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Bucs sign paralyzed former Rutgers player LeGrand

May 2, 2012

By FRED GOODALL, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — To put it mildly, Rutgers' Eric LeGrand was surprised when his former coach called to let him know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were interested in signing the paralyzed defensive tackle.

"It came out of nowhere," LeGrand said Wednesday after the ...

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Police: Junior Seau found dead at California home

May 2, 2012

By BERNIE WILSON and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Junior Seau, a homegrown superstar who was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of the San Diego Chargers for 13 years, was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide.

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Pacers shoot past Magic to take 2-1 lead

May 2, 2012

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Danny Granger had 26 points and nine rebounds, Roy Hibbert added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Orlando Magic 97-74 on Wednesday night to a take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.

The Pacers regained ...

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Pettitte agrees he may have misunderstood Clemens

May 2, 2012

By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — With two short answers, Andy Pettitte called into question the validity of his testimony against Roger Clemens, part of a discouraging day for prosecutors in the retrial of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner.

After stumbling its way to a ...

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Spurs blow out Jazz 114-83 to take 2-0 lead

May 2, 2012

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker scored 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs handed Utah its second-worst playoff loss in franchise history, beating the Jazz 114-83 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

NBA Coach of the Year Gregg ...

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Giambi's homer lifts Rockies over Dodgers in 9th

May 2, 2012

By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Standing in the on-deck circle and with first base open, Carlos Gonzalez briefly wondered if the Los Angeles Dodgers would pitch around pinch hitter Jason Giambi to face him.

Sorry, CarGo. No chance.

Gonzalez had already hit two towering homers off ...

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Bodemeister is early 4-1 favorite for Ky Derby

May 2, 2012

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert sure looks to be on a winning streak lately — and that applies not only to his horses but to his health as well.

The trainer certainly had good fortune in the Kentucky Derby draw where his Bodemeister was made the early 4-1 ...

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8 members of Chargers Super Bowl team have died

May 2, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Junior Seau's death is the eighth among the 1994 San Diego Chargers, who won the AFC title and lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The list of players:

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— Junior Seau, LB, 43, on Wednesday, from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,

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Mich. student with disability asks to play sports

May 2, 2012

By JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old with Down syndrome took his case for high school sports eligibility to state lawmakers Wednesday, arguing that Michigan should join a growing number of states that consider age-limit exemptions for student athletes whose playing ...

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Some of the most infamous baseball scandals

May 2, 2012

By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press

The trial of former star pitcher Roger Clemens on charges that he lied to Congress when he denied taking steroids and human growth hormone is just the latest example of a big name from baseball becoming embroiled in scandal.

With Clemens' friend Andy Pettitte ...

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4 players suspended by NFL for Saints' bounties

May 2, 2012

By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press

Hoping to close the book on bounties, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma without pay for all of next season Wednesday and gave shorter bans to three other players for their leading roles in the team's cash-for-hits system that ...

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Dodgers begin new era with owners Magic, Kasten

May 2, 2012

By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Southern California sun stayed behind the clouds, everything else about the Los Angeles Dodgers' introductory news conference for their new ownership group Wednesday signaled the dawn of a bright new era for a beloved franchise.

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Hawks worried about Josh Smith heading into Game 3

May 2, 2012

By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks are running out of players.

The team learned Wednesday that forward Josh Smith has a strained tendon in his left knee, perhaps costing the Hawks another key player for their playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Smith is ...

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Eli Manning prepares to host 'Saturday Night Live'

May 2, 2012

By RACHEL COHEN, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Manning sensed his brother's shadow even as a comedic actor.

"Saturday Night Live" producers invited the New York Giants quarterback to host after he won his first Super Bowl in 2008. One of the many reasons he declined was that Peyton Manning ...

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Turbulent year nears end for Penn State seniors

May 2, 2012

By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — An academic year that no Penn State senior was prepared for comes to a close this week when the university holds graduation ceremonies.

Nearly 13,000 diplomas will be awarded this weekend across the Penn State system. In State ...

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Fabrice Muamba makes emotional return to Bolton

May 2, 2012

BOLTON, England (AP) — Fabrice Muamba has made an emotional return to Bolton, waving tearfully to fans from the field less than seven weeks after his on-field cardiac arrest.

The midfielder was introduced to a standing ovation ahead of Bolton's Premier League match against Tottenham, the team he ...

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Knicks' Chandler is NBA Defensive Player of Year

May 2, 2012

By BRIAN MAHONEY, Associated Press

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Tyson Chandler, the catalyst for the New York Knicks' defensive improvement, was voted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Chandler beat out Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka and three-time champion Dwight Howard of Orlando to ...

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Messi sets European record with 68 goals

May 2, 2012

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi broke Gerd Mueller's 39-year-old record for goals in a European club season, scoring a hat trick for Barcelona in a 4-1 win over Malaga on Wednesday night to raise his total to 68.

The 24-year-old converted penalty kicks in the 35th and 59th minutes, then ...

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Sports violence: NFL hands out latest punishments

May 2, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Football, hockey, rugby. Violence is part of the game in many sports.

But when athletes cross the line, it can attract the attention of authorities — sometimes from within their sport and in other cases from criminal prosecutors.

The punishment of four ...

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Butler leaving Horizon League for Atlantic 10

May 2, 2012

By CLIFF BRUNT, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler hasn't been the little school that can for a long time.

The team that was the NCAA national runner-up two years running is taking its David vs Goliath act a step up in class, leaving the Horizon League and joining the Atlantic 10 ...

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