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Nationals release former closer Jonathan Papelbon

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ESPN reports that the move to release Papelbon could come as early as today, as the team plans on recalling Reynaldo Lopez for a scheduled start tonight against the Atlanta Braves . As a result, Papelbon was suspended seven games to end his season. Jonathan Papelbon (left) had a rocky relationship with Bryce Harper (middle) during his brief time in Washington. Read More »

Simone Manuel's gold medal is not just for her

And yet peaking before your Olympic moment is a real risk in gymnastics-look at Chellsie Memmel, a former world champ who suffered an injury weeks before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and Jordyn Wieber, who was dominant on the world stage in 2011 before being beat-out in the all-around qualifiers by teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman. Read More »

Upset for Leicester, Tottenham draws as EPL season

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It didn't last long though, as in the 57th minute Robert Snodgrass popped up with this superb volley to give Mike Phelan's side the lead. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic denied Christian Fuchs shortly before the interval, with the defender popping up inside the area after a neat one-two with Musa. Read More »

Rangana Herath hat-trick helps put Sri Lanka in charge

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We have not been able to do that in the first two Test matches. What is particularly concerning, with a blue-chip tour of India to follow from February, is that the Australians have not improved on the sub-continent. Upul Chandana's 10 for 210 in Cairns in 2004 is the only other instance of a Sri Lanka bowler taking a ten-for in Tests against Australia . 21 wickets that fell on the second day's play in Galle - the second highest in a day's play of Tests in Asia. Read More »

Organizers shut pool to treat green water

They blamed the color change on "a sudden decrease in the alkalinity" of the water and pledged that they were treating the pools with chlorine, which caused another set of problems: Water polo players started to complain about burning eyes. Read More »

Carmelo Anthony Is Saving Team USA

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Abby Hornacek won't be following Jeff to New York: Jeff Hornacek's broadcaster daughter, Abby, signed on with digital sports platform 120 Sports and will co-host a nightly highlight show. Although their key player is not in the game, the team won all the three games they have played. Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi had 12 points apiece for the American side, who clinched Group B with the victory. Read More »

Big 12 to engage with 17 schools regarding expansion

It reasons that negotiations and relations with the Fox and ESPN would be a lot better if the Big 12 was contractually obligated to get paid for two teams worth of money instead of four. A decision on expansion could come by October, the report said. The "12" in Big 12 has been a lie ever since Nebraska left for the Big 10 and Colorado left for the Pac-12 in 2011. Read More »

Las Vegas NHL Close to Getting a Team Name

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And Desert Hawks , according to SportsLogos.Net, has never been copyrighted for a pro or college team. Carp believes that Nighthawks is probably the leading choice for the nickname. But the name is going to have Knights somewhere in some fashion, some way. "Or, there is going to be one particular animal, a bird, that we might have available to us that we might use". Read More »

Phelps leaves Lochte in his wake one last time at Olympics

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There's only a ten month age gap between the two of them, but for Lochte, struggling with injuries, this felt like one meet too many. "As a kid I wanted to do something that no one had ever done before and I'm enjoying it". Compatriot Ryan Lochte, the current world record holder in the men's 200m individual medley, was expected to give Phelps a stern test. "Right now I don't know how to wrap my head around that". Read More »

Hookup Games: Tinder usage up among athletes at Rio Olympics

They are extra careful this year because of Zika". We got together a taskforce between the global [sports] federations, the national Olympic committees, WADA and ourselves to target people we thought would be in at-risk sports or from at-risk counties and I think we targeted an extra 700, off the top of my head, before the Games to check that they were clean . Read More »

Marcus Fraser lead a day of firsts for Olympic golf

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A host of abstentions from numerous world's top male players has led to some claiming that Olympic golf should be restricted to the amateur game. "Hopefully we don't have any encounters", Fowler said . Open and Open Championship, but he missed the cut in his last outing at the PGA Championship. He is going for gold though and said in years to come no one would remember the players such as Jason Day , Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy who decided against making the trip. Read More »

Prior to Alex Rodriguez's final game, Derek Jeter reached out to him

He didn't pitch badly, but was lifted in the sixth after giving up one run on six hits. Alex Rodriguez is set to play his final game with the Yankees, and there's no way to predict how it will shake out. The All-Star slugger hit an RBI single in a three-run fourth, then connected the next inning for his third career grand slam. Times are tough for the defending National League champion NY Mets, now just a game above.500 after a 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night . Read More »

Last-second heroics leads Brazil past Spain

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Pau Gasol, a two-time National Basketball Association champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who was the target of obscene chants by Brazilian fans, led Spain with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Llull had 11 points and Sergio Rodriguez added 10. Read More »

Dickerson: Farrell will become a scapegoat for Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez drove in both runs for Boston, which holds a half-game lead on the Detroit Tigers for the second AL wild card. A-Rod is four home runs shy of 700. Alex Rodriguez will eventually discuss his retirement and storied career with Derek Jeter, but now's not the time. Ortiz left Wednesday night's game during an at-bat in the ninth inning after fouling a ball off his shin. Read More »

Poll finds most voters against borrowing for roads

Among Trump voters, dislike of Secretary Clinton is even a larger factor in their choice. And just 12 percent say they would support borrowing money to plug the gap. "Among Trump voters, well over half say they back him because they dislike her". Among likely voters in that poll, Clinton received 43 percent, Trump 37, Johnson 8 and Stein 2 percent. Read More »

