State & National News

July 31, 2014 - 6:33am
1 hour 29 min ago

TOKYO (AP) — Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup.

The 22-year-old Neymar is on promotional trip to Tokyo, where he will film a commercial for a Japanese mattress company. About 700 fans greeted him at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Thursday.

"It's all good. My back is improving. It's almost 100 percent," Neymar said. "I'm looking forward to joining my (...

July 31, 2014 - 6:33am
1 hour 29 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change a culture of hazing and inappropriate rituals among members when he was dismissed.

Jonathan Waters detailed the changes he was trying to make in a seven-page document prepared when the university began investigating allegations of problems with the band. His attorney released the document Wednesday night.

The university fired Waters last week...

July 31, 2014 - 6:25am
1 hour 29 min ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German amputee long jumper says he will not contest the decision to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships.

Paralympic champion Markus Rehm won the long jump at the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24 meters (27 feet, ½ inch).

But the German Athletics Federation left Rehm off the squad for the Aug. 12-17 Euros in Zurich, saying the athlete's carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair...

July 31, 2014 - 5:07am
1 hour 29 min ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.

Etoundi is due in court in Glasgow later Thursday after being arrested following an altercation early Wednesday morning.

The Cameroon-born Etoundi won the bronze medal in the 77-kilogram (170-pound) division on Sunday....

July 31, 2014 - 4:14am
1 hour 29 min ago

BERLIN (AP) — German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the year's first half, gaining froth from the beginning of the country's run to the soccer World Cup title.

The Federal Statistical Office said Thursday that German-based breweries sold 4.79 billion liters (1.27 billion gallons) of beer in the January-June period.

That was mainly the result of a 14 percent year-on-year increase in June, the month in which the World Cup started. Sales in June...

July 31, 2014 - 3:00am
1 hour 29 min ago
THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox at Detroit, 12:08 p.m.

Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 1:20 p.m.

St. Louis at San Diego, 2:40 p.m.

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Peoria at Beloit, 7 p.m.

Clinton at Quad Cities, 7 p.m.

Kane County at Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL...

July 31, 2014 - 1:47am
1 hour 29 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp has suddenly found his power, and it's helping keep the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West.

Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning after homering in consecutive games for the first time in over a year and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.

"Boy, is he locked in right now," Atlanta starter Alex Wood said.

Los...

July 31, 2014 - 1:38am
2 hours 59 min ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Jesse Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings and Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and drove in four runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-1 victory Wednesday night.

Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley, had four hits and the Padres tied their season high with 16. Yasmani Grandal was the only regular without a hit, although all eight starters scored at least one run...

July 31, 2014 - 12:08am
6 hours 9 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers could be idle at Thursday's trade deadline, with general manager Ned Colletti saying the team isn't close to making any deals.

He said Wednesday night they have been actively looking for pitching, but has found there is not much available. Starters Josh Beckett and Dan Haren have struggled recently.

Colletti tamped down speculation that the Dodgers are trying to trade right fielder Matt Kemp.

The...

July 30, 2014 - 11:51pm
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