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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, signs autographs for fans after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photo, the abandoned beach volleyball Olympic venue is seen in Neo Faliro, southern Athens. As Greece groans under a cruel depression, forecast to end this year, the 10-year anniversary once again raises the question of whether the Athens Games were too costly an undertaking for a weak economy. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.


The Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio is being constructed on the ground levee of the Brenda Lawson Athletic Center in Knoxville, Tenn., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)The Southeastern Conference's new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.

This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Johathan Koppenhaver who appeared in UFC's Ultimate Fighter TV show in 2007. Las Vegas police say the former UFC fighter is the primary suspect in a domestic dispute that resulted in serious injuries. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.


FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, photo, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, shakes hands with former NBA players Bill Russell, right, and "Downtown" Freddie Brown as Omar Lee looks on during an NCAA college basketball game between Washington and Oregon State in Seattle. Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.


Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods' words instead of his actions.


A small memorial of flowers is seen at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Canandaigua, N.Y. On Saturday night, Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr., 20, a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race at the track in upstate New York. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was "fully cooperative" and appeared "very upset" over what had happened. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.


A Palestinian boy rides a donkey next to the destroyed Nada Towers residential neighborhood in the town of Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation ruled Tuesday that Davis Cup matches will be moved out of Ukraine and Israel because of security issues in both countries.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission says it's time to repeal NFL television blackout rules.

Tony Jacklin of England tees off on the first hole during the first round of the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in HaikouBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Former captain Tony Jacklin is delighted Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher made him eat his words by securing a place in Europe's team for the showdown with the United States in Scotland this month. Jacklin, Europe's most successful skipper of all time having won two matches, tied one and lost one, told Reuters at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May that he thought the 39-year-old Scot was "a bit iffy sometimes" and "a bit tender-minded". Gallacher came within a whisker of dislodging Graeme McDowell from the automatic nine Ryder Cup qualifiers and received his reward on Tuesday when he was picked by captain Paul McGinley as a wildcard choice along with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. I didn't mean it in any derogatory way and he has certainly proved he is made of the right stuff and I think he's capable of having a great Ryder Cup." Jacklin's comments provoked an angry response, especially among Gallacher's fellow countrymen, but the 70-year-old Englishman said perhaps it was the gee-up the triple European Tour winner needed.


By Tony Jimenez LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Former captain Tony Jacklin is delighted Ryder Cup rookie Stephen Gallacher made him eat his words by securing a place in Europe's team for the showdown with the United States in Scotland this month. Jacklin, Europe's most successful skipper of all time having won two matches, tied one and lost one, told Reuters at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May that he thought the 39-year-old Scot was "a bit iffy sometimes" and "a bit tender-minded". Gallacher came within a whisker of dislodging Graeme McDowell from the automatic nine Ryder Cup qualifiers and received his reward on Tuesday when he was picked by captain Paul McGinley as a wildcard choice along with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. I didn't mean it in any derogatory way and he has certainly proved he is made of the right stuff and I think he's capable of having a great Ryder Cup." Jacklin's comments provoked an angry response, especially among Gallacher's fellow countrymen, but the 70-year-old Englishman said perhaps it was the gee-up the triple European Tour winner needed.

Ian Poulter of England practices on the driving range ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in HoylakeIan Poulter is primed for the Americans who will be gunning for him in next month's Ryder Cup after being chosen as one of Europe captain Paul McGinley's three wildcards on Tuesday. The 38-year-old Englishman, whose pumped-up performance two years ago inspired Europe's "Miracle at Medinah" comeback win, admitted he will be a marked man at this year's event at Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28. I'm going to be more than ready." Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named by McGinley to join automatic qualifiers Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell in the 12-strong team.


PGA: US PGA Championship-Second RoundBy Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher were named as Europe's wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against the United States by captain Paul McGinley on Tuesday. Westwood, Poulter and Gallacher join automatic qualifiers Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson and Graeme McDowell in McGinley's 12-strong team.


Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley talks to the media at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 6, 2014London (AFP) - Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley on Tuesday made his three wildcard picks for Gleneagles, selecting Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher.