Emotional Favre enters Hall of Fame

When Chris Berman began to announce Favre's name at the beginning of the night Saturday, the 20,000-plus started chanting, "Go Pack Go", the same way it did all those Sundays at Lambeau Field. "I'm relieved", he said. "He's different." That's true. Although the enshrinement speech was being watched and heard by countless fans, it felt as if Favre was confiding to us individually in the back of a tavern somewhere in the back woods of his native Mississippi. Read More »

Michael Phelps wins 22nd gold medal

Hagino, who won the 400m medley last weekend, produced a quick finish to pinch silver in 1:56.61, with China's Wang Shun coming through for a surprise bronze in 1:57.05. "I try not to even think about it because then I just get focused on that", he added. Ryan Murphy completed a backstroke double and extended a US winning streak, adding the men's 200 gold to the 100 title he won earlier in the week. Read More »

Deputies investigate fatal shooting as possible road rage

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During the verbal confrontation, investigators say, Padgett warned Durham before he pulled out a gun and shot him at least once. "Padgett began administering first aid for Durham and [waited] for deputies to arrive", the sheriff's department said in a statement . Read More »

Simone Biles Highlights Athletes, Live Coverage From Rio

Biles , 19, an Olympics newcomer, handled the spotlight easily as if it was one of her three all-around world championship titles already. Her score of 62.366 was the day's best, well clear of teammate Aly Raisman (60.607), who had the second-highest, and defending gold medalist teammate Gabby Douglas (60.131). Read More »

Britain's Murray reaches Olympic tennis quarters

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Fognini won the second set 6-2. Tennis is known for its "Big Four" - the leading players in men's singles who have won a combined 51 Grand Slam titles: World No. Among the matches cancelled were all three due to feature Nadal who is still in the singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles. The Brit's recovery was stunning, however, as he reeled off six consecutive games. Read More »

Kenny, Hindes and Skinner strike Great Britain gold in team sprint

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France picked up the bronze medal moments before Team GB's success, pipping Australia to the line in another closely-fought encounter. And they started strongly in the early part of day one in Rio's Olympic Velodrome. GB's Kiwi opponents broke the Olympic record on their way to the final - a record which was set and later broken again by Hindes, Kenny and Skinner over the course of the enthralling event. Read More »

Germany's Engleder wins gold in women's 50m rifle

Diving, women's synchronized 10 meters platform: Another gold for the Chinese in this event, with the duo of Chen Ruolin (fifth Olympic gold) and Liu Huixia winning with a score of 354.00. Australia and Hungary share four a peace and Russia, Italy, South Korea and Japan each have three. This is her first medal in a major worldwide competition. Read More »

Lakers Rumors: Kevin Love The 'Unnamed Trade Target'?

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Since Kevin Love played collegiate basketball for UCLA, the all-star forward would likely welcome a trade to the Lakers, a team that he supported while growing up. OKC at home on January 8. Oklahoma City will be compelling all season after losing Kevin Durant , but keeping Russell Westbrook. It'd certainly make sense to pit the longtime rivals against one another, especially after Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah made the jump from Chicago to NY. Read More »

Rio 2016 Olympics: Rio 2016: USA, Australia impress in basketball openers

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Among his accolades are leading the team to the Gold Medal in 2008 and 2012. Durant was certainly in a rhythm as the four-time National Basketball Association scoring champion hit 10 of 14 field-goal attempts. The heavily-favored Americans weren't really challenged, and had beaten China twice, handedly, in exhibition play. Every player on the US roster got on the score sheet in the opener with four getting into double figures led by Kevin Durant with 25. Read More »

Rio 2016: Australia give Team USA their first tough test

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Twenty-three-year-old Chen made history during this event which gave her a fifth Olympic gold medal during her five-year career in the global sporting event. Mills finished with 30 points and Bogut added 15 points, while Dellavedova had 11 points plus 11 assists and six rebounds. The game kind of got ut f hand early with the physical play. Read More »

LeBron James announces he's will sign new deal in Cleveland

This three-year deal seems to lock him in with Cleveland at the $100 million rate and seems to give Cleveland some mild wiggle room when it comes to making future deal with players. LeBron called last season magical, inspiring and unbelievable. "I just can't wait to get the group back together, man". "I'm ecstatic. I can't wait to see my guys and get back out there with the wine and gold". Read More »

Venezuela men's basketball beats China 72-68 for 1st win

Kevin Durant scored 16 points and Carmelo Anthony 14 for the USA squad, which may have grown a touch overconfident following a 57-point blowout of China in its tournament opener. "They kept us in half court". Team USA quickly established order in the second. Durant scored the team's first seven points, but Team USA had a sloppy first quarter and a pesky Venezuelan team wouldn't fall over. Read More »

Former Alabama LB Reggie Ragland to have surgery, miss significant time

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The Bills will now be without their first-round pick, Shaq Lawson , and their second-round pick, Ragland , as they begin the regular season next month. A day after Ragland was injured, Buffalo agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent linebacker Brandon Spikes. You can see him, envision him - is he an every-down player? "Is a guy like Hawthorne or Spikes or Randell Johnson a possibility?" Buffalo traded up to take Ragland with the No. Read More »

Gymnastics: USA and Biles take team gold

They laughed together. And they barely looked up. "In the next four years, we will try our best to catch up with the United States team", China's Shang Chunsong said. "Cause her bars are so good and she's so tight and her legs are perfectly straight and she just so great on bars", says Lily. So this squad took control early, and came up with a name with a lot of significance. Read More »

USA men romp past China 119-62 in Olympic basketball opener

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Kevin Durant looks ready to lead a new group of Americans to the gold-medal podium. Durant and Anthony are the only players on the men's team who have played in the Olympics, while the women have much more experience playing together - some even as college teammates under Auriemma at CT. Read More »