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April 10, 2014 - 4:13pm
1 week 2 days ago

SEATTLE (AP) — A group of students helping make an anti-bullying video at Safeco Field on Thursday were surprised by Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez and Seattle rapper Macklemore.

The students from Highland Middle School in Bellevue thought they were making the public service announcement with the Mariner Moose.

But after the Moose "flubbed" his lines a couple of times, Hernandez came on in relief. Then the group was joined by Macklemore at home...

April 10, 2014 - 4:04pm
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April 10, 2014 - 3:58pm
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ZURICH (AP) — Mark Geiger and Jurgen Klinsmann are in similar spots as they prepare for the World Cup. Both need a good opening match if they want to progress to the knockout rounds.

Geiger is trying to become the first American referee to advance from the World Cup group stage.

Klinsmann coaches the U.S., and his first challenge is June 16 against Ghana. Germany and Portugal complete Group G.

Geiger is the first American...

April 10, 2014 - 3:56pm
1 week 2 days ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Take it from the Cincinnati Reds: Michael Wacha's breakout postseason was no fluke.

In his first two starts for the St. Louis Cardinals, the 6-foot-6 right-hander has stared down one of the National League's top lineups. Just like last fall, he's been impervious to pressure, too.

After the Reds mustered a single run in 12 2-3 frustrating innings against the 22-year-old Wacha, Jay Bruce said it was like facing a carbon copy of...

April 10, 2014 - 3:48pm
1 week 2 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia will miss the rest of the season after causing a tear in his left shoulder while trying to make a diving catch.

An MRI taken Thursday at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center revealed a torn labrum. He is scheduled to have surgery next week.

"Obviously, it's lousy," Chicago general manager Rick Hahn said. "It stinks for the kid, who is crushed right now. He's very disappointed. He was hoping this...

April 10, 2014 - 3:43pm
1 week 2 days ago

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Jon Horford is planning to transfer for his final season of basketball eligibility.

The school announced Horford's decision Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 Horford averaged 3.8 points per game this season, helping the Wolverines win the Big Ten despite losing big man Mitch McGary to a back injury. It's not clear whether McGary will return to school next season or go to the NBA.

If McGary does not come...

April 10, 2014 - 3:41pm
1 week 2 days ago

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says versatile senior quarterback Brandon Connette is transferring closer to his home in California.

Coach David Cutcliffe made the announcement Thursday.

Connette's mother was diagnosed with cancer in December and he was granted a leave of absence from the team before its bowl game to be with her.

He says being away during her fight "has been the most difficult thing I've ever had to endure," Cutcliffe...

April 10, 2014 - 3:31pm
1 week 2 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use. He insists he didn't pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret.

Armstrong's testimony came in written answers to questions in a lawsuit that was settled in late 2013. The documents were filed this week in a federal whistle-blower lawsuit over his team's sponsorship with the U.S. Postal Service that could result in...

April 10, 2014 - 3:28pm
1 week 2 days ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he has been "reassured" by Brazil's president that the country will be ready to host the World Cup.

Blatter said in a statement he had "another very positive phone conversation" with Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. She told him that "all will be in place to welcome the teams and the fans" at the World Cup in nine weeks.

Rousseff's press office said she was told by Blatter that he is "certain" the World...

April 10, 2014 - 3:28pm
1 week 2 days ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use, insisting he didn't pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret.

The testimony came in written answers to questions in a lawsuit that was settled in late 2013. The previously undisclosed documents were filed this week as part of the federal whistle-blower lawsuit over his team's sponsorship by the U.S. Postal Service...

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