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July 31, 2015 - 12:56pm
5 min 24 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh and women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio have reached an agreement on a new contract that will run through the 2020-21 season.

The deal announced Friday comes after McConnell-Serio guided the Panthers to a 20-12 mark in 2014-15 and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth in six years. McConnell-Serio is 154-100 in eight seasons as a head coach, including a 31-32 mark at Pitt. McConnell-Serio, a Pittsburgh native, is also a two-...

July 31, 2015 - 12:35pm
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas are on the field together for the first time in 201 days as the Denver Broncos kick off training camp.

Thomas skipped the Broncos' offseason program in a contract stalemate before signing a five-year, $70 million deal earlier this month.

When Manning reported to camp he told the Broncos' website he's happy for Thomas, saying "he deserves his new contract. He's earned every cent of it and I...

July 31, 2015 - 12:34pm
5 min 24 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — An Argentinian businessman has arrived in the United States to face charges in the FIFA soccer scandal.

Alejandro Burzaco had turned himself in to Italian authorities in June. U.S. prosecutors say he was involved in kickbacks and bribes worth tens of millions of dollars to obtain media rights for soccer tournaments.

Prosecutors in federal court in Brooklyn announced Friday that he is in the United States and awaiting a court...

July 31, 2015 - 12:32pm
5 min 24 sec ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Pass rusher Junior Galette's agent says the outside linebacker has agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins for the league minimum.

Agent Alvin Keels says on Twitter on Friday that Galette "is grateful for the second chance he is being afforded."

The agreement comes less than a week after Galette was released by the Saints because of off-field problems.

Galette was arrested in January after...

July 31, 2015 - 12:08pm
5 min 24 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Rangers have gotten another ace, completing their trade to acquire pitcher Cole Hamels from Philadelphia Phillies.

Texas obtained the left-hander in an eight-player deal announced Friday before the non-waiver trade deadline.

The Rangers sent six players to Philadelphia, including lefty Matt Harrison and three top prospects. Texas also gets left-handed reliever Jake Diekman and cash. Hamels is due $22.5 million per season...

July 31, 2015 - 12:02pm
5 min 24 sec ago

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Michelle Wie has retired from the Women's British Open after aggravating her left ankle injury during her second round.

Wie was 10 over par for the round, and 14 over par for the tournament, when she quit after completing the 13th hole at Turnberry.

Her caddie, Duncan French, said Wie slipped to the ground as she walked off the 13th tee on a wet and windy day in western Scotland. French said Wie was in discomfort at the...

July 31, 2015 - 12:00pm
5 min 24 sec ago

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Russia retained its team free program title at the world aquatics championships on Friday.

Russia excelled in front of its home crowd with a score of 98.4667 points, including two perfect 10s from the judges, comfortably beating second-place China with 96.1333.

Japan won a fight for the bronze with 93.9 points, only 0.2 more than Ukraine.

"We're all happy, just really happy," Russian swimmer Vlada Chigiryova...

July 31, 2015 - 11:28am
5 min 24 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have obtained left fielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for a minor league right-hander Zach Davies.

The deal was reached hours before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.

The 28-year-old Parra batted .328 with nine homers and 31 RBIs in 100 games this year. He's hitting .279 over 6-plus seasons, most of them with Arizona.

Parra has played all three outfield positions...

July 31, 2015 - 11:21am
5 min 23 sec ago

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday.

Nadal's semifinal opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment.

Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay-court title every year since 2004. The former top-ranked player...

July 31, 2015 - 10:57am
5 min 23 sec ago

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Travelling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down have built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation.

The formation, resembling a giant flower, floated above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, for a matter of seconds Friday before the flyers broke away, deployed their parachutes, and whooped and hollered their way to the ground.

It took the international team 13 attempts to beat the 2012 mark set by 138...

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