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May 5, 2015 - 5:23pm
17 min 37 sec 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
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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
17 min 37 sec ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has apologized to referee Brad Watson for his comments following Game 2.

Prust said after Montreal's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning 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."

Prust said the two got into a "heated exchange and that should have...

May 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
17 min 37 sec 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
17 min 37 sec 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
17 min 37 sec 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
17 min 37 sec 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 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 2013 as a...

May 5, 2015 - 4:55pm
17 min 37 sec 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...

May 5, 2015 - 4:50pm
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TURIN, Italy (AP) — Alvaro Morata scored against his old team in the ninth minute, helping Juventus beat defending champion Real Madrid 2-1 Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Acquired by Juventus last July after helping Madrid win a record 10th European title, didn't celebrate after scoring the opening goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo tied the score in the 27th minute with his record 76th Champions League goal, one more than...

May 5, 2015 - 4:49pm
17 min 37 sec ago

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has agreed to a contract extension with men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy that will keep him at the school until 2019.

The four-year deal, which was announced by the school on Tuesday, is the longest allowed by state law. The school says it includes a base salary of $1.925 million per season, as well as possible performance incentives.

Kennedy, a Louisville, Mississippi native, has led the Rebels to the NCAA...

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