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Professional Baseball | July 23, 2016
Rookie shuts out Bucs, 4-0
PITTSBURGH — Six weeks into his major league career, Zach Eflin is pitching like one of the National League’s best starters.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Football | July 23, 2016
Bell getting 4 games?
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to a report Friday morning by ESPN.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Football | July 23, 2016
Popular NFL coach Green dead at 67
MINNEAPOLIS — Dennis Green, the trailblazing coach who led a Minnesota Vikings renaissance in the 1990s before a less successful run with the Arizona Cardinals, has died. He was 67.
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Professional Basketball | July 23, 2016
NBA stars headed for New Orleans?
NEW YORK — As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars the festivities would bring to the local economy.
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Professional Golf | July 23, 2016
Johnson, List share top spot
OAKVILLE, Ontario — Dustin Johnson started and finished the day tied with Luke List for the Canadian Open lead. The U.S. Open champion had to make up a lot of ground to do it.
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Professional Basketball | July 23, 2016
U.S. rolls in hoop debut
LAS VEGAS — New team. Same old result.
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Professional Baseball | July 23, 2016
Griffey, Piazza entering HOF Sunday
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — When they were drafted nearly three decades ago, one was on everybody’s baseball radar, the other a blip at best, picked almost as an afterthought in the final round thanks to a recommendation by an important family friend.
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Other Professional Sports | July 23, 2016
Froome avoids crash
SAINT-GERVAIS-LES-BAINS, France — If Chris Froome wins the Tour de France on Sunday, it won’t have been an easy ride to the Champs Elysees.
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Professional Baseball | July 23, 2016
Adams home run lifts Cards in 16th
ST. LOUIS — Former Slippery Rock University standout Matt Adams homered with one out in the bottom of the 16th inning Friday night, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Professional Hockey | July 23, 2016
Kreider, Hayes stick with Rangers
NEW YORK — The New York Rangers signed forward Chris Kreider to a four-year contract worth $18.5 million in a last-minute deal that helped the sides avoid arbitration.
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Professional Auto Racing | July 23, 2016
Gordon at home on Indy track
INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Gordon always expected to be at this weekend’s Brickyard 400.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Baseball | July 22, 2016
Liriano whiffs 13 in Bucs' triumph
PITTSBURGH — Francisco Liriano doesn't believe he's lost his stuff so much as he's misplaced it. The search to find it over the last few weeks sent the veteran Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher to the bullpen for lengthy sessions with pitching coach Ray Searage.
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Other Professional Sports | July 22, 2016
Minto’s final fight scheduled Sept. 10
Butler boxer Brian Minto will end his professional career Sept. 10 with a cruiserweight bout at Kelly Automotive Park.
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Professional Football | July 22, 2016
Watt returning from back surgery
HOUSTON — A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition said the Houston Texans’ star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
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Professional Football | July 22, 2016
Tight end Spaeth released after failed physical
The Steelers have released veteran tight end Matt Spaeth with a failed physical designation one week before they report to training camp at Saint Vincent College.
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Professional Football | July 22, 2016
Steelers trying to forget ‘what if’ game
PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown spent a significant portion of his offseason sashaying his way into living rooms across the country during a lengthy run on “Dancing With The Stars.”
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Professional Basketball | July 22, 2016
NBA pulls all-stars out of Charlotte
The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
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Professional Baseball | July 22, 2016
KC Royals visit Obama
WASHINGTON — The Kansas City Royals are going to have to work on their nicknames as far as President Barack Obama is concerned. Everything else was looking pretty good though as he honored the 2015 World Series champions at the White House on Thursday, describing them as one of the “grittiest, most complete teams we’ve seen in a long time.”
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Other Professional Sports | July 22, 2016
Holm after UFC title
CHICAGO — Holly Holm was the unforgettable champ for four months.
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Professional Golf | July 22, 2016
CANADIAN OPEN
Johnson’s 66 shares early lead
OAKVILLE, Ontario — Dustin Johnson made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the Canadian Open lead with Luke List.
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Professional Football | July 22, 2016
Ex-RB Cobbs avoids prison
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Former Arkansas and NFL running back Cedric Cobbs has been sentenced to three years of probation on a drug-related charge, avoiding prison time after telling a federal judge that he’s undergoing treatment for a brain disease.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Baseball | July 21, 2016
Locke’s struggles costly to Bucs
PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s night ended three batters in on Wednesday, when the Pittsburgh Pirates manager was ejected for arguing a call with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Auto Racing | July 21, 2016
Gordon replacing Dale Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not race again this month because of concussion-like symptoms and the No. 88 car will be turned over to trusted former teammate Jeff Gordon for the next two weeks.
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Professional Baseball | July 21, 2016
Cubs pick up bullpen help
CHICAGO — The NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs added bullpen help Wednesday by acquiring left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners for first baseman and designated hitter Dan Vogelbach.
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Professional Baseball | July 21, 2016
Surgery coming for Kershaw?
WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching injury woes aren’t likely to go away any time soon.
