Hayne of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the bench during the game against the Denver Broncos during preseason action on August 29, 2015 in Denver, ColoradoSan Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula denied reports that rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne had already booked his place on the NFL team's final 53-man roster for the upcoming season. Australian international Hayne has impressed the 49ers management during pre-season with a series of performances that have edged him closer to achieving his dream of a career in American football. "I don't know what the rules are in the media in Australia, but you might want to fact check," Tomsula told San Francisco's KNBR radio station.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:46:36 -0400

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers(The Sports Xchange) - Coming off one of his worst starts of the season, Jimmy Nelson's decision to stick to his usual routine paid off as the Milwaukee Brewers' right-hander dazzled in a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Nelson (11-10) could not get out of the fourth inning last Wednesday at Cleveland, when he allowed five runs on four hits on a season-high eight walks. The young pitcher did not walk anyone this time around, and he held the Pirates to a run on four hits while striking out six over seven innings at Miller Park.

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:25:30 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - Stephen Drew's bat is keeping the Yankees afloat after the second baseman, known more for his defensive play, delivered another big hit to help New York earn a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Drew delivered the go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning and is 6-for-8 with four runs and six RBIs in his past three games, including a 4-for-4 outing in a 20-6 win at Atlanta on Sunday. "It's been good, this past month," said Drew, who had his most productive August with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:29:03 -0400

CBS chairman Les Moonves and his wife Julie Chen arrive at the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood(Reuters) - CBS Corp-owned CBS Sports said it will allow viewers to live stream two regular NFL season games, in addition to AFC coverage, on their portable devices, expanding its services to the fast-growing Internet viewer base. Viewers will be able to stream games from the regular season and playoff of the National Football League on the CBS Sports website and on television via select connected TV, including Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku players, CBS said on its website. (http://cbsprt. ...

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:38:01 -0400

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox(Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals have been almost unstoppable this season but on Tuesday they faced a very different challenge with two of their players sidelined by chicken pox. Outfielder Alex Rios and reliever Kelvin Herrera have both succumbed to the highly contagious disease and are expected to be out for up to two weeks after being sent home and placed in quarantine, the team said. Manager Ned Yost told reporters before Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers that the rest of the clubhouse appeared to be fit.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:16:38 -0400

NFL: Preseason-Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants(Reuters) - Shad Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, says he would like to work out a long-term deal for his National Football League team to continue playing in London, possibly right through to the 2030 season. The Jaguars have two years left on a four-year agreement to play one game per season at Wembley Stadium.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:26:05 -0400

Spurs' Ginobili challenges Fenerbahce Ulker's Goudelock and Bjelica during their NBA Global Games Istanbul 2014 basketball game in Istanbul(Reuters) - Three top international teams from Turkey, Israel and Brazil will visit the United States for a combined six preseason games against six National Basketball Association teams this October, the league said on Tuesday. The games open with six-times Turkish League champion Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 5 before meeting former NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 9. Israeli club Maccabi Haifa will face NBA teams in the United States for the fifth time in six years, starting with an Oct. ...

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:46:34 -0400

File photo of Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken Jr. hittng a base hit in the eighth inning of his 2, 131st consecutive game in BaltimoreTwenty years after breaking the record for consecutive games played, Cal Ripken, Jr. insists the reason the feat remains one of baseball's most cherished moments is because it involved a trait the average person can understand: a strong work ethic. "So many people still share their own streak stories with me," Ripken said. "People clearly relate the record with the importance of showing up," said Ripken, who is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sept. 1 as part of a variety of events at Camden Yards to honor the 20th anniversary of the record.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:07:38 -0400
The seven Sayreville War Memorial High School players, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested in October and charged with the sexual abuse of four freshmen on the team, prosecutors in Middlesex County, New Jersey, said. The victims were held against their will while other team members touched them, the prosecutors said. Four of the players had pleaded guilty to the charges of hazing and endangering the welfare of team members and were put on probation for two years and ordered to serve 50 hours each of community service, the NYT reported Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey as saying in a statement released late on Monday.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:03:27 -0400

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros(The Sports Xchange) - Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel matched the club record for consecutive home wins and received ample run support as the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 at Minute Maid Park on Monday. Keuchel (16-6) leads the American League in wins after allowing one run on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings to maintain his place among the American League Cy Young Award candidates. "He doesn't have all the power in his stuff but he knows how to pitch," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Keuchel.

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:16:26 -0400

MLB: New York Yankees at Atlanta Braves(Reuters) - The American League-leading Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Kansas City receives Gomes and cash from the Braves in exchange for 21-year-old minor league player Luis Valenzuela. Gomes, 34, has moved around throughout his career and will be joining his seventh Major League team in Kansas City. He is batting .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs through 83 games this season and the member of Boston's 2013 title team is expected to provide the Royals (80-50) with championship experience. ...

