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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter tears up after being selected as a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee during an announcement  in New Orleans. Carter will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Commentary: Hall of Famer’s ‘Fall Guy’ Advice Makes Eyes Roll

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The NFL is now a full-on guilty pleasure. It’s making the Kardashians and pro wrestling look dignified. You can’t keep your eyes off the shoulder of the road for a second. You might miss the next version of a Donald Trump stump speech. Take Cris Carter’s advice to a room of young players if they planned on flirting with trouble. “If y’all got a crew, you’ve got to have a fall guy in the crew,” Carter said at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium, wearing his yellow Hall of Fame jacket. “I let my homeboys know, y’all want to keep rolling like this? Then I need …

Spieth Stumbles at First PGA Playoff Event

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Edison, n.j. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Spieth had a pair of three-putt bogeys, hit a tee shot in the water, shot 40 on his back nine and wound up with a 4-over 74 in the opening round of …

TV Legend Letterman Struggling With Love of Racing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number of racing deaths — Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Paul Dana, Dale Earnhardt, Ayrton Senna, sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. …

Many Possibilities for Serena

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New York — Serena Williams could play an All-American U.S. Open. As she seeks the first Grand Slam since 1988, the top-ranked Williams might find herself competing against the past and future of her country’s championship hopes. A …

‘Chocolate Thunder’ Darryl Dawkins Dies

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer …

Royals Hold Off O’s

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kansas City, Mo. — Yordano Ventura struck out a career-high 11 in just six innings, Paulo Orlando homered and the Kansas City Royals hung on to beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Thursday. Ventura (9-7) allowed two …

Verlander Appears to Be Far From Done

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Detroit — In many ways, Justin Verlander is the perfect symbol of an uncertain future for the Detroit Tigers. When he spent more than two months on the disabled list and then struggled in his first few starts …

Bolt Wins Gold, Takes a Hit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beijing — Turns out, only a man on wheels can take down Usain Bolt. Shortly after the Jamaican great won a fourth 200-meter title and a 10th gold overall at the world championships, a cameraman on a two-wheel vehicle banged into Bolt from behind. Suddenly, the Olympic champion …

Mexico Advances at LLWS

Thursday, August 27, 2015

South Williamsport, Pa. — A swing-and-a-miss ended the lopsided game. Mexicali players ran from their positions to a spot between the mound and the plate, celebrating their berth in the International championship game. One player was missing. The last one to arrive was Daniel Zaragoza, who had to …

In Brief: Worker Killed, Another Hurt at New Vikings Stadium Site

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Minneapolis — The contractor overseeing construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium said it’s not yet known how a worker fell to his death on the project. The worker was dead on arrival at a Minneapolis hospital after falling 50 feet while doing roofing work on the stadium’s …

American Pharoah Arrives

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saratoga Springs, n.y. — Hail to the king. A van carrying American Pharoah rolled into Saratoga’s backstretch at 2:59 p.m. EDT Wednesday after a nine-hour trip from Southern California. The first Triple Crown winner since 1978 will try to win his ninth consecutive stakes race in Saturday’s 146th …

Pats Prep For Panthers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third preseason game. “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or …

South African Runs To Victory in 400

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beijing — Long after two of the all-time greats at 400 meters had left the track in second and third place, the winner was sprawled on the ground, gasping for breath and getting his pulse checked by a medic. This is how 23-year-old Wayde van Niekerk, of South …