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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2005 file photo, South Carolina's Stanley Doughty (55) celebrates with his teammates after stopping Central Florida from scoring during an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C. Doughty is one of the plaintiffs in a class-action head injury lawsuit working its way through federal court in Chicago. The NCAA and the plaintiffs announced a settlement on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.  (AP Photo/Perry Baker, File)

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 some former and current athletes a bit … 0

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEW YORK — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack. Smith’s commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2’s “First Take” last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of … 0

Woods faces 2 big weeks that shape rest of season

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AKRON, Ohio — The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. Tiger Woods has reason to see only a big ATM machine. Woods has eight wins at Firestone, one more than Matt Kuchar has won on the PGA Tour. In 15 appearances, he has … 0

Roma beats Liverpool 1-0 in Fenway friendly

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOSTON — Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in … 0

Chemistry primary goal for Giants secondary

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Antrel Rolle has a Super Bowl ring. So does Prince Amukamara. And newcomer Walter Thurmond. NFL veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Trumaine McBride know the ropes. Now, they all … 0

Johnny Be Good: Browns expect Manziel to behave

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — Johnny will be good. That’s what the Browns expect from Johnny Manziel now that training camp is about to start. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said he’s not worried about the popular rookie’s wild off-field behavior … 0

Testimony ends in trial over $2B Clippers sale

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling, who had … 0

Timberwolves weighing options with Kevin Love

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody’s guess. The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland … 0

AP source: Chiefs, Charles reach 2-year deal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season, a person familiar with the contract said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details. … 0

Troops entertain NASCAR driver Earnhardt Jr., Rahal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EDINBURGH, Ind. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track. They saw the real thing Wednesday visiting Indiana National Guard troops at Camp Atterbury. They got an … 0

Gronk cleared to play at Patriots training camp

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first practice … 0

Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team’s … 0

Playful Pole wins Tour stage as Nibali marches on

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna. Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made … 0