SPORTS HEADLINES 08/31/2012

Recap: Cleveland vs. Texas

Adrian Beltre went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored as the Texas Rangers took a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game set. Michael Young drove in two while David Murphy had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the …Miami Herald · 50 minutes ago

Rangers roll past reeling Indians 5-3

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Batman Beltre: Adrian Beltre’s four hits help Rangers beat Indians 5-3

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R.A. Dickey shuts out Miami Marlins in New York Mets win

MIAMI (AP) – R.A. Dickey pitched a five-hit shutout for his 17th win, Ike Davis backed him with a home run and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 Friday night. Dickey (17-4) tied the Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Cueto for the major league lead in …USA Today · 35 minutes ago

Mets’ R.A. Dickey shuts out Miami Marlins, allowing only five hits

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Dickey throws shutout for 17th win, Mets top Miami

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Noh steals Tiger’s thunder at Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Tiger Woods produced a strong surge in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday but was overshadowed by 21-year-old South Korean Seung-yul Noh, who rocketed to a one-shot lead. Noh tore apart the TPC …Chicago Tribune · 57 minutes ago

Flawless until final hole, Tiger Woods shoots 7-under 64 — 2 strokes behind Noh in Boston

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Jon Lester’s best month ends on down note

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Three batters into last night’s game, Jon Lester [stats] was doing his finest imitation of Zach Stewart. Making his final start in a month in which he appeared to have turned around his season of …Boston Herald · 9 hours ago

Angels complete first season sweep of Red Sox

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Report: Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester claimed on waivers

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Michigan, Alabama aiming to make big statements in opening showdown

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(CBS/AP) The Michigan Wolverines have reclaimed their confidence, something Alabama did shortly after Nick Saban landed in Tuscaloosa and started winning national titles. The eighth-ranked Wolverines have already …CBS News · 5 hours ago

Michigan suspends 2 for Bama game

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Michigan suspends Toussaint, Clark for Alabama game

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Penn State rally signals new season

After an offseason of turmoil at Penn State, a pep rally is underway to cheer on the Nittany Lions football team and new coach Bill O’Brien. The traditional cheer of ”We Are … Penn State” roared through the student section.FOXSports.com · 3 hours ago

Penn State pep rally opens historic football weekend

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Penn St pep rally opens historic football weekend

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Top Sports Stories (Aug 29, 2012)

Tyler Hamilton book now set for Sept. 5 release

Tyler Hamilton’s tell-all book about Lance Armstrong and doping in cycling will be released two weeks earlier than originally planned. ”The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs,” is …

FOXSports.com August 28, 2012, 9:30 PM (PST)


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Bobby V on using Aceves in save situation: ‘There wasn’t much choice

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Bobby Valentine wanted to make one thing clear: Do not misconstrue his decision Tuesday night to use Alfredo Aceves for a six-out save as a referendum on the level of confidence he has in the embattled right-hander. "There wasn’t much…

Boston Herald August 29, 2012, 1:26 AM (PST)


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Mike Moustakas powers Royals past Tigers 9-8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mike Moustakas had a difficult road trip, then had to face Justin Verlander when the Kansas City Royals kicked off a 10-game homestand on Tuesday night. Not exactly a recipe for a big performance, but the young slugger sure delivered…

Boston Herald August 29, 2012, 3:13 AM (PST)


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Woods, McIlroy battling for PGA player of year

Ernie Els finished up at The Barclays and hung around Long Island for a golf tournament equally important to him. The PGA of America has a points-based award for player of the year, and it looks as if it is coming down to Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. …

Abc Local Web August 28, 2012, 4:08 PM (PST)


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U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love looks to match European team after Jose Maria Olazabal makes his captain’s picks

Captain Jose Maria Olazabal completed the European Ryder Cup roster with his two captain’s picks Monday and, as expected, added Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts. The 32-year-old will be on the only rookie on the 12-man squad and the first-ever Belgian…

New York Daily News August 28, 2012, 7:11 AM (PST)


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Matches go by the book, and quickly, at US Open

NEW YORK – Over the first two days of the U.S. Open, the world’s largest tennis stadium turned into the world’s biggest bore. There were 10 matches in 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium, all of them decided in straight sets. There were 24 sets, only three…

Boston Herald August 29, 2012, 2:52 AM (PST)


