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Goodell hears appeals from Saints' Payton, Loomis

Apr 5, 2012

By RACHEL COHEN, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Payton slipped out a back entrance from NFL headquarters and directly into to a waiting car.

The New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl-winning coach now must wait for Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide whether he will reduce any of the penalties ...

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Unbeaten Gemologist needs good Wood for Derby spot

Apr 5, 2012

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Unbeaten but untested, Gemologist is ready for his Kentucky Derby audition.

The 3-year-old colt is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for Saturday's $1 million Wood Memorial, a final prep before the Derby in four weeks.

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Calif., Nevada merge Tahoe's bid for 2022 Olympics

Apr 5, 2012

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and Nevada officials announced Thursday that they are joining forces in their effort to lure the Winter Games back to the Lake Tahoe area in 2022, forming an exploratory committee to start the process.

In a statement ...

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Group plans more protests against WCup in Brazil

Apr 5, 2012

By TALES AZZONI, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian group that forced work to stop at the stadium being built for the 2014 World Cup opener plans to intensify protests across Brazil, saying the poor are paying the price for the government's decision to bow to FIFA's demands.

The ...

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Love's minutes taking their toll

Apr 5, 2012

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy are the shoulders that wear the cape.

Kevin Love has been doing it all in Minnesota this season, leading the league in minutes played and hoisting the once-lowly Timberwolves back to relevance. Over the last month, five of his best ...

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Rest of baseball catching up with big spenders

Apr 5, 2012

By RONALD BLUM, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The rest of baseball is starting to catch up with the big spenders.

The Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels all had hefty boosts in payroll during the offseason along with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals,

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Goodell warns NFL about leaking Wonderlic scores

Apr 5, 2012

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, Associated Press

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a memo to all 32 teams threatening "significant discipline" to anyone caught leaking confidential information gathered on draft prospects to the public.

The Associated Press obtained the memo, which was sent on Wednesday ...

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Formula One becomes part of Bahrain power struggle

Apr 5, 2012

By BARBARA SURK and REEM KHALIFA, Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A year after an anti-government revolt forced Bahrain's rulers to cancel the kingdom's coveted Formula One race, the grand prix is again smack in the middle of a power struggle.

Protesters aiming to break the Sunni regime's ...

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Few issues resolved at Sandusky pretrial hearing

Apr 5, 2012

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer said after a short pretrial hearing Thursday that he expected the presiding judge to soon dismiss defense motions to have the child sexual abuse charges thrown out, but he ...

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O'Meara withdraws from Masters before 1st round

Apr 5, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Mark O'Meara, the 1998 Masters champion, withdrew with an injury just before he was set to tee off for the first round at Augusta National.

Details were not immediately available Thursday. O'Meara played a practice round with good friend Tiger Woods on Wednesday, and then took ...

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Somali athletes training despite bombing deaths

Apr 5, 2012

By MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's Olympic athletes returned to practice for the London Games, a day after the national Olympic committee president and another top sports official were killed in a bomb blast.

Four of the country's five Olympic athletes ...

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Report: Saudis may not send women to Olympics

Apr 5, 2012

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Plans for Saudi Arabia to send women to the Olympics for the first time appear to be in jeopardy.

Saudi Arabian newspaper Al-Watan reported Thursday that Saudi Olympic Committee President Prince Nawaf does "not approve" of sending female athletes to the London Games.

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Britain wins women's team pursuit in record time

Apr 5, 2012

By NEIL FRANKLAND, Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Britain's women's team pursuit squad beat Australia in a dramatic finish on Thursday to win gold in record-breaking time on the second day of the world track cycling championships.

Britain's Danielle King, Laura Trott and Joanna ...

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Green tea could cloud Olympic doping tests

Apr 5, 2012

By MARIA CHENG, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Olympic doping officials are considering whether to tweak their tests after a recent British study showed green tea might hide testosterone from the standard test used to spot it.

The study was a test in a lab dish so scientists aren't sure if the ...

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Payne: No comment on membership issues at Augusta

Apr 5, 2012

By EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jabbed, prodded and poked repeatedly about a topic that never really goes away, Billy Payne wouldn't budge.

Faced with questions at his annual news conference about when a woman would become a member at the home of the Masters, the Augusta ...

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Column: Augusta National stuck in a time warp

Apr 5, 2012

By TIM DAHLBERG, Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Gary Player was camped out under the big oak tree behind the clubhouse, signing autographs and posing for pictures as he did 50 years ago. At the many snack stands scattered around Augusta National, pimento cheese sandwiches in green wrappers ...

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Master rookie Bradley is perfect so far at majors

Apr 5, 2012

By NANCY ARMOUR, Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) — Keegan Bradley doesn't get all the fuss about being a Masters rookie.

After all, he has a perfect record in the majors.

"So I don't think it's that hard, to be honest," said Bradley, who became only the third player in at least 100 years ...

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Police draw guns at home of Torii Hunter

Apr 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Torii Hunter was visited at his home by police officers with guns drawn after he accidentally triggered the alarm upon returning from the Los Angeles Angels' final exhibition game on Wednesday.

Two Newport Beach police officers entered the house in the afternoon and escorted ...

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Lakers beat Clippers 113-108

Apr 5, 2012

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Bynum scored 36 points, Kobe Bryant added 31 and the first-place Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Clippers 113-108 on Wednesday night, widening their Pacific Division lead to 2½ games over the second-place Clippers and snapping ...

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Selig's review of Marlins' ballpark: 'Wow'

Apr 4, 2012

By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Commissioner Bud Selig offered a one-word review of the Miami Marlins' new ballpark.

"All you can say is, 'Wow,'" Selig said.

Muhammad Ali had the same reaction.

Selig's critique came 90 minutes before the first pitch of the first game Wednesday in ...

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