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WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61

AP Photo/MATT SAYLES “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who trash talked his way to the main event of the first WrestleMania and later found movie stardom, has died. He was 61. The WWE said Friday that Piper had died. It had no additional details. Piper, born Roderick Toombs, was...
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Column: Baseball plays parity game as well as any sport

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan The Houston Astros are loading up for a pennant race. Ditto for the Toronto Blue Jays. Quit rubbing your eyes. That’s not a misprint. If it seems like baseball has been turned upside down – with long-time doormats now on top and former powers...
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Jets, Bowles surprised, disappointed Richardson hid arrest

AP Photo/Adam Hunger FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles says the New York Jets were surprised and disappointed by Sheldon Richardson’s recent arrest – and the fact the defensive lineman didn’t disclose it to the team until after media reports surfaced....
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Column: Harbaugh is… ‘The Most Interesting Man in Big Ten’

AP Photo/Paul Beaty CHICAGO (AP) — Compared to the rest of Jim Harbaugh’s year, this was tame stuff. In his first Big Ten media day appearance as Michigan’s head coach, Harbaugh ditched the ball cap and khakis and put on a suit. He kept his shirt on. There were...
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Mets add hitting help, trade for Detroit’s Cespedes

AP Photo/Gail Burton NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit Friday in their strongest attempt yet to boost a punchless lineup that threatened to derail their postseason hopes. Cespedes hit .293 with 18 home runs with 61 RBIs...

NCAA has stay granted in O’Bannon case; payments delayed

A court has granted the NCAA’s request for a stay in the O’Bannon case, delaying the implementation of possible payments to athletes for use of their names, images and likenesses until an appeals court has made a ruling. The NCAA says in a statement it is pleased with...
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Haren dealt by Marlins to Cubs for 2 minor leaguers

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Dan Haren has been acquired by the Chicago Cubs from the Miami Marlins. As part of Friday’s deal, Miami is sending cash to the Cubs to cover part of Haren’s $11 million salary. Haren was 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a...
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Missing father of golfer Billy Hurley found safe in Texas

AP Photo/Cheryl Hurley GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III was found safe in Texas after he went missing for nearly two weeks, police said Friday. Willard Hurley Jr., 61, was unharmed and told police in Leesburg, Virginia, he had simply...

AP Source: Nancy Lieberman to become a Kings assistant coach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman has agreed to become an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs as another female NBA assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Friday. The Kings were...
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Big Ten touts plan for tougher schedules as playoff push

AP Photo/Paul Beaty CHICAGO (AP) — Hoping to set themselves apart when playoff selection time comes around, Big Ten teams plan to play at least one nonconference game against a Power Five opponent and eliminate FCS schools from their schedules starting in 2016 when the...