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Athletics shut out Indians again 7-0

CLEVELAND (AP) – Tommy Milone and the entire Oakland pitching staff have plenty of nothing as far as the Cleveland Indians are concerned. The Athletics continued to pile up zeroes as Milone and three relievers shut out Cleveland for the third straight …

NJ.com August 28, 2012, 10:41 PM (PST)

 

Molina avoids serious injury in collision at plate

Besides the Pittsburgh Pirates blasting the Cardinals 9-0 Tuesday night, St. Louis lost catcher Yadier Molina when he was plowed into by Pittsburgh second baseman Josh Harrison in the second inning as Harrison tried unsuccessfully to score on a single …

YAHOO! August 29, 2012, 1:40 AM (PST)


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Bills cut Vince Young, acquire Tarvaris Jackson

Vince Young was too inconsistent to win the Buffalo Bills’ backup quarterback job, so now the team is giving Tarvaris Jackson a shot. The Bills shuffled backup quarterbacks Monday by completing a deal to acquire Jackson in a trade with Seattle. They …

Baltimore Sun August 28, 2012, 10:49 PM (PST)

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Top Sports Stories (Aug 28, 2012)

Ortiz to have PRP injection

Four days after being activated from the disabled list, David Ortiz was sent back Monday because of lingering soreness in his strained right Achilles’ tendon, which forced him to miss 35 games. Ortiz said he expected to undergo a platelet-rich plasma …

Boston Globe August 28, 2012, 2:53 AM (PST)

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What is Lance Armstrong’s legacy now?

Last week Lance Armstrong said he will stop fighting allegations that he used banned substances during his career atop the cycling world. The surrender did not include an admission of guilt, but rather a statement that "enough is enough, " as Armstrong…

Washington Post August 27, 2012, 2:14 PM (PST)


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Timely win turns Watney’s season around

Two wins and six other top-10 finishes in 2011 put Nick Watney atop the points list and made him the man to catch as the PGA Tour’s playoff season began a year ago. Any momentum disappeared, though, in the four-tournament postseason, Watney quickly …

Boston Globe August 28, 2012, 2:10 AM (PST)


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Out of money, Detroit cuts back, fights back

Reuters Abandoned buildings abound in Detroit, which has lost much of its population and many of its dreams. But the city refuses to give up. DETROIT (MarketWatch) – Drive the 5.4 miles along Michigan Avenue from downtown Detroit to Dearborn and it’s …

Yahoo Finance August 28, 2012, 3:07 AM (PST)


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Rocket plans to stay grounded for now

LORIS, S.C. – Roger Clemens said Monday he doesn’t have any more pitching performances planned – at the moment. "Not at this point," Clemens said after his opening round in the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. "That could change in a …

Houston Chronicle August 27, 2012, 7:29 PM (PST)

 

Oakland A’s Anderson beats Indians 3-0

CLEVELAND — After all Brett Anderson has been through, Oakland’s left-hander wasn’t going to let a bad call ruin his night. Anderson gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on …

Abc Local Web August 28, 2012, 12:23 AM (PST)


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Indians’ offense vanishes during 1-11 skid

The Cleveland Indians lost a game and a pitcher Monday night. It’s been that kind of season. Starter Roberto Hernandez had to leave the game after 2 1/3 innings with a sprained right ankle, and the Cleveland offense was held to two hits in a 3-0 loss …

YAHOO! August 28, 2012, 12:37 AM (PST)


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Chase clinch scenarios heading to Atlanta

With two races remaining the regular season, four drivers have punched their tickets to the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. If the 2012 title were contested only among those four drivers, it’d be one heck of a battle. It won’t, of course, leaving…

CBS Sports August 27, 2012, 11:54 PM (PST)

 

Rapid Reaction: Orioles 4, White Sox 3

Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday. What it means: The White Sox lost a ½ game to the Detroit Tigers and now are two games ahead of them in the American League Central. The …

ESPN August 27, 2012, 7:15 PM (PST)


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Eagles must draw the line on defense

PHILADELPHIA – Throughout the preseason, the Eagles’ defensive line has gone after quarterbacks relentlessly, pursuing them from all angles. It is easily the Eagles’ biggest strength on defense. It is also their biggest dilemma with the final roster …

