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FCC drops blackout rule; NFL won't budge
The FCC votes to eliminate its sports blackout rules, but the NFL says it doesn't plan to change the way its broadcasts are handled.

Epstein: Cubs aiming for postseason in 2015
The Cubs aren't yet ready to go all-in for the World Series, but believe they finally have a team that can battle for a postseason berth next year.

A's put Dunn on bench for opener vs. Royals
In a winner-take-all game where runs figure to be at a premium, the Athletics prioritized defense over the potential for more scoring chances with a surprise starting lineup that puts Adam Dunn on the bench.

Piling up: Hawley among 3 losses for Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have lost starting center Joe Hawley, starting right tackle Lamar Holmes and starting strong safety William Moore.

NFL: Penalty on Chiefs S for prayer wrong
Husain Abdullah should not have received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after dropping to his knees and bowing in prayer following a 39-yard interception return for a touchdown during the Kansas City Chiefs' 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots

Sources: Yanks start work on Cashman deal
The New York Yankees have begun the process of constructing a new contract for longtime general manager Brian Cashman, sources close to the situation said.

NC St. coach apologizes for FSU comments
NC State coach Dave Doeren apologized to Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher on Tuesday after accusing the Seminoles of faking injuries in their win over the Wolfpack on Saturday.

Lions TE injured while potty-training puppy
Joseph Fauria finally explained how he sprained his left ankle, and the story is almost too unbelievable to be true.

The house where Rockne lived hits market
The house in South Bend, Indiana, where Knute Rockne lived at the time of this death goes on the market for $500,000

Pacquiao says Mayweather 'should fear God'
A wellspring of outside-the-ring sparring between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao reached a crescendo Monday with Pacquiao citing Bible verse while saying he was unaffected by the pound-for-pound king's barbs.

Michigan apologizes for how QB injury handled
The Michigan Wolverines football staff made mistakes due to a "serious lack of communication" while dealing with quarterback Shane Morris' head injury, athletic director Dave Brandon said.

Ronaldo, Messi take aim at UCL scoring mark Video
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two giants of the world game, are competing for yet another prize as the rivals take aim at the Champions League's all-time scoring record.

Westbrook agrees with 'best PG in NBA' label
Thunder coach Scott Brooks believes that Russell Westbrook is the "best point guard in basketball" -- and Westbrook couldn't argue with his coach's assessment Monday.

Harbaugh: 'Bunch of crap' 49ers want him out
Jim Harbaugh had a succinct reaction to Deion Sanders' report on the league-owned NFL Network that his San Francisco 49ers players want him gone.

Scott: Lakers as underdogs adds fuel to fire
No one expects much from the Los Angeles Lakers this season and that's just fine with the Lakers heading into the start of training camp on Tuesday.

Charles sends Chiefs to colossal rout of Pats
Jamaal Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns, Tom Brady was picked off twice and the Kansas City Chiefs beat New England 41-14 on Monday night to hand Bill Belichick one of his worst losses as coach of the Patriots.

Cardinals' Dwyer charged with hitting wife
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife in two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.

Neutral arbitrator will rule on Rice appeal
A neutral arbitrator, rather than commissioner Roger Goodell or someone appointed by him, will rule on the NFL Players Association's appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, according to a copy of an email obtained by ESPN.

UCF: Racism claims vs. O'Leary 'without merit'
The University of Central Florida has denied accusations that coach George O'Leary made racist remarks.

Astros introduce Hinch as new manager
The Houston Astros have hired A.J. Hinch as their new manager.

Orton takes over for Manuel as Bills QB
The Buffalo Bills made a change at quarterback Monday, benching first-round pick EJ Manuel in favor of veteran Kyle Orton.

Colts' Landry gets 4-game ban for PEDs
Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Azinger: No more 'lone wolf' U.S. captains
Paul Azinger says PGA of America should emulate Europe's Ryder Cup model

FSU upset by NC St.'s fake injury accusations
NC State almost upset top-ranked Florida State on Saturday. Two days later, it was Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher who was upset after hearing that Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren accused Florida State of faking injuries.

Stewart on retiring: Never thought about it
Three-time NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart doesn't see himself getting behind the wheel of a sprint car but said Monday that he will continue his racing career.