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Other Professional Sports | July 21, 2016
Russia loses its court appeal on track, field Olympic ban
LONDON — Russia lost its appeal today against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes, a decision which could add pressure on the IOC to exclude the country entirely from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Baseball | July 21, 2016
MLB ROUNDUP
Ramirez belts 3 home runs in Red Sox win
BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez homered three times and drove in a career-high six runs and the Boston Red Sox held on for a 11-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night even though newly acquired starter Drew Pomeranz struggled to protect an eight-run lead.
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Professional Football | July 21, 2016
NFL hiring chief medical officer
NEW YORK — The NFL will be hiring a full-time chief medical officer to work with team medical staffs, the players’ union and league committees.
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Professional Baseball | July 21, 2016
MLB spends $267.95 million on draft picks
NEW YORK — Major league teams have spent a record $267.95 million on signing bonuses for players drafted last month, a 7.4 percent increase from last year’s final total of $249.38 million.
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Professional Basketball | July 21, 2016
Krzyzewski, Popovich teams practicing together
LAS VEGAS — Mike Krzyzewski is working with his team when suddenly Gregg Popovich enters the gym with his own guys looking to play ball.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Baseball | July 20, 2016
Bucs score walk-off on Brewers
PITTSBURGH — Josh Harrison watched his long drive hit off the wall in right-center field leading off the bottom of the ninth of a tie game against Milwaukee on Tuesday night and one thought kept running through his head: keep going.
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Professional Baseball | July 20, 2016
Chapman hits 105.1 mph with fastball
NEW YORK — The 105.1 mph pitch from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman to Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy matched the fastest since Major League Baseball began tracking speeds in 2008.
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Other Professional Sports | July 20, 2016
Russia’s Olympic status unclear
LONDON — With just over two weeks until the opening ceremony, Russia still doesn’t know whether its athletes — all or even some — will be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It may all come down to the lawyers.
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Professional Football | July 20, 2016
‘Superfan’ dies in Washington
WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins’ superfan who attended games for decades in full Native American dress has died. Zema Williams was better known as Chief Zee.
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Professional Football | July 20, 2016
Crowell attends officer’s funeral
CLEVELAND — Making good on his promise to “be part of the solution,” Browns running back Isaiah Crowell attended the weekend funeral of one of the five Dallas police officers slain in a recent attack by a gunman.
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Professional Baseball | July 20, 2016
Familia, Mets hold off Cubs
CHICAGO — Jeurys Familia escaped a bases-loaded jam with a game-ending double play after Rene Rivera drove in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the top of the ninth, lifting the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.
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Professional Baseball | July 19, 2016
Cardinal scouting director heading to prison
HOUSTON — A federal judge sentenced the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison Monday for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.
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Professional Baseball | July 19, 2016
Lester, Cubs get past Mets
CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer, Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 innings and the Chicago Cubs stopped an eight-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-1 victory on Monday night in a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series.
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Professional Auto Racing | July 19, 2016
NASCAR finally addressing injuries
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was a time when drivers raced injured, when nothing could get them to climb out of their seat.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Baseball | July 19, 2016
Twins fire longtime GM Ryan
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad’s reverence for Terry Ryan has been evident for almost two decades, steadfastly supporting his general manager with a commitment uncommon in today’s game.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Basketball | July 19, 2016
U.S. basketball team sporting a new look
LAS VEGAS — Coach Mike Krzyzewski got his first glimpse at the new-look U.S. national team, as the team opened camp at UNLV with just two players back from the 2012 national team that won the gold medal in London.
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Other Professional Sports | July 19, 2016
Braun looks to succeed where Knievel failed
The Hollywood stuntman doesn’t want to follow in his idol’s footsteps so much as rocket above them — over a gaping canyon, no less.
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Professional Golf | July 18, 2016
Phil’s bogey-free 65 comes up short
TROON, Scotland — Now, Phil Mickelson knows how Jack Nicklaus felt that day at Turnberry.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Baseball | July 18, 2016
Pirates survive in 18th
WASHINGTON — After more than five hours of baseball between his Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals, Starling Marte had all he could take.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Golf | July 18, 2016
One for the ages
TROON, Scotland — They walked off the 18th green together, arms wrapped around each other, forever linked by one of golf's greatest duels.
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Professional Auto Racing | July 18, 2016
Earnhardt Jr. should be OK
LOUDON, N.H. — Team owner Rick Hendrick said he does not think the concussion symptoms that sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. are career threatening. Hendrick hoped to have NASCAR’s most popular driver back in the car next week at the Brickyard.
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Butler Eagle Online Professional Auto Racing | July 18, 2016
Kenseth wins at New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. — Matt Kenseth was always near the front of the pack. He stalked the leaders and waited for contenders to wilt.
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Other Professional Sports | July 18, 2016
Froome holding lead
CULOZ, France — When his rivals tried to unsettle the Tour de France leader in the punishing Lacets du Grand Colombier, Chris Froome just kept calm and carried on.
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Professional Golf | July 18, 2016
Ko picks up 4th win on 4th hole of playoff
SYLVANIA, Ohio — Lydia Ko outlasted Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee to win the Marathon Classic on Sunday for her fourth LPGA Tour victory of the season.
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Professional Baseball | July 18, 2016
MLB wants managers to back off
SAN DIEGO — Major League Baseball is telling managers to cool it on arguing balls and strikes, and warning them not to rely on replay help to bolster their beefs.
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