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August 28, 2014 - 8:07pm
7 min 33 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former USOC executive director Harvey Schiller has been hired to oversee all business aspects of the America's Cup.

Schiller was named commercial commissioner, a new role in the competition for the oldest trophy in international sports. He will be responsible for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America's Cup.

Schiller says in a statement that organizers must translate the excitement from...

August 28, 2014 - 8:06pm
7 min 33 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green is donating $1 million to Georgetown's new athletic center.

The university announced the gift from the former Hoyas star on Thursday, Green's 28th birthday. He helped lead Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007 and was the No. 5 overall pick in the NBA draft that year.

Green's donation will go toward the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center, which is named after the former Hoyas Hall...

August 28, 2014 - 8:03pm
7 min 33 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Playing doubles for the first time since her odd, three-game appearance at Wimbledon, Serena Williams teamed with older sister Venus to win a match at the U.S. Open.

Bidding for their 14th Grand Slam doubles title, but first at Flushing Meadows since 2009, the siblings beat seventh-seeded Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (0), 6-7 (4), 6-1 on Thursday in the first round.

On July 1, in the second round of Wimbledon doubles,...

August 28, 2014 - 7:52pm
7 min 33 sec ago
At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
New York
Purse: $38.3 million (Grand Slam)
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Second Round

Kei Nishikori (10), Japan, def. Pablo Andujar, Spain, 6-4, 6-1, retired.

Philipp Kohlschreiber (22), Germany, def. Michael Llodra, France, 6-2...

August 28, 2014 - 7:50pm
7 min 33 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has selected 10 players from this year's World Cup team to play against the Czech Republic next Wednesday.

Such stars as Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley are not on the roster as Klinsmann brings a mixture of youngsters and veterans to Prague. Howard is taking a one-year-sabbatical from the national team.

It's the first game for the U.S. since losing 2-1 to Belgium in the second round of the...

August 28, 2014 - 7:46pm
7 min 33 sec ago

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Ryan Blaum shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take the lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four events in the Tour Finals.

Blaum had a bogey-free round at Sycamore Hills. The 30-year-old former Duke player finished 31st on the Tour's regular-season money list.

The top 25 players on the Tour money list earned PGA Tour cards last week. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour...

August 28, 2014 - 7:44pm
7 min 33 sec ago

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins hurt his ribs after being struck in the side during the first quarter of Buffalo's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Watkins was hurt on Buffalo's second possession, when he cut in from the right side on a slant pattern. Quarterback EJ Manuel never looked Watkins off and was a little late on the throw. Watkins reached out to knock down the ball, when he was hit by linebacker Ashlee...

August 28, 2014 - 7:35pm
7 min 32 sec ago

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers' first home football game in the Big Ten Conference is sold out.

The university announced Thursday that tickets for the Sept. 13 matchup against Penn State are no longer available.

Athletic Director Julie Hermann also announced that a record 30,927 season tickets have been sold and there are no more available. Small quantities of single-game tickets are still available for fans who want to attend the Michigan and...

August 28, 2014 - 7:32pm
7 min 32 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — She might have been out-hit by Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, but Vania King hit all the right notes at her news conference afterward.

King, a 25-year-old based in Florida, studied music as a kid. In 2006, she performed "America the Beautiful" in Arthur Ashe Stadium before a tournament night session.

So following King's 6-1, 6-0 loss the top-ranked Williams in that same arena Thursday, a member of the media put forth this question...

August 28, 2014 - 7:31pm
7 min 32 sec ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will have to watch games on the league's new network for opening week.

The SEC announced on its Twitter page Thursday that Slive had successful back surgery two days earlier. The league says he had experienced back pain for several weeks and that Slive will watch games from home this weekend.

The 74-year-old Slive has been commissioner since July 2002. He helped spearhead the...

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