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August 25, 2016 - 4:51pm
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Elina Svitolina advanced to the Connecticut Open semifinals Thursday with a relatively easy 6-3, 6-1 victory over Olympics doubles champion Elena Vesnina.

Svitolina, the 21-year-old Ukrainian player who upset Serena Williams in Rio, outran her Russian opponent and took advantage of 33 unforced errors. Svitolina will face Johanna Larsson on Friday.

Larsson continued her improbable run in New Haven, upsetting second-seeded...

August 25, 2016 - 4:30pm
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson starred while her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt missed the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Games on Thursday.

Thompson, the double gold medalist in 100 and 200, took center stage at Athletissima to time 10.78 seconds with a slight tailwind — just .07 outside her time in the Rio final and .08 behind her world-leading time this season.

It was more Thompson's...

August 25, 2016 - 4:23pm
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos rode a dominant defense to the Super Bowl title last season, but this year the offense wants to carry its share of the responsibility.

It seems improbable after Peyton Manning retired and his backup, Brock Osweiler, signed as a free agent with Houston, but the players believe this year's offensive unit is stronger than last year's. Denver netted 5,688 yards, its lowest total since 2011.

Quarterback Trevor...

August 25, 2016 - 4:11pm
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James McCann had a three-run homer among his four hits, Daniel Norris pitched into the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers completed a sweep at Minnesota with an 8-5 victory on Thursday for the Twins' seventh straight defeat.

The Tigers, trying to stay close in the wild-card race, are 10-2 against the Twins this year. They stretched their winning streak at Target Field to eight games.

Norris (2-2) struck out five in 6 1/3 innings...

August 25, 2016 - 4:11pm
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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brett Stegmaier has withdrawn from The Barclays with a wrist injury, ending his season.

In his first full season on the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old Stegmaier had three top 10s, including a runner-up finish in Las Vegas last October. He was at No. 101 in the FedEx Cup standings. The withdrawal means he will not be among the top 100 who advance to the next playoff event.

Stegmaier was coming off a tie for fifth last week in the...

August 25, 2016 - 4:03pm
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ST .PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Enny Romero earned his first major league save, relieving with two outs in the ninth inning and fanning Red Sox slugger David Ortiz to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 2-1 win Wednesday and a four-game split with the Red Sox.

After Tyler Sturdevant struck out Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to begin the ninth, Romero was summoned. Romero sent Ortiz to the ground with a high-and-tight 1-2 fastball, then got him to look at strike three....

August 25, 2016 - 3:57pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm earned the top spots on the WNBA's list of best-selling jerseys and team merchandise.

The league announced Thursday that the former Connecticut star and rookie for the Storm was No. 1, followed by Skylar Diggins of the Dallas Wings and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky.

Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Shoni Schimmel of the New York Liberty rounded out the top five in jersey sales....

August 25, 2016 - 3:19pm
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — SEC West rivals Alabama and LSU each had 13 players make the coaches preseason all-conference teams.

The Crimson Tide had three players picked as first-teamers on each side of the ball Thursday, including wide receiver Calvin Ridley, left tackle Cam Robinson, tight end O.J. Howard, defensive end Jonathan Allen, safety Eddie Jackson and linebacker Reuben Foster. Punter JK Scott is also a first-teamer.

Making the team for LSU...

August 25, 2016 - 3:14pm
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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed didn't break anything Thursday except par.

Two days after Reed broke the gavel during the ceremonial closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, the American kept a clean card and shot 5-under 66 to share the early lead with Martin Laird at The Barclays.

Laird also played bogey-free at Bethpage Black.

They had a one-shot lead over Emiliano Grillo and a pair of Ryder Cup hopefuls, Rickie...

August 25, 2016 - 2:46pm
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are trading disappointing linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the New England Patriots for a 2017 fifth-round pick.

The Browns selected Mingo with the No. 6 pick in 2013. The former LSU standout has recorded just seven sacks in three seasons and spent much of last season on special teams.

Mingo's size — 6-foot-4, 240 pounds — and speed have made him intriguing, but none of Cleveland's coaching staffs has found the...

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