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August 21, 2014 - 12:18pm
3 hours 21 min ago

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Truck Series victory on Thursday, becoming the first father-son duo to do so.

Keselowski passed defending champion Kyle Busch with 75 laps to go and held off Busch's teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bob Keselowski won a Truck Series race at Richmond, Virginia, in 1997 after joining the series three years earlier during its inaugural season....

August 21, 2014 - 12:17pm
21 min 49 sec ago

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — John Isner's preparations for the U.S. Open hit a setback Thursday when a sprained ankle forced him to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open hours before his quarterfinal.

Isner, seeded 13th for next week's tournament at Flushing Meadows, was to have played Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.

At No. 15, Isner is the highest-ranked American in the U.S. Open. He is to face Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion, in the...

August 21, 2014 - 12:16pm
8 hours 21 min ago

SPA, Belgium (AP) — All eyes will be on Mercedes at the Belgian Grand Prix as the increasingly tense rivalry between championship leader Nico Rosberg and teammate Lewis Hamilton resumes following a summer break.

Tensions reached boiling point at last month's Hungarian GP, when Hamilton expressed outrage at being told to allow Rosberg through in a thrilling race. Hamilton refused team orders, invariably costing Rosberg victory, and only 11 points separate the two....

August 21, 2014 - 12:01pm
8 hours 31 min ago

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Luis Suarez has been left off a preliminary list of players for Uruguay's international friendly matches next month against Japan and South Korea, even though he was eligible to play after his biting ban was softened.

Suarez is banned from Uruguay's next eight competitive matches for biting an opponent during the World Cup, meaning he will miss next year's Copa America and some World Cup qualifiers.

However, the Switzerland...

August 21, 2014 - 11:54am
6 hours 51 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year.

The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC.

Leiweke, who joined the group in April 2013, says he plans to own and operate his own business.

In his short tenure, Leiweke helped Toronto land the 2016 NBA all-...

August 21, 2014 - 11:35am
8 hours 51 min ago

SPA, Belgium (AP) — American driver Alexander Rossi will make his Formula One debut for Marussia at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, replacing Max Chilton during his contractual problems.

The team says the 22-year-old Rossi will race alongside Jules Bianchi until Chilton's contractual issues are resolved.

Rossi joined Marussia as a reserve driver ahead of last month's Hungarian GP.

Team principal John Booth says "we are pleased...

August 21, 2014 - 11:14am
8 hours 51 min ago

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis' latest start has drawn record television ratings for the Little League World Series.

ESPN said Thursday her team's game earned the highest ever preliminary rating for the event on the network. The 8-1 loss by Davis' Philadelphia squad to Las Vegas on Wednesday night received a 3.4 overnight rating, up 143 percent from the corresponding game last year.

The 13-year-old Davis rose to a national...

August 21, 2014 - 10:48am
8 hours 51 min ago

PARIS (AP) — The principle, beautiful in its simplicity, motivates players in open leagues everywhere, be they school kids or hardened pros: Play well enough through the season to finish top or near the top of the division and the end reward will be promotion to bigger and better things.

So the players of Luzenac, an unheralded team from the lush foothills of the jagged French Pyrenees mountains, felt they'd reached the promised land when they secured promotion from the...

August 21, 2014 - 10:31am
9 hours 11 min ago

BRUNICO, Italy (AP) — Italian skier Manfred Moelgg could miss the entire Alpine skiing season because of serious right leg injury.

The Italian ski federation says the 32-year-old Moelgg had surgery after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in training. The federation says he intends to return to competitive racing.

Moelgg won bronze in the giant slalom at the 2013 world championships, a race won by Ted Ligety of the United States. Ligety is favored...

August 21, 2014 - 10:15am
9 hours 11 min ago
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Tampa Bay at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

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