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Wizards re-sign guard Marcus Thornton

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:39 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards have re-signed reserve guard Marcus Thornton.

General manager Ernie Grunfeld announced the move Thursday, calling Thornton "a proven veteran who gives us experience and scoring off the bench and will add depth at the two-guard position."

Thornton averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games with the Wizards last season after signing as a free agent March 9 when he was waived by the Houston Rockets.

3 killed during Colombia's celebration of soccer title

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:33 PM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's celebration of victory in the South American club soccer championship has ended in violence, with three fans killed in a night of boisterous revelry.

Authorities say they registered more than 600 street fights after Medellin's Atletico Nacional defeated Ecuador's Independiente del Valle 1-0 in Wednesday night's Copa Libertadores final.

It was Nacional's second-ever title in the premier South American club tournament and the first by a Colombian team since 2004.

Coyotes sign Connor Murphy to 6-year deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:18 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Connor Murphy to a six-year contract.

Terms of the deal announced on Thursday were not released.

The 23-year-old Murphy had six goals and 11 assists in 78 games with the Coyotes last season. He has 11 goals and 21 assists in 181 career games after being drafted with the 20th overall pick of the 2011 NHL draft.

Cavaliers re-sign veteran forward Richard Jefferson

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:13 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Veteran forward Richard Jefferson has re-signed with the NBA champion Cavaliers for two seasons after saying he would retire.

Jefferson announced his return earlier this month on his Snapchat account, and the team made it official Thursday. The 36-year-old played a vital role in the team's title run. He made two starts in the postseason and provided leadership on and off the court as the Cavs ended the city's 52-year championship drought.

Jones pulled from Falcons' 1st practice with minor injury

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:12 PM

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons were concerned on the opening day of training camp when star wide receiver Julio Jones was pulled out with what coach Dan Quinn described as a "little tweak."

Quinn wouldn't say what Jones hurt in Thursday's practice. Jones showed no apparent sign of an injury as he walked off the field at the end of practice.

Quinn says he held Jones out even after Jones asked to return. Quinn says he expects Jones to be cleared for Friday's practice.

Jets make Fitzpatrick signing official; Wilkerson on PUP

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:09 PM

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets made the re-signing of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick official, announcing the move less than 10 minutes before the start of the team's first practice of training camp.

Fitzpatrick and the Jets agreed to a one-year deal worth $12 million guaranteed on Wednesday night. The Jets tweeted out a picture of Fitzpatrick signing his deal, and the quarterback is on the field participating in practice Thursday.

F1: frontal cockpit protection to come in 2018

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 02:02 PM

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — The governing body of world motor sports says frontal cockpit protection will be introduced for Formula One cars, although not before the 2018 season, to allow for more testing.

The F1 Strategy Group that includes Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone, six leading teams and FIA President Jean Todt agreed on the move after a meeting in Geneva. Drivers, who spoke strongly in favor of the "Halo" system on Thursday, were hoping it would come into force next season.

White Sox activate Sale from suspension for start vs Cubs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 01:54 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox have activated ace Chris Sale from the suspended list following his jersey-tearing incident ahead of his start against the Cubs in Chicago's crosstown rivalry.

The White Sox optioned right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday to open a roster spot.

Sale will attempt to become the majors' first 15-game winner Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

Browns plan to hold wide receiver Josh Gordon accountable

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 01:50 PM

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon displayed a willingness to change when he met with team officials after being reinstated from a long suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Gordon is back on a conditional basis after being suspended last season for multiple drug violations. Gordon is suspended for the first four games this season, but he's being permitted to interact with the team during the ban — his fourth suspension in four seasons.

Guardiola: Nasri yet to play in pre-season because of weight

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 01:50 PM

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says midfielder Samir Nasri hasn't featured yet in the pre-season friendlies because he is overweight.

Nasri was not in the France squad for the European Championship so returned to pre-season training at City having not played since May.

Guardiola says "Samir arrived a little bit overweight ... but he's much, much better now."

City's new manager hopes the 29-year-old Nasri will have lost the excess weight in two weeks.

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