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July 25, 2014 - 11:55am
15 min 16 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has reprimanded the Argentine soccer association and fined it $33,000 after its players were pictured with a political banner before a World Cup warmup match.

Several players stood behind the slogan "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" (The Falklands are Argentine) on the field at a June 7 exhibition against Slovenia in Buenos Aires.

Argentina and Britain went to war in 1982 over the Falkland Islands, called the Malvinas in Spanish. The...

July 25, 2014 - 11:51am
15 min 16 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson and his team have been fined by Major League Soccer because of the confrontation with Real Salt Lake last weekend.

Real Salt Lake was warned because it was their first offense. The Whitecaps had been warned for an earlier infraction.

Vancouver went up 1-0 on Saturday when Darren Mattocks made a 73rd-minute penalty following a foul by Nat Borchers. After the goal, the teams argued and players...

July 25, 2014 - 11:37am
15 min 16 sec ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.

That's what fighting without protective headgear can do.

In a decision last year, the International Boxing Association stopped the use of headgear in male bouts, citing...

July 25, 2014 - 11:35am
15 min 16 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — David Horsey shot a 4-under 68 Friday for a two-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Russian Open.

The 29-year-old Englishman dropped two shots in his first four holes of the second round but then birdied four of the last six for an overall 11-under 133.

Double European Tour winner Horsey is just one of three players in the world's top 200 competing at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club course near Moscow.

Belgium...

July 25, 2014 - 11:32am
15 min 16 sec ago

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former football player for Florida State and three NFL teams faces assault-related charges in connection with an incident involving his girlfriend.

Deon Humphrey was taken into custody Thursday and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office says deputies who arrived at the linebacker's Wellington home found redness on his girlfriend's neck and bleeding from her ear consistent with being grabbed by the...

July 25, 2014 - 11:12am
15 min 16 sec ago

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Babin is practicing with the New York Jets a day after signing a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old Babin is expected to be a pass-rushing specialist. He was wearing No. 58 on Friday and listed as a linebacker, though he has also played defensive end.

Babin signed Thursday after agreeing to terms Wednesday, shortly before the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland.

Babin had a team-leading 7 1/2...

July 25, 2014 - 11:05am
15 min 16 sec ago

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Elina Svitolina of Ukraine moved her Baku Cup title defense into the semifinals by dispatching Pauline Parmentier of France 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.

Svitolina won her maiden title here last year, and became the only teenager to triumph on the WTA tour in 2013. She could yet repeat the feat, as she doesn't turn 20 until September, but has to get past 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Saturday.

Schiavone reached her...

July 25, 2014 - 10:27am
15 min 16 sec ago

Azerbaijan is set to host a Formula One race in 2016.

Azeri officials say they have signed a contract with F1 to stage the Grand Prix of Europe in the capital city of Baku.

Sports Minister Azad Rahimov says "our location at the crossroads of eastern Europe and western Asia is a new frontier for Formula One racing."

He says the race will be held on a street circuit, with the city center and Caspian Sea as a backdrop....

July 25, 2014 - 10:24am
15 min 16 sec ago

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A minor league baseball manager in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has done his part to spread prostate cancer awareness — he had a prostate cancer exam before a field packed with baseball fans.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans' general manager Andy Milovich stuck his head out of the press box to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch while a doctor below and out-of-sight performed the screening.

Milovich...

July 25, 2014 - 10:21am
15 min 16 sec ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it could rule on Luis Suarez's appeal of his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts.

CAS says Suarez, the Uruguay federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal of FIFA's ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all soccer.

The court says in a statement to The Associated Press that "it is likely that a final award will be...

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