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Mercedes dominates opening Italian GP practice; Vettel spins

MONZA, Italy (AP) Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the opening practice session for the Italian Grand Prix on Friday, while Sebastian Vettel spun out at low speed after setting the third-fastest time in his Ferrari. Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. also spun out, more seriously, and slid off the track and had to abandon his car. Hamilton clocked 1 minute...
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Preview: Brewers at Reds

Because the award hasn't been given to a player on a last-place team in 28 years, Joey Votto might not be given enough serious consideration to win the NL MVP. Nevertheless, Votto looks to continue arguably MLB's best second-half performance Friday night when the Cincinnati Reds try to deny the visiting Milwaukee Brewers a fifth straight win. Votto, a four-time All-Star, probably...
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Preview: Twins at Astros

As Collin McHugh looks to carry over his success from last month, the Houston Astros right-hander should expect to see ailing rookie Miguel Sano in the Minnesota Twins lineup. McHugh will try to help the Astros avoid losing three straight home games for the first time in almost four months in Friday night's series opener. Though McHugh went 2-2 in five August starts, he posted a...
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IOC president hires German official as new chief of staff

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) IOC President Thomas Bach has hired a German regional government official as his new chief of staff. The International Olympic Committee says 43-year-old Marcus Hausen started work on Tuesday at the body's headquarters in Lausanne. For the past three years, Hausen ran the regional office of the senator for the economy, technology and research in Berlin...
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NYPD: Teacher arrested for allegedly flying drone at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) A New York City teacher has been arrested for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the U.S Open. Police say 26-year-old Daniel Verley faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area. The drone buzzed over the court in Louis Armstrong Stadium Thursday night before crashing...
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Max Wittek leads Hawaii over Colorado 28-20

HONOLULU (AP) Max Wittek threw three touchdown passes and Rigoberto Sanchez kicked a pair of field goals to lead Hawaii over Colorado 28-20 Thursday night. Wittek, who was making his first career start for the Rainbow Warriors (1-0), completed 19 of 38 passes for 202 yards. He also threw two interceptions. Marcus Kemp caught six passes for 116 yards with a score to lead all receivers...
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Dr. Ferrari and son skip CONI doping hearing on biathlete

ROME (AP) Lance Armstrong's former physician, Michele Ferrari, and his son Stefano have informed the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor that they will not attend a hearing over allegedly providing illegal drug assistance to a biathlete. CONI says the Ferraris' lawyer announced his clients' intentions for Friday's questioning. Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler and...
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Russia beats US for 1st place at volleyball World Cup

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) Russia moved into first place at the women's volleyball World Cup by beating the United States 25-17, 31-29, 25-23 Friday. Tatiana Kosheleva had a team-high 16 points while Yana Shcherban contributed 14 as Russia improved to 8-1. The United States dropped to 7-2. China overpowered the Dominican Republic 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 and also has an 8-1 record but trails...
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Thursday's Sports In Brief

NFL NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady learned he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league's four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing ''his own brand of industrial...
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Work to do for Michigan at quarterback, Utah feeling better

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Michigan brought back its former star quarterback Jim Harbaugh to resurrect the program and hopefully improve the position he used to play. The nation found out there's work to be done in Ann Arbor after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Utah on Thursday night. On the opposite sideline, Utah hoped its four-year starting quarterback would take the next step and show...
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Players hoping "Deflategate" can usher in change

PITTSBURGH (AP) Tom Brady is free and Ramon Foster can't help but laugh. Sorry, the irony is just a little too delicious. The Pittsburgh Steelers' guard remembers joining the rest of his teammates in declining to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the NFL Players Association in the summer of 2011 because of concerns it gave Commissioner Roger Goodell...
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All in a name: Teflon Tom not first Brady to win big in court

When a district judge in New York on Thursday overturned the NFL’s four-game Deflategate suspension on New England quarterback Tom Brady, members of Patriot Nation, from Boston to Southern California and everywhere in between (not to mention millions of fantasy football players) rejoiced. For some, the ruling was a shock. MMQB writer and attorney Andrew Brandt called it “a stunning...
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Michigan can cringe over costly turnovers, then smile about Harbaugh’s next star

Despite the months of fanfare, it was still the same old, soul-crushing story for Michigan. Too many interceptions from the Wolverines quarterback. Just like last year. Iowa transfer Jake Rudock, the guy whose biggest strength — that he wasn’t prone to throwing picks — did just that once he put on the fabled winged helmet. Rudock, who only threw five INTs as the Hawkeyes starter...
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Mexico kick off USA playoff preparations against Trinidad & Tobago

