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Mariners fire GM Jack Zduriencik

General manager Jack Zduriencik was fired by the Seattle Mariners on Friday in the midst of a disappointing 59-69 season for a team many experts pegged as a contender entering the year.

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Illinois cans coach after player complaints

The University of Illinois has fired its head football coach after allegations that he mistreated players who were injured and threatened to take away their scholarships against school policy.

Tim Beckman had been accused by several players, many who ...

Simona Halep, Serena Williams

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US Open 2015: Serena not the only storyline

Trying to become the first player in 27 years to win all four grand slams in the same season, much of the attention ahead of the U.S. Open justifiably focuses on Serena Williams.

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Dawkins dies of heart attack at 58

Darryl Dawkins, the NBA star known as "Chocolate Thunder" because of his powerful dunks, died of a heart attack Thursday.

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Notre Dame DL loses eligibility appeal

The NCAA denied an appeal by Notre Dame defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, who was suspended last season as part of an academic fraud case but was seeking permission to play this season. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly confirmed the ruling ...

Anthony DeSclafani of the Cincinnati Reds, August 2015

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MLB roundup: Dodgers, Greinke blank Reds

CINCINNATI -- Zack Greinke allowed four hits in seven innings, and Yasmani Grandal drove in the lone run with a bases-loaded grounder, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 victory and a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Thursda...

MotoGp Of Great Britain - Previews

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Rossi and Lorenzo resume duel at Silverstone

Britain's lightning-fast Silverstone circuit hosts round 12 of the MotoGP Championship this weekend with Movistar Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi dueling for the overall lead.

With both riders on 211 points, the result of Sunday's ...

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Palin: ESPN 'buys into ISIS propaganda'

Sarah Palin tore into ESPN on Thursday night, calling the network "whimpering" and "intolerant" for suspending baseball analyst Curt Schilling for a tweet comparing radical Muslims to Nazis.

In a Facebook post, Palin accused ESPN of buying into terro...

Usain Bolt, Aug. 27, 2015

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Usain Bolt completes sprint double

Usain Bolt saw off rival Justin Gatlin for a second time at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing Thursday to add 200 meter gold to his 100m title.

Bolt, who overcame the doubters with his 100m victory Sunday, crossed the finish line in 19.55 s...

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Asia's richest man buys World Triathlon for $650 million

The "Ironman" brand has a new owner.

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has agreed to pay $650 million for World Triathlon Corporation, in the latest expansion of his growing sports empire. World Triathlon organizes Ironman events and controls the bran...

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, 2011

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Derrick Rose accused of raping ex-girlfriend

A former girlfriend of Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has filed a lawsuit against the NBA player and two of his friends, claiming that they drugged and gang-raped her two years ago.

A representative for Rose said Thursday the allegations are "...

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NFL arrest rate lower than for all men 20-39

Ray Rice. Adrian Peterson. Greg Hardy. Ray McDonald. All of them are current or former NFL players that generated numerous headlines for their run-ins with the law.

Go back further, and more names surface, like Michael Vick for dogfighting. The numero...

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NFL arrest rate lower than for all men 20-39

Ray Rice. Adrian Peterson. Greg Hardy. Ray McDonald. All of them are current or…

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Packers confirm WR Nelson is out for season

The Green Bay Packers confirmed Monday that No. 1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson will…

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Free agent Michael Vick to visit Steelers

Michael Vick is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday with…

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Cris Carter to NFL rookies: Get a 'fall guy'

In an NFL orientation meeting meant to aid in decision-making, NFL rookies were…

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Jordy Nelson initially diagnosed with torn ACL

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson left Sunday's preseason game against…

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NFL roundup: Bradford debuts in Eagles' win

Sam Bradford made his debut for the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday night, leading…

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Illinois cans coach after player complaints

The University of Illinois has fired its head football coach after allegations that…

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College football notebook: Nebraska WR Pierson-El out 6-8 weeks

Nebraska wide receiver and punt returner De'Mornay Pierson-El is out six to eight…

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Indiana University lands $53.6 million deal with Adidas

Indiana University just extended its contract with Adidas and got a huge raise in…

Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams

Arkansas RB Williams out for the season

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced on Monday that running back Jonathan…

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Northwestern football players lose bid to start union

In a victory for the NCAA, a federal labor board blocked an effort by members of…

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Snoop Dogg's son quits UCLA football team

UCLA freshman Cordell Broadus, a four-star wide receiver recruit and son of rapper…


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