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July 29, 2014 - 6:33am
6 min 56 sec ago

MILAN (AP) — The 2015 Giro d'Italia will start with a team time trial from San Lorenzo al Mare to Sanremo along a cycle path down the Ligurian coast.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the region of Liguria will host the first three stages of the Italian Grand Tour.

It will be the first time that a stage in a Grand Tour will take place entirely on a cycle path, with the 18-kilometer (11-mile) opening leg on the stunning Riviera dei Fiori course built...

July 29, 2014 - 6:23am
6 min 56 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.

The California-based International Surfing Association says the island nation in the Indian Ocean has become its 86th member as part of a drive to promote the sport in Africa.

In a statement, the world surfing body says Madagascar offers more than 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) of coastline that have been largely unexplored by the global surfing community.

Blair Rogers...

July 29, 2014 - 6:07am
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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tim Howard will keep doubling as an English Premier League goalkeeper and TV announcer.

The U.S. star will work up to 10 games for NBC Sports Group during the upcoming season on days his EPL team, Everton, isn't playing. He will either serve as a game commentator in the booth or as an on-site studio analyst for high-profile matches.

Howard did seven games for NBCSN last season, and the network announced Tuesday that it signed...

July 29, 2014 - 5:44am
6 min 56 sec ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The Commonwealth Games Federation says Nigerian female weightlifting gold medalist Chika Amalaha has failed a doping test.

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper says Tuesday that Amalaha tested positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning gold in the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last Friday.

The backup "B'' sample will be tested on Wednesday.

July 29, 2014 - 4:31am
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Ice Arena at the University of Illinois won't be able to open until at least mid-September because of mechanical problems. That will leave the school's popular club hockey team looking for a new temporary home.

Coach Nick Fabbrini tells The News-Gazette ( ) that he is looking at rinks in Bloomington, Danville, Kankakee and Chicago for sites for practices and possibly games. The team is scheduled to open its season Sept. 19...

July 29, 2014 - 3:06am
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ATLANTA (AP) — Claude Humphrey wishes he could have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame "a long time ago where I could have actually enjoyed it more."

Even so, there's a bonus for Humphrey, the former standout defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Now that he's 70, it's the perfect time for Humphrey's 12-year-old grandson to savor the honor with him.

Humphrey's daughter, Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, will make the introductory...

July 29, 2014 - 3:05am
6 min 56 sec ago

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide



A judge approves the record-setting $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, as Donald Sterling loses his bid to block the sale made by his estranged wife.



July 29, 2014 - 1:31am
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July 29, 2014 - 1:12am
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed.

Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon. It was only later, when she was able to clear her head, that she realized the seriousness of her situation.

"It was interesting...

July 29, 2014 - 1:00am
6 min 56 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vance Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first career shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a 5-0 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Worley (4-1) struck out three and walked one. His only other complete game came in a 7-2 win over the Giants on July 26, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Four players drove in a run off Bumgarner (12-8) in the first, and Josh Harrison hit his...

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