State & National News

July 31, 2014 - 8:36pm
7 min 37 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Special Olympics and its athletes represent values like pride, dignity and teamwork that offer lessons for all people.

Obama is marking the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics with a dinner and celebration at the White House. He's praising athletes who have gone on to contribute to their communities in various ways after competing in the Special Olympics.

Professional athletes, A-list celebrities...

July 31, 2014 - 8:32pm
7 min 37 sec ago

Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday.

In the seventh inning of a tight game at Comerica Park — with the bases loaded, no less — Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson suddenly trotted from his position to the dugout.

He was on his way out of town,...

July 31, 2014 - 8:19pm
7 min 37 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Brad Faxon and David Fay are returning to the broadcast booth for Fox Sports.

Faxon worked briefly for NBC Sports and most recently for Golf Channel. He will serve as the lead studio analyst and a hole announcer for Fox, which has signed a 12-year deal to broadcast the U.S. Open and other USGA events starting next year. Fox also will broadcast the Shark Shootout in December.

Fay was executive director of the USGA until retiring at...

July 31, 2014 - 8:18pm
7 min 37 sec ago

Last season at this time, Oregon State coach Mike Riley was focusing on choosing a starting quarterback. That's the least of his concerns as he heads into fall camp this year.

Sean Mannion won the starter's job over Cody Vaz last fall and went on to throw for a Pac-12 single-season record 4,662 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns. The Beavers finished 7-6, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.

Mannion...

July 31, 2014 - 8:10pm
7 min 37 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, who recently returned after missing two months with a left elbow strain, left in the third inning of Thursday night's game at Washington.

After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs in the third, a frustrated Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.

Manager Ryne Sandberg and the team trainer came out, and Lee left the...

July 31, 2014 - 8:06pm
7 min 37 sec ago

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Receiver Julio Jones says his right foot has fully recovered from surgery last October, adding that he will be 100 percent when the Atlanta Falcons host New Orleans in the season opener.

Jones showed his breakaway speed at the end of practice late Thursday afternoon when he ran past cornerback Desmond Trufant to catch a 40-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan.

Though he's not sure if the Falcons will let him play in...

July 31, 2014 - 7:59pm
7 min 37 sec ago

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Ana Ivanovic advanced to her first Bank of the West quarterfinal, beating qualifier Carol Zhao 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.

The 11th-ranked Serb, looking for her fourth title of the year, will face top-ranked Serena Williams on Friday.

Zhao, a sophomore All-American at Stanford, appeared in her second WTA Tour event and gained her first career win at the level Tuesday when Yanina Wickmeyer retired because of a viral infection....

July 31, 2014 - 7:55pm
7 min 37 sec ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills' sale selection process has told The Associated Press that Donald Trump has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding.

The person said Trump was informed Thursday by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale is private.

The decision comes after prospective groups...

July 31, 2014 - 7:42pm
7 min 37 sec ago

Michael Phelps will take on his most grueling program since coming out of retirement, entering four events at next week's U.S. national championships.

The winningest athlete in Olympic history will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley at the meet that begins Wednesday in Irvine, California.

"I feel good," Phelps told The Associated Press on Thursday. "Just staying relaxed is the biggest thing, not...

July 31, 2014 - 7:19pm
7 min 37 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jon Daniels says the Texas Rangers "probably could have pushed" the return of slugger Prince Fielder to their lineup later this season if they were in a pennant race.

The general manager said Thursday that makes no sense now for the Rangers, who have the worst record in the major leagues.

Fielder had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27. He is expected to be healthy for spring training.

Daniels...

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