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July 31, 2014 - 5:53pm
5 min 17 sec ago

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Johnny Lujack's granddaughter says the former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears star is in good spirits after spinal surgery.

A spokeswoman for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says the 89-year-old former quarterback was doing "very well" Thursday. Amy Flanagan says her grandfather is in good spirits.

She said he had spinal stenosis that was causing numbness. She said he was brought from Genesis Medical Center in his hometown...

July 31, 2014 - 5:49pm
5 min 16 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Stuck in limbo between contending and conceding, the Kansas City Royals opted to stand pat as baseball's non-waiver trade deadline passed Thursday, even as several other teams pulled off splashy moves.

The Tigers, who led the Royals by 4 1/2 games in the AL Central at the start of the day, landed arguably the biggest coup in left-hander David Price. The Mariners and Yankees, neck-and-neck with Kansas City in the wild-card hunt, also were involved...

July 31, 2014 - 5:43pm
5 min 15 sec ago

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Thoroughbred Lavender Road has been euthanized after breaking her neck when she fell from heat stroke while leaving the paddock at Saratoga Race Course.

Dr. Travis Tull of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs says the 3-year-old filly suffered a fracture of the seventh cervical vertebrae in her neck Wednesday. She was euthanized Thursday.

Lavender Road was scratched from the race after jockey Junior...

July 31, 2014 - 5:34pm
5 min 14 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates struck out at the trade deadline yet general manager Neal Huntington remains bullish as the team pushes for a second straight playoff berth.

Huntington said "the right move was no move" after what he described as an "aggressive" pursuit to upgrade a roster that began Thursday two games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Huntington pointed to the impending return of outfielder Starling Marte and starting...

July 31, 2014 - 5:32pm
5 min 14 sec ago

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive end Brent Urban is done for the season after tearing his right ACL in practice.

The injury occurred during practice Wednesday. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that the fourth-round pick from Virginia was lost for the year.

Harbaugh says, "It's a clean tear. That's the positive."

Urban is no stranger to injury. He tore the ACL of his left knee before and had a bad...

July 31, 2014 - 5:30pm
5 min 14 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks selected infielder Andy Marte and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno on Thursday after making two trades.

Arizona traded third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees and sent outfielder Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee before the non-waiver trade deadline.

The 30-year-old Marte hit .330 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 102 games for Reno. In 302 games in six seasons in the majors with...

July 31, 2014 - 5:27pm
5 min 14 sec ago

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July 31, 2014 - 5:25pm
5 min 14 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams secondary doesn't have veteran leaders, high-dollar talent or big names.

However, those handling spots on the last line of defense are confident they won't be a liability.

Together, they'll try to dispel the notion the Rams are counting on one of the NFL's best pass rushes to keep the heat off the pass defenders.

While rebuilding, the Rams haven't been bashful about throwing rookies in there....

July 31, 2014 - 5:21pm
5 min 14 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins recalled first baseman Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain on Thursday.

Vargas, who turns 24 Friday, hit .281 with 17 doubles, 17 home runs and 63 RBIs in 97 games with New Britain. He has a career .288 average in the minors and has never played in the majors.

Vargas takes the roster spot of outfielder Sam Fuld, who was traded to Oakland for left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone. Milone will report to Triple...

July 31, 2014 - 5:16pm
5 min 14 sec ago

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is expected to report to training camp soon after being with his mother in the final days of her battle with breast cancer.

Coach Jason Garrett said Carr's mother, Kathy Carr, died Wednesday. Carr was with her in his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

Carr missed the first nine days of camp, and Garrett said he could report over the weekend. The team is off Friday before returning to practice...

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