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Deacon Jones: The man who brought sacks to life

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 6:24pm
Imagine if Mariano Rivera was not only the greatest closer in baseball history but had also invented the concept of the save. Or if Bob Cousy had come up with the word “assist.” See, Deacon Jones was more than a legendary defensive end, more than a pioneer. He helped invent professional football. He was an American original.When it comes down to it, these games we play are constantly evolving, rig...    

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Ohio St. prez retiring after jabs at Notre Dame

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:44pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University Gordon Gee (GHEE') is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics and the Southeastern Conference.The university announced Tuesday that Gee is retiring as of July 1.Gee made the joking remarks to the university's Athletic Council in December during an update on Big Ten expansion. The recorded c...    

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Yankees fan says he's 111, but has no proof of age

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:16pm
NEW YORK (AP) - A baseball fan who says he's 111 years old and was saluted by the New York Yankees on the field this weekend has no proof of his age. Bernando LaPallo chatted with Yankees star Derek Jeter before Saturday night's game against Boston. The Arizona resident playfully calls himself the Yankees' oldest fan. But a consultant with Guinness World Records who specializes in validating the a...    

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Janzen disqualified for wearing metal spikes

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:16pm
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (AP) -Two-time champion Lee Janzen has been knocked out of U.S. Open qualifying for wearing metal spikes at a golf course that doesn't allow them.Janzen was at Woodmont Country Club for a 36-hole qualifier and opened with a 75 on the North course when it was discovered he was wearing metal spikes.All players were informed in a May 20 letter from the Michael Cumberpatch of the M...    

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Federer loses to Tsonga in French Open quarters

Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:16pm
PARIS (AP) - By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly.The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost Tuesday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three major events, but only the fifth time in the past nine years at a Grand Slam tournament. Tsonga was respons...    

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Nadal stumbles through to French Open third round

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 9:35am
PARIS (Reuters) - Defending champion Rafa Nadal stuttered for the second time so far at the French Open before moving through to the third round with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Martin Klizan on Friday.The Spaniard, looking for his eighth Roland Garros title, looked ill at ease as fellow left hander Klizan came out swinging and dropped the first set before raising his game enough to ...    

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Schwartzel takes lead at Memorial

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 9:09pm
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Charl Schwartzel made sure one hole didn't ruin an entire round Thursday in the Memorial.Schwartzel hit the ball so consistently well at Muirfield Village that the former Masters champion twice had stretches of four straight birdies. And when he made a double bogey with an 8-iron in hand and his ball on a tee toward the end of the round, he got rid of that bad taste with one la...    

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Schwartzel takes early lead at Memorial

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 4:11pm
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Charl Schwartzel didn't want to see a good round go to waste. A birdie on his final hole Thursday in the Memorial allowed him to feel good about his game, and it gave him the early lead.Schwartzel bounced back from a double bogey on the par-3 eighth hole with one last birdie for a 7-under 65. That gave him a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy among the early starters on a muggy da...    

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Djokovic beats Pella to reach 3rd round at French

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 3:55pm
PARIS (AP) - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic easily beat Argentina's Guido Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 at the French Open on Thursday to set up a third-round match against rising star Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.Djokovic has won every Grand Slam title except the French Open and has made this year's tournament his priority. The Serb lost last year's rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros to Spaniard Rafael Nada...    

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Mayweather announces Alvarez fight on Twitter

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 2:53am
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather will fight young Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand."I chose my opponent for September 14th and it's Canelo Alvarez," Mayweather said Wednesday night on Twitter. "I'm giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand." Alvarez sent a tweet in Spanish announcing the fight. The 36-year-old Mayweather is unbeaten in 44 fights, the last...    

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Russian Daredevil B.A.S.E. jumps from Mount Everest

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:29am
We've seen some exceptional feats in climbing Mount Everest since Sir Edmund Hillary first reached the summit of the world's tallest peak 60 years ago.But how about jumping off of it?That's what Russian daredevil Valery Rozov did on May 5, nearly 60 years to the day following Hillary's historic summit.At nearly 4.5 miles above sea level, Rozov completed the highest B.A.S.E. jump of all-time by jum...    

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Former player backs up allegations against Hermann

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:29am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee volleyball player has written a blog post backing up her teammates' accusations that incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann abused them verbally and emotionally during her coaching tenure in the 1990s.On her blog (www.erinzammettruddy.com), Erin Zammett Ruddy wrote Wednesday that the players held a meeting after the 1996 season to figure out why...    

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Orioles 9, Nationals 6

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:29am
BALTIMORE (AP) - A night that began with three home runs in three at-bats ended in disappointment for Ryan Zimmerman, who derived little satisfaction from the most spectacular performance of his big league career.Zimmerman had his first three-homer game, but it wasn't enough to keep the Washington Nationals from dropping a 9-6 decision to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.Zimmerman hit solo...    

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Mets 9, Yankees 4

Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:29am
NEW YORK (AP) - Once the Subway Series rolled around, the New York Mets got on the right track.Challenged by fed-up manager Terry Collins, slumping infielders Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada sparked a five-run first inning that kept the Mets sailing along in this surprising set with a 9-4 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night.Tejada hit a leadoff single, Davis drove in two runs and the fourth-pla...    

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Federer advances to 3rd round at French Open

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:01pm
PARIS (AP) - Roger Federer walked onto Court Suzanne Lenglen, smiled when greeted with applause and looked up into the stands, where three youngsters waved a banner that read, "Roger 4 Ever."Forever? Probably not, but Federer easily outlasted qualifier Somdev Devvarman in the second round of the French Open, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday.As a sign of his staying power, Federer moved ahead of Bud...    

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Djokovic rolls through 1st round at French Open

Wed, 05/29/2013 - 2:24am
PARIS (Reuters) - After fickle Parisian weather and the exploits of a French heroine kept Novak Djokovic waiting to make his bow at Roland Garros on Tuesday, the world number one began his quest to complete his grand slam collection in style with victory over David Goffin. Home favorite Marian Bartoli saved two match points in a rain-interrupted three-hour triumph against Olga Govortsova, rewardin...    

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Nike cuts ties to Lance Armstrong's Livestrong cancer charity

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 7:33pm
With Nike's help, Lance Armstrong's Livestrong cancer charity turned a little yellow wristband into a global symbol for cancer survivors. Celebrities and rock stars sported them on stage. Politicians wore them on the campaign trail and in the White House. And with Armstrong dominating the Tour de France, the trendy little pieces of plastic helped Livestrong pump millions of dollars in cancer survi...    

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Vintage Spurs take Grizzlies to school

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:39pm
The minute the game ended, the very minute it ended, the Memphis Grizzlies players understood exactly what had just happened. They had been outclassed. That’s all. Great old players can do that to you.You know, when Muhammad Ali was getting old, he would steal rounds by fighting hard the last 10 or 15 seconds to leave an imprint on the judges' minds. You know, when Michael Jordan was getting old h...    

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Roland Garros hits harder than Venus

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 8:34pm
One of the great concepts in the movies, especially James Bond kind of movies, is the “hit someone in the back of the head with the butt of a gun” move. This tactic, if done properly, will knock the person out for precisely as long as necessary for the plot to progress. It is really convenient. You can just see the first set of Hollywood writers sitting there, stumped, thinking, “Well, we need thi...    

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Adrian Peterson says he's 'not with' gay marriage

Mon, 05/27/2013 - 2:15pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects. But on gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back says "that's not something I believe in."Peterson made his comments in a recent interview with Sirius/XM NFL radio. He was asked his thoughts on the Vikings cutting longtime punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for gay rights and...    

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