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Fan Dies After Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Atlanta (ap) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and New York Yankees, Atlanta police said Saturday night. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall. Hampton said the man was in his early 60s. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin. …

Sweep Success?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she began when that question was posed, “I’m always one of my biggest competitors. I can …

Commentary: Cubs Appear Poised To Really Break ‘the Curse’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, “War minus the shooting.” In Orwell’s eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. “It is bound up with hatred, jealously, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence.” Orwell sounds as if …

Needing Backup Quarterback, Steelers Add Vick

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pittsburgh — Michael Vick needed a job. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a backup quarterback. One solid workout solved both problems. The Steelers signed the four-time Pro Bowler to a one-year deal on Tuesday night, hopeful there’s enough game left in the 35-year-old’s still dangerous legs to provide the …

Gatlin Not Bothered About Being Bolt’s Foil

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Associated Press Beijing — Usain Bolt returned to the track at world championships Tuesday and eased his way through the preliminary round of his favorite race, the 200 meters. Justin Gatlin also cruised, doing nothing to diminish his role as Bolt’s top challenger. Win or lose, Bolt …

ChiSox Bypass BoSox

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chicago — Rookie Trayce Thompson drove in three runs, including a go-ahead, two-run double, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Tuesday night. Thompson, who was called up Aug. 3, finished 3-for-4 and …

Yanks Win Pitchers’ Duel

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New York — Carlos Beltran hit a game-ending sacrifice fly after Oliver Perez walked the bases loaded, and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 1-0 Monday night in a game highlighted by a tense duel between …

In Brief: Packers Lose Star WR for Season

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Green Bay, Wis. — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Nelson, one of the top targets for NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was injured Sunday in …

Jamaican Gives Clinic At Worlds

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beijing — They both lifted their arms to celebrate before the finish line. For Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the 100 meters, this was no big deal. There was so much daylight between Fraser-Pryce and the runner-up, the Jamaican could …

Patriots Welcome Veteran Wideout

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — New England Patriots players are looking forward to having veteran wide receiver and former rival Reggie Wayne on their team. “He’s a good player. He’s played at a high level for a long time,” fellow …

JPP Will Return to Giants Before Opener

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Giants still do not have an RSVP from JPP, but one report indicates that the defensive end will arrive at the team’s facility prior to the Sept. 13 regular-season opener. The NFL Network cites several sources who say Jason Pierre-Paul is “progressing very well” in his rehab …

Yankees Place Veteran Pitcher Sabathia on Disabled List

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New York — CC Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation that could end his season. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday there is no timetable for the big left-hander’s return, and he kept open the possibility that the 35-year-old Sabathia …

IndyCar Driver Dies of Head Injury

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday night from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. IndyCar made the announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wilson, a British driver who …