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August 28, 2014 - 10:02am
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August 28, 2014 - 9:31am
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics are recruiting 70,000 volunteers for the games that begin in less than two years.

Rio organizers opened the recruitment program on Thursday, looking for 45,000 people for the Olympics and 25,000 for the Paralympics.

Organizers will recruit from abroad as well as in Brazil.

The unpaid volunteers have traditionally provided a savings of millions to...

August 28, 2014 - 9:16am
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MONACO (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini says Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup and he will ask FIFA for it.

Platini says "European football proved it's the leader" with Germany's World Cup title following wins for Italy and Spain since 2006.

Europe had 13 of 32 teams in Brazil, and Platini wants 14 qualifying places in 2018 plus host Russia.

Platini says "I have the intention to ask for one more because we...

August 28, 2014 - 7:10am
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LONDON (AP) — Wayne Rooney has been named England captain, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup.

England coach Roy Hodgson confirmed the Manchester United player's appointment — from a small pool of potential captains — while naming the squad for England's first European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on Sept. 8 and a friendly against Norway on Wednesday.


August 28, 2014 - 5:36am
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician has arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game earlier this year.

Japanese parliamentarian Kanji "Antonio" Inoki says he hopes the event will open a door of sports diplomacy with the North.

Bob "The Beast" Sapp, who briefly...

August 28, 2014 - 5:21am
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MUNICH (AP) — A Bayern Munich official says the Bundesliga champions are set to sign midfielder Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid.

Bayern financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen says Alonso was expected in Munich on Thursday for his medical. Alonso and Bayern have "in principle" agreed on a transfer and the two clubs are "in friendly talks" about a deal expected to be completed within a couple of days.

Alonso won the 2008 and 2012 European Championship...

August 28, 2014 - 5:13am
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DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon is the latest team in African Cup qualifying to express fears over Ebola and request a venue change for a game, this time over another outbreak of the deadly virus in Congo.

Cameroon's request relates to its Sept. 6 qualifier in Congo, where 13 people have died in a new outbreak which experts say is unrelated to the one in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people.

Still, Cameroon football federation...

August 28, 2014 - 4:25am
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The tail end of the NFL preseason signals something much more festive for tens of millions of fantasy football players around the world: the nearing of draft day.

It's the main event — why you pore over niche websites, check trusted experts on Twitter and dissect projections on spreadsheets — everything goes toward proving you're the best at picking which players will have the best performances, delivering you a fantasy title in Week 16 or 17 of the regular season....

August 28, 2014 - 4:22am
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MONACO (AP) — Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Iceland football association president Geir Thorsteinsson says Platini told officials at a closed-door UEFA meeting Thursday that he will not be a candidate in FIFA's election in May.

Thorsteinsson says "we went for peace. I think it is the logical decision."

Platini was expected to avoid a contest against Blatter after a successful World Cup...

August 28, 2014 - 4:17am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Shaw has been an exemplary teammate and a valuable leader at Southern California, earning his fellow Trojans' trust and praise after transferring home to help his family two years ago.

His teammates and coaches say they had no reason to doubt the cornerback when he explained his two sprained ankles with an elaborate story about saving his nephew from drowning.

Shaw's tale turned out to be fiction, and USC is left wondering...

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