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July 24, 2014 - 8:07pm
6 min 7 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic will have all three of their draft picks in training camp following the signing of second-round pick Devyn Marble.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan announced the signing of the 56th pick Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. Marble joins fellow Magic first-round selections Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, who have already signed contracts.

Orlando picked up the extra pick on draft night, along with Evan Fournier...

July 24, 2014 - 7:56pm
6 min 7 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.

The Los Angeles Clippers star was one of 19 players selected to the roster from which the World Cup team will be chosen.

Griffin said Thursday that he wants to dedicate all his energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming NBA season.

July 24, 2014 - 7:52pm
6 min 7 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard withdrew Thursday from the Citi Open next week.

Tournament officials didn't provide a reason for Bouchard's decision to pull out of the Washington event. She hasn't played on tour since losing to Petra Kvitova in the final at Wimbledon on July 5.

Ranked No. 7 in the world, the 20-year-old Canadian has made three previous appearances in the Washington event.

Wimbledon...

July 24, 2014 - 7:34pm
6 min 7 sec ago

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says the new training camp setup at the Greenbrier resort is "pretty amazing," and that a change in environment should be a good thing.

Payton, speaking after the team reported for camp on Thursday, says he's also pleased the list of players not healthy enough to participate in Friday's first practice is a short one.

Payton declined to specifically address safety Jairus Byrd's...

July 24, 2014 - 7:19pm
6 min 7 sec ago

MONTREAL (AP) — Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.

Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Stanley were a stroke back, and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Nick Watney and Robert Allenby topped the group at 66.

Two-time champion Jim Furyk and Canadian David Hearn shot 67, and defending champion Brandt Snedeker...

July 24, 2014 - 7:01pm
6 min 7 sec ago

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Qualifying medalists Sam Horsfield and Sean Crocker each won two matches Thursday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals at The Club at Carlton Woods.

The 17-year-old Horsfield, from England, beat South Korea's Won Jun Lee 3 and 2 in the second round, and topped Australia's Zach Murray 1 up in the third.

The 17-year-old Crocker, from Zimbabwe, beat John Augenstein of Owensboro, Kentucky, 3 and 2, and...

July 24, 2014 - 6:56pm
6 min 6 sec ago

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is ready to push its Sugar Bowl upset over Alabama into the past.

The Sooners appear to be in position to contend for a national title, with significant experience returning and a strong freshman class. They start practice Aug. 5 in preparation for the Aug. 30 opener against Louisiana Tech.

Oklahoma should to be especially strong on defense, where 11 players with at least five career starts return from a unit that led...

July 24, 2014 - 6:55pm
6 min 6 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stanford has played in four straight major bowl games and the past two Rose Bowls, building a resilient football power at an improbable place.

The Cardinal's reward for all that consistency this week? They were picked to finish second behind Oregon in the Pac-12 North Division yet again.

Yet Stanford coach David Shaw doesn't perceive any slight in the preseason conference media poll. He believes it's a testament to the overall...

July 24, 2014 - 6:54pm
6 min 7 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija more run support Thursday than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.

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July 24, 2014 - 6:46pm
36 min 8 sec ago

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed former All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson as a free agent.

Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't released, but it is reportedly a one-year contract for the team's salary cap exception of $2.7 million.

Nelson spent his first 10 seasons with Orlando after the Magic acquired his rights from Denver, which took him with the 20th overall pick in 2004. The 32-year-old has career averages of 12.6 points...

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