Sept 2 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.27 2. (2) Adam Scott (Australia) 9.13 3. (3) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.89 4. (4) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 7.64 5. (5) Justin Rose (Britain) 7.33 6. (7) Jason Day (Australia) 7.07 7. (6) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.95 8. (8) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 6.68 9. (9) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 6.44 10. (10) Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 5.99 11. (11) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.55 12. (14) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 5.31 13. (12) Tiger Woods (U.S.) 5.28 14. (13) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 5.19 15. (15) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 4.91 16. (16) Graeme McDowell (Britain) 4. ...

Chris Kirk is presented with the winner's trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship on September 1, 2014 in Norton, MassachusettsChris Kirk fired a bogey-free closing-round 66 to win the PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship by holding off hard-charging fellow American Billy Horschel. The 29-year-old Kirk posted the biggest win of his career Monday and moved into the top spot in the FedEx Cup playoff standings. Kirk, who jumped to the top of the FedEx Cup playoff points list with two events to play, posted his first victory since last year's McGladrey Classic. Horschel needed a birdie to tie or an eagle to win heading to the par-five last hole.


Bo Porter of the Houston Astros questions a call during the first inning of their game with the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park on August 2, 2014 in Houston, TexasHouston (AFP) - The Houston Astros have fired team manager Bo Porter in mid-season, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Monday.


Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a second inning pitch against the Atlanta Braves on September 1, 2014 in Atlanta, GeorgiaStarter Cole Hamels and his Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen tossed a combined no-hitter with a 7-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves on Monday. The left-handed Hamels struck out seven batters in six innings before the bullpen took over for the first combined no-hitter in the Major League Baseball team's history. Philadelphia ace Hamels had five walks and a high pitch count, forcing manager Ryne Sandberg to remove him for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon preserved the no-hitter, each throwing a solid inning out of the bullpen.


PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship-Final RoundAmerican Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. Labor Day, Kirk fired a flawless five-under-par 66 at the TPC Boston to win the second of four lucrative FedExCup playoff events on the U.S. The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and 16th to pull two strokes clear and narrowly missed another birdie attempt, from nine feet at the last, to post a 15-under total of 269. Kirk not only claimed his second PGA Tour title of the season but he took over at the top of the FedExCup standings and advanced his claims for a late Ryder Cup call-up by U.S.


MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves(Reuters) - Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta on Monday. Starter Hamels struck out seven and walked five in six no-hit innings before leaving the game, and the three members of the Phillies bullpen kept the no-hitter intact. It was fun to watch them and create something very special." On a hot afternoon, Hamels threw 108 pitches before Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched one inning in relief to complete the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. "It seemed like against one guy he (Hamels) couldn't throw a strike, he'd be all over the place, and then against the next guy, he'd be boom, boom, boom and he's dotting up on you," said Atlanta's Phil Gosselin.


* Closing 66 earns Kirk second win of season * Makes strong case for Ryder Cup call-up * McIlroy ties for fifth place (Adds detail, quotes) NORTON, Massachusetts, Sept 1 (Reuters) - American Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and 16th to pull two strokes clear and narrowly missed another birdie attempt, from nine feet at the last, to post a 15-under total of 269. Kirk not only claimed his second PGA Tour title of the season but he took over at the top of the FedExCup standings and advanced his claims for a late Ryder Cup call-up by U.S. "Just unbelievable," Kirk, who outshot Rory McIlroy by four shots in the final round after being paired with the world number one, told NBC Sports.

NCAA Football: South Dakota State at Missouri(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's bid to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) looked even more remote on Monday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 10-man practice squad. Two days after being cut from the Rams' final 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season, and a day after going unclaimed on wavers by any other NFL team, Sam was still on the outside looking in. The 6-feet-2 (1.88 m), 260-pound (118 kg) former University of Missouri standout became the first openly gay player to be selected in an NFL Draft when he was taken in the seventh round by the Rams in May. But despite his success at Missouri, talent evaluators have said he might struggle in the NFL, perhaps too small to play regularly on the defensive line and not athletic enough to play in space as a linebacker. Of the 10 players signed up by the Rams on Monday for their practice squad, eight had been members of their preseason squad before being cut in final roster moves.