Courier-Post August 28, 2012, 2:25 AM (PST)

 

SARAH KAUFMAN TO FACE KAITLIN YOUNG AT INVICTA FC 3

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Aug. 27, 2012) – Former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight (135 pounds) Champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada will look to return to her winning ways when she faces off with prolific striker Kaitlin Young (7-6-1) of St. Louis Park, Minn. at the Invicta Fighting Championships world championship women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama, priced from $25, are on sale and can be purchased at Memorial Hall box office (913) 549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

“Invicta FC has made huge waves for women in MMA over the last five months. It’s been amazing to watch so many of the top women all fight on the same card, so I’m looking forward to be a part of their next show,” said the 26-year-old Kaufman, who is looking to rebound from a first-round (:54) submission (armbar) defeat at the hands of undefeated Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey.

“Kaitlin is a very strong 135 pounder,” said Kaufman. “She’s got a lot of height and is quite technical in many areas. I’m excited to get in there against her, especially in the wake of the worst performance of my career. I’m hungry to get back in there and prove why I’m ranked at the top of my weight class.”

A former professional dancer, Kaufman began training MMA after a martial arts studio opened underneath her dance studio seven years ago. Her competitive spirit pushed her to enter the fight world and, under trainer Adam Zugec, she reeled off victories in her first 12 professional bouts, defeating fellow former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate as well as superstar Alexis Davis and submission ace Shayna Baszler along the way.

Like Kaufman, the 26-year-old Young will look to return to the win column following a second round (3:34) submission (rear-naked choke) loss at the hands of rising star Liz Carmouche on the last Invicta FC card on July 28.

“Sarah is a great fighter who has made a big name for herself in the sport, so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Young, who took up Tae Kwon Do at the age of 14 and earned her black belt in the discipline before discovering Muay Thai.

To date, Young has earned six of her seven professional wins by KO. In her third start, she scored a memorable KO on Tate with a head kick just 30 seconds into their matchup.

Young earned “Fight of the Night” honors at the inaugural Invicta FC event, slugging it out with Leslie Smith in a relentless, see-saw battle for three rounds before the fight was declared a majority draw.

In the Invicta FC 3 main event, superstar Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. will face off with undefeated phenom Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan at atomweight (105 pounds) in the first-ever Invicta FC women’s world title bout.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Shayna “The Queen of Spades” Baszler (14-7) of Sioux Falls, S.D. will return to action in the bantamweight co-main event and take on Invicta FC 2 winner Sarah “The Monster” D’Alelio (6-2) of San Jose, Calif.

Another Invicta FC 2 victor, Barb “Little Warrior” Honchak (6-2) of Bettendorf, Iowa, will collide with rising star and furious finisher Aisling “Ais The Bash” Daly (13-3) of Dublin, Ireland in a flyweight (125 pounds) contest.

Invicta FC will welcome one of the original pioneers of women’s MMA, submission expert Tara LaRosa (21-2) of Woodstown, N.J., who will lock horns at flyweight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vanessa Porto (14-5) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (3-2-1) of Pleasant Hill, Calif. will meet an opponent to be determined in a bantamweight matchup. Smith’s original opponent, Cat Zingano, has withdrawn from their scheduled matchup.

Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (9-3) of Albuquerque, N.M. will also make her first start under the Invicta FC banner against Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman (7-5) of Lakewood, Colo. in an atomweight scrap.

In the leadoff main card bout, Julia “The Jewel” Budd (3-2) of Port Moody, Canada will meet Elaina “Beef” Maxwell (7-4) of San Jose, Calif. at featherweight (145 pounds).

The six-bout preliminary card will be topped by a strawweight (115 pounds) matchup between Carla Esparza (7-2) of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Lynn Alvarez (5-2) of Las Vegas.

Two undefeated prospects, Ashley Cummins (3-0) of St. Louis, MO. and Joanne Calderwood (3-0) of Glasgow, Scottland will collide at flyweight.

Amy Davis (3-3) of Idaho Falls, Idaho will face Stephanie Frausto (3-4) of Middletown, Ohio in an atomweight affair.

Fresh off her professional debut win at Invicta FC 2, Jessamyn Duke (1-0) of Richmond, Ky. will face unbeaten Marciea Allen (1-0) of Sioux Falls in a bantamweight battle.

