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August 23, 2016 - 5:28pm
6 min 24 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Texas Rangers have placed outfielder Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers as he tries to come back from a series of operations on his left knee.

The Rangers activated him off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and put him on waivers. They also recalled right-hander Shawn Tolleson from the minors and put him on the 60-day DL, creating a spot for left-hander Derek Holland to return from the disabled list and start against the Cincinnati...

August 23, 2016 - 5:05pm
6 min 24 sec ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Belgian Kirsten Flipkens added to an already memorable summer Tuesday, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round of the Connecticut Open.

Flipkens, who upset Venus Williams at the Olympics, had lost in the second round of qualifying in New Haven. But, she was moved into the main draw after Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko withdrew from the tournament earlier in the day with a right knee injury.

Flipkins...

August 23, 2016 - 5:03pm
6 min 24 sec ago

Liverpool and Everton enjoyed big wins in the English League Cup on Tuesday, while Chelsea was pushed hard by third-tier Bristol Rovers before also reaching the third round.

Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score two goals and wrap up Liverpool's 5-0 win at Burton Albion, a second-tier side managed by former Liverpool forward Nigel Clough.

Everton also had a substitute striker scoring a late double, with Arouna Kone's goals sealing a 4-0 home...

August 23, 2016 - 4:47pm
6 min 24 sec ago

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday with the plan to have him ready for the season opener against Carolina.

Ware missed training camp with a back issue that kept him out of five games in 2015 but said he feels much better than he did at the end of last season. He took part in the walkthrough and drills at the beginning of practice before going into the facility to work with strength and conditioning...

August 23, 2016 - 4:47pm
6 min 24 sec ago

MILAN (AP) — Roma failed to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat at home to Porto in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday.

Roma had drawn the first leg 1-1 after Thomas Vermaelen was sent off and it was again made to pay for poor discipline as Daniele De Rossi was dismissed in the 39th minute and Emerson Palmieri, followed him five minutes after halftime.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Roma...

August 23, 2016 - 4:39pm
6 min 23 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and is starting in center field against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Right-hander Ryan Tepera was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a spot for Pillar, out since Aug. 6 with a sprained left thumb.

Second baseman Devon Travis was not available Tuesday after getting a cortisone injection in his sore right ring finger. Darwin Barney is starting in...

August 23, 2016 - 4:30pm
6 min 23 sec ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's athletic department reported 23 violations of NCAA or Southeastern Conference rules in the past year, nine involving the football team.

All but one of the infractions were classified as Level III and outlined by the NCAA as violations isolated or limited in nature; provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and do not include more than a minimal impermissible benefit.

South...

August 23, 2016 - 4:24pm
6 min 23 sec ago

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Defending national champion Nebraska is the unanimous choice of Big Ten coaches to win the conference title in women's volleyball.

National semifinalist and defending Big Ten champion Minnesota is picked to finish second, followed by Wisconsin, Penn State and Illinois. Ohio State is sixth in the poll, followed by Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa, Indiana and Rutgers.

Michigan's Abby Cole, Nebraska's...

August 23, 2016 - 4:12pm
6 min 23 sec ago

BATCHELDER'S GRANT, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a well-known triathlete from New Hampshire was bicycling with a friend inside a national forest in Maine when he went off a steep mountain road and died.

The Oxford County sheriff's office says Jim Soroka was traveling at about 45 mph Saturday in the White Mountains National Forest when he apparently lost control and veered off the road.

The 69-year-old cyclist from North Conway had been descending the...

August 23, 2016 - 3:42pm
6 min 23 sec ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah has partially reinstated suspended receiver Cory Butler-Byrd a day after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief for damaging a police car and building last month.

The school said Tuesday that coach Kyle Whittingham will allow Butler-Byrd to participate in practice and other team activities immediately but he will remain suspended from playing in games indefinitely.

University spokeswoman Liz Abel...

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