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April 8, 2014 - 4:13pm
1 week 2 days ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — About 50 workers have gone on strike over unpaid salaries, according to a Brazilian soccer club that is renovating its stadium in Curitiba for the World Cup. Atletico Paranaense says Tuesday that the electrical technicians at the already-delayed Arena da Baixada in the southern city went on strike on Monday. The club says the strike is not significantly affecting renovation at the stadium, which has about 1,300 workers on-site.

Atletico says the company...

April 8, 2014 - 4:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer has accepted a wild card invitation to play in the Monte Carlo Masters after skipping the tournament for the past two years.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who lose three straight finals in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08, has not played in the tournament since 2011, when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals.

The 32-year-old Federer won his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a...

April 8, 2014 - 4:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer has accepted a wild card invitation to play in the Monte Carlo Masters after skipping the tournament for the past two years.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who lose three straight finals in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08, has not played in the tournament since 2011, when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals.

The 32-year-old Federer won his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a...

April 8, 2014 - 4:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer has accepted a wild card invitation to play in the Monte Carlo Masters after skipping the tournament for the past two years.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who lose three straight finals in Monte Carlo to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08, has not played in the tournament since 2011, when he lost to Jurgen Melzer in the quarterfinals.

The 32-year-old Federer won his first title of the year in Dubai, beating Novak Djokovic in a...

April 8, 2014 - 3:58pm
1 week 2 days ago

SYDNEY (AP) — The agent for five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery.

James Erskine said on Tuesday that Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm.

Erskine said that Thorpe's condition was "serious but not life-...

April 8, 2014 - 3:52pm
1 week 2 days ago

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Arnold Palmer never had an easy time winning majors until the last one.

This is the 50th anniversary of Palmer going wire to wire in the 1964 Masters to win by six shots, giving him a record four green jackets. It was his seventh major, significant because it tied him with some of the greats in the game: Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. Two more and he could have tied Ben Hogan. Four more majors would have put him alongside...

April 8, 2014 - 3:28pm
1 week 2 days ago

The road to a union for college athletes faces a long legal process.

Northwestern University has a Wednesday deadline to ask the National Labor Relations Board to review a decision classifying football players as employees of the university. That decision opened the door for players to let a union represent them.

Many legal experts believe the case could ultimately wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court, and it may take years to get there....

April 8, 2014 - 3:22pm
1 week 2 days ago

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will play in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, two days after being charged with drunk driving.

Valanciunas was not made available to reporters at Tuesday's practice, but Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri confirmed he will be in the lineup. The 21-year-old Lithuanian was arrested Monday in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. Police say they began investigating after a report that a vehicle went through a drive-...

April 8, 2014 - 3:13pm
1 week 2 days ago

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks fired president and general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday, a day after being eliminated from playoff contention.

Gillis took over as general manager from the fired Dave Nonis after the 2007-08 season. The Canucks advanced to the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals under Gillis before losing to Boston, and since then the team has been in a steady decline.

"The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's...

April 8, 2014 - 3:04pm
1 week 2 days ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri performed before NFL scouts aiming to demonstrate that his surgically repaired knee is healthy and that he made a good decision in skipping his senior season.

Sunseri, left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and guard Anthony Steen were among those performing in the Crimson Tide's second pro day Tuesday before a couple of dozen NFL scouts. Sunseri and Steen are returning from season-ending injuries.

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