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August 20, 2014 - 6:44am
12 min 50 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has rejected Barcelona's appeal against one-year transfer ban as punishment for repeatedly breaching transfer regulations in signing youth players.

The ban on signing any players will apply for all of 2015, covering the January and summer transfer windows. Because Barcelona appealed, the punishment was frozen during the current transfer window, which closes on Sept. 1 and allowed them to sign striker Luis Suarez.

FIFA found the...

August 20, 2014 - 6:32am
12 min 50 sec ago

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation against the new Italian football federation president over an alleged racist comment.

Carlo Tavecchio won the vote last week despite causing a stir over a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy.

UEFA says the 71-year-old Tavecchio has been informed by its chief ethics and disciplinary inspector of the decision to open a "disciplinary...

August 20, 2014 - 5:12am
12 min 50 sec ago

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin swam in a local pool to test her injured back on Wednesday and is still hopeful of competing at the Pan Pacific championships.

The 19-year-old American had back spasms during practice Tuesday, two days before the meet was due to begin.

The U.S. team issued a statement Wednesday saying Franklin swam at a local pool and tested her back "with minimal discomfort," adding that her status...

August 20, 2014 - 4:07am
12 min 50 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs played 4 1/2 innings in 6 hours, 9 minutes. And when the game was finally called early Wednesday morning, they still hoped to play some more.

An unplayable field following a downpour led to the game being called off at 1:16 a.m. The teams had played just enough on Tuesday night for the Cubs to earn a rain-shortened 2-0 victory.

The field conditions got so bad partly because the grounds crew...

August 20, 2014 - 3:21am
12 min 49 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something stunning happening on Michael Vick's head.

You can't see them from far away, but up close, tiny gray hairs are starting to emerge — color-sapped reminders that the New York Jets quarterback is no longer the speedy youngster fresh out of Virginia Tech.

He turned 34 in June, making him "old" in today's NFL. During minicamp in June, Vick even had a young fullback address him as "sir" in the huddle.

August 20, 2014 - 3:00am
12 min 49 sec ago


Cincinnati at St. Louis, 6:15 p.m.

San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.


Burlington at Kane County, 2 p.m.

Beloit at Peoria, 7:30 p.m.

Quad Cities at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m.

August 20, 2014 - 2:57am
12 min 49 sec ago

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide



Real Madrid's new signing James Rodriguez scores as the reigning European champion is held to a 1-1 home draw by city rival and Spanish league champion Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Super Cup.

August 20, 2014 - 2:35am
12 min 49 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field.

After a brief but heavy downpour, the game was delayed 4 hours, 34 minutes before it was called off at 1:16 a.m. Fewer than 1,000 fans remained.

When the rain and the...

August 20, 2014 - 2:23am
12 min 49 sec ago
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August 20, 2014 - 2:22am
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