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Mavunga transfers from North Carolina to Ohio State

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 05:16 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — North Carolina center Stephanie Mavunga is transferring to Ohio State, leaving the Tar Heels without their entire four-player recruiting class ranked No. 1 nationally in 2013.

The school announced the move Saturday. The 6-foot-3 junior averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds for North Carolina and earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore last year.

Rangers add Cole Hamels to the roster

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 05:15 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels was officially added to the Texas Rangers' active roster on Saturday.

The three-time National League All-Star is scheduled to make his American League debut on Saturday night at home against the San Francisco Giants. In his last start for the Philadelphia Phillies, the 31-year-old left-hander no-hit the Chicago Cubs on July 25.

Hamels (6-7) was acquired in a seven-player trade that also brought left-handed reliever Jake Diekman to Texas. Diekman pitched in the Rangers' win over the Giants on Friday night.

Percy Harvin eager to establish fresh start with Bills

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 05:13 PM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills receiver Percy Harvin is at peace with his checkered past, and wants more than anything to put it behind him.

Whatever divisive reputation the talented yet troubled player established during his first six NFL seasons, it's not something Harvin wants accompanying him to Buffalo, his fourth stop in as many years.

Harvin says he's "learned from all my lessons," and is determined to be a better person and teammate.

In 14th season, Hill's career comes full circle with Vikings

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 05:01 PM

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — For Shaun Hill, the choice was easy this offseason about where he wanted to sign as a free agent.

The feeling by the Minnesota Vikings was mutual, so Hill's career has come full circle.

Hill has begun his 14th NFL training camp in the same place where he took part in his first, second, third and fourth. He has returned as the veteran backup to Teddy Bridgewater after starting with Minnesota as a raw quarterback prospect just starting to learn the position.

Peterson, Jones return to Jaguars as coaching interns

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 05:01 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Peterson got chills as he walked onto the practice field to start training camp Friday.

And that was before fans gave him a warm reception.

Peterson, a former NFL linebacker who spent a chunk of his 14-year career in Jacksonville, is back with his former team as one of four intern coaches during camp. Longtime Jaguars fullback Greg Jones is another, along with Troy defensive line coach Bam Hardmon and Princeton assistant Leon Wright.

Healthy Palmer says arm strong as ever, maybe stronger

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 04:56 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Lost in all the talk about Carson Palmer's season-ending torn ACL is the shoulder injury that sidelined him for three games early last season.

He came back to make five starts, and his Arizona Cardinals won them all, but his arm strength was noticeably weakened.

So Palmer rehabbed his shoulder as if it had undergone surgery during the offseason, and says his arm is "as strong as ever, maybe stronger."

Keeping the 35-year-old quarterback healthy is crucial to the Cardinals' lofty aspirations.

Panthers WR Hill carted off the field with right leg injury

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 04:53 PM

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill has been carted off the field with a right leg injury.

Hill attempted to make a catch across the middle during practice Saturday, but came down wrong on his leg and fell to the ground in obvious pain. Trainers taped Hill's knee before helping him on to a cart.

There was no immediate word on the extent of the injury.

The former New York Jets' second-round pick was battling for a roster spot in Carolina. He spent last season on the Panthers' practice squad.

Dixon wins pole, eyes another IndyCar victory at Mid-Ohio

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 04:52 PM

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Scott Dixon looks as dominant as ever at Mid-Ohio after winning the pole for the IndyCar race and setting a track record in the process.

Dixon has won five times in ten starts at this course, and Sunday is shaping up as a terrific opportunity for him to gain ground in the race for the series title. Juan Pablo Montoya leads by 42 points over Graham Rahal, with Dixon another six points back in third place.

Cole Custer races to 1st ARCA victory at Pocono Raceway

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 04:33 PM

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Cole Custer raced to his first career ARCA Series victory Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

The 17-year-old Custer became the ninth first-time winner in the series this season. He drives for JR Motorsports.

Grant Enfinger was second, followed by Matt Kurzejewski, Austin Theriault and Josh Williams.

Enfinger maintained his commanding lead on the series points lead. Custer has one win this season in the NASCAR Truck Series.

Impact beat NYCFC 3-2 in Frank Lampard's MLS debut

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 04:19 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Ignacio Piatti scored a pair of goals and the Montreal Impact spoiled Frank Lampard's MLS debut with a 3-2 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.

The English star energized the sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium when he entered as a substitute in the 69th minute immediately after David Villa closed NYCFC's deficit to 2-1 on a penalty kick.

The Impact (8-8-3) pushed their lead back to two on Piatti's penalty kick in the 84th minute, and Thomas McNamara quickly answered for expansion NYCFC (6-10-6) in the 85th.

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