Greece's centre Giannis Bourousis scores during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships in Sevilla on September 1, 2014Greece and hosts Spain were the first teams to book their spots in the knockout stage of the Basketball World Cup on Monday by beating Puerto Rico while Senegal took their second surprise scalp in as many days. Greece improved to 3-0 in Group B with a 90-79 victory over Puerto Rico as Nikos Zisis led the way with 19 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 and Nick Calathes added 14 points. Greece, who received a wild card for the World Cup, pulled away in the third quarter and never really let the Puerto Ricans back into the game as they hit big shots in the fourth quarter.


Michael Sam of the St. Louis Rams watches from the bench during the second half of a pre-season against the New Orleans Saints game at the Edward Jones Dome on August 8, 2013 in St. Louis, MissouriSt. Louis (AFP) - Michael Sam, who is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player, remained without a team Monday, two days after being cut by the St. Louis Rams.


European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinely talks to the media during a press conference on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, KentuckyRyder Cup captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson take centre stage on Tuesday when they both name their three wildcard picks to complete their lineups for Gleneagles. McGinley in particular is facing a tough choice with two former world number ones, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, along with the Ryder Cup hero of two years ago Ian Poulter all failing to make it into the nine automatic qualifying slots. Normally they would all be clearcut picks for the Irishman, but complicating the situation is the good form of Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who narrowly missed out on supplanting Graeme McDowell in the ninth and final qualifying spot by finishing third on Sunday at the Italian Open. McGinley, who played and missed the cut in Turin, was on hand to see how hard Gallacher battled to make the team and he was full of praise for the 39-year-old who lives just 35 miles from Gleneagles and knows the course better than anyone else among the Ryder Cup hopefuls.


Slovenia's guard Goran Dragic (R) vies with Mexico's forward David Meza during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships in Gran Canaria on August 31, 2014Playing for Slovenia at the Basketball World Cup means a lot to Goran Dragic. Slovenia have won their opening two matches in Group D and the Dragic brothers have been flying up and down the court averaging a combined 35.5 points per game. Slovenia is a country of just over two million people, making it the smallest country participating at the World Cup. With Goran and Zoran playing well and great fan support, Slovenia have a lot of momentum at the championships.


MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers(Reuters) - The struggling Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter and bench coach Dave Trembley on Monday, bringing in Tom Lawless as the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season. Houston has gone 59-79 this season and lies fourth in the American League West standings with only state rivals, the Texas Rangers, below them. "Bo's passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.


A baseball game in Japan has dragged on for four days with two high school teams slogging it out over a record 50 inningsIn a scenario more usually associated with its cousin, cricket, a baseball game in Japan dragged on for four days with two high school teams slogging it out over a record 50 innings. Chukyo and Sotoku began their slug-fest on Thursday in the semi-final of Japan's high school rubber-ball baseball championship in Akashi, western Japan. It wasn't until Sunday morning that Chukyo's captain broke the deadlock, walloping a double in the record-breaking 50th inning. It also landed Taiga Matsui, the team's ace pitcher, with a truly impressive set of figures, having been hit just 26 times off a whopping 709 balls.


Russell Henley reacts after putting on the second hole during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston on August 31, 2014 in Norton, MassachusettsAmerican Russell Henley fired a six-under 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but four-time major winner Rory McIlroy appears poised to strike. The 25-year-old McIlroy stormed up the leaderboard with a seven-under 64 on Sunday to move into contention at the TPC Boston. "I am happy to have another chance for a win here in Boston," McIlroy said. McIlroy, the 2012 Deutsche Bank winner, vaulted into a share of third place with the day's best round to reach 10-under-par 203, two shots adrift of Henley.


Austin Ernst tees off on the 2nd hole during the final round of the LPGA Portland Classic on August 31, 2014 in Portland, OregonPortland (AFP) - American Austin Ernst sank a short par putt on the 18th hole to defeat Kim In-Kyung in a playoff to capture the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.


