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Former European champs Ajax, Celtic grouped in Europa League

MONACO (AP) Former European champions Ajax and Celtic have been grouped together with Fenerbahce and Molde in the Europa League. Three-time champion Liverpool will play top-seeded Rubin Kazan, plus Bordeaux and Sion. Tottenham and Anderlecht, the 1984 UEFA Cup finalists, meet again in a group with Monaco and Azerbaijani newcomer Qarabag. Borussia Dortmund also will travel to Azerbaijan...
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Spain coach calls up David de Gea for Euro 2016 qualifiers

MADRID (AP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has included goalkeeper David de Gea, Diego Costa and Juan Mata in his squad to take on Slovakia and Macedonia in qualifying matches for next year's European Championship. Del Bosque called up De Gea even though he has not played for Manchester United so far this season amid speculation over a possible move to Real Madrid. Former Madrid...
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Leverkusen's Son joins Tottenham on five-year contract

Tottenham have signed South Korea forward Son Heung-min from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £22million fee on a five-year contract. The 23-year-old becomes Spurs' fifth signing of the summer after Kevin Wimmer, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld and Clinton Njie. A 44-cap South Korea international, Son has spent his whole senior career in the Bundesliga, making his name at Hamburg...
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Ohio football team gets live tiger mascot for season opener

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) An Ohio high school football team that's had a live tiger cub at games for decades has kicked off the season with its traditional mascot, even though the boosters haven't proved they'd meet stricter state rules for keeping exotic animals. The Independent (http://bit.ly/1Enxzng ) reports that boosters for Massillon's Washington High School displayed a cub in...
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Wolfsburg: Manchester City's De Bruyne offer 'astonishing'

Manchester City have made an "astonishing" salary offer to Kevin De Bruyne, according to Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs. Allofs, speaking in Monaco after Thursday's Champions League draw, said negotiations with City over a move had come closer to an agreement - there have been reports the Bundesliga want £54million as a transfer fee for the Belgium international creative...
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Broncos' sidelined Sanders still trying to earn Manning's trust

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For the second straight year, Pro Bowl receiver Emmanuel Sanders is missing a good chunk of training camp with a leg injury. Last year, it was a strained thigh that sidelined him for 1 1/2 weeks. This time, it's a pulled right hamstring. Sanders got hurt Aug. 6, the same day fellow Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas participated in his first full practice after...
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Leverkusen signs Kevin Kampl from Dortmund

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) Bayer Leverkusen has signed midfielder Kevin Kampl from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund. Leverkusen gave no financial details about the five-year deal signed on Friday. Kampl arrived in Dortmund in the last winter transfer period but failed to make a major impact. He previously played in Salzburg under coach Roger Schmidt, who is now in Leverkusen. Leverkusen...
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Watch Melvin Upton Jr. put on a defensive clinic against the Nats

Flashes of the potential Melvin Upton Jr. possesses are appearing, now in the field after the center fielder delivered a reminder of his hitting prowess by blasting two home runs in game last week. While the Padres ultimately lost, 4-2, to the Nationals in Washington D.C., on Thursday, Upton made a handful of contributions in the field to put San Diego in a position to win the game...
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Chelsea give up on bid to sign Everton's Stones

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Chelsea made one final bid for John Stones of £38million this week but now feel there is no more they can do to persuade Everton to sell him in this window. Everton chairman Bill Kenwright released a statement...
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Matt Kemp experiencing soreness in surgically repaired left shoulder

The San Diego Padres hope that their day-to-day prognostication of Matt Kemp's availability remains accurate. Kemp was held from the Padres lineup on Thursday after experiencing soreness in his left shoulder stemming from an awkward landing on the shoulder while attempting to make a running catch in the outfield on Wednesday. "We thought the best thing to do was keep him inside today...
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Lyles frustrated with monotonous rehab, eager to return to Rockies

Jordan Lyles won't pitch for the Colorado Rockies again this season, a reality that grows increasingly exasperating for him as the days pass. "It [stinks]," Lyles said of his injury rehab, per MLB.com. "It's not been fun." After sustaining a toe injury on his left foot in May, Lyles was forced to undergo season-ending surgery in June. "Weird little things," Lyles described of...
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Preview: Brewers vs. Reds

The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds have been picking up the rear in the NL Central seemingly all season, so they've long been looking toward the future. Part of that glimpse has involved a rookie right-hander showing a good deal of promise for each club, and they'll square off Friday night when Raisel Iglesias leads Cincinnati into Milwaukee to face Taylor Jungmann. While...
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'Surreal': Giants rookie Tomlinson hits grand slam for 1st major-league HR

