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Pro Sports

No joke: Kings’ Cousins hopes for Team USA shot

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LAS VEGAS — DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have been joking with one another during the U.S. basketball team’s first two days of practice, about which big man is better. But with the Americans in desperate need of big men, with the absences of Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin, Cousins is serious when it comes to making the final 12-man roster. The Sacramento Kings’ 6-foot-11, 270-pounder, who has … 0

Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ST. LOUIS — To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp. Such guidance could be valuable for the St. Louis Rams, even if by all accounts they have welcomed Michael Sam into the fold. “I don’t think it ever hurts to just talk about general respect … 0

Column: NCAA may not be bumbling idiots after all

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two down, one big one to go. And with it a growing realization that maybe the people running the NCAA aren’t the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be. The NCAA’s agreement Tuesday to create a $70 million fund to diagnose concussions and brain injuries does more than just give … 0

Humphrey to savor Hall of Fame day with ‘wingman’

Monday, July 28, 2014

ATLANTA — Claude Humphrey wishes he could have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame “a long time ago where I could have actually enjoyed it more.” Even so, there’s a bonus for Humphrey, the former standout defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Now that … 0

Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win

Monday, July 28, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels. He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to … 0

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024

Monday, July 28, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand … 0

After years of drama, Redskins enjoy a calm camp

Monday, July 28, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — The Washington Redskins are the team that gave us Michael Westbrook punching Stephen Davis, Dan Snyder landing his helicopter during practices, Albert Haynesworth turning the conditioning test into a sideshow and Mike Shanahan using the … 0

Sailors to navigate dirty water in 1st Rio test

Monday, July 28, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO — Sailors, coaches and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro acknowledge the problem: Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing at the 2016 Olympics, is badly polluted. Some liken it to a sewer. The water is … 0

Fists flying in Philly

Monday, July 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — This Eagles’ defense won’t be pushed around. For the second straight day at Philadelphia’s training camp, a fight broke out between an offensive and defensive player. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher took on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on … 0

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

Monday, July 28, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge … 0

Ortiz’s 3-run homer helps Red Sox end skid

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t like the way David Ortiz acted after he helped beat them with a three-run homer, and now it’s back on between the teams at the bottom of the AL … 0

Michael Strahan goes from DE to TV to HOF

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Michael Strahan had one objective in mind when he came to the New York Giants as a second-round draft pick in 1993 out of Texas Southern. “My goal when I first started was just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back to my … 0

Jeff Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

Sunday, July 27, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record … 0