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July 27, 2016 - 5:54pm
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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory is facing a longer suspension over another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and owner Jerry Jones says he doesn't expect to see the troubled player at training camp in California.

With Gregory already suspended for the first four games this season, Jones said Wednesday that the Cowboys haven't heard from the league about a possible 10-game ban for another failed drug test. A day after reports that...

July 27, 2016 - 5:49pm
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Top-20 player Belinda Bencic says on Twitter that she is pulling out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, another blow to a Swiss tennis team that lost Roger Federer this week, too.

Bencic, who is No. 16 in the WTA rankings, says Wednesday that she is "not completely ready" to compete at the Summer Games, although her injured left wrist has healed.

The wrist problem forced the 19-year-old Bencic to quit during her second-round match at Wimbledon on June...

July 27, 2016 - 5:32pm
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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

Right tackle Zach Strief says, "If any organization understands what it means to clean up from a natural...

July 27, 2016 - 5:22pm
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets and first-round draft pick Darron Lee have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $10.2 million that is fully guaranteed.

Lee was on his way to New Jersey on Wednesday, a few hours after players reported for physicals at the team's facility. The linebacker will likely participate in the Jets' first training camp practice on Thursday.

Lee was the 20th overall pick out of Ohio State and is expected to...

July 27, 2016 - 5:21pm
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BOSTON (AP) — Rudolph "Spider" Edwards, who with his dust mop and jaunty fedora shared the parquet floor with Celtics stars from Bill Russell to Larry Bird in the old Boston Garden and new, has died. He was 86.

Edwards had suffered from cancer, the Celtics said Wednesday.

Edwards began working for the Celtics in 1964, sweeping the floor during timeouts so the stars of the NBA's first dynasty wouldn't slip on the moisture seeping up from the hockey...

July 27, 2016 - 5:18pm
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SEATTLE (AP) — Nicolas Lodeiro, the attacking midfielder who just helped Argentina powerhouse Boca Juniors reach the semifinals of the prestigious Copa Libertadores club championship in South America, has signed with the Seattle Sounders as a designated player.

The 27-year-old Lodeiro also has 48 caps for the Uruguay national team, including this summer's Copa America Centenario in the United States.

Success has been elusive for the Sounders this...

July 27, 2016 - 5:18pm
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with goaltender Petr Mrazek.

The Red Wings announced the deal Wednesday.

Mrazek has emerged as Detroit's top goalie, beating out Jimmy Howard.

The 24-year-old Mrazek was 27-16-3 last season with a 2.33 goals-against average in a career-high 54 games. The Czech is 46-30-8 over two NHL regular seasons and has a 4-6 mark with a 1.88 GAA and three...

July 27, 2016 - 5:17pm
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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs placed running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, though coach Andy Reid said it should not be considered a setback in his return from a knee injury.

Charles tore the ACL in his right knee in Week 5 last season. He had surgery soon afterward and was far enough along in his recovery that he participated in some drills during mandatory minicamp.

The Chiefs can take Charles off the...

July 27, 2016 - 5:13pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson completed his staff Wednesday, naming Jay Triano associate head coach and Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches.

Triano spent the last four seasons as assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers, including Watson's final season as a player in 2013-14. The first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history when he directed Toronto, he also is the coach of Canada's national team.

Corbin was...

July 27, 2016 - 5:07pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.

The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier...

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