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August 27, 2014 - 7:03pm
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DETROIT (AP) — Derek Jeter was given two seats from Tiger Stadium during a ceremony before the New York Yankees played Detroit on Wednesday night.

The three-game series will be the retiring shortstop's final appearance in Detroit unless the Tigers and Yankees meet in the playoffs. Jeter went to high school in Michigan at Kalamazoo Central.

Tigers greats Al Kaline and Willie Horton presented Jeter with the seats from Detroit's old ballpark, which...

August 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed forward Tarik Black, who played on their summer league teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-8 Black played two seasons at Memphis and one at Kansas, averaging 8.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in his career. In his lone season at Kansas, he was named preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and went on to average 15 points per game in the NCAA Tournament.

Black averaged 10 points and six rebounds in five...

August 27, 2014 - 6:53pm
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Sam is about to get one last chance to show the St. Louis Rams why he belongs on their 53-man roster.

For him — and everyone else on NFL roster bubbles — a preseason finale is anything but meaningless.

Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players to state their cases before teams pare down their rosters to the NFL-mandated 53 by...

August 27, 2014 - 6:53pm
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DETROIT (AP) — The New York Yankees have reached a minor league deal with outfielder Chris Young, who played 88 games this season with the crosstown Mets.

The 30-year-old hit .205 for the Mets before his release this month. He's shown power at times in his career, hitting 32 home runs in 2007 with Arizona, but he's always struggled to get on base.

The minor league season is winding down, but manager Joe Girardi says it's not his call whether Young...

August 27, 2014 - 6:48pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC: Cornerback Josh Shaw suspended after admitting story about rescuing nephew was a lie.

August 27, 2014 - 6:44pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — American Steve Johnson had to retire from his first-round match at the U.S. Open because of severe cramping.

The two-time NCAA champ led two sets to one and was up a break in the fourth Wednesday when he collapsed on the court and started writhing in pain.

As medical staff attended to him, opponent Tatsuma Ito was, by rule, awarded point and game penalties because of the delay to go up 2-1 in the set. That brought on a changeover, and...

August 27, 2014 - 6:43pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — Rougned Odor hit a third-inning grand slam to back Colby Lewis, and the last-place Texas Rangers beat Seattle 12-4 Wednesday to take two of three from the Mariners.

Erasmo Ramirez (1-6), recalled from Triple-A Tacoma for the start, allowed 10 runs and nine hits in three-plus innings. Seattle, which began the day a half-game ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild-card spot, had been the only major league team not to allow 10 or more runs in a game this...

August 27, 2014 - 6:39pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Slugger David Ortiz is back in the Boston Red Sox lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays after sitting out the past two nights with a sore right foot.

Ortiz left Sunday's game against Seattle in the sixth, two innings after fouling a ball off his foot. The veteran slugger is batting .265 with 30 home runs, the fifth-highest total in the majors. With 93 RBIs, he's one behind Chicago's Jose Abreu for the AL lead.

Ortiz, who...

August 27, 2014 - 6:31pm
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.

Fedora said Wednesday the four players were suspended for a "violation of team policy," but offered no other details about what rules were broken. The players suspended were sophomores Des Lawrence and Brian Walker, redshirt...

August 27, 2014 - 6:29pm
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Look beyond campus for the big games this weekend: College football's season-opening extravaganza features four marquee matchups in NFL stadiums.

No. 1 Florida State begins defense of its national championship against Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the billion dollar home of Dallas Cowboys — and the first College Football Playoff title game.

At NRG Stadium in Houston, No. 13 LSU faces No. 14 Wisconsin in an SEC-Big Ten...

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