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:32:19 -0400

NFL: Preseason-Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns(Reuters) - The Washington Redskins on Monday named Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback for the 2015 National Football League season, the latest signal that former standout Robert Griffin III could be on his way out. Griffin, a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, has struggled for the Redskins since injuring his knee in a January 2013 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. There has been growing speculation that Griffin is no longer wanted by the Redskins front office but coach Jay Gruden said on Monday that the team still had belief in the quarterback.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:38:01 -0400

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady arrives at the Manhattan Federal Courthouse in New YorkThe National Football League and its players union failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension despite weeks of talks, leaving a federal judge to resolve the issue in the coming days. Following a final round of unsuccessful private discussions, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said at a brief court hearing on Monday that he will likely decide whether to uphold or throw out the suspension within one or two days. The Patriots open their season on Sept. 10 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:32:57 -0400

Shaquille O'Neal (L) and Kobe Bryant, pictured during the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, have buried the hatchet in an online podcast where both men addressed their long-running feudFormer Los Angeles Lakers team-mates and one-time bitter rivals Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have buried the hatchet in an online podcast released on Monday where both men addressed their long-running feud. O'Neal and Bryant's tense relationship was a staple of NBA debate for years during the Lakers successful period of dominance in the early 2000s, when the team won three championships and lost a fourth. O'Neal eventually moved to the Miami Heat in 2004 while Bryant remained at the Lakers, where he continues to play as his career draws to a close.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:43:49 -0400

New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady leaves the federal courthouse in New York City, on August 31, 2015New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to federal court Monday but a hearing adjourned without a settlement or resolution to the "Deflate-gate" controversy, meaning a judge is expected to rule on the issue later this week. US District Judge Richard Berman had ordered the hearing for a status report on his request that sides make renewed efforts at a settlement. Goodell suspended Brady for four games over the controversy, which centered around footballs for the American Conference finals playoff game being found to be inflated below NFL minimum levels.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:36:38 -0400

MLB: New York Yankees at Atlanta BravesBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A 60-year-old man who plummeted to his death from the upper deck of the Atlanta Braves' baseball stadium on Saturday died of blunt force trauma, a medical investigator said Monday, but the cause of his fall has not been determined. Gregory Murrey fell headfirst about 40 feet (12 meters) during a sell-out game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. The Georgia man's death remains under investigation, and it could take six to eight weeks for a toxicology report to be completed, said Mark Ruffin, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:02:35 -0400

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Arizona Diamondbacks(The Sports Xchange) - Oakland's Pat Venditte took a piece of history away from his first Major League victory Sunday. The switch pitcher threw two scoreless innings in the Athletics' 7-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Field, benefiting when shortstop Marcus Semien's two-run single broke a tie with two outs in the 11th inning. "To get this first one was very special," Venditte said.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:41:21 -0400

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers(Reuters) - Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw his first career no-hitter, finishing off the milestone in grand style by striking out the Los Angeles Dodgers in order in the ninth inning for a 2-0 win on Sunday. The right-hander also became the first 17-game winner in Major League Baseball this season by striking out Dodgers Justin Turner, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in a rousing finale. Arrieta (17-6) had 14 strikeouts and only two runners reached base as the Cubs improved to 74-55.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:41:01 -0400

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays(The Sports Xchange) - Russell Martin has been on postseason teams before but the Toronto Blue Jays catcher said after a 9-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday that this team might be on the way to doing something really big. "If this isn't the feel of a championship team, I don't know what is," said Martin, who hit a two-run homer. Encarnacion, who hit three home runs and equaled the club record with nine RBIs on Saturday, went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch on Sunday.

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:33:35 -0400

Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Los AngelesChicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, the sixth no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season. Arrieta's pitching masterclass -- the first Cubs no-hitter in seven years -- made the 29-year-old the major leagues leader in victories. It was the first Cubs no-hitter since Carlos Zambrano achieved the feat in 2008 against the Houston Astros.

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:39:41 -0400
Aug 31 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (2) Jason Day (Australia) 4459 2. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 4169 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 3167 4. (41) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 2152 5. (11) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 2049 6. (7) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 2028 7. (4) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 2020 8. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 1956 9. (6) Robert Streb (U.S.) 1838 10. (10) Danny Lee (New Zealand) 1709 11. (18) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 1671 12. (8) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1623 13. (17) Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 1614 14. (20) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 1605 15. (9) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1567 16. (12) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 1544 17. ...
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:21:41 -0400
By Larry Fine EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Jason Day had made a habit of getting close to the big victory, but now that the Australian is closing the deal on the golf course he has joined Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the top of the game. Day's massive six-stroke romp to victory at The Barclays on Sunday gave him three wins in his last four events, including the PGA Championship for his maiden major, and sent him to first place in the FedExCup playoff standings. The 27-year-old Day, who has battled illness and injuries over the seasons, felt a turning point at this year's British Open, where he finished one-shot short of a playoff at St. Andrews and has been unstoppable since.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:51:50 -0400
(Reuters) - Kris Tamulis emerged from obscurity for a surprise one-stroke victory at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on Sunday. The 10-year LPGA veteran edged fellow American Austin Ernst and Taiwan's Yani Tseng at the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville, Alabama. Tamulis piled up 12 birdies and a bogey in her final 29 holes for her first career victory.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:27:50 -0400

PGA: PGA Championship - First Round(Reuters) - Two-times major champion John Daly said on Sunday that he was "still very sore" after collapsing during a minor tournament in Mississippi. Daly was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after collapsing as he walked off the 18th tee at Deerfield Golf Club north of Jackson on Saturday.

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:20:58 -0400
Two-times major champion John Daly said on Sunday that he was "still very sore" after collapsing during a minor tournament in Mississippi. Daly was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after collapsing as he walked off the 18th tee at Deerfield Golf Club north of Jackson on Saturday.