State & National News

August 31, 2015 - 3:59pm
9 min 35 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The second-year player's appeal of the suspension was denied by the NFL on Monday.

Bryant became a key target for Ben Roethlisberger toward the end of the 2014 season, making 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a fourth-round draft pick...

August 31, 2015 - 3:57pm
9 min 35 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — Graham Leggat, a longtime soccer commentator in Canada who played for Scotland in the 1958 World Cup and coached in the NASL in the 1970s, has died. He was 81.

His death was announced Monday by TSN, where Legatt was a network host from 1986 to 2000. Known for his Scottish brogue, Leggat helped expand soccer's profile in Canada, covering five World Cups and two Olympics. He covered World Cup soccer for CBC in 1974.

Leggat came to Canada...

August 31, 2015 - 3:56pm
9 min 35 sec ago

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU officials say football coach Les Miles had to go to the hospital Monday morning as a precaution after not feeling well.

Athletic director Joe Alleva says, "Coach Miles was a little bit under the weather this morning in his office. He went down to see the trainers and they told him it would be best for him to go to the hospital. They wanted him checked out on a precautionary basis."

The 61-year-old Miles did not show up for...

August 31, 2015 - 3:53pm
9 min 35 sec ago

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Art Briles says his team isn't distracted by a potential investigation of how the athletic department handled a sexual assault complaint against former transfer Sam Ukwuachu.

Baylor President Ken Starr has recommended an independent review. Briles said Monday that such a situation would be good. Other than that, Briles said he and his fourth-ranked Bears are focused on Friday night's opener at SMU.

Ukwuachu was...

August 31, 2015 - 3:22pm
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Monday
At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
New York
Purse: $42.3 million
Surface: Hard-Outdoor
Singles
Men
First Round

Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, def. Yen-hsun Lu, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-3, 3-0, retired.

David Goffin (14), Belgium, def. Simone Bolelli, Italy, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2....

August 31, 2015 - 3:13pm
9 min 35 sec ago

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a former college football player for violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing money to a former Tar Heels player and illegally contacting another about signing a contract.

Christopher Hawkins faces four counts of violating the Uniform Athlete Agents Act. He was arrested in May on the same charges, including two counts of inducement for providing former UNC player Robert Quinn with $13,700 and helping him...

August 31, 2015 - 3:13pm
9 min 35 sec ago

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor, who has won the starting job after a three-way quarterback competition during the offseason.

Coach Rex Ryan announced his decision following practice on Monday.

Taylor won the job over former Bills starter and 2013 first-round draft pick EJ Manuel, and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota.

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August 31, 2015 - 3:13pm
9 min 35 sec ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee's top development official and its chief financial officer will soon present details showing the proposed final piece of a $500 million funding puzzle for a new arena for the NBA's Bucks.

Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux is expected Monday to publicly lay out how the city plans to generate its $47 million share of public funding. Comptroller Martin Matson will give his fiscal analysis at the afternoon hearing.

The...

August 31, 2015 - 3:06pm
9 min 35 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — A courtroom artist who some Internet critics say made New England quarterback Tom Brady look like an aging cartoon villain has gotten a wave and a "thank you" from the superstar.

Jane Rosenberg returned to Manhattan federal court Monday several weeks after her drawing at Brady's first "Deflategate" hearing became a trending topic on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

She says she was nearly alone in court finishing her...

August 31, 2015 - 2:51pm
9 min 35 sec ago

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An internal email says University of Iowa athletics department administrators ordered a female be hired for an assistant track coaching job in 2013.

Attorneys for Mike Scott, a male coach who says he was illegally passed over for the job, received the email last week and provided it to The Associated Press. They're portraying it as a strong piece of evidence that will help prove his gender discrimination allegations.

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