Tecia Torres (0-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Kaiyana Rain (0-0) of Los Angeles, Calif. will make their respective professional debuts against each other at strawweight.

Unbeaten Xtreme Couture prospect Katalina Malungahu (2-0) of Las Vegas, Nev. will battle an opponent to be determined at featherweight after her original opponent, Taylor Stratford, was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a knee injury.

About Invicta Fighting Championships:

Invicta Fighting Championships (www.invictafc.com) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.

Contact:

Mike Afromowitz (917) 566-8754, mikea@yourwitzend.com

Top Sports Stories (Aug 26, 2012)

Observation deck: Steelers-Bills

Ben Roethlisberger looked like his old self for the first time this preseason in the Steelers’ 38-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills. It took until the third game of the preseason for it to happen. It also took the Steelers getting backed up to their end…

ESPN August 26, 2012, 3:31 AM (PST)

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Who’ll get Lance Armstrong’s Tour titles? No easy answer

PARIS – With Lance Armstrong stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, simple logic might suggest that his runners-up from 1999 to 2005 would just inherit them, right? Not so fast. The doping-dazed sport of cycling has a logic all its own…

Boston Herald August 26, 2012, 3:31 AM (PST)


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Transplant gives Red Sox new life

This wasn’t a trade, it was an organ transplant. I should know – I’ve had two. After a season of new lows being supplanted by all-time lows being capped off by historic lows, the Red Sox struck a high note in dealing Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, …

Boston Globe August 26, 2012, 2:27 AM (PST)


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Angels-Tigers Preview

Detroit’s Max Scherzer is pitching with a lot of confidence, and with good reason considering his recent strikeout numbers. Scherzer takes the mound Sunday when the Tigers conclude their series against the Los Angeles Angels, who are likely to be …

ESPN August 25, 2012, 11:42 PM (PST)


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Clemens, 50, returns to mound for Texas independent team

SUGAR LAND, Texas – On a hot summer night in what should be the autumn of his days as a big league competitor, Roger Clemens showed he might be ready to spring forward with an improbable comeback. The 50-year-old Rocket took the mound for first time in…

New York Post August 26, 2012, 1:37 AM (PST)


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Royals’ Abreu comes through in the 12th inning

"It was a totally different at-bat," Abreu said. "Padilla was throwing some pitches that I didn’t see well. I was looking for one pitch, but it was hard for me to get it. But I had the opportunity to redeem myself." It was all a …

Miami Herald August 26, 2012, 12:54 AM (PST)


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Pulis planning late deals

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis expects himself to be at the centre of some frenzied transfer business before the window closes next week. Pulis has already added Michael Kightly, Geoff Cameron and Jamie Ness to his squad, and Rangers midfielder Maurice …

ESPN Soccernet August 26, 2012, 1:37 AM (PST)


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Has baseball suffered a drug relapse?

Baseball seemed to have cleaned up its act. Players, who once sported cartoonish physiques, were smaller. So were their statistics. But the recent suspensions of Giants star Melky Cabrera and A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon have resurrected feelings of …

San Jose Mercury News August 26, 2012, 12:04 AM (PST)


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Top Rookies Are Even, but Colts Fade When Starters Exit

Andrew Luck stepped up in the pocket to avoid the rush, then put a deep ball down the left side into the arms of his fellow rookie T. Y. Hilton for a 31-yard touchdown, wrapping up an 80-yard drive. Robert Griffin III took a high-and-wide shotgun snap …

New York Times August 25, 2012, 11:42 PM (PST)

 

Top Sports Stories (Aug 25, 2012)

Dodgers, Red Sox near blockbuster

BOSTON — The Dodgers and Red Sox are closing in on a deal that would send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, although a few hurdles remain before it’s official, multiple baseball sources said Friday. A highly …

ESPN August 25, 2012, 4:51 AM (PST)


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Daily poll: Do you agree with ruling that strips Lance Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France titles?

