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NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation

NEW YORK — The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers asked the league to open the probe. “The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said […]

NFL, Electronic Arts unveil Madden ’18 competition

NEW YORK — NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they’re good enough at the newest edition of “Madden NFL 18.” Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they’re teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first pro […]

LB Chris Orr comes full circle for Badgers after injury

MADISON, Wis. — Sometime early in training camp, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Orr launched himself into a pileup on the practice field during to make a tackle. He took a hit to his surgically repaired right knee during the scrum. Orr got up, felt fine and walked back across the line of scrimmage. It was a […]

Gophers to rotate QBs, coach says it’s “not on controversy”

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota will start the season with a quarterback rotation between senior Conor Rhoda and sophomore Demry Croft. New Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said after practice Thursday that Rhoda and Croft will both play in the opener Aug. 31 against Buffalo. Fleck said his decision is “not a controversy” and “what’s best for our […]

MLB’s commish working on pace of play with union

CHICAGO — Major League Baseball is having conversations with the players’ association over possible rule changes designed to speed the pace of play, and Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday he hopes to reach an agreement instead of implementing any measures unilaterally. Manfred also said the Bruce Sherman-led ownership group trying to purchase the Miami Marlins […]

Rally cat to return to Cardinals after quarantine

ST. LOUIS — Rally Cat may be coming back to Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals are taking claim to the now-famous cat that darted across the field during the Aug. 9 game against Kansas City, just moments before Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam. Here’s our little hero, the Rally Cat (although […]

Punter battle out of Vikings camp

MINNEAPOLIS — Ryan Quigley favored basketball growing up in South Carolina and rarely watched NFL games. Taylor Symmank once envisioned himself as a wide receiver and was solely a place kicker until arriving at college. Punting eventually became their primary athletic focus, their skill professional caliber. Now they’re locked in a close competition for the […]

Tampa teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal

TAMPA, Fla. — The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have “dedicated funds” to help remove a Confederate monument from the city. The NFL’s Buccaneers, NHL’s Lightning and Rays of Major League Baseball issued a joint statement Thursday saying they’re working with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce […]

Paxton Lynch gets chance to win Broncos QB job

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Paxton Lynch now gets his chance to seize the starting quarterback job for the Denver Broncos. Lynch has gotten the bulk of the work with the first-team offense this week and will start Saturday’s exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers as the Broncos look for either Lynch or last year’s […]

Despite Nelson’s rough start, Brewers find another way to win

MILWAUKEE — Manny Pina hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. Pina’s one-out shot to right field, one of five home runs by the Brewers, came off Pirates reliever Juan Nicasio (1-5). Here’s the homer that earned Manny Piña a […]

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