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August 24, 2016 - 2:57pm
9 min 49 sec ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coach Ron Rivera says defensive tackle Kawann Short is "too important a player" for the Panthers not to sign him to a long-term contract.

Short has one year remaining on his rookie deal. He's outperformed his current contract, recording 11 sacks last season while being named NFC Player of the Month twice.

Rivera said Wednesday that "somewhere along the line, those are good guys, they'll figure it out. I believe they will...

August 24, 2016 - 2:50pm
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have signed top draft pick Brandon Ingram and Chinese NBA veteran Yi Jianlian.

Ingram was the No. 2 overall pick in this summer's draft. The Duke product's rookie contract is expected to be worth more than $23 million over four years.

The 28-year-old Yi hasn't played in the NBA since 2011-12 with Dallas. The former No. 6 overall draft pick by Milwaukee spent five seasons in the NBA, averaging a career-...

August 24, 2016 - 2:42pm
9 min 49 sec ago

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Keane will retire from international play for Ireland after a match with Oman next week in Dublin.

The LA Galaxy captain made the announcement Wednesday through his MLS club.

The 36-year-old Keane is Ireland's longtime captain and career leader in goals (67) and appearances (145) over an 18-year international career. He played for Ireland at the 2002 World Cup and in the European Championship in 2012 and 2016, but was no...

August 24, 2016 - 2:42pm
9 min 49 sec ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers have withdrawn their contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa and will restructure a new deal that takes into account his absence from the team.

The Chargers' statement Wednesday said they believe "Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16-game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games." They characterized their previous offers to the Ohio state defensive end...

August 24, 2016 - 2:41pm
9 min 49 sec ago

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater says he'll play this weekend in the first game at the team's new stadium.

Bridgewater was coy after practice Wednesday about his shoulder injury, but he said "of course" when asked if he's expecting to take the field Sunday for the opener at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings host San Diego, and the third exhibition contest is typically when the starters play the longest in the preseason....

August 24, 2016 - 2:36pm
9 min 49 sec ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — American Shelby Rogers has lost to Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-6 (1), 6-4 at the Connecticut Open.

The 23-year-old Rogers managed one point in the first-set tiebreaker. She trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning two straight games. Larsson, ranked No. 62, needed four match points while serving at 5-4 to win.

Larsson, a lucky loser, will face No. 8 Roberta Vinci of Italy. She defeated Ana Konjuh of Croatia 6-2, 6-2....

August 24, 2016 - 2:35pm
9 min 49 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Sweden has added Hampus Lindholm to its World Cup roster and removed two-time Olympian Niklas Kronwall from the 23-man team.

The Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced the move Wednesday.

Kronwall was limited to 64 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season because of a knee injury. The 35-year-old defenseman has 74 goals and 365 points over 12 NHL seasons.

Lindholm is on Sweden's top hockey team for the first...

August 24, 2016 - 2:23pm
9 min 49 sec ago

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of a Notre Dame cornerback accused of tackling a police officer and punching him during an altercation outside a bar.

St. Joseph Superior Court Magistrate Elizabeth Hardtke entered the preliminary plea Wednesday for Devin Butler on felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.

Butler wore a white shirt and black tie during the court...

August 24, 2016 - 2:02pm
9 min 49 sec ago

LITTLE AXE, Okla. (AP) — Several Oklahoma schools are providing equipment and gear to a rival high school football team whose locker room caught fire this week.

The fire caused significant damage to helmets, jerseys, pads, cleats and other gear inside the field house locker room at Little Axe High School, about 25 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The Norman Fire Department says it's still investigating the cause of Monday's blaze, but estimates the cost of the damage at...

August 24, 2016 - 2:01pm
9 min 49 sec ago

OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt has agreed to a one-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2021-22 season.

Athletic director Tim Kenney announced Wednesday that Schmidt and his staff have also earned pay raises, which are being funded through private donations.

Schmidt has a 146-132 record in nine seasons with the Atlantic 10 Conference program. Last year, Schmidt was voted A-10 coach of the year...

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