In a move that defies everything we know about Lance Armstrong, the cycling legend has given up. Done. Kaput. See ya. Armstrong says he’s tired of trying to prove he did not use performing enhancing drugs when he won seven Tour de France titles. The …

NJ.com August 25, 2012, 2:28 AM (PST)


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Eagles Finally Fire on All Cylinders Against Browns: A Fan’s Recap

The Philadelphia Eagles were technically 2-0 in the preseason, but it didn’t feel like it. Eagles fans like myself were less encouraged by the wins and more discouraged by Michael Vick’s injuries and the struggles from the rest of the first-team. After…

YAHOO! August 25, 2012, 5:27 AM (PST)

 

Astros may be interested in Clemens’ comeback, but Rocket reluctant

SUGAR LAND – Roger Clemens says his weekend start in the minors shouldn’t be viewed as a prelude to a big league comeback. The 50-year-old Clemens is scheduled to pitch Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters against the Bridgeport Bluefish in the …

Dallas Morning News August 25, 2012, 12:12 AM (PST)


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Mariners-White Sox Preview

While the Chicago White Sox’s inexperience in the bullpen could be a concern down the stretch, production from their veteran sluggers is a good reason to be confident. Adam Dunn looks to continue his power surge on Saturday night when the White Sox …

YAHOO! August 25, 2012, 4:01 AM (PST)


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Tiger Woods battles back pain to pull within three shots of co-leaders Nick Watney and Sergio Garcia

At times Friday, it looked as though Tiger Woods was back at Torrey Pines, playing – and winning – on a broken leg. He winced on certain drives. He could barely bend over to tee one up or pick the ball out of the hole. He walked with a limp and …

New York Daily News August 24, 2012, 11:43 PM (PST)


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Inside Pitch

Right-hander Joe Kelly stopped the bleeding in the early innings, the Cardinals’ offense inflicted numerous wounds on Cincinnati starter Mat Latos in the sixth and the rest of the bullpen took rookie Kelly’s lead and clamped down on the Reds’ offense …

CBS Sports August 25, 2012, 12:26 AM (PST)


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Garcia hitting his stride at Bethpage

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) – For all the disappointment and frustration Nick Watney has felt this year, he realizes that one week can change everything. He only needs to look at the guy playing with him Saturday at The Barclays to realize that. Sergio …

NJ.com August 25, 2012, 1:38 AM (PST)

 

Federer, Djokovic, Williams sisters highlight Open

Somehow, it seemed so easy for so many people to write off Roger Federer. He was past his 30th birthday, they would point out. About 2 1/2 years went by without any additions to his Grand Slam trophy case, the thinking went. First Rafael Nadal, then …

CBS Sports August 24, 2012, 9:13 PM (PST)


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Mark Sanchez outranks Tim Tebow in Madden ’13

When Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in mid-March, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan made it clear that Tebow came in as the backup and the team’s Wildcat quarterback. The Madden video game franchise concurs. In the …

YAHOO! August 25, 2012, 12:48 AM (PST)

 

WMMA FIGHTS FOR THE WEEK AUGUST 24-26

andria-caplanAugust 24, 2012 Andria Caplan(1-0) vs. Gabrielle Holloway(0-0)** at CFFC 16

August 25, 2012 Audrey Alvarez**(0-0) vs. Debbie Garcia(2-0) at Xtreme Combat: Blood & Glory

August 25, 2012 Rachael McMillan(0-0)** vs. Kate Jackson(4-1) at WOMEN FIGHT BACK (125lbs)

August 25, 2012 Chloe Hinchliffe(0-2-1) vs. Cherie Buck(2-2-1) at WOMEN FIGHT BACK (135lbs)

August 25, 2012 Andrea Havlovicova**(0-0) vs. Emma Watson(2-2) at WOMEN FIGHT BACK (125lbs)

August 27, 2012 Belinda Sedgwick(0-0)** vs. Rebecca Steward(0-0)** at Storm MMA: Storm Damage

(Fea)Featherweight, (Ban)Bantamweight, (Fly)Flyweight, (Stw)Strawweight, (Lgt)Lightweight (Hvy)Heavyweight

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SPORTS HEADLINES 08/22/2012

Paul Domowitch: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles making most of his chances so far this preseason

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IF ANYONE in Philadelphia still thinks Michael Vick will be able to make it to the starting line for 16 games this season, I have a sweet piece of real estate in West Virginia with a great view of a coal mine you might be …Philadelphia Daily News · 3 hours ago

Eagles saving Vick for season

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Vick likely to miss Friday’s Eagles’ game

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Coy Clemens won’t rule out comeback in Majors

