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  • Frank Lampard joins New York City FC of MLS

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars. New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract. "Why not New York? Talk about ticking all the boxes. I want to carry on challenging myself." Lampard said at a news conference . "That's a great challenge, isn't it? City of hopes and dreams. That's where you want to go to and play isn't it?" The club owned by Manchester City of the Premier League and the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball previously signed David Villa of Atletico Madrid.

  • Hamels, Utley lead Phils over Giants 2-1

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels used an amped-up fastball in his latest dominant performance. Hamels pitched eight strong innings and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Hamels (5-5) got the better of Tim Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. The Philadelphia left-hander gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one. More noted for his changeup, Hamels has found an extra gear for his fastball over his last two starts. After using it to shut down Atlanta in a 2-1 win last Saturday, Hamels frequently featured a heater that again touched the

  • Huskies QB Cyler Miles suspended for opener

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington quarterback Cyler Miles was suspended for the Huskies' season opener against Hawaii for his role in two on-campus assaults following the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Coach Chris Petersen said at Pac-12 media days Thursday that Miles will miss the Aug. 30 game. Wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow, who has since left the team, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and one count of mischief. Miles was not charged. Miles, a sophomore, will be one of three quarterbacks competing to replace Keith Price. Redshirt sophomore Jeff Lindquist and redshirt freshman Troy Williams split snaps during spring practice while Miles was suspended from all team activities

  • Taiwan sweeps US in 1st day of International Crown

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — A winless day left the top-seeded United States with the feeling there's nothing left to lose in their quest to capture the International Crown Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the 32-player, eight-team tournament Thursday. Tseng and Phoebe Yao never trailed in a 1-up win over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson after Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3. "There's probably more pressure with being No. 1, but we all knew coming into match play that anything can happen," Lewis said. "It always comes down to one putt here and there." Tseng made the winning putt after Lewis failed

  • Frank Lampard joins New York City FC of MLS

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract on Thursday. "Why not New York? Talk about ticking all the boxes. I want to carry on challenging myself." Lampard said at a news conference. "That's a great challenge, isn't it? City of hopes and dreams. That's where you want to go to and play isn't it?" The club owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees previously signed David Villa of Atletico Madrid. Lampard was asked about a widely reported encounter with American travelers in 2001, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when he and teammates were fined following reports they were behaving drunkenly and

  • Jorge Luis Pinto out as Costa Rica's soccer coach

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Jorge Luis Pinto, the Colombian coach who led tiny Costa Rica to the World Cup quarterfinals, is leaving after failing to agree to a new contract. The Costa Rican federation announced Pinto's departure Thursday. Costa Rica emerged from a group with Italy, England and Uruguay, all former world champions. It was eliminated in the quarterfinals by the Netherlands, losing 4-3 on penalty kicks after the match was 0-0 after extra time.

  • Tuning in: Friday, July 25

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    FRIDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m., OKC at Nashville, KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m., St. Louis at Chi. Cubs, WGN (Cox 2)/FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 6 p.m., Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., Oakland at Texas, Cox 703/KTOK-AM 1000 7 p.m., Cleveland at Kansas City, FSPLUS (Cox 68) AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 9:30 a.m., Nationwide Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 10:30 a.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 8 p.m., ARCA in Indy, FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 7 a.m., Russian Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 10:30 a.m., LPGA: Inter. Crown, GOLF (Cox 60) 11 a.m., Senior British Open, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3 p.m., RBC Canadian,

  • Spurrier: Gamecocks 'close' to being title team

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Steve Spurrier always considered the Gamecocks were a long-term project, even if some on the outside of the program saw it was just a quick lay-over for the national championship coach. "I didn't plan on being here two or three years and try and get one of those glamour jobs," he said Thursday. "I wanted to see if we could build this up to something special." Spurrier's getting closer each year and he enters his 10th season — only two shy of his national championship tenure at Florida — with expectations higher than ever after a third consecutive 11-2 season. Last week, the Gamecocks were picked to win the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and give Spurrier a shot at

  • 2 Texas football players charged with sex assault

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month. Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander were later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21. The arrests created the first program crisis for first-year Longhorns coach Charlie Strong, who will welcome his team to preseason training camp in two weeks.

  • US driver Rossi joins F1's Marussia as reserve

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Marussia says Alexander Rossi of the U.S. has joined the Formula One team as its new reserve driver. Rossi was in the same role with the Caterham team for two years, and also competed in the GP2 development series. The Russian team has been competing in F1 since 2012 and has two points this season after 10 races — a ninth place achieved by Jules Bianchi of France at the Monaco Grand Prix. Marussia's other driver is Max Chilton of Britain. Rossi, who said the move was "the next step" in his F1 career, joined the team on Thursday, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix on the Hungaroring.

