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Football OTAs notebook: Mack, Dunlap among those absent

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:57pm
Defensive end Khalil Mack was absent for the beginning of the Oakland Raiders' organized team activities on Tuesday, which was expected as he and the team work toward a contract extension for the 2016 defensive player of the year.

Warriors' Iguodala upgraded to questionable for Game 4

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:53pm
Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala was upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Houston Rockets, the team announced.

Hedge fund billionaire Tepper approved unanimously as Panthers owner

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:50pm
The NFL approved the sale of the Carolina Panthers to former Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper on Tuesday by a 32-0 vote at the league's meetings in Atlanta.

USA Gymnastics CEO Perry to apologize to Nassar victims

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:44pm
USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry plans to apologize to the victims of Larry Nassar in her opening statement of a testimony she will give before a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

KC Chiefs tight end Harris suspended for opening game over marijuana

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:38pm
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris has been suspended without pay for the opening game of the 2018 season due to violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced.

Confident Kane says England can win World Cup

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:24pm
BURTON ON TRENT, England (Reuters) - England head to the World Cup with a youthful squad and lowered expectations from the public, but captain Harry Kane still believes the team is capable of returning from Russia as champions.

Peru's Farfan tasked with filling friend Guerrero's shoes

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:28pm
LIMA (Reuters) - With all-time top scorer Paolo Guerrero suspended for doping, Peru are desperate for a new talisman to lead them at the World Cup -- and the fans have turned to Jefferson Farfan.

Defense is a big question mark but France have the firepower

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:23pm
PARIS (Reuters) - France built their 1998 World Cup-winning squad around a rock-solid defense but 20 years on they could do just the opposite, with their dazzling array of creative, attacking talent ready to make all the difference at the 2018 edition.

Time running out for Messi to lift the 'Big One'

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:03pm
(Reuters) - The Russia finals could be Lionel Messi's last chance to win the World Cup and dispel the doubters who say he cannot be considered one of the game's true greats without leading his team to the biggest prize.

FIFA says Russia squad doping-free after McLaren follow-up

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:49am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Host nation Russia's World Cup squad was declared free of doping by FIFA on Tuesday after the global soccer body followed up on the McLaren report, which uncovered widespread cheating across more than 30 sports in the country.

Not seeding Serena in Paris wrong, says Evert

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:41am
(Reuters) - French Open organizers are wrong to stick rigidly to the WTA ranking list and not seed three-times champion Serena Williams for this year's tournament, fellow American Chris Evert said.

Ronaldo retains top spot as world's most popular athlete: ESPN

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:03am
(Reuters) - Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo topped the ESPN World Fame 100 list for a third straight year, pipping American basketball player Lebron James and long-term Argentine rival Lionel Messi.

FIFA says no doping cases against Russian squad members

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:45am
ZURICH (Reuters) - Global soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday that none of the players named in Russia's provisional squad for next month's World Cup have committed doping offences.

Westwood, Harrington, McDowell, Donald named Ryder Cup vice-captains

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 9:31am
(Reuters) - European captain Thomas Bjorn has named Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald as vice-captains for this year's Ryder Cup in Paris.

Tennis: Rosewall expects to hand Nadal trophy then head home

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 6:51am
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fifty years after accepting his second Coupe des Mousquetaires, Australian great Ken Rosewall will bestow the French Open trophy on the men's singles champion next month and sees only one grateful player ready to claim it -- Rafa Nadal.

Major League Baseball roundup: Soto cracks first home run in Nationals rout

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 5:11am
Nineteen-year-old Juan Soto, the youngest player in the major leagues since the 2012 season, hit a three-run homer in the first at-bat of his first big league start Monday night to trigger the Washington Nationals to a 10-2 win over the visiting San Diego Padres.

Report: Warriors' appeal of Green technical denied

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:59am
Despite the Golden State Warriors' desire for the NBA to rescind a technical foul assessed on Draymond Green in Game 3, the league will not change the ruling, ESPN's Chris Haynes reports.

Funds being raised for LeBron James statue in Akron

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:47am
There might soon be a statue to immortalize King James in his hometown.

Capitals blank Lightning 3-0, force decisive game seven

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:39am
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby made 24 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning, forcing a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Serena could get Wimbledon seeding, despite French snub

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 4:33am
(Reuters) - Serena Williams will almost certainly be seeded at this year's Wimbledon championships despite being snubbed by French Open organizers, the All England Club confirmed on Tuesday.