Former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens isn’t ruling out a potential trip to the majors in his latest comeback attempt. Clemens, who will start Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters in the Independent League, is not …New York Post · 4 hours ago

Clemens opens up on minor league appearance, possible comeback

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Roger Clemens on Hall of Fame bid: "It’s not going to change my life either way"

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Smith: Angels’ Wilson secure despite results

‘Sometimes you take that hammer to try to kill the ant and you end up banging your toe with it.’ — Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson He offers no apologies, claims no injury and makes no monumental revelations about the …NBCNews.com · 2 hours ago

Hard-charging Rays open series with A’s

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Angels-Red Sox Preview

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Sergio Garcia vague about caddy situation

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Another week, another caddie for Sergio Garcia. Garcia used a caddie from a nearby golf club when he won the Wyndham Championship on Monday in North Carolina. For the opening playoff event …Boston Herald · 4 hours ago

Sergio Garcia finally back in winner’s circle

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Sergio Garcia finds his next caddie at CBS

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Bay Area is again the PED center

(08-23) 00:02 PDT — So now it’s raining on both sides of the bay. It’s raining suspensions, and this is no light drizzle. This is a full-blown monsoon, drenching high spirits and credibility with a vengeance. The high spirits will …San Francisco Gate · 5 hours ago

Melky Cabrera T-Shirts Order Canceled By San Francisco Giants

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Bay Area is again the steroid center

San Francisco Gate

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Browns QB Weeden growing in confidence

CLEVELAND (AP) — Brandon Weeden’s confidence has grown with every practice, every pass. Cleveland’s rocket-armed rookie quarterback says he has a solid grasp on the Browns’ playbook and that he’s getting into a …NJ.com · 3 hours ago

Where to park for Friday’s Browns game

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RB Benson faces Bengals in first Packers outing

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Oakland at Tampa Bay

Bartolo Colon was scheduled to pitch the opener of Oakland’s key three-game series at Tampa Bay. Instead, the Athletics must move forward without the veteran right-hander. The A’s will directly feel the effect of Colon’s …CBS Sports · 4 hours ago

TwinsCentric: Independent thinking

Minneapolis Star Tribune

AL roundup: Tommy Milone becomes a 10-game winner, beats Twins

Boston Herald

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GM Mike Tannenbaum defends Jets offense, thinks Mark Sanchez has enough weapons

Fighting the perception that the Jets don’t have enough offensive firepower for Mark Sanchez, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said he was excited about the roster he’s put together thus far. "No question about it, I …NJ.com · 3 hours ago

Daily look at Tim Tebow in Jets training camp

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Jets (finally) bench Wayne Hunter

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Reds-Phillies Preview

The league leader in some major pitching categories while playing for a division front-runner, Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto is an obvious candidate for the NL Cy Young Award. Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels may be a long shot for that honor, but defeating the Reds …ESPN · 3 hours ago

Sorry, Cubs fans, but this is worse than you thought

Chicago Tribune

Reds, Phillies finale features battle of aces

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Thames Double Leads Mariners Over Indians 3-1

SEATTLE — Even the postgame pie to the face is improving. Eric Thames earned his second celebratory shot to the face in the last eight days after his tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning helped …NBCNews.com · 4 hours ago

Indians manager Manny Acta not fretting over job security

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The bruising tale of Michael Saunders and his first HBP

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Lindt USA Unveils New Lindor Advertising Featuring Roger Federer

STRATHAM, N.H., Aug. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli USA announces the launch of new advertising starring Lindt Global Brand Ambassador and current world leader in tennis …Yahoo Finance · 4 hours ago

Roger Federer to be seeded No. 1 at US Open; Djokovic second and Murray third

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Federer top seed for US Open

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Astros-Cardinals Preview

St. Louis’ series with the lowly Houston Astros carries extra importance because wins could be hard to come by for the Cardinals over the next week. So far, the defending World Series champions have been focused on …ESPN · 3 hours ago

Cardinals 4, Astros 2

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Berkman has more criticisms for Astros

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Detroit P Fister to miss next start with injury

DETROIT (AP) — Doug Fister will miss his scheduled start Saturday night for the Detroit Tigers because of tightness in his right groin. Manager Jim Leyland says rookie Drew Smyly will start in Fister’s place against the …NJ.com · 2 hours ago

Tigers’ Fister to miss start

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Blue Jays-Tigers Preview

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Padres prove to be Pirates’ Achilles’ heel

If the Pirates fail in their bid to reach the postseason — or have a winning season — for the first time in 20 years, they could look back at the San Diego Padres as being one of the major reasons why they fell short. The …CBS Sports · 15 hours ago

MLB: St. Louis 4, Houston 2

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Can Cardinals manage another fast finish?

