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May 29, 2015 - 4:39pm
1 min 13 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams reserve running back Trey Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Watts, a two-year veteran, will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 5. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

The 24-year-old Watts appeared in 14 games last year and had seven carries for 30 yards and three receptions...

May 29, 2015 - 4:36pm
1 min 13 sec ago

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police have charged Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma.

Gwinnett County police said in a news release that they obtained a warrant Friday for the NFL player's arrest.

Police say Shembo's girlfriend called police on April 19 and said she had taken her Yorkie, Dior, to Shembo's apartment on April 15. At some point, she left the dog...

May 29, 2015 - 4:17pm
1 min 13 sec ago

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Landon Cassill is ready to take a run at fatherhood with the birth of a son.

Cassill and his wife Katie celebrated the birth of Beckham Bear Alan Cassill on Wednesday.

Cassill was headed to Dover International Speedway on Friday for this weekend's race. CRC Automotive will be the primary sponsor of the No. 40 Chevrolet for Sunday's race.

The 25-year-old Cassill completed a "double" Sunday at Charlotte Motor...

May 29, 2015 - 4:10pm
1 min 13 sec ago

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl had surgery to repair his spleen after a collision in the outfield during a game Thursday in New Britain, Connecticut.

Dahl was in centerfield for Double-A New Britain and was racing in to make a sliding catch on a blooper when he crashed into second baseman Juan Ciriaco. Dahl stayed down for several moments before being taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery.

There's no timetable for Dahl's...

May 29, 2015 - 4:10pm
1 min 13 sec ago

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Big 12 schools will split up a record $252 million in revenue, the ninth year in a row of increases.

The revenue total for the 10 schools, up from $220 million last year, was revealed Friday at the end of the conference's spring meetings.

Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech will get average full shares of about $25.6 million for the 2014-15 academic year.

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May 29, 2015 - 4:07pm
1 min 13 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — James Hinchcliffe's team is hopeful the IndyCar driver can be back by the beginning of August after his crash at Indianapolis.

Hinchcliffe had surgery May 18 after crashing during practice for the Indianapolis 500. The broken wishbone section of the suspension pierced the car's protective tub and wounded Hinchcliffe's left leg, causing massive blood loss.

Conor Daly is replacing Hinchcliffe this weekend at Belle Isle for Schmidt...

May 29, 2015 - 3:59pm
1 min 13 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rios is expected to return to the Kansas City Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs following 1 1/2 months on the disabled list with a broken left hand.

Rios has been sidelined since April 13, when he was he by a pitch from Minnesota's J.R. Graham. He joined the Royals on Friday after a four-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Omaha.

He started the season 9 for 29 (.321) with one homer and...

May 29, 2015 - 3:48pm
1 min 13 sec ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended without pay for one game after getting his fourth flagrant foul point in the postseason.

The foul in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was ruled a common foul during the game, but was upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 after a review about the league office. It came when he made what the NBA called unnecessary contact with his forearm to the neck area of Golden State's Andre Iguodala....

May 29, 2015 - 3:36pm
41 min 9 sec ago

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James says he's given teammates "the blueprint" for the NBA Finals and it's up to the Cavaliers to follow it.

James will appear in his fifth straight finals, a feat not accomplished since 1966 when members of the Boston Celtics were on their dynastical run. As he and the Cavaliers prepare to meet Golden State, James says the key to postseason success is to stay even keeled and understand the task at hand.

One of...

May 29, 2015 - 3:35pm
41 min 9 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not practice until he is symptom free.

The Warriors announced the diagnosis Friday after Thompson went through neurological tests earlier in the day. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night.

Thompson will be evaluated and will not...

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