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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Butler, Escobar rally Royals to 2-1 lead in Game 2
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler and Alcides Escobar had run-scoring hits off Jake Peavy, and the Kansas City Royals took a 2-1 lead over San Francisco after three innings Wednesday night as they tried to even the World Series at a game apiece.

Probe: UNC academic fraud was 'shadow curriculum'
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades, according to an investigation released Wednesday.

Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.

Giants-Royals square off in Game 2 of World Series
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Another nice fall night in Kansas City for Game 2. There's some wind tonight — these fans dressed head-to-toe in blue are hoping this World Series doesn't become a blowout.

No. 9 Georgia to ask for Gurley's reinstatement
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Richt said he was optimistic on Wednesday as Georgia was expected to file a request with the NCAA for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

Hazing history allowed at Florida A&M trial
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A history of hazing among Florida A&M band members can be mentioned by prosecutors in the trial of four ex-members charged in a drum major's 2011 death, but the judge said Wednesday there should be no mention that the student killed was gay.

Request denied to remove judge on Peterson case
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

CONROE, Texas (AP) — A prosecution request to remove the judge handling the felony child abuse case against Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was denied on Wednesday.

Beaten Giants fan shows significant progress
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

CAPITOLA, Calif. (AP) — Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 beating by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans, is cracking jokes, fist-bumping and hoping to one day discard his walker and run on his own.

World Series rating for opener drops to low
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A World Series opener involving the San Francisco Giants set a record low TV rating for the second time in three seasons.

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Vols, Wolverines out to flip trends against rivals
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

The history and geography say rivalry games. Recent results suggest lopsided matchups.

Redskins' Gruden: RG3 is 'wild card' for Monday
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Many ifs and maybes and buts surround Robert Griffin III's status for the Washington Redskins' game Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys. There is so much uncertainty, he has been declared a "wild card" by coach Jay Gruden even though Colt McCoy is the announced starter.

Attorney says Kings' Voynov didn't hit girlfriend
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenseman never hit his girlfriend, and he blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding partly caused by the couple's limited English.

Leafs-Senators game postponed after shootings
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The NHL postponed Wednesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Senators because of the shootings in Ottawa.

SHR swaps crews for Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing said Wednesday it will swap the teams of Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch after this weekend's race at Martinsville Speedway.

Florida to start QB Treon Harris against Georgia
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — With his job on the line, Florida coach Will Muschamp has turned to freshman quarterback Treon Harris.

Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.

Albania PM seeks to ease tensions with Serbia
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Wednesday that his nation and Serbia must try to end decades of hostility toward one another by focusing on major issues such as their mutual desire to join the European Union, not last week's dispute over a soccer match.

ACC cherishes exposure of Thursday Night Lights
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Atlantic Coast Conference football has enjoyed a long run in the starring role on Thursday Night Lights.

SEC teams not done knocking each other off
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 9:02 pm

All the hand-wringing over the SEC's near-monopoly of the top 5 might well prove a moot point.

From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 8:16 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

Report may reveal more about UNC academic fraud
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 8:06 pm

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — An investigator with access to more witnesses and records than any previous probe of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina is set to reveal what he found.

'85 World Series Royals relishing playoff run
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 7:31 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bret Saberhagen was just 21 years old when the Kansas City Royals were last in the World Series. He pitched a Game 7 shutout to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 6:30 pm

SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams did not hesitate when asked to describe her performance Wednesday, when she took her heaviest defeat since she was 16 years old.

Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 6:16 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.

Novak Djokovic welcomes baby boy Stefan
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 6:16 pm

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is a proud father.

No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:16 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday.

New-Look NBA: A player's perspective, Paul Pierce
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office. An interview with veteran forward Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards tips off the series:

Bumgarner, Giants top Royals 7-1 in Series opener
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:01 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Win or lose, Jake Peavy is a treat to watch when he pitches.

For Rio, Paralympian Alana Nichols focus on kayak
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 2:46 pm

DENVER (AP) — Paralympian Alana Nichols calls them "pinch-me moments," when she can't quite believe she is actually in a particular situation.

Bumgarner, Giants stop Royals 7-1 in Series opener
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 2:04 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Coach of football team charged in hazing suspended
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 12:46 pm

PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — The coaching staff of a high school football team rocked by criminal charges of sexual assault and hazing was suspended Tuesday night at a tension-filled school board meeting that featured angry accusations by some supporters.

Kings GM: NHL should educate after Voynov's arrest
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:15 pm

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi firmly supports the NHL's indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov, the quiet Russian defenseman arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

Game 2 starters Ventura, Peavy study in contrasts
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 10:31 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The starting pitchers for Game 2 of the World Series are a study in contrasts.

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 9:46 am

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL's first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game.

Coach fired over watermelon, ape-like celebrations
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 9:06 am

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A high school football coach was fired because of postgame victory celebrations the district superintendent said involved players smashing watermelons and making ape-like sounds.

NCAA: SI allegations vs Oklahoma St 'unfounded'
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 5:30 am

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State football program escaped its "day of reckoning" nearly unscathed.

AP sources: Rice's appeal hearing set for Nov. 5-6
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 5:01 am

A hearing on Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held Nov. 5 and 6, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

CBS retained its Nielsen ratings crown last week
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Football scored half of the Top 10 slots in last week's Nielsen ratings.

'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 1:46 am

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.

Jets edge Titans in finale
Posted: October 21, 2014

In the finale of what has been a frustrating 2014 season, the McDowell Titans varsity soccer team was hoping to send its seniors off on a high note.

Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 9:46 pm

SINGAPORE (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

NFL creates Sportsmanship Award for players
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 9:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has created a Sportsmanship Award that will be voted on by the players and presented to the winner on the eve of the Super Bowl.

Daland, coach of swimming champions at USC, dies
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 8:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Daland, who coached the University of Southern California swim team to nine NCAA championships and mentored Olympic gold medal winners, has died. He was 93.

Pistorius sentencing: What it means
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 9:02 pm

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — How much prison time will Oscar Pistorius ultimately serve for killing his girlfriend? And will the double-amputee Olympian ever run competitively again on the carbon-fiber blades that made him one of the world's most recognizable athletes?

Fighters suing Mayweather over Vegas cable TV bout
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 8:46 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a "dog house" fight that was supposed to last until someone quit.

Hats off! Royals get old-timey with tip o' the hat
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 8:16 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nobody seems to know when the tradition of doffing a hat began, though most historians date the practice to the days when bowlers and boaters were in vogue.

Newborn Puget Sound killer whale presumed dead
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 7:01 pm

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the Center for Whale Research said.

Wife of ex-Vikings player finishes work release
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 5:31 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The wife of former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser is being allowed to return home after completing a work release assignment for her conviction in a hit-and-run accident that killed a chef.


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