NFL: Preseason-Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers(The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence early Sunday morning. The Sacramento Bee reported that McDonald was booked by San Jose police at 5:30 a.m. Sunday for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant". He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, the day after the 49ers play a Sunday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that the new punishment for those involved in domestic violence disputes would be six weeks for first-time offenders and a second offense would carry a lifetime ban.


MLB: Game One-Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox(The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland A's acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox received minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and unspecified cash considerations in exchange for Dunn. The A's will pay about half of the remaining $2.5 million owed to Dunn this season, according to ESPN. Dunn, 34, has 460 career home runs and is in the final year of his four-year, $56 million contract with Chicago. Dunn is batting .220 with a .340 on-base percentage, 20 home runs and 54 RBIs. ...


NFL: Preseason-Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers(Reuters) - Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013, signed a long-term contract extension with the National Football League (NFL) team on Sunday. "It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here." Smith, 30, who joined the Chiefs in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in March last year, has gone 30-9-1 as a starter in the NFL since 2011.


PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship-Third Round(Reuters) - American Russell Henley took the lead but Rory McIlroy loomed large, just two strokes behind after the third round at the $8 million Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Sunday. Henley dominated the par-threes to card a six-under-par 65 and jump to the front at 12-under 201 on a day of low scoring in ideal conditions at the TPC Boston. He edged one shot ahead of compatriot Billy Horschel (67), while world number one McIlroy made his presence felt with a sizzling 64 to join Australian Jason Day (69) and American Chris Kirk (64) in a tie for third at 10-under. Northern Irishman McIlroy, seeking his fourth PGA Tour victory in five starts, almost holed out at the 15th and 16th holes, tapping in from inside a foot both times.


NCAA Football: South Dakota State at Missouri(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's quest to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) remained in limbo on Sunday after his exit interview with the St. Louis Rams. Both the Rams and national media reported Sam had gone unclaimed off waivers by other league teams before Sunday's 12 noon ET deadline passed. The former University of Missouri standout now waits to see if any team will sign him to their practice squad, the likeliest route left for Sam to perhaps work his way into the NFL. Sam, who had announced he was gay in February, failed to make the St. ...


Spain's forward Pau Gasol (L) and centre Felipe Reyes (2R) vie with Egypt's forward Seif Samir (R) and guard Ibrahim Elgammal during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships on August 31, 2014United States and Spain both collected their second straight win at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup on Sunday while Croatia fought off tough Argentina and Senegal picked up a historic victory. Kenneth Faried led five Americans in double figures with 22 points and Anthony Davis scored 19 as the reigning champions had a fight against Turkey before prevailing 98-77 in a rematch of the 2010 final. James Harden chipped in 14 points and seven assists for the mighty Americans in Group C.


Defensive end Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers tackles Jacquizz Rodgers on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, GeorgiaSan José (United States) (AFP) - National Football League veteran Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence. Law enforcement officials said the San Francisco 49er defensive end was booked in Santa Clara County jail for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant." McDonald was questioned and released after posting bail. The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that McDonald was involved in an altercation with his pregnant fiancee while having a birthday party at his home.


Stephen Gallacher of Scotland watches his tee shot during the third round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake(Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher failed to win an automatic place in Europe's Ryder Cup team after finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday. The Scot fired a sparkling seven-under-par 65 in the final round in Turin to end three shots behind Hennie Otto of South Africa and one adrift of England's David Howell. Gallacher needed a top-two finish to climb above Graeme McDowell in the ninth and final Ryder Cup qualifying spot but he could still get a place in the team as one of captain Paul McGinley's wildcard selections. ...


Aug 31 (Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher failed to win an automatic place in Europe's Ryder Cup team after finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday. The Scot fired a sparkling seven-under-par 65 in the final round in Turin to end three shots behind Hennie Otto of South Africa and one adrift of England's David Howell. Gallacher needed a top-two finish to climb above Graeme McDowell in the ninth and final Ryder Cup qualifying spot but he could still get a place in the team as one of captain Paul McGinley's wildcard selections. ...

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