No one expected the brief, finite reign of Ricardo Ferretti to start in this complicated fashion. His temporary appointment offered a safe pair of hands and paved the way for a strategic overhaul ahead of the Confederations Cup playoff. He selected his squad and waited for the chance to mold it into a possession-oriented, winger-fueled menace capable of defeating the United States...
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If Medlen deals and Royals' bats stay hot, watch out, White Sox

Kris Medlen has cashed in on his chance in the Kansas City Royals' starting rotation, while John Danks can't buy a win for the Chicago White Sox. Kansas City looks to ride its red-hot offense to a sixth straight victory over the visiting White Sox in Friday night's series opener. Medlen (3-0, 3.51 ERA) has filled in for the ineffective Jeremy Guthrie to pick up wins in his first...
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Five Points: USMNT must turn down the heat against Peru

WASHINGTON -- United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann struck a defiant note as he tried to place the CONCACAF Gold Cup demise in the rear-view mirror again on Thursday. He defended what he labeled a “very, very good performance” in the semifinal defeat to Jamaica and lamented the subsequent and inevitable fallout in its aftermath. “There are things that we need to do better, but...
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Cardinals can knock reeling Pirates for a loop this weekend

History and time are not on the side of the Pittsburgh Pirates as they try to chase down the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh's best chance to reel in the NL Central leaders starts with Friday night's series opener at Busch Stadium, a ballpark kind to the Cardinals and not so much to the Pirates this year. Losers of four straight and 6 1/2 games back with a month to play, the Pirates...
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BYU provides measuring stick for Nebraska to start Riley era

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska certainly isn't easing into the Mike Riley era. The Cornhuskers face their most challenging opener in more than a decade when BYU visits Memorial Stadium on Saturday. ''That part of it is going to be really good for us,'' Riley said. ''This is going to be a really good football team that always plays with a lot of confidence. We'll find out a lot about...
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Indiana not taking Southern Illinois game lightly

BLOOMIGNTON, Ind. (AP) A common theme among Indiana players this week was that the Hoosiers are not taking Southern Illinois lightly. Forget that the Salukis are an FCS opponent. The only other time Indiana has played Southern Illinois was 2006 when Indiana blew a 21-7 third-quarter lead at home, and the Salukis left with a stunning 35-28 victory. No one in the current program was...
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Texas Tech aims for better season, starts vs Sam Houston St.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says fans will learn if sophomore Patrick Mahomes or junior Davis Webb will start at quarterback when one of them jogs out to take the first snap against Sam Houston State on Saturday. Kingsbury said the starter for the program's 1,000th game against Sam Houston State, a Football Championship Subdivision team that shared the Southland...
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Jayhawks hope to lean on captains to emerge from obscurity

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) There has been turnover in nearly every aspect of the Kansas football program over the past year, from the coaching staff to the roster to the way the entire operation is run. Three new captains will attempt to lead the Jayhawks out of the fog. Defensive lineman Ben Goodman, quarterback Montell Cozart and defensive back Fish Smithson were elected to lead the...
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Iowa State hosts UNI in crucial opener

AMES, Iowa (AP) Hardly anyone outside of the state will pay much attention to the Northern Iowa-Iowa State game. Yet it's an opener with big ramifications for both programs. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads enters his seventh season in Ames under great scrutiny after back-to-back 3-9 and 2-10 seasons; including two straight defeats to FCS opponents on opening day. A third such loss -...
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Report: Kings re-sign free agent forward Eric Moreland

Although he appeared in just three games for the Sacramento Kings last season, forward Eric Moreland has apparently done enough to convince the team he should be part of their plan for next season.According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, Moreland and the Kings have agreed to a one-year deal with “significant guarantees” for next season.Moreland’s NBA career...
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Hawkeyes open 2015 with dangerous Illinois State

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) C.J. Beathard has been waiting for his chance to be Iowa's starting quarterback for years. He's getting his wish this season. Beathard will make just his second career start - and his first at Kinnick Stadium - when the Hawkeyes host FCS school Illinois State on Saturday. Beathard, a redshirt junior who spent the last two years backing up now-Michigan quarterback...
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No. 19 Oklahoma OK without hype heading into opener

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) TCU and Baylor are getting most of the hype in the Big 12 this season. Oklahoma is fine with that. The Sooners entered last season with a No. 4 ranking, boldly talking about securing a berth in the college football playoff. But a season derailed by injuries and close losses culminated in a 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl and a disappointing 8...
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