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February 11, 2016 - 6:50pm
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CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Arsenal and Chivas will play an exhibition match in the Los Angeles area on July 31 as part of the English Premier League club's U.S. tour.

The match will be at StubHub Center in Carson, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

It is part of Arsenal's tour that includes a match against the Major League Soccer All-Star team on July 28 in San Jose, California.

Arsenal last played in the U.S. nearly two years ago, when...

February 11, 2016 - 6:46pm
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year, $5.65 million contract extension Thursday.

The 22-year-old Murray has four goals and 13 assists in 55 games this season, his third with Columbus. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

"Ryan Murray is a talented, smart player who has been a very steady performer on our blue line and we are extremely happy to have this deal completed," general...

February 11, 2016 - 6:33pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Paulassilverlining pounced on five-outclassed rivals for a 9 1/4-length victory Thursday in the $75,000 feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

The 4-year-old trained by Michelle Nevin had competed in seven straight stakes before dropping into this allowance race. Paulassilverlining wrested the lead from Momameamaria midway on the turn and rolled to her fourth win in 10 starts.

Jose Ortiz, who had three wins on the day, was aboard...

February 11, 2016 - 6:31pm
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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead Thursday after one round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Some of the biggest stars had to settle for simply enjoying the sunshine.

Jordan Spieth struggled with his short game — typically a strength — and opened with a 71 at Spyglass Hill. Jason Day also had a 71 at Spyglass,...

February 11, 2016 - 6:19pm
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed former New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Torres has a 4.26 ERA in six major league seasons, including the last three with the Mets. The right-hander began his career with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

The 33-year-old Torres was 8-6 with a 3.06 ERA with the Mets in 2014. His ERA climbed to 4.68 in 59 games last season. He was designated for...

February 11, 2016 - 6:13pm
12 min 54 sec ago

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Rosie Higgins rode her first career winner in the second race Thursday at Santa Anita, with Hall of Fame jockey and husband Kent Desormeaux watching in civilian attire.

Higgins guided Blue Law to a three-length victory in the $19,000 claiming race for lower-level horses. It was the 31-year-old jockey's fourth career mount. Blue Law paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite in the field of eight older horses.

Higgins is now some 5,...

February 11, 2016 - 6:12pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lennie Pond, who raced for 17 years in NASCAR's premier series, has died. He was 75.

The J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Chester, Virginia, said Pond died Wednesday but did not give a cause of death.

A native of Ettrick, Virginia, Pond was a regular competitor at Virginia short tracks and won five Late Model championships. He ran one race in NASCAR's top series in 1969 and 1970, then joined the sport full-time in 1973. He...

February 11, 2016 - 6:06pm
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former San Diego Padres pitcher Cory Luebke to a minor-league contract.

The deal, announced Thursday, includes an invitation to spring training.

The 30-year-old Luebke put together a 10-12 record in 55 appearances (25 starts) with the Padres from 2010-12. Luebke posted a 3.86 ERA in seven minor-league appearances in the San Diego organization in 2015.

Luebke has undergone a...

February 11, 2016 - 5:58pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker is staying with the Los Angeles Sparks.

The team said Thursday it has re-signed Parker, who has played for the Sparks during her entire eight-year pro career. She has career averages of 17.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Last season, Parker missed the first 17 games to rest and then averaged 19.4 points and 10.1 rebounds in her final 16 games.

Parker, who turns 30 in...

February 11, 2016 - 5:53pm
12 min 54 sec ago

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson now says the school hopes to name a new athletic director by the end of February.

Robin Kaler is a spokeswoman for the flagship Urbana-Champaign campus. She said Wilson made the statement Thursday in response to a question after a talk to local business leaders about the status of the state budget and other university issues.

The university is looking for a replacement...

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