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5 challengers sign up for next America's Cup

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:29 PM

Only five challengers have signed up for the chance to take on software billionaire Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in the 2017 America's Cup.

Organizers announced Thursday that Emirates Team New Zealand, Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge, Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing, Sweden's Artemis Racing and Team France have passed muster and paid the $1 million first installment of the $2 million entry fee.


Donaldson leads after 1st round of Czech Masters

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:24 PM

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Jamie Donaldson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take first-round lead at the Czech Masters and boost his chances of securing a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Seeking his third European Tour victory, the Welshman produced two straight birdies on his last two holes to top the leaderboard. He made a total of eight birdies and two bogeys at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

Sweden's Mikael Lundberg was one stroke back in second place, with a group of 10 players carding 68.


Loose sod at new Levi's Stadium being removed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:23 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping.

San Francisco hosts the San Diego Chargers at the $1.2 million stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. PDT, and the team has said it expects to have the field ready in time. KTVU's news chopper showed images of the sod replacement Thursday.


Verstappen's age a talking point at Belgian GP

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:08 PM

SPA, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg resume their title bids at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, with 11 points separating the Mercedes teammates and Hamilton leading 5-4 in race wins. Among the sport's talking points is the news that Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever F1 driver when he makes his debut at the age of 17 in next year's championship. Meanwhile, drivers Alexander Rossi and Andre Lotterer are set for F1 debuts of their own in Spa, where Frenchman Romain Grosjean needs to find some form.


Colts owner's trial on DWI charges postponed

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:03 PM

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's trial on two misdemeanor charges stemming from a March traffic stop has been postponed for two months.

Irsay's trial had been scheduled for next week, but Hamilton County court records show it's been rescheduled for Oct. 30.

Irsay was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel after he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Officers said he had trouble reciting the alphabet and failed other field sobriety tests.


Redskins' RG3 stands by latest social media post

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:00 PM

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III stands by his latest retort against naysayers and says he has no plans to shut down his social media presence.

Griffin said Thursday his latest postings reflect what he and his family believe.

Griffin has regularly rebuffed doubters on Twitter and Facebook, but his latest words were more defiant than usual, including: "They doubted in High School ... They doubted a turnaround at Baylor ... They doubted a Heisman was possible ... Keep doubting. It's nothing New." He then referenced a Bible verse.


NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:53 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA attorneys have taken the first step in trying to overturn the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case by notifying the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal.

Chief legal officer Donald Remy issued a statement Thursday, less than 24 hours after the papers were filed, saying the NCAA does not believe it violated antitrust laws.

A formal appeal has not yet been submitted.


Frontier League

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:48 PM
East Division
WLPct.GB
Southern Illinois5033.602
Evansville4832.600½
Lake Erie4933.598½
Washington4933.598½
Florence3646.43913½
Traverse City3449.41016
Frontier2755.329

International League

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:48 PM
North Division
WLPct.GB
Syracuse (Nationals)7555.577
Pawtucket (Red Sox)7359.5533
Buffalo (Blue Jays)6961.5316
Rochester (Twins)7062.5306
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)6467.48911½
Lehigh Valley (Phillies)5972.45016½

Eastern League

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:48 PM
Eastern Division
WLPct.GB
z-Portland (Red Sox)8050.615
Binghamton (Mets)7852.6002
New Britain (Twins)6564.50414½
New Hampshire (Blue Jays)6366.48816½
Trenton (Yankees)6070.46220
Reading (Phillies)5773.43823

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