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May 5, 2015 - 6:29pm
23 hours 50 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs placed four players on waivers Tuesday, including former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been signed in the offseason and was trying to earn a backup job.

The Chiefs did not choose a quarterback in last week's draft, but they already have Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray on the roster. They are also expected to add a couple of undrafted quarterbacks as free agents in the coming days....

May 5, 2015 - 5:40pm
23 hours 50 min ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — While VCU lost its basketball coach to the University of Texas, its trademarked "havoc" label is staying in Virginia.

Officials at Texas say they have withdrawn attempts to federally trademark "HORNS HAVOC" and "HOUSE OF HAVOC." The attempts to trademark the phrases came after the Longhorns hired Shaka Smart as their men's basketball coach in early April.

"Havoc" is the name Smart gave to the Rams' 94-foot style of intense...

May 5, 2015 - 5:23pm
23 hours 50 min ago

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots have released former starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard after using him in just six games last season.

Dennard started seven games as a rookie in 2012 and nine in his second season. He started four of the first seven games last season but played in only two more and went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury before the last game of the regular season.

In 29 games with the Patriots, he had five...

May 5, 2015 - 5:11pm
23 hours 50 min ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Kevin "Bono" Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr. beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who has been offered another position in the organization.

Manion was the crew chief for Jamie McMurray in 2010 when the duo won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. Manion has five wins as a crew chief in the Sprint Cup Series and 15 wins in the Xfinity Series...

May 5, 2015 - 5:03pm
23 hours 10 min ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for comments he made to referee Brad Watson following Game 2.

Prust, who was fined Tuesday, also apologized to Watson.

Prust after Montreal's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night that Watson insulted and cursed him. Prust said after practice Tuesday he wants to "apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL. It was uncalled for."...

May 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
23 hours 50 min ago

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder says he feels fine at the team's voluntary offseason activities.

He missed them last year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and undergoing surgery. But he played in every game and helped protect Tom Brady's left side on the way to a Super Bowl championship.

Solder went public about two weeks ago with the news of his cancer. Now he is spreading the word about the...

May 5, 2015 - 4:59pm
1 day 10 min ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Outfielder Cody Ross has cleared waivers and been released after his short stint with the Oakland Athletics.

The move came Tuesday, three days after Ross was designated for assignment.

The A's signed Ross on April 8 following his release by Arizona four days earlier. It was a cost-efficient move for Oakland, which was only responsible for $499,180, a pro-rated portion of the $507,500 league minimum. Ross was guaranteed $8.5...

May 5, 2015 - 4:57pm
1 day 40 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have designated left-handed reliever Donnie Veal for assignment and recalled right-hander Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move leaves Luis Avilan as the only left-hander in Atlanta's bullpen.

Veal gave up one run in 1 1-3 innings in Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Phillies. He allowed four runs in 3 1-3 innings for a 10.80 ERA this season.

Cunniff opened the season with Atlanta, appearing in...

May 5, 2015 - 4:56pm
23 hours 50 min ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have announced special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven has taken a leave of absence to deal with health concerns.

It's unclear when the 66-year-old DeHaven will return, and the Panthers did not release any additional information on the health concerns. Russ Purnell, who has spent 26 years coaching in the NFL, will assume DeHaven's duties.

DeHaven, who has been an NFL coach 28 years, joined the Panthers in...

May 5, 2015 - 4:55pm
1 day 50 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Indians activated Nick Swisher from the disabled list and optioned fellow outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus before Tuesday night's game in Kansas City.

Swisher was the designated hitter and batting sixth in the opener of a three-game series.

Swisher spent the first month off the season on the DL while recovering from surgery on both knees that ended his season last August. He began a rehab assignment at Columbus...

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