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Maria Sharapova, 2014 US Open

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Ferrer, Sharapova stunned in US Open

Fourth seed David Ferrer was sent crashing out of the U.S. Open by Frenchman Gilles Simon on Sunday, becoming the biggest men's scalp to be taken so far during the final grand slam of the tennis season, while former women's champion Maria Sharapova also exited.

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Tony Stewart's return to NASCAR cut short

What started as a deeply emotional race for Tony Stewart ended prematurely when a blown tire cut short his return to NASCAR.

Stewart came back to competition Sunday for the first time since his car struck and killed another driver on August 9.

The cr...

Kevin Durant NBA playoffs

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Report: Durant offered $265 million-plus shoe deal

Nike pulled out all the stops to prevent Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant from signing a shoe deal with rival Under Armour. Durant's seven-year contract with Nike is expiring and Under Armour offer him a 10-year deal worth $265 milli...

Kevin Sumlin Texas A&M

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NCAA Week One Review: Sumlin makes the difference at Texas A&M

College football is mostly about two things. Quarterbacks. And the Southeastern Conference. Nowhere did those two themes intersect better than in the first game of the season -- Texas A&M at South Carolina. College football moved on fro...

Kevin Harvick

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Earnhardt: Harvick's contribution goes beyond driving

By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange HAMPTON, Ga. -- Yes, Kevin Harvick made mincemeat of the rest of the field in Saturday night's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. And, yes, Harvick has crafted a ...

Ray McDonald

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Domestic violence charge for 49ers' McDonald

The National Football League's new domestic violence policy will be tested just three days after it was implemented by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

San Jose, California, police arrested the San Francisco 49ers' starting defensive end Ray McDonald on Su...

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Sports betting vs. stock market

Sports gamblers have lots in common with stock market investors. They both believe they can predict the future, and they sometimes fall into the trap of making decisions with their hearts instead of their brains. And of course, they both hate to lose. But don't let those similarities fool you.

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Pro wrestlers shake things up in North Korea

The crowd cheers as the stars make their way to the ring for first pro-wrestling bout North Korea has seen in almost 20 years.

Back then, we're told the spectators thought the action was real.

Now, they're more savvy, and appreciative, clapping loudly ...

Michael Sam, NFL preseason debut

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Rams waive openly gay player Michael Sam

The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team's final 53-man roster.

Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the ...

Ed O'Bannon, New Jersey Nets

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College-athlete pay case nearly didn't happen

College football is changing. About half of the players who put on pads and helmets this weekend will have the opportunity to make money from their sport before they graduate.

Tony Stewart 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup

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Tony Stewart: Racing will help me get through

Tony Stewart says he took the last three weekends off to respect the family of the driver that his race car struck and killed this month, and to deal with his own emotions.

Returning to NASCAR racing this weekend, he says, will help him cope.

Stewart,...

Sara Errani

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U.S Open: Venus Williams loses epic encounter

Venus Williams was the first former champion to fall on Friday at the U.S. Open.

The American lost an epic encounter with world No. 13 Sara Errani as the Italian came through 6-0 0-6 7-6.

Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, also former winners at Flushi...

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Domestic violence charge for 49ers' McDonald

The National Football League's new domestic violence policy will be tested just…

Michael Sam, NFL preseason debut

Rams waive openly gay player Michael Sam

The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the…

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Pats' Logan Mankins traded to Bucs

Logan Mankins apparently wasn't as surprised as quarterback Tom Brady when the New…

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Bills lose Watkins again to ribs injury

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins reaggravated a rib injury during the first…

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Game roundup: Manziel solid in Browns' victory

Brian Hoyer looked sharp and rookie Johnnie Manziel connected for a touchdown as the…

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NFL toughens domestic violence policy

In the wake of criticism over a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running…

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NCAA Week One Review: Sumlin makes the difference at Texas A&M

College football is mostly about two things. Quarterbacks. And the Southeastern…

Ed O'Bannon, New Jersey Nets

College-athlete pay case nearly didn't happen

College football is changing. About half of the players who put on pads and helmets…

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Manziel's successor sets record in A&M rout

No Johnny Football, no problem. Sophomore Kenny Hill showed solid command of the…

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Linebacker DePriest to miss Alabama opener

Alabama senior linebacker Trey DePriest will sit out the season opener against West…

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Report: Trojans RB Madden could miss a month

Southern Cal running back Tre Madden could miss the Trojans' first three games with…

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Southern Cal suspends Shaw

Southern Cal starting cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely Wednesday…

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