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July 20, 2014 - 6:51pm
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Stopchargingmaria took command approaching the stretch and drew off impressively to capture the Grade 1 $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks by five lengths Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Already a multiple graded stakes winner, the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat became a millionaire with her first Grade 1 victory in the 1 1/8-mile race for sophomore fillies.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for owner Mike Repole,...

July 20, 2014 - 6:33pm
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says he's confident the NCAA will pass a proposal that will allow the five power conferences to make some of their own rules.

Speaking Sunday on the first day of his league's two-day media event, Swofford said he "will be surprised if it doesn't pass."

He says it "largely gives the power five conferences what we have been asking for" and will keep those schools "under what...

July 20, 2014 - 6:33pm
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have signed veteran tight end Nate Byham.

The 26-year-old Byham spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay after his first two seasons with San Francisco. Byham has 11 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in 29 games since the 49ers drafted him out of Pittsburgh in the sixth round in 2010. Last season, he had three catches for 38 yards in four games with the Buccaneers.

The Patriots have been seeking...

July 20, 2014 - 6:29pm
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July 20, 2014 - 6:23pm
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is missing the start of training camp after failing his conditioning test.

Coach Doug Marrone provided the update on Sunday, before the Bills' first practice in suburban Rochester. Marrone said trainers will work with Dareus to get him in shape so that he can be cleared for practice as soon as possible.

Marrone declined to say whether he's disappointed, but added he preferred his...

July 20, 2014 - 6:21pm
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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jameis Winston would rather look to the season ahead as the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for reigning national champion Florida State. He also knows he has to answer questions about his off-field conduct.

The sophomore said he understands "what it is to be a leader" and he's working to "hold myself to that standard."

Winston was investigated for sexual assault during last season. A prosecutor in Tallahassee, Florida,...

July 20, 2014 - 6:19pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy La Stella drove in three runs and Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer to back Alex Wood and help the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Sunday.

The Braves have won of five of seven and remained second in the NL East, one percentage point behind Washington.

Wood (7-7) allowed three hits and one run with eight strikeouts in six innings to win for the first time four starts.

The first five innings...

July 20, 2014 - 6:07pm
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July 20, 2014 - 6:03pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Loney had two hits and two RBIs and Chris Archer won consecutive decisions for the first time this season as the Tampa Bay Rays extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 5-3 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Archer (6-5) pitched 6 1-3 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits while walking two and striking out four. Rookie Kirby Yates got two outs in the ninth for his first career save.

July 20, 2014 - 6:01pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — Houston Astros outfielder George Springer did not play in the series finale against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday because of soreness in his right quad and right knee.

Springer hurt his knee earlier this month when he crashed into the wall to make a catch against the Texas Rangers.

Astros manager Bo Porter said that the day off was mostly precautionary and didn't appear to be concerned.

"You can say, 'Try to take...

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