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July 27, 2016 - 1:12pm
5 min 28 sec ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Federation: 11 more weightlifters, including 4 Russians, tested positive in retest of 2012 London Olympics samples.

July 27, 2016 - 1:05pm
5 min 28 sec ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's reluctance to link hits to the head in hockey with a degenerative brain disease found in several deceased former players has reached Congress.

League attorneys filed Bettman's letter to Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal with U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who's presiding over the concussion lawsuit against the NHL. Bettman's 24-page response to Blumenthal was dated Friday. He said research on the link...

July 27, 2016 - 1:00pm
5 min 28 sec ago

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, England (AP) — For once, it's not what Lionel Messi is doing with his feet that's creating a stir.

After dyeing his hair peroxide blond, the Barcelona forward will stand out even more in matches.

The 29-year-old Argentine revealed the new hairdo, covering previously dark locks, at the Spanish champions' pre-season training camp in England.

Defender Aleix Vidal seemed bemused to be asked about Messi's hair on...

July 27, 2016 - 12:52pm
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are getting ready for the season — and the prospect of playing their first four games without quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots reported for training camp on Wednesday. Brady can take part in practice and the preseason, but he will miss the first four regular-season games. That's his punishment for his part in what the league found to be a scheme to illegally deflate footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game....

July 27, 2016 - 12:37pm
5 min 28 sec ago

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are signing running back Bernard Pierce and waiving running back Zac Stacy, who failed his physical after missing the last half of last season with a broken left ankle.

Pierce ran for just 11 yards on six carries in seven games last season with Jacksonville after spending his first three NFL seasons with Baltimore. He ran for a career-best 532 yards as a rookie with the Ravens in 2012 after being a third-round pick out of...

July 27, 2016 - 12:19pm
5 min 28 sec ago

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have signed safety Kurt Coleman to a three-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

Coleman led the Panthers and finished tied for third in the NFL with career-high seven interceptions in his first season in Carolina last year. He contributed to a team that ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense and led the NFL in interceptions (24), takeaways (39) and points off turnovers (148).

The 28-year-...

July 27, 2016 - 12:14pm
5 min 28 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — The San Diego Padres made a few roster moves before Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, recalling utilityman Alexi Amarista and left-hander Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso.

The newcomers replace outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., who was traded to Toronto on Tuesday, and third baseman Yangervis Solarte, who was placed on the family leave list and will miss from three to seven days.

Solarte is batting .290 with 10 home runs and 40...

July 27, 2016 - 12:06pm
5 min 27 sec ago

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short says he won't stage a contract holdout this season while awaiting a new deal from the Carolina Panthers.

Short reported to training camp on time Wednesday and says he'll play this season under his current deal if he doesn't receive a contract extension. The defending NFC champions begin practice Thursday night at Wofford College.

Short says "It's not about the contract, it's about...

July 27, 2016 - 12:04pm
5 min 27 sec ago

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Defending champion Jason Day got his first look at Baltusrol on Wednesday — one day before the start of the PGA Championship.

Day is an example of how the Olympics have crowded the golf schedule this year. He went from the British Open to Toronto to defend his title in the Canadian Open, and now he plays the final major of the year.

The world's No. 1 player decided to take Monday off to conserve his energy, and then he missed...

July 27, 2016 - 12:01pm
5 min 27 sec ago

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union says there were no cases of riders using hidden motors inside their bikes on this year's Tour de France.

In a statement Wednesday, the UCI said that 3,773 tests "using magnetic resistance technology" were carried out unannounced "prior, during or after racing, throughout the 21 stages of the (race)" and that they all came back negative.

A magnetic resistance test is carried out with a tablet...

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