  • IndyCar fines RLL for Toronto race violation

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar has fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $5,000 for a weight violation in the car driven by Luca Filippi at Toronto. The series also fined A.J. Foyt Racing $1,000 for a technical violation on the No. 14 car driven by Takuma Sato. The car violated the underwing height requirements, the series said Thursday.

  • OSSAA releases preliminary ADM for 2014-15 school year

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary Average Daily Membership for the upcoming school year on Thursday with a few noticeable changes for schools around the Oklahoma City metro. The list will not be finalized until the OSSAA Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 13, but can be found here. Football districts for […]

  • Florian Mayer of Germany pulls out of US Open

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Florian Mayer has pulled out of the U.S. Open. The 62nd-ranked German hasn't played since March, when he withdrew from his match against Novak Djokovic at Key Biscayne because of a groin injury. He missed the French Open and Wimbledon. His withdrawal from the U.S. Open was announced Thursday. The 30-year-old Mayer's best Grand Slam finish was twice reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. He has never advanced past the third round at Flushing Meadows. Mayer has been ranked as high as 18th.

  • Roma edges Lazio by signing defender Astori

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — Serie A runner-up Roma has edged city rival Lazio in the race to sign defender Davide Astori, adding another signal that it's making a serious title bid this season. Roma says it's paying Cagliari 2 million euros ($2.7 million) for loan rights with the option to purchase Astori's full contract for 5 million euros at the end of the season. Lazio fans surrounded sporting director Igli Tare outside the squad's hotel this week demanding an explanation. Having moved up through AC Milan's youth system, Astori spent six seasons with Cagliari and has seven appearances for Italy, although he was not included in the World Cup squad.

  • Langer leads British Senior by 2 after 1st round

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) — Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday. Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31. He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes. "Six under is very satisfying," Langer said. "I played smart, some good, some great. I didn't make many mistakes and that's what it co

  • BC-FBC--College Football Previews,ADVISORY

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Editors: To help you with your planning, the following team and conference preview stories are planned ahead of the college football season. Separate advisories will be sent regarding college football enterprise stories. Please call 212-621-1630 with any questions. The preseason AP Top 25 will be sent Aug. 17. League previews (10 things format, will include predicted order of finish): Aug. 4: Southeastern Conference, Pac-12 Conference. Aug. 5: Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference. Aug. 6: Big 12 Conference, Mountain West Conference, American Athletic Conference. Aug. 7: Sun Belt Conference, Conference USA. Individual team previews (Five Things format): Aug. 11: SEC-West, Pac-

  • Jaguars owner Shad Khan: Team won't cut ties with Justin Blackmon

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan told reporters Thursday that the team does not plan on releasing Justin Blackmon following the troubled wide receiver's latest DUI arrest. "We want him to get help he needs," Khan said, according to Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Thursday...

  • Titleholder Youzhny advances at Swiss Open

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny began his Swiss Open title defense by beating Kenny De Schepper of France 6-3, 6-4 in a second-round match on Thursday. The 19th-ranked Russian forced a single service break in each set and denied De Schepper any chances to break back. The French left-hander sent down seven aces but had six double faults. In the quarterfinals on Friday, Youzhny faces the player he beat in the title match last year, Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Seventh-seeded Haase had a tougher time in the Swiss mountains beating local wild card Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Leading 5-3 in the decider, Haase had his serve broken then wasted three match points in Laaksonen's next service g

  • UALR names assistant baseball coach

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball coach Chris Curry has named Russell Raley the Trojans' new assistant coach. Raley has spent the past six seasons on the staffs at Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Incarnate Word. Curry says Raley will coach infielders and hitters. Raley coached infielders, outfielders and was hitting coach at Incarnate Word and Texas Tech after serving as an assistant to the Oklahoma hitting coach for four seasons. Raley also played at OU and spent two years in the New York Yankees minor league system.

  • Jaguars should cut Justin Blackmon says ESPN writer

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014's Jacksonville Jaguars writer Mike DiRocco says Justin Blackmon should be cut. Blackmon, a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State, was arrested in Edmond for possession of marijuana on Wednesday. DiRocco cited that Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell has repeatedly said there's no reason to cut Blackmon, but Wednesday's arrest changes things. "At some point, what's best for the franchise overrides what's best for the player," DiRocco says. "The best thing for the franchise, at this point, is to cut Blackmon loose."