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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting (26) grabs Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (10) after a reception during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
August 19, 2019 - 6:35 pm
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills objected Monday to recent comments from rapper Jay-Z about social activism by current and former NFL players, including Colin Kaepernick. Jay-Z and the league last week announced a partnership he characterized as a progressive step to carry on...
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Former Wisconsin Badger football player Quintez Cephus speaks during a press conference to reiterate his request for reinstatement to the university in Madison, Wis. Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. The former wide receiver was acquitted earlier this month of sexual assault charges stemming from a campus incident in his apartment. He was expelled from the university in March after the university's own internal investigation. He is pictured with his attorneys, Stephen Meyer and Kathleen Stilling, as well as a group of current team members were on hand to show support for Cephus at the event. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
August 19, 2019 - 5:38 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus was cleared Monday to return to school after a jury acquitted him of sexual assault charges, though it was unclear when he will be eligible to play in a game. The school announced Chancellor Rebecca Blank's decision in a statement that...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2016, file photo, a representation of the Olympic rings are displayed in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee took steps designed to help athletes in the wake of Olympic sex-abuse scandals, proposing an increase in their numbers on its board and recasting its mission statement to include the job of promoting their well-being. These changes are part of a proposal, released Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, to rewrite the USOPC bylaws. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
August 19, 2019 - 5:21 pm
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is taking steps designed to help athletes in the wake of Olympic sex-abuse scandals, proposing an increase in their numbers on its board and a recasting of its mission statement to include the job of promoting their well-being. These changes...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon warms up at NFL football practice, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 19, 2019 - 4:26 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Oft-suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to the New England Patriots' practice field on Monday without pads and without saying when he might be able to play again. Gordon was seen stretching on the field during the portion of the team's workout that was open to the...
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Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly, top, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Julio Urias reacts during the 11th inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
August 17, 2019 - 5:41 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urìas has accepted a 20-game suspension by Major League Baseball for a domestic violence incident and is expected to return in September. MLB gave him credit for serving five games while he was on administrative leave in May, leaving 15 remaining...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2016, file photo, a girl holds up a sign for equal pay for the U.S. women soccer players, during the first half of an international friendly soccer match between the United States and Colombia, in East Hartford, Conn. Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, that the players look forward to a jury trial. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
August 15, 2019 - 8:43 am
Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury...
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Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer looks on from the side line during the first half of the team's Campeones Cup soccer final gainst Club America on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. De Boer said he regrets his choice of words in a British newspaper interview about gender equity in soccer and stressed that he's a big supporter of the women's game. De Boer faced backlash before Wednesday's Campeones Cup game for his comments in an article published by The Guardian, in which he said it was "ridiculous" that female players expect to receive the same World Cup pay as the men. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 15, 2019 - 12:22 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said he regrets his choice of words — one word, especially — in a British newspaper interview about gender equity in soccer and stressed that he's a big supporter of the women's game. De Boer faced backlash before Wednesday's Campeones Cup game for...
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LeBron James speaks during the debut of the new basketball court at I Promise School, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. The NBA superstar is spending more than $1 million on various upgrades for the school. (Jeff Lange/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 8:44 pm
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James went back to school and back in time on Wednesday. Joined by four high school teammates, the NBA superstar dedicated a multicolored outdoor basketball court at the I Promise School, which he founded last year for underprivileged children in his hometown. James took a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie watches from the sideline during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn. The arbitrator in the dispute between UConn and Kevin Ollie has ruled that the former basketball coach is protected by a union contract when it comes to the standard the school must meet in proving his firing was justified. UConn had argued that Ollie’s personal contract superseded the union deal, allowing it to fire him in March, 2018 for a broader range of offenses. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
August 13, 2019 - 4:12 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The arbitrator in the dispute between UConn and Kevin Ollie has ruled that the former basketball coach is protected by a union contract when it comes to the standard the school must meet in proving his firing was justified. The collective bargaining agreement between the...
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August 12, 2019 - 5:33 pm
A petition reportedly has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs. According to the website Law360, the petition was filed Thursday by the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs and focuses on the shorter careers...
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