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July 25, 2016 - 5:44pm
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Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is appealing her ban from the Olympics, saying it was based on incorrect information and dubious legal grounds.

Stepanova sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee contending she never said she wouldn't compete for the Russian team, as the IOC stated. The IOC would not make any exception for her to compete under a neutral flag.

She says the IOC's ban of any Russian athlete who has previously...

July 25, 2016 - 5:39pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing will field an Xfinity Series team next season when it moves to Ford.

No driver or sponsor was announced Monday for the team, which will be full-time in 2017. SHR fields four full-time Sprint Cup Series teams.

SHR won Cup titles in 2011 with team co-owner Tony Stewart and in 2014 with Kevin Harvick. Stewart is retiring at the end of the season and will be replaced by Clint Bowyer.

The...

July 25, 2016 - 5:36pm
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years.

Fielder got a second opinion Monday, and general manager Jon Daniels says Dr. Drew Dossett recommended surgery. That was the same as Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles said last week after an MRI showed a herniation between Fielder's C4 and C5 disks.

Dossett, a specialist in Texas, performed Fielder's surgery...

July 25, 2016 - 5:35pm
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has a chance to join elite company in college football this season.

Collins was given a $300,000 raise this year and has a chance to make $1 million annually. Only nine assistant coaches made $1 million in 2015, according to USA Today.

Responding to a public records request, the University Athletic Association released details of Collins' new contract along with several of coach Jim...

July 25, 2016 - 5:32pm
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. warned Monday his return to NASCAR could take longer than planned.

NASCAR's most popular driver is scheduled to miss his third consecutive race this Sunday with concussion-like symptoms. On his weekly podcast, he said he will have another evaluation "soon" to see "what kind of gains we've made and get in front of my doctors . and let them tell me where they think I'm at and that will help us make the decision on what we're going...

July 25, 2016 - 5:06pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have put star defensive end J.J. Watt on the physically unable to perform list less than a week before training camp begins.

The move, which was expected, comes after Watt recently had back surgery. The NFL sacks leader last season with 17 ½ is expected to be ready for the season opener.

The 27-year-old Watt played last season with a herniated disk and spent most of the offseason recovering after surgery to repair a...

July 25, 2016 - 5:03pm
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TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and will lead off against San Diego on Monday night.

Catcher Russell Martin, who missed the past three games with a sore left knee, is also back in the lineup as the Blue Jays welcome the Padres to Toronto for the first time.

Outfielder Junior Lake was designated for assignment to make room for Bautista, who's been out since June 16 with a sore left big...

July 25, 2016 - 5:00pm
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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have released Kyshoen Jarrett after the safety failed his physical before training camp.

Jarrett sustained nerve damage to a shoulder in the regular-season finale against Dallas. He didn't participate in any offseason activities. Coach Jay Gruden said in May that the 23-year-old player was seeing a specialist in Denver.

Jarrett, a Virginia Tech product, appeared in all 16 regular-season games in his rookie...

July 25, 2016 - 4:52pm
6 min 3 sec ago

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have signed 7-foot Virginia center Mike Tobey.

Financial terms were not disclosed Monday.

Tobey averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes in four seasons at Virginia. He shot 62.2 percent last season, third best in the ACC. He won the ACC's Sixth Man of the Year as a junior.

Hornets general manager Rich Cho says Tobey impressed during minicamp and the summer league. He calls...

July 25, 2016 - 4:26pm
6 min 3 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with Brayden Schenn, signing the forward to a $20.5 million, four-year contract.

Schenn will count $5.125 million against the salary through the 2019-20 season. Agent Don Meehan confirmed the terms of the deal.

The 24-year-old had 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points last season. Schenn has 84 goals and 109 assists for 193 points in 354 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Kings and...

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