On Thursday afternoon, Giants rookie Kelby Tomlinson lived out the dream of every young boy playing baseball in the backyard. In the bottom of the eighth inning of the Giants' 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, Tomlinson stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded still searching for his first big-league home run after 51 at-bats with the Giants this season. He had whacked...
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Watch: Madison Bumgarner pirouettes to complete out at first

There's another item to add to the list of things Madison Bumgarner can do on a baseball diamond: acrobatics. In the third inning of the Giants' 9-1 win over the Cubs, with the score tied, 1-1, rookie Kyle Schwarber hit a groundball in the 4-3 hole that first baseman Brandon Belt extended to his right to field.  While Belt made a great play to field the ball, the same can't be...
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Yasiel Puig says recent hamstring injury worse than initial strain

Just as Yasiel Puig began to gain traction at the plate again recently, it appears as though he'll be sidelined for at least a couple days. In the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday, Puig re-injured his right hamstring while beating out an infield single. After missing five weeks earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring, Puig...
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**** Hernandez swings so hard he falls down, looks like he slips on banana

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly certainly can't be upset with utility player **** Hernandez for not giving his all while facing Reds flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman. With the Dodgers looking to tack on a few insurance runs in top of the ninth in their 1-0 win over the Reds on Thursday, Hernandez stepped up to the plate to face Chapman with a runner on first and no outs. Facing one...
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Gonzalez confident he'll return to lineup after fouling pitch off his knee

Dodger fans found themselves fiddling their fingers when Adrian Gonzalez left Thursday's game early with an injury, but the first baseman assures it's not serious. In the third inning of the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday, Gonzalez fouled a ball off his knee (watch here), and was seen wincing in pain after the incident. While he finished his at-bat and...
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Two-time champion decathlete Hardee out of worlds with back injury

BEIJING — Three events in and American decathlete Trey Hardee had to withdraw. His throbbing lower back couldn't take anymore punishment. The two-time world champion hurt his back on Friday in the long jump, then struggled in the shot put before shutting himself down at the world championships. Hardee said he was ''devastated'' to have to pull out of the 10-event competition, but...
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South Korea forward Son Heung-min joins Tottenham

LONDON (AP) South Korea forward Son Heung-Min has joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal. Tottenham announced the transfer on Friday, with British media reporting the club has paid about 18 million pounds ($27.7 million) for Son. The move is subject to Son obtaining a work permit and international clearance. The 23-year-old Son has spent his professional career...
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US decathlete Trey Hardee out of worlds with back injury

BEIJING (AP) Three events in and American decathlete Trey Hardee had to withdraw. His throbbing lower back couldn't take anymore punishment. The two-time world champion hurt his back on Friday in the long jump, then struggled in the shot put before shutting himself down at the world championships. Hardee said he was ''devastated'' to have to pull out of the 10-event competition...
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Bad day for Ol' Goodyear: Blimp being grounded for newer model

  The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring. But don't fret, blimp fans. That big, cigar-shaped thing you've seen floating over sports events all your life will still be there. It will also remain instantly recognizable with its blue-and-gold Goodyear logo emblazoned across the side. It just won't be, well, technically, a blimp. But that's OK, too, because from the ground it won't look...
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Cam 1-on-1: Love me or hate me, here's why we'll win this year

Great leader, still too immature. Elite quarterback, a runner trying to be a thrower. His team wins, but is he a winner? Such is the life of Cam Newton. Entering his fifth season in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers quarterback is one of the most popular -- and most talked-about -- players in the league, and for a variety of reasons. Questions of his leadership still dog him, despite...
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Thursday's Sports In Brief

NBA Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker ''Chocolate Thunder'' and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58. The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins' family said a heart attack was the cause of death. Officials said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday...
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Identifying zone-read plays makes it tough to protect QBs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) If Chip Kelly, Pete Carroll and other NFL coaches want to run zone-read plays, their quarterbacks are fair game - even when they don't have the ball. The league's competition committee has made it clear quarterbacks won't get special protection until they establish a passing posture. The rules aren't changing this year despite concerns that arose after Terrell...
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Pick 6: Heisman hopefuls short on preseason hype

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype - just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton who won it as first-time starters - and this season even the players considered the front-runners are not quite the household names that...
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