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SPORTS HEADLINES 08/21/2012

McLouth’s HR keys Orioles’ 5-3 win over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas—Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman worked out of a rough stretch in May and June when he lost six straight by reeling off six consecutive victories. After a 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday in …San Jose Mercury News · 10 hours ago

Yankees lose to White Sox, 7-3, as pitcher Ivan Nova struggles again

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Youkilis Continues to Hurt Yankees as Nova Keeps Struggling

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Youkilis’ grand slam slam keeps Nova, Yankees scuffling

CHICAGO — There are many benefits to CC Sabathia jumping off the disabled list Friday night. One, the ace returns from an inflamed left elbow as the Yankees’ AL East is no longer fat. Two, David Phelps, who capably …New York Post · 3 hours ago

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Wise’s persistence pays off for Sox

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Eagles Now Need to Turn Preseason Over to Foles: A Fan’s Analysis

The Philadelphia Eagles have had a lot of mixed blessings at the quarterback position already. Of course, Eagles fans like myself have reason to focus on the worst, after two straight injuries to Michael Vick. Yet with Vick’s downfall seemingly a matter of …YAHOO! · 1 hour ago

Vick down again, likely to sit out until opener; Foles impresses

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No broken bones for Michael Vick

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Morning wake-up call: Day 28

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Wayne Hunter is expected to return as the Jets head back to their training facility in Florham Park for Day 28 of camp. Hunter missed the evening practice at MetLife Stadium, which was open to fans, but it was an excused …ESPN · 4 hours ago

Hunter’s struggles continue to dog Jets’ offense

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Ryan remains bullish despite Jets’ woeful offense

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Astros-Cardinals Preview

The Houston Astros have not played any better under their new manager than they did for the old one. Facing Kyle Lohse won’t make interim manager Tony DeFrancesco’s next attempt at his first win any easier. Lohse …YAHOO! · 3 hours ago

Wainwright has put surgery far behind him

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Harrell falters in Astros’ 7-0 loss to Cardinals

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Rays fall 1-0 in 10th; winning streak ends at five

So much of the pregame chatter was about the Tampa Bay Rays offense now that Evan Longoria is healthy enough to play third base and Luke Scott is back in the lineup as the designated hitter. The gang assembled in …Tampa Bay Online · 3 hours ago

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 5, Boston 3

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Santana turns into Mr. Reliable for Angels

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Roger Federer to be seeded No. 1 at US Open; Djokovic second and Murray third

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Roger Federer will be the top-seeded men’s player at the U.S. Open. The 17-time Grand Slam champion was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings released Monday. Defending champ Novak Djokovic is …YAHOO! · 13 hours ago

Federer top seed for US Open

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Roger Federer dominates Novak Djokovic at Cincinnati

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Twins-Athletics Preview

For a team undergoing plenty of change, the Oakland Athletics don’t seem too bothered. A different result from Tommy Milone wouldn’t hurt matters, either. The left-hander seeks his first victory in more than a month while …YAHOO! · 3 hours ago

Brett Anderson sharp for A’s in return to mound

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A’s send Weeks down to Class AAA

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Looking ahead to U.S. World Cup qualifying

Michael Orozco’s goal gave the U.S. a historic win over Mexico, but tougher tests in World Cup qualifying lie ahead. The U.S. men’s national team is no doubt still buzzing over last week’s 1-0 win over Mexico, and with …ESPN Soccernet · 3 hours ago

Ballina’s HR helps Mexico beat Curacao 6-2 at LLWS

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Mexico moves on at LLWS with 4-3 win over Taiwan

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Frank Isola: Robin van Persie’s transfer has echoes of Dwight Howard’s Lakers trade

Robin van Persie became the world’s most famous substitute on Monday at Goodison Park, a title the Dutch striker won’t be holding for much longer, that’s for sure. With Manchester United struggling to score goals …YAHOO! · 3 hours ago

