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  • Action on the field powers lights at soccer field

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Kids streaking back and forth on a soccer field in scorching tropical heat promises to produce something more than buckets of sweat. Billed as Brazil's first player-powered soccer pitch, a field inaugurated Wednesday in a Rio de Janeiro slum harnesses the kinetic energy of...

  • New Jersey prosecutor who let Ray Rice off the hook is throwing the book at a young mother of two

    Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain approved an application for admitting Rice into New Jersey's Pre-Trial Intervention program that allowed the NFL star to avoid jail time.

  • Christie allows betting on sports

    After a review of New Jersey state law which found nothing barring betting on sports, the Republican governor issued an action allowing it on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

  • White House on Ray Rice: Violence must be 'combated'

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest would not specifically endorse the Ravens' personnel move but said that President Obama would continue to use the powers of his office to condemn violence against women.

  • Sen. Blumenthal: Ravens' Ray Rice should face tougher penalty

    "The video released today emphasizes how egregiously weak and wrong the initial penalty against Ray Rice was ... and it constitutes new, powerful evidence that requires the commissioner to reconsider and reach a stronger punishment," said the Connecticut Democrat.

  • NFL turns over every leaf in ongoing revenue hunt

    In the not-too-distant future, a football fan might be able to take a seat at the stadium, punch up any game on a seatback monitor, keep tabs on the real-time stats of a fantasy team, order up a hot dog and beer and even have a brand-new jacket brought to the seat if the wind kicks up. This is...

  • Daily News owner wanted 'Washington' banned, but paper sacks 'Redskins'

    Just nine months after media and real estate mogul Mortimer Zuckerman praised the name of the Washington Redskins football team, his New York Daily News has sacked it from their pages, calling the word a "slur."

  • EU looking to deepen sanctions against Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations will be looking to give existing penalties against Russia more bite by the weekend rather than expanding sanctions to include sport events to punish Moscow for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Several member states came out on Wednesday against the...

  • North Korea athletes on mission for political gold

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials....

  • Pro wrestling returns to the ring in North Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans got their first look at pro wrestling in about 20 years on Saturday when an ex-NFL lineman and 20 other grapplers from around the world took to the ring for an exhibition put together by a charismatic former Japanese pro-wrestler who is now a member of...

  • Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

    Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. Hours of digital video of his opponent was instantly available to be seen with the swipe of a screen while he walked across...

  • Buy a mere ticket? How quaint. Be a team 'member'

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The change made by the Kansas City Chiefs a few years ago was subtle — one word, really — yet it ushered a pronounced change in the way the franchise viewed its most important fans. Season-ticket holders became known as "season-ticket members." Suddenly, the entire...

  • Ebola: Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone game now in doubt

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's African Cup of Nations qualifier at home to Sierra Leone is in doubt because the Ivorian government doesn't want players and officials from an Ebola-hit country to enter its territory. Ivory Coast Football Federation spokesman Eric Kacou says that the...

  • Legal questions arise for fantasy day game biz

    Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly,...

  • Chicago Little Leaguers return to city

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's champion Little League team was welcomed home with fire trucks soaking their plane with water and the cheers of hundreds gathered at an airport gate. The Jackie Robinson West All Stars captivated the city over a month as they battled to capture the U.S. Little League...



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