Girardi: Rodriguez no shoo-in to start in '15
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Alex Rodriguez not guaranteed to start in 2015

OTL: Doctor says Belcher had CTE signs
The brain of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher showed signs of pervasive brain damage like that found in other deceased NFL players, OTL has learned.

Leagues file to bar New Jersey sports betting
Attorneys for the NCAA, NFL and other professional sports leagues say New Jersey is trying to circumvent federal law and under no circumstances can sports betting be conducted at the state's racetracks at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands.

Cowboys lose CB Claiborne (knee) for season
Morris Claiborne's season has come to an end because of a torn patellar tendon in his left knee suffered in the Dallas Cowboys' win Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Rockets GM jabs back at Mavs' Cuban's digs
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey responded to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's latest swipes against him, saying in a published interview that if the money's equal, free agents will always pick Houston over Dallas.

Twins fire skip Gardenhire after 13 seasons
The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons with the team.

Strong to Goodell: Colleges can do better job
College football programs need to do a better job of molding players into responsible adults, Texas coach Charlie Strong said Monday, a day after he visited with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

LSU to start freshman QB Harris vs. Auburn
Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris will make his first college start on Saturday at No. 5 Auburn, LSU coach Les Miles said Monday

Melo has 'unfinished business' with Knicks
Carmelo Anthony said Monday that he decided to re-sign with the New York Knicks, in part, to take care of "unfinished business."

Williams doubtful as Panthers' backfield reels
The Carolina Panthers are facing tough times at running back as starter DeAngelo Williams is doubtful heading into Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.

Forbes: Clips' Ballmer richest owner at $22.5B
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, who at a net worth of $22.5 billion, is the richest American owner of a sports team.

Bridgewater feeling better, hopeful vs. Pack
The sprained left ankle of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is not serious, and the Minnesota Vikings are hopeful he will play against Green Bay.

Peterson sends Vikings a motivational text
Before their 41-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings got a motivational message from a familiar source: Adrian Peterson.

Jets QB Smith curses at fan after loss to Lions
Embattled quarterback Geno Smith lost his cool after the New York Jets' third straight loss, shouting an obscenity at a heckler as he walked off the field Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Sugar Ray stirs pot on Mayweather-Pacquiao
Sugar Ray Leonard knows firsthand how the weight of history can illuminate a boxing career. Leonard says it's that principle that is now pressing the dial of demand for a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight above all else

Boston greats honor Jeter in final MLB game
With a soldout Fenway Park packed with New York Yankees fans chanting Derek Jeter's name, the Boston Red Sox honored the retiring New York captain.

Zimmermann's no-hitter preserved by grab
Jordan Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter by a Washington Nationals pitcher, the gem preserved by a diving catch in left field by defensive replacement Steven Souza Jr.

Gordon wins in Dover; 4 ousted from Chase
Jeff Gordon has won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and is part of a 12-driver field that advanced to the next round.

Altuve talks self into lineup, wins batting title
Jose Altuve was added to the Houston Astros' lineup after the team reversed course on its original decision to bench him -- against his wishes -- in an attempt to protect his lead in the American League batting race.

Lefty: U.S. should revert to Azinger formula
After another frustrating defeat at the Ryder Cup -- the eighth in 10 appearances dating to 1995 -- Phil Mickelson wondered why the United States abandoned the plan that worked during their last victory in 2008.

Florida State still No. 1 in AP poll after rally
Florida State stays at No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after a second straight comeback victory, but support for the Seminoles is waning.

Kansas fires Weis for lack of on-field progress
Charlie Weis was fired as Kansas' football coach, the team announced Sunday.

McIlroy win helps Europe retain Ryder Cup
Europe won the Ryder Cup on Sunday for the third straight time behind two big rallies early and a great shot by Jamie Donaldson to finish off the Americans.

Sources: Suh likely to bolt Lions; NY on mind
A quarter of the way through the season, the Detroit Lions are preparing to lose free-agent-to-be Ndamukong Suh and he is preparing to move on, according to league sources.

Sources: McDonald faces discipline if charged
If charges are ever filed against San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald on an alleged assault of his fiancee, the team is prepared to discipline McDonald with a suspension or termination of contract, according to league sources.

Bengals: Nearly $1M raised by Still jerseys
The Bengals announced Sunday that in the nearly three weeks since beginning the fundraiser, they had sold nearly 10,000 of Devon Still's jerseys, and had approached $1 million raised.

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