Everton new-boy admits Arsenal snub

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: We didn’t use Van Persie enough

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Packers’ defensive backfield still unsettled going into Thursday’s preseason game at Bengals

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Going into their third preseason game, the Green Bay Packers’ defensive backfield is anything but settled. This much the Packers know: Morgan Burnett will start at one safety spot and Charles Woodson will play alongside him, at …Washington Post · 18 hours ago

Packers’ defensive backfield still unsettled

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Youth being served in Browns’ secondary

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Fan’s Preview: Can San Francisco Giants Maintain NL West Lead Over Los Angeles Dodgers with Tim Lincecum on Mound?

In a very important series at Dodger Stadium, the San Francisco Giants pulled ahead in the standings with a 2-1 win over Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Relying on Madison Bumgarner’s eight scoreless …YAHOO! · 16 hours ago

Giants beat Dodgers 4-1 to extend NL West lead

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San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1

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Column: Please, Rocket, just go away _ for good

Just when we thought we were rid of the Rocket, he turns up again. In the Atlantic League, of all places. At age 50. Roger Clemens just won’t go away; he’s just fast enough to escape our repeated swats, a survivor above all …YAHOO! · 1 hour ago

Could Clemens fit into Astros’ plans?

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Bug bites Roger Clemens, so he’s scratching the itch

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Tour Report: Tip from Travis: Sergio’s awesome lag

Very few PGA TOUR players create more lag than Sergio Garcia. Heathcote/Getty Images Very few PGA TOUR players create more lag than Sergio Garcia. Sergio Garcia is back in the winner’s circle on the PGA TOUR …YAHOO! · 13 hours ago

Garcia wins Wyndham, books Ryder Cup berth

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Garcia snaps PGA Tour drought, qualifies for Ryder Cup

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SPORTS HEADLINES 08/18/2012

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema names starting QB via Twitter

Wisconsin head coach Bert Bielema took to Twitter to name the Badgers’ starting quarterback on Sunday night: "Also had so many questions about our QB situation that want everyone to know we are going to start Danny O’Brien in our opener against UNI.USA Today · 29 minutes ago

Transfer O’Brien tabbed as Wisconsin starting QB

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Bielema picks transfer O’Brien as starting QB

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Philbin not ready to name Dolphins’ starting QB

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Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Sunday that he’s not yet ready to name his team’s starting quarterback for Week One. Prior to training camp, Philbin, the team’s first-year head coach, said he wanted to announce his …YAHOO! · 4 hours ago

The Miami Dolphins starting QB … might not be named for another week

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Why Tyrann Mathieu Getting Kicked Off The LSU Football Team Will Benefit Him In The Long Run

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Jon Lester all aces as Red Sox win in NY

NEW YORK — Better late than never, Jon Lester [stats] has morphed back into an ace. It took four months and a brutal beating by the Toronto Blue Jays last month at Fenway Park [map], but at last, Lester has regained …Boston Herald · 7 hours ago

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Lester, Gonzalez Lead Red Sox Over Yankees 4-1

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Report: San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera schemed to avoid PED suspension

SAN DIEGO — In a statement released after he was suspended for use of a banned substance, Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera said he accepted Major League Baseball’s decision. As it turns out, Cabrera wasn’t nearly as …San Jose Mercury News · 3 hours ago

Exclusive: Daily News uncovers bizarre plot by San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera to use fake website and duck drug …

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Report: Giants’ Cabrera tried to use fake website

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The Jets Haven’t Shown Penchant for the Big Play

Through the Jets’ first two preseason games, only one of their offensive possessions has culminated in a touchdown, and the Jets themselves didn’t score it. When first-year Giants defensive back Jayron Hosley intercepted …Wall Street Journal · 2 hours ago

Jets’ Offensive Formation Looks Like a Question Mark

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Giants stifle Sanchez, Tebow in 26-3 win vs. Jets

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AL roundup: Tigers blow big lead in loss to Orioles

DETROIT — Nate McLouth hit a go-ahead, two-run triple and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Sunday. McLouth, Nick Markakis and Mark Reynolds each had two hits for the Orioles, who have …Boston Herald · 1 hour ago

Davis powers up against Tigers

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Orioles vs. Tigers: Baltimore rallies for victory

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