State & National News

October 8, 2015 - 1:56pm
10 hours 7 min ago

Watch any of the weekend's college football games and it's hard to go even 30 minutes without seeing a commercial for DraftKings and FanDuel.

As a debate intensifies about whether the loosely regulated industry should be considered gambling, the ads are creating an uncomfortable association for the NCAA, which has strict rules for its players on sports wagering.

But the sites — which allow participants to pay an entry fee for a chance to earn payouts...

October 8, 2015 - 1:51pm
10 hours 27 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — An investment bank hired by Indians owner Paul Dolan has identified a potential minority partner for the franchise and may be near a deal.

Steve Greenberg, managing director of Allen & Company, a New York-based financial boutique that has brokered sports acquisitions in the past, said Thursday the search has narrowed on a "small group." Greenberg said the hope is the deal would be finished by the end of the year.

Greenberg said a...

October 8, 2015 - 1:50pm
10 hours 27 min ago

TORONTO (AP) — Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is batting fifth for the Toronto Blue Jays in their first playoff game in 22 years.

Tulowitzki missed most of the final three weeks of the regular season after breaking his left shoulder blade in a collision with teammate Kevin Pillar. He played two of the final three games, batting seventh.

Manager John Gibbons says it was an easy decision to put Tulowitzki behind sluggers Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and...

October 8, 2015 - 1:40pm
11 hours 7 min ago

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White is back with the team and says he is encouraged about his role following a meeting with coach Dan Quinn.

White said Thursday he missed Wednesday's practice to be with his mother, who had surgery. He said the surgery went well.

White complained about his diminished role in Atlanta's offense earlier in the week. On Thursday he said it's "really not a controversy." After meeting with Quinn...

October 8, 2015 - 1:33pm
11 hours 7 min ago

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Leonte Carroo says he is well aware of how lucky he is to be back on the football field.

The Rutgers receiver returned to practice Thursday after charges that he attacked a woman he used to date after a game Sept. 12 were dropped.

Coach Kyle Flood reinstated Carroo on Wedensday, a day after a judge dismissed simple assault charges.

Carroo declined to get into details of the incident. There are still simple...

October 8, 2015 - 1:31pm
11 hours 7 min ago

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Michel Platini says allegations against him are "astonishingly vague," vows to contest ban.

October 8, 2015 - 1:28pm
11 hours 7 min ago

WOBURN, England (AP) — England's Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied his final two holes to card a seven-under par round of 64 and lead by one stroke on the first day of the British Masters at Woburn on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Fitzpatrick made six birdies and an eagle in his opening round to edge ahead of Marc Warren, Lee Slattery, Soren Kjeldsen and Robert Karlsson, who all shot a 65.

Bridgestone Invitational winner Shane Lowry is two shots behind...

October 8, 2015 - 1:23pm
9 hours 7 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Baseball fans converging on downtown St. Louis for the first-round playoffs series between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs can expect a greater police presence.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says officers will be in greater numbers for the best-of-five series that gets under way Friday. Game 2 is on Saturday.

A local business promotion group, Downtown STL Inc., says it will provide guides who will be able to help direct fans...

October 8, 2015 - 1:16pm
11 hours 27 min ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's rookie season is off to an even better start now after a statistical correction improved his passer rating and completion percentage.

The Titans announced Thursday that the Elias Sports Bureau corrected an incomplete pass on the first offensive play of Tennessee's opening 42-14 win at Tampa Bay by changing the scoring.

A penalty was called on the play, and Mariota originally was credited...

October 8, 2015 - 12:46pm
12 hours 27 min ago

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says its executive committee has 'full confidence' in Platini despite FIFA suspension.

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