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August 4, 2015 - 12:07pm
3 min 37 sec ago

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge has approved a request by the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to add his last name to hers.

A probate judge in Rhode Island says she granted the request by Shayanna Jenkins on Monday to change her last name to Jenkins-Hernandez.

Judge Paula Cuculo (KOO'-kuh-loh) of the North Providence Probate Court says Shayanna wanted the name change so she could have the same last name as the...

August 4, 2015 - 11:40am
3 min 37 sec ago

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Katie Ledecky of the United States has lowered her own world record by 2.23 seconds in winning the 1,500 freestyle at the world swimming championships.

The 18-year-old swimmer led all the way and touched in 15 minutes, 25.48 seconds Tuesday night. That improved her mark of 15:27.71 set in the preliminaries of the non-Olympic event on Monday.

Ledecky raised her right arm in celebration of her second consecutive world title in the...

August 4, 2015 - 11:21am
3 min 37 sec ago

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The ruling body of world athletics says it strongly rejects suggestions that it failed to follow up on suspicious blood test results involving thousands of athletes over more than a decade.

The International Association of Athletics Federations says allegations that it was negligent in following up the suspicious results were "simply false."

The IAAF acknowledges that "some nations" were lagging behind in implementing a...

August 4, 2015 - 11:08am
3 min 37 sec ago

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame 14 aces by Jan-Lennard Struff to beat his German compatriot 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the first round of the Generali Open on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Kohlschreiber, who reached the final here in 2012, held his serve throughout and broke Struff once in the first set and again in the final set.

Another former finalist, Jurgen Melzer, advanced to the second round by defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver of...

August 4, 2015 - 11:02am
3 min 37 sec ago

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has suspended two football players from the team for violating undisclosed team rules.

Coach Dave Clawson on Tuesday said defensive back Thomas Brown will be suspended for one game and offensive lineman Ryan Anderson will miss five games.

Clawson says both players will practice during their suspensions.

Brown played in all 12 games last season with one start. He will miss the Sept. 3 opener...

August 4, 2015 - 11:01am
3 min 37 sec ago

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Adam Peaty of Britain has set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships.

He won the first semifinal heat in 26.42 seconds, bettering the mark of 26.62 set by Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa in the morning preliminaries Tuesday.

It was the second men's world record to fall at the worlds after four women's marks were set in the first two days.

Peaty also swam 26.62 at...

August 4, 2015 - 10:52am
3 min 37 sec ago

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — James Guy of Britain has defeated a loaded field to win the 200-meter freestyle at the world swimming championships.

The 19-year-old swimmer outsprinted China's Sun Yang to the wall, touching first in 1 minute, 45.14 seconds Tuesday night.

Sun settled for silver in 1:45.20 and world record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany earned bronze in 1:45.38.

It was Guy's first career gold medal at worlds. He earned...

August 4, 2015 - 10:36am
3 min 37 sec ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge says a lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can't question under oath an anonymous tipster who raised concerns about a juror in the murder case.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled Monday that such a step is premature.

Defense attorney James Sultan says the tipster called him several times about a juror after Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the 2013...

August 4, 2015 - 10:15am
3 min 37 sec ago

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it awarded Legia Warsaw a 3-0 win after a Europa League qualifying match in Albania was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

Legia player Ondrej Duda was struck by an object thrown from the crowd when the Polish side led Kukesi 2-1 early in the second half last Thursday.

The third qualifying round, first-leg match was abandoned in the 52nd minute.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel ordered Kukesi to...

August 4, 2015 - 10:14am
3 min 37 sec ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Organizers of the Athens Marathon say the elite competition has been dropped from this year's race due to financial difficulties.

In a statement Tuesday, the Greek Athletics Federation said the decision had been taken for the Nov. 8 race "in light of the economic challenges facing the country and its people."

The amateur race will still take place and is expected to attract a record 16,000 runners, organizers said....

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