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June 30, 2014 - 7:59pm
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American midfielder Joe Gyau is moving from Hoffenheim to Borussia Dortmund II, the club's reserve team in Germany's third division.

The transfer was announced Monday on Dortmund's website.

The 21-year-old from Silver Spring, Maryland, is a member of the U.S. under-23 team that failed to qualify for the London Olympics. He made his debut for Hoffenheim's first team Feb. 8, 2012, in a German Cup quarterfinal loss to Greuther Fuerth. He appeared in the...

June 30, 2014 - 7:50pm
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons say they won't pick up the team option on Chauncey Billups' contract for the 2014-15 season.

Coach Stan van Gundy says Monday's announcement was a hard one. He says the 37-year-old guard "will always be a valued member of the Detroit Pistons' family."

Owner Tom Gores says Billups has shown "leadership, dedication and excellence both on and off the court" and says he's confident Billups will have "a long...

June 30, 2014 - 7:13pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have recalled right-hander Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma to start Monday night against the Houston Astros in his season debut.

The 21-year-old Walker has been on the disabled list since March 29 with a right shoulder impingement. He made six starts for Tacoma, throwing a four-hitter in his last start on June 24 in a 2-0 win over Houston's Triple-A team, Oklahoma City.

Walker, a top prospect, made his major...

June 30, 2014 - 7:08pm
1 week 6 days ago

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area soccer player faces a felony assault charge on accusations he critically injured a referee when he punched him during an adult-league match.

Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad surrendered Monday and was arraigned in Livonia District Court a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. A judge set his bond at $500,000 and scheduled a probable-cause hearing July 10.

Defense lawyer Brian Berry tells The Associated...

June 30, 2014 - 6:49pm
1 week 6 days ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Tim Murray intends to take a modest approach in free agency, targeting veteran role players to augment the team's young roster.

That makes former Sabres captain Steve Ott a candidate to return to Buffalo once the NHL's signing period opens Tuesday. And it was partly the reason behind the Sabres' decision to buy out the remaining seven years of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff's contract.

Murray says Monday that...

June 30, 2014 - 6:47pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros said Monday that they have been the victims of hackers who accessed their servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.

"It was an illegal activity and we're going to pursue it and try and find out who did it and prosecute," general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

The team is working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to try who was responsible for the breach.

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June 30, 2014 - 6:32pm
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PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Germany beats Algeria 2-1 in extra time to set up World Cup quarterfinal match vs France.

June 30, 2014 - 6:24pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Manny Ramirez has been called everything from a World Series MVP to a cheater.

The disgraced slugger is hoping to add "mentor" to his resume.

The 42-year-old Ramirez, a two-time champion with Boston and a two-time offender of Major League Baseball's rules against performance-enhancing drugs, joined the Triple-A Iowa Cubs as a player/coach on Thursday after signing with Chicago in late May.

Ramirez is...

June 30, 2014 - 6:18pm
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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers announced Monday that they completed a compliance buyout of defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who was the team's No. 1 overall draft pick 20 years ago.

The buyout saves the Panthers about $4 million in salary-cap space heading into free agency. Jovanovski has been in the NHL for 18 seasons, parts of seven of those with Florida, where he has long been a fan favorite.

Jovanovski was on the Florida team that went to the...

June 30, 2014 - 6:15pm
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A former Texas Tech football player faces felony assault charges after he was accused of hitting one of the school's women's basketball players at the university's recreation center.

A Texas Tech Police Department offense report released Monday accuses freshman Nigel Bethel II of "causing serious bodily injury" by hitting Amber Battles on Saturday. The one-page report states the attack included "hands, fists, feet, etc."

Efforts...

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