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August 27, 2014 - 11:44am
13 min 24 sec ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali is seeking to move its African Cup of Nations qualifier out of Algeria over fears of violence.

Mali football federation spokesman Manfa Keita says the body has asked the African Football Confederation to move the Sept. 9 qualifier to a neutral destination after Algerian fans threw stones at a losing team last week, killing a Cameroonian player.

Games have been suspended in Algeria for the next month and the stadium has been...

August 27, 2014 - 11:37am
13 min 24 sec ago

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Former major league baseball player Jose Offerman is appealing a federal court order that he pay $940,000 to a catcher injured during a minor league brawl in 2007.

A jury last month awarded the money to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who says he suffered career-ending injuries when Offerman hit him in the head with a bat. Photos show a bat-wielding Offerman charging the mound after being hit by a pitch. But he denies...

August 27, 2014 - 11:27am
13 min 24 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins is the WNBA's Most Improved Player of the Year.

The league announced Wednesday that Diggins received 29 of a possible 38 votes from a panel of national and local sports writers and broadcasters.

The No. 3 overall pick out of Notre Dame in 2013, Diggins averaged 8.5 points as a rookie. Her scoring average jumped to 20.1 this season, second-best in the league. She also averaged 5.0 assists, fourth in the...

August 27, 2014 - 10:41am
13 min 24 sec ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police documents say two Brown University football players investigated in an alleged sexual assault talked about a third player's involvement.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) search warrant affidavits for the players' cellphones were filed in a Rhode Island court and disclosed the alleged involvement of a third player.

A Providence County grand jury Monday declined to indict the two players, who were...

August 27, 2014 - 10:01am
13 min 23 sec ago
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August 27, 2014 - 10:01am
13 min 23 sec ago
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August 27, 2014 - 9:47am
13 min 23 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person close to the situation says the IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is scheduled to take part in a press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race.

The...

August 27, 2014 - 8:28am
13 min 23 sec ago

MONACO (AP) — Real Madrid's Champions League title defense takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years.

Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw. However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups.

Five-time winner Liverpool will make its first...

August 27, 2014 - 8:20am
13 min 23 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Neil Warnock has been hired by Crystal Palace for his second spell as the manager of the Premier League club.

Palace has been without a manager since Tony Pulis quit two days before the start of the new season.

The 65-year-old Warnock, who has signed a two-year deal, spent 2½ years at Palace from 2007-10. He has been without work since leaving Leeds in April 2013.

Warnock has coached 13 clubs since 1980 and has...

August 27, 2014 - 8:07am
13 min 23 sec ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Wladimir Klitschko's management says his heavyweight title defense against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 in Hamburg.

The fight was originally slated for Sept. 6 but had to be postponed after Klitschko tore a bicep in sparring and was forced to miss four weeks of training.

The Bulgarian challenger is undefeated in 20 fights, with 11 knockouts.

Klitschko's record is...

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