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Playoffs could create chances for Big Ten teams

CHICAGO (AP) — As he watched the BCS championship game last season, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook could not help but wonder:What if a playoff system were in place? Would the Spartans be playing for the biggest prize?No need to wonder anymore. The old BCS system is out. A four-team playoff to determine a national champion is being implemented this season, and that could open some more opportunities for the Big Ten and the other four power conferences....

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Lost Red Sox title ring returned by Yankees fan

NEW YORK (AP) — A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan.Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restroom sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night.It was the real thing, with diamonds and sapphires and rubies, set in 14-carat white gold, with the Red Sox emblem, a Boston Strong logo and...

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It’s ‘Jeff Gordon Day’ at Indy for record 5th time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.Gordon’s first win came before the celebratory kissing of the Yard of Bricks was e...

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NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.College sports’ governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. D...

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Tiger Youth Baseball out of state tourney after third round

Galion Tiger Youth Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old team won the Ohio District 7 All Star game earlier this month and went on to play in the State Tournament last weekend. The Tigers won their first game 3-2 against Dover. In Sunday’s game, they were beat 9-3 by Canfield. In Tuesday’s matchup against Rock Hill, the Tigers lost 5-1. Their tournament play is over, but the players deserve a congratulations for making it so far!

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Cavs sign Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, l...

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AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns may soon learn whether they’ll have Josh Gordon this season.The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.The game-breaking playmaker is facing a possible one-year ban for violating the league’s substance a...

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Shaw, Indians lose 4-3 to Twins on Willingham’s HR

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were mounting another comeback, and the bullpen was holding strong.Just one off-target slider was the end of that, when Josh Willingham’s tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory Monday night.Kurt Suzuki had a two-run double among his three hits, Trevor Plouffe hit an RBI double and the Twins beat the Indians at home for the first time in more than 11 months.Suzuki,...

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Big 12 commish’s dire warning about pending change

DALLAS (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.“You’re going to hate it going forward,” Bowlsby said. “There’s a lot of change coming.”During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the “strange environment” that exists with ...

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Manziel scores as NFL’s top-selling jersey

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second on Cleveland’s depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.The popular rookie quarterback, who will begin his first training camp this week as a backup, had the league’s top-selling jersey since April 1. The league said Monday that Manziel’s No. 2 outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com.Dick’s Sporting Goods also said that Manziel’s jersey is its top seller.Manziel is follo...

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Dan McGinnis Named OHSAA Director of Officiating Development for Baseball

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five-time state baseball tournament umpire Dan McGinnis is the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s new Director of Officiating Development for baseball, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg has announced. McGinnis takes over for the retired Kyle McNeely, who held the post since 2009.A native of Columbus, McGinnis was named Ohio’s 2013 Baseball Official of the Year. He is a past president of the Central Ohio Baseball Umpires Association and n...

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Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has a message for...

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Lugo to throw for Rio Grande

University of Rio Grande director of track & field/cross...

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