Published on NewsOK Modified: August 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm •  Published: August 1, 2014

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CANTON, Ohio — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defends the league against criticism that it was too lenient in suspending Ray Rice two games for his "horrible mistake." Goodell stresses that the Ravens' running back has assumed responsibility, has no history of assault and has entered a diversionary program. By John Wawrow. SENT: 550 words, photos.


AKRON, Ohio — Marc Leishman leads by one shot going into the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods, trying to make a late-season push after back surgery, is four shots behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.


MOSCOW — Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are squabbling over soccer clubs in the region. Defying authorities in Ukraine, Russia is incorporating three Crimean teams into its own leagues — a move that could strain relations between FIFA and the host country of the 2018 World Cup. By James Ellingworth. SENT: 850 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics introduce Jon Lester a day after acquiring the All-Star left-hander in a blockbuster trade from Boston along with Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. News conference 7:30 p.m.


BOSTON — Welcome to the World Series champions, Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig. Your team has already given up on 2014. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals, who added two starting pitchers at the trade deadline, start ace Adam Wainwright (13-5) in the series opener against NL Central-leading Milwaukee. The Brewers lead St. Louis by two games and go with Wily Peralta (12-6). By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:15 p.m.



BEREA, Ohio — Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing in New York. Gordon is fighting a possible drug suspension and the outcome could have a major impact on Cleveland's season. By Tom Withers. SENT: 250 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.


GLASGOW, Scotland — Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, organizers say a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for Ebola and competed. Officials insist there is no evidence of the deadly virus at the games. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 500 words, photos.



CANTON, Ohio — Michael Strahan brings the buzz. Andre Reed the emotion. And Ray Guy has a 20-member punter posse he's lured to Canton. The three are part of a seven-member class to be inducted Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By John Wawrow. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.



EGLEWOOD, Colo. — Montee Ball isn't ashamed to admit it: He stumbled in the first half of his rookie season because he was "a little bit" intimidated by Peyton Manning. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Maikon Bonani fell 35 feet from a theme park gondola, leaving him with a broken back and costing him a season at South Florida. Now the Brazilian is in Tennessee for a second training camp and competing to be the Titans' new kicker. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


RICHMOND, Va. — Jay Gruden hasn't coached an NFL game yet, and he's already complaining about the refs. The guest officials at training camp are flagging his defensive backs, reflecting the tighter enforcement of downfield contact rules expected this season. "Holy cow, we can't have a flag on every play," Gruden said. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

— With:

— RICHMOND, Va. — FBN--Redskins-Name-Governor. SENT: 200 words, photos.


MANKATO, Minn. — The Vikings brought in Greg Jennings last season to be the veteran influence the receiver corps desperately needed. But a messy divorce from Green and some terrible play at quarterback by Minnesota led to a disappointing year. Now, Jennings feels more comfortable with his surroundings. By Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

— Also:

— RENTON, Wash. — FBN--Seahawks-Lynch Arrives. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

— JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — FBN--Jaguars-Brewster. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

— CORTLAND, N.Y. — FBN--Jets-Hill's Rebound. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

— WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — FBN--Saints-Running Backs. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.