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June 27, 2014 - 11:43am
1 week 5 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA draft delivered its highest rating on ESPN, surpassing the mark set 11 years ago when LeBron James was the No. 1 pick.

The telecast Thursday night had a 2.3 rating, according to Nielsen.

NBA Digital also said Friday it showed record growth in the U.S., with a 108 percent jump in mobile application unique users for the week. It also saw a 46 percent increase in visits and a 32 percent leap in page views on draft night from last...

June 27, 2014 - 11:39am
1 week 5 days ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has a broken nose after Thursday's game against Germany, but remains available to play in the round of 16 against Belgium on Tuesday in Salvador.

U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Michael Kammarman said Friday that Jones and fellow midfielder Alejandro Bedoya each were checked on the field for concussion symptoms during the 1-0 loss at Recife following their second-half collision, and three more times since then. There were...

June 27, 2014 - 11:36am
1 week 5 days ago

BRAZILIA, Brazil (AP) — Nigeria's World Cup squad has received the bonuses which the players were owed, the team spokesman said Friday, as they returned to training ahead of their second round match against France.

The comments followed earlier reports that players were demanding unpaid bonuses and that a training session on Thursday night had been canceled because of the dispute.

However, media officer Ben Alaiya told reporters: "It is settled now....

June 27, 2014 - 11:28am
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Joedir Sancho Belmonte had a ticket to attend the famous final game of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, but didn't get to use it because he stayed home with his sick mother.

But he saved the unused ticket for 64 years. And on Friday — in a swap with FIFA — he was given three tickets for the July 13 final at Rio's Maracana in exchange for the tiny, crumpled memorabilia he stashed away.

"I hope Brazil will be able to...

June 27, 2014 - 11:20am
1 week 5 days ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA wants proof from future World Cup teams that players are paid on time after a dispute involving Ghana was resolved by cash shipment.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says action is needed after Ghana players threatened not to play Portugal on Thursday until money arrived from Africa.

Valcke says "it's sad that we end up with such a story where they were talking in some way about a strike."

The FIFA...

June 27, 2014 - 11:18am
1 week 5 days ago

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny's gonna play and Johnny's gonna party.

Tired of scrutiny about how he spends his weekends away from football and drained by the spotlight that follows him, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he has no plans to tone down his lifestyle.

"I don't think I'm doing anything wrong," he said.

Speaking at a PLAY 60 event with other AFC rookies, Manziel said he's been bothered by recent criticism about...

June 27, 2014 - 11:14am
1 week 5 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic says there is "nothing damaged" in his left arm after a painful fall on Centre Court during his third-round victory over Gilles Simon.

The top-seeded Djokovic tumbled while stretching for a forehand in the sixth game of the third set, rolling over and clutching his upper left arm. He lay on his side and then on his back grimacing in pain.

Djokovic got up holding his arm and walked slowly to his chair, where he took a...

June 27, 2014 - 11:14am
1 week 5 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic says there is "nothing damaged" in his left arm after a painful fall on Centre Court during his third-round victory over Gilles Simon.

The top-seeded Djokovic tumbled while stretching for a forehand in the sixth game of the third set, rolling over and clutching his upper left arm. He lay on his side and then on his back grimacing in pain.

Djokovic got up holding his arm and walked slowly to his chair, where he took a...

June 27, 2014 - 11:14am
1 week 5 days ago

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic says there is "nothing damaged" in his left arm after a painful fall on Centre Court during his third-round victory over Gilles Simon.

The top-seeded Djokovic tumbled while stretching for a forehand in the sixth game of the third set, rolling over and clutching his upper left arm. He lay on his side and then on his back grimacing in pain.

Djokovic got up holding his arm and walked slowly to his chair, where he took a...

June 27, 2014 - 11:14am
1 week 5 days ago

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Two people died in car accidents after Algeria's capital exploded in fireworks and horn-honking joy after the national football team qualified for the Word Cup knockout stages for the first time.

As the post-match celebrations continued into the early hours of Friday, young people honked horns and drove madly through the streets, resulting in car accidents that wounded 31 people across the country, according to police. Two young men died in...

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