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August 18, 2014 - 3:43pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old Leighton provides some organizational depth behind starter Corey Crawford and backup Antti Raanta. Barring injury, he could spend much of the year with Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford.

Leighton was drafted by Chicago in the sixth round of the 1999 draft and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in January 2003. He has a 35-41-14...

August 18, 2014 - 3:43pm
1 week 5 days ago

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Both of Minnesota's first-round draft picks have been part of the themes that emerged from the first two preseason games.

Vikings fans have eagerly chanted and cheered for Teddy Bridgewater. Anthony Barr has been a productive pass rusher.

Even if Bridgewater is the backup quarterback this year, he's still the featured acquisition. Barr, though, was selected 23 spots higher and could make a much bigger impact on the season....

August 18, 2014 - 3:42pm
1 week 5 days ago

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says tight end Braxton Deaver will miss the season after tearing a knee ligament.

Team officials said Deaver injured his right anterior cruciate ligament Monday.

Coach David Cutcliffe says the Blue Devils will "miss his presence on the field" but that "the priorities with Braxton right now shift to his health and spirit."

Deaver was one of the top targets for quarterback Anthony Boone. The redshirt senior...

August 18, 2014 - 3:33pm
1 week 4 days ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark rallied to defeat Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Monday night in the first round at the Connecticut Open.

Wozniacki got off to a sluggish start. A four-time champion of the New Haven tournament, the fourth-seeded Wozniacki lost the first three games of the match against Bacsinszky, a qualifier. Wozniacki battled back to even the set at 4-4. But Bacsinszky got a break of serve in the next game, and then closed out the...

August 18, 2014 - 3:18pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — On days Kyle Hendricks is on the mound, he can count on Javier Baez, his buddy from the minor leagues, for plenty of run support.

It's a combo beleaguered Cubs' fans can get excited about.

Hendricks and two relievers held New York to four or fewer hits for the fifth straight game, Baez and Anthony Rizzo homered, and Chicago rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday.

"When he's pitching and he got a good...

August 18, 2014 - 3:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has hired Peter O'Reilly as senior vice president of events.

O'Reilly served the past nine years in fan strategy and marketing for the league. He replaces Frank Supovitz, who left the NFL to form his own events company.

O'Reilly, 42, will be responsible for the execution of all events run by the league office, including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, draft, opening weekend season kickoff, international games and league business...

August 18, 2014 - 3:08pm
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS lead analyst Phil Simms is considering referring to the Redskins only as "Washington" when he broadcasts the team's game against the Giants next month.

Simms will work the Thursday night package the network acquired this season and will have Giants-Redskins in Week 4 on Sept. 25. He says "my very first thought is it will be 'Washington' the whole game."

Simms isn't taking sides in the debate over whether Washington's nickname is...

August 18, 2014 - 3:07pm
1 week 5 days ago

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Erick Vela hit a three-run, go-ahead homer and Mexico beat Australia 6-2 in the Little League World Series on Monday.

Trailing by two in the bottom of the fourth, Vela stepped to the plate with one out and men on second and third. He took the first pitch he saw deep to right field to put Mexico ahead by two.

On the mound for Mexico, Aldair Tellez pitched 5 2-3 innings and struck out 12 Australians.

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August 18, 2014 - 3:06pm
1 week 5 days ago

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ernie Cope will crew chief Chase Elliott next season at JR Motorsports.

Cope will replace Greg Ives at the end of the season. Ives is moving from JRM to Hendrick Motorsports to crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cope has been crew chief for JRM's part-time No. 5 Chevrolet, which has three wins this season with Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne.

Elliott is the current Nationwide Series points leader. He heads into Bristol Motor...

August 18, 2014 - 2:54pm
1 week 5 days ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — Margus Hunt got compared to a Russian boxer from "Rocky IV" when he arrived in the NFL. Two preseason games into his second season, he's forging his own identity.

The 6-foot-8, 290-pound Estonian has made several highlight-reel plays during the Cincinnati Bengals' first two preseason games. He shoved Chiefs tackle Jeff Linkenbach aside with one arm to get to the quarterback, and pushed through the Jets line to drop a running back for a loss....

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