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Earnhardt takes weekend off after plane crash near Bristol

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for ...

Harper hits grand slam in 9th to lead Phillies over Cubs, 7-5

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper knows everyone in the dugout and ballpark expects him to get clutch hits in moments just like this. Boy, he crushed it. Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the ...

Grisham’s 3-run HR lifts Brewers

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Craig Counsell has plenty of confidence in Trent Grisham, which he showed by batting the rookie leadoff for the fifth time in his first 11 major league games. Grisham made his manager proud on Wednesday, hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth ...

Ohio State seeks to trademark the word ‘The’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application ...

Lions-Texans practice a reunion for Patricia, O’Brien

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HOUSTON (AP) — Wednesday's joint practice between the Texans and Lions was a reunion for Houston coach Bill O'Brien and Detroit coach Matt Patricia. The two worked as assistants with the New England Patriots from 2007-11. O'Brien said the first of two practices between these teams before ...

Harbaugh seems set up for success in 5th season

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh seems set up for success at Michigan in his fifth season, leading a program that's a popular choice to win the Big Ten . "That's where I would pick us," Harbaugh said. Some are taking another step, predicting the Wolverines will earn a spot in the ...

LaFleur: Rodgers to play ‘a quarter or so’ against Ravens

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For the first time this preseason, the world will have the opportunity to see what Aaron Rodgers looks like in Matt LaFleur's offense. The Packers' first-year coach said Tuesday that Rodgers and the rest of the first-team offense and first-team defense will play for ...

Giants’ Tate suspended 4 games for performance enhancer

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down. The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will ...

Gonzalez’s HR off Hader in 8th lifts Twins over Brewers, 7-5

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — As much as any two teams, the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers are playing in a playoff-like atmosphere, as the AL Central and the NL Central feature the tightest races in the majors for a division title. Their interleague matchup Tuesday at Miller Park didn't ...

Michigan, Nebraska look set for breakthroughs in Big Ten

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The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough, and two-time defending conference champion Ohio State is transitioning from Urban Meyer to Ryan Day and replacing a first-round NFL draft pick at ...

McLeod named North Central athletic director

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POWERS — Recently, North Central Schools have seen athletic directors come and go for multiple reasons. Randall McLeod, a former North Central attendee, takes over the position this year in an attempt to stabilize and improve the athletics program. "We're going to hit the ground running," ...

Raiders receiver Brown loses helmet grievance

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL on Monday over his use of an old helmet that is no longer certified as safe to use for practice or play. The arbitrator issued the ruling after holding a hearing last Friday with Brown, ...

Badgers look to prove ‘18 was a blip, claim West title

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin won eight games a season ago, its fewest since 2012 and fewest under coach Paul Chryst. "You hope it's a blip, right? And yet, that's the beauty of this season," said Chryst, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the Badgers' program. "You've got to go out ...

Bears break training camp facing several familiar problems

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — There was a shoving incident, a coach screaming at his players and the usual unresolved kicking competition. The Chicago Bears broke Bourbonnais training camp after Sunday's practice and headed back for Halas Hall without finding the answer to their greatest ...

Douglas holds on for UPGA championship

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GLADSTONE — Nearly everything fell in place at the right time for Gladstone Golf Club’s Bryce Douglas here Saturday as he earned his first Upper Peninsula Golf Association men’s championship at Terrace Bluff Golf & Country Club. Douglas, who sank at least three birdie putts in the ...

Lions put Kearse on injured reserve

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jermaine Kearse checked several boxes for the Detroit Lions when they brought in the wide receiver as a free agent during mini-camp in June. Kearse was familiar with new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's scheme, had the flexibility to play outside or in the ...

Bryant, Cubs rally for win over Reds

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Chicago Cubs were down, and the Cincinnati Reds had All-Star Luis Castillo on the mound. Just when it looked as if the Cubs were in trouble, they rallied. Kris Bryant led the way. Bryant capped Chicago's four-run seventh with a three-run homer, and the Cubs beat the ...

Harvick repeats win at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is so confident in his talent and team he doesn't get excited when he wins. "It's more of an expectation," Harvick said. He raced to the 47th NASCAR Cup victory of his career and his second in less than a month Sunday, pulling away from the pack to win ...

Cardinals executive Minegar arrested on suspicion of DUI

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CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals executive Ron Minegar has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. Chandler police say Minegar was stopped around 11:30 p.m. Saturday for speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane. They say further ...

Douglas holds lead going into UPGA tourney’s 4th round

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GLADSTONE — Bryce Douglas of Gladstone Golf Club gained sole possession of first place here Friday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Day 3 of the Upper Peninsula Golf Association Men’s tournament at Terrace Bluff Golf & Country Club. The University of Detroit golfer, at 4-under-par 212 ...