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August 29, 2014 - 7:59am
8 min 7 sec ago

MONACO (AP) — Title-holder Sevilla will play another former champion in Feyenoord along with Standard Liege and HNK Rijeka in the group stage of the Europa League, which now rewards the trophy winner with a Champions League place.

Three-time winner Inter Milan was grouped with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Saint-Etienne and Qarabag.

Tottenham, a two-time champion, has Besiktas, Partizan and Asteras in its group.

Legia Warsaw and Celtic...

August 29, 2014 - 5:19am
8 min 7 sec ago

ROME (AP) — For Italian soccer fans, merely mentioning the word "scudetto" — league title — is considered taboo.

The theory goes that it's better left unsaid until your team actually raises the trophy.

Yet recently, the word has begun popping up in animated discussions inside Rome's myriad coffee bars and on the city's impassioned sports-talk radio stations.

The talk — and not only in the capital — is that Roma can put together a...

August 29, 2014 - 4:14am
8 min 8 sec ago

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — University of Miami President Donna Shalala would prefer Hurricane athletes get their degrees before leaving school, taking advantage of the scholarships they've been afforded.

And she knows that won't always be the case, of course.

So very quietly, and for several years now, Miami has offered the next best thing.

Lifetime scholarships, as some call it, are a hot topic around the NCAA right now, with a...

August 29, 2014 - 4:10am
8 min 8 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The recipe for small-market success in baseball generally goes something like this: Develop talent through your farm system, strike on a couple reclamation projects, uncover a few diamonds in the rough and then make one or two big trades to put you over the top.

The Kansas City Royals have followed that blueprint to near-perfection, a big reason why the long-downtrodden franchise is leading the AL Central and on the cusp of its first playoff...

August 29, 2014 - 3:58am
8 min 8 sec ago

Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone.

Hours of digital video of his opponent was instantly available to be seen with the swipe of a screen while he walked across campus, lounged at home or chatted with teammates.

Film-room study has long had a crucial role in studying an opposing team, but it was tedious and often came with...

August 29, 2014 - 3:53am
8 min 8 sec ago

BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

But he's not here. Neither are Spurs teammates Tony Parker of France and Manu Ginobili of Argentina. They're all sitting this one out. Plenty of big names remain, from Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving with the Americans to Spain's Gasol brothers.

There are...

August 29, 2014 - 3:50am
8 min 8 sec ago

NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has spent his second season going to PGA Tour courses he had seen only once, each of them filled with various memories.

The best ones are in Boston.

Spieth didn't win the Deutsche Bank Championship a year ago, though it sure felt like it. He played the final round on Labor Day with Phil Mickelson and turned in what he still calls the best round of his life. The 21-year-old Texan finished birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle...

August 29, 2014 - 3:50am
8 min 8 sec ago

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska opens its 125th football season Saturday when Florida Atlantic visits Memorial Stadium.

Coach Bo Pelini says he expects the Cornhuskers to be better on both sides of the ball. He has a second-year starter in quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., the nation's top returning rusher in Ameer Abdullah and one of the Big Ten's best receivers in Kenny Bell.

The Huskers also have what could be one of the conference's top defensive...

August 29, 2014 - 3:48am
8 min 8 sec ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart should be back in his comfort zone at a NASCAR track, ready for racing.

His return from a three-week hiatus isn't so simple.

Stewart will emerge from seclusion Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since his car struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

But he comes back to Sprint Cup competition with a decision pending on whether he will be charged in Kevin Ward...

August 29, 2014 - 3:47am
8 min 8 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Bo Wallace wants to close his college career in style.

He'd rather forget the way his final season started out.

The Mississippi senior was picked off three times in the first half, and the No. 18 Rebels struggled to a 7-6 lead heading to the fourth quarter against Boise State. But Wallace tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the final period — on consecutive throws, no less — and Ole Miss pulled away for a sloppy 35-13 victory...

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