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FILE - In this May 20, 2019, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during an NFL football practice in East Rutherford, N.J. Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
August 13, 2019 - 7:59 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner competes in the skills challenge during the WNBA All-Star festivities in Las Vegas. The Mercury have been ravaged by injuries lately and may be without Brittney Griner for three games because of her role in the fight that occurred against Dallas last Saturday, Aug. 10. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 13, 2019 - 6:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mercury center Brittney Griner will miss the next three games after the WNBA suspended her Tuesday for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game over the weekend that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Charlie Manuel waves to the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets in Philadelphia. The Phillies have hired former manager Charlie Manuel to replace John Mallee as hitting coach. Manuel was working as senior adviser to the general manager. The Phillies announced Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, that he would assume his new position for the remainder of the season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
August 13, 2019 - 3:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have turned to the most successful manager in franchise history to revive their feeble offense. The Phillies hired Charlie Manuel to replace John Mallee as hitting coach on Tuesday before a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Manuel, who was...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2019, file photo, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown participates in an NFL football minicamp in Alameda, Calif. Antonio Brown returned to the Oakland Raiders training camp facility, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, after missing time to see a specialist for his frost-bitten feet and losing a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
August 13, 2019 - 1:20 pm
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates. His weeklong absence to deal with his frostbitten feet and a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet has ended and...
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
August 13, 2019 - 10:26 am
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs needed a playmaking safety and signed coveted free agent Tyrann Mathieu. They needed help at cornerback and signed Bashaud Breeland and Morris Claiborne. They had to address the pass rush and extended the contract of defensive end Frank Clark. That...
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Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard, right, defends New York Liberty center Tina Charles, left, who looks to pass during the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 13, 2019 - 9:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles is pleased how the New York Liberty ownership group has continued to support the players' activism involving social issues. The team hosted its third annual Comm-UNITY Day game this past weekend and players participated in a series of events around Sunday's matchup...
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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence throws during the first half the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, in Santa Clara, Calif. Sure, Clemson lost all four of its “Power Rangers” defensive line and seven starters on defense from its title team. But the Tigers’ offense, led by Heisman Trophy candidates quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne, looks ready to operate at an even higher level than a year ago when it averaged 527 yards and 44.3 points a game. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
August 13, 2019 - 9:29 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Reigning national champion Clemson has taken any drama out of the Atlantic Coast Conference race. At least on paper. Dabo Swinney's program has risen to the top of college football, not just the ACC, during a multi-year tear. The Tigers enter the 2019 season with four straight...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
August 12, 2019 - 11:46 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ONE-TWO PUNCH Houston goes into a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox with two of the pitchers the Astros hope will carry them deep into October. In the opener, Zack Greinke will make his second start for AL West-leading Houston since he...
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August 12, 2019 - 6:41 pm
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old soccer player has signed a professional contract with USL Championship club Orange County SC. Francis Jacobs is the youngest male player ever to sign a pro soccer contract in the U.S., according to the club. Jacobs is from Laguna Beach, California. He was 14...
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Cleveland Indians' Yasiel Puig hits an RBI double off Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
August 12, 2019 - 1:13 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig has dropped the appeal for his three-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl when he was with Cincinnati. Puig will begin serving his ban Monday night when the Indians, who have climbed back into a tie for first in the AL Central, open a three-...
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