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August 27, 2014 - 12:39pm
6 min 51 sec ago

RONDA, Spain (AP) — German rider John Degenkolb timed his final sprint perfectly to win a sunny fifth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Team Giant-Shimano rider broke free from the pack with 600 meters to go and crossed the line in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 47 seconds, just ahead of Nacer Bouhanni and Moreno Hofland who were on the same time.

It was the second successive Vuelta stage win for Degenkolb, and seventh of his career....

August 27, 2014 - 12:30pm
6 min 51 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.

In Steve Ballmer's first big move since taking over as the team's new owner last week, he has locked in Rivers through the 2019 season.

Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Rivers remains as the long-term leader of the team. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald...

August 27, 2014 - 12:25pm
6 min 51 sec ago

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Justin Leonard ordinarily would have played the final week of the PGA Tour's regular season, and this is one time he probably should have gone.

He likes the Wyndham Championship and typically plays well, having never missed the cut. And at No. 108 in the FedEx Cup, it would have been his last chance to improve his standing heading into the playoffs, where it's all about moving up the list and advancing to the next week.

But then...

August 27, 2014 - 11:44am
6 min 51 sec ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali is seeking to move its African Cup of Nations qualifier out of Algeria over fears of violence.

Mali football federation spokesman Manfa Keita says the body has asked the African Football Confederation to move the Sept. 9 qualifier to a neutral destination after Algerian fans threw stones at a losing team last week, killing a Cameroonian player.

Games have been suspended in Algeria for the next month and the stadium has been...

August 27, 2014 - 11:37am
6 min 51 sec ago

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Former major league baseball player Jose Offerman is appealing a federal court order that he pay $940,000 to a catcher injured during a minor league brawl in 2007.

A jury last month awarded the money to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who says he suffered career-ending injuries when Offerman hit him in the head with a bat. Photos show a bat-wielding Offerman charging the mound after being hit by a pitch. But he denies...

August 27, 2014 - 11:27am
6 min 51 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins is the WNBA's Most Improved Player of the Year.

The league announced Wednesday that Diggins received 29 of a possible 38 votes from a panel of national and local sports writers and broadcasters.

The No. 3 overall pick out of Notre Dame in 2013, Diggins averaged 8.5 points as a rookie. Her scoring average jumped to 20.1 this season, second-best in the league. She also averaged 5.0 assists, fourth in the...

August 27, 2014 - 10:41am
6 min 51 sec ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police documents say two Brown University football players investigated in an alleged sexual assault talked about a third player's involvement.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) search warrant affidavits for the players' cellphones were filed in a Rhode Island court and disclosed the alleged involvement of a third player.

A Providence County grand jury Monday declined to indict the two players, who were...

August 27, 2014 - 10:01am
6 min 51 sec ago
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Major League Soccer
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August 27, 2014 - 10:01am
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August 27, 2014 - 9:47am
6 min 51 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person close to the situation says the IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the race date has not been publicly announced. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is scheduled to take part in a press conference Wednesday afternoon at NOLA Motorsports Park, which will host the race.

The...

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