State & National News

August 7, 2014 - 7:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The New England Patriots' preseason opener was a night off for Tom Brady.

The Patriots planned to start backup Ryan Mallett for Thursday night's game against the Washington Redskins.

Brady already had plenty of work against the Redskins this week. The two teams held three days of joint practices at Washington's training camp.

As expected, Redskins announced that receiver DeSean Jackson was not expected to...

August 7, 2014 - 7:13pm
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BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, while Michelle Wie withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65 at Blythefield Country Club.

"I was in a zone, I was really relaxed," Gal said. "I was talking a lot to my caddie and to...

August 7, 2014 - 7:10pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Boston Red Sox activated utilityman Kelly Johnson off the 15-day disabled list from a strained left groin and optioned rookie Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Johnson was not in the lineup Thursday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was acquired from the Yankees on the trade deadline for Stephen Drew and played two rehab games with Double-A Portland.

Johnson batted .219 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 77 games with New...

August 7, 2014 - 7:02pm
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps is trying to make the best of an opportunity to revive his football career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former University of Florida running back made his NFL debut last year, appearing in two games after joining the Bucs following the close of his track and field season.

The 24-year-old, who was called the fastest player in the league by coach Lovie Smith, subsequently decided to take up football...

August 7, 2014 - 6:58pm
1 week 5 days ago
East Division
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Washington4426.629
Evansville4126.612
Southern Illinois4228.6002
Lake Erie3832.5436
Florence2741.39716
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August 7, 2014 - 6:56pm
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Team New Zealand has formally challenged Team USA for sailing's America's Cup, submitting its entry ahead of Saturday's deadline for challenges.

Steve Burrett, commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, told its annual meeting Thursday that Team New Zealand will represent the RNZYS at the 35th America's Cup regatta. A venue for the event has yet to be decided.

The challenge had been submitted to San Francisco's...

August 7, 2014 - 6:35pm
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NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent kicker Kevin Goessling.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move Thursday, a day before Oakland's exhibition opener in Minnesota. The Raiders waived kicker and punter Michael Palardy with a non-football illness to make room on the roster.

Goessling participated on a tryout basis at Oakland's rookie mini-camp this past May. He played 52 games at Fresno State from 2008-11. He...

August 7, 2014 - 6:34pm
1 week 5 days ago

DENVER (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' future looks bright even if their present is a little disappointing.

Rookie Javier Baez hit two more homers and drove in four runs, leading Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs to a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Baez also had an RBI single in his third major league game. The touted prospect homered in his debut Tuesday, hitting a game-deciding shot in the 12th inning on the day he was...

August 7, 2014 - 6:31pm
1 week 5 days ago

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have hired former NBA star Tim Hardaway as an assistant coach.

Pistons coach and team president Stan Van Gundy announced the hiring Thursday. Hardaway, a five-time All-Star, averaged 17.7 points during an NBA career that lasted from 1989-2003.

Detroit also hired Malik Allen as an assistant coach, Jeff Nix as an assistant general manager and Quentin Richardson as director of player development. Jon Ishop...

August 7, 2014 - 6:30pm
1 week 5 days ago

EDEN, Utah (AP) — Defending champion Tom Danielson dropped Chris Horner in the final miles Thursday and easily won the fourth stage of the Tour of Utah to take the overall race lead.

After his Garmin-Sharp team put him in position at the base of Powder Mountain, Danielson showed his climbing legs on the roughly 6-mile ascent to the finish. He crossed the finish line with a 56-second lead over Ben Hermans and another second over Horner.

Those three...

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