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  • Brady vows to fight on; Kraft says he regrets not doing so

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:34:41 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vowed on Wednesday to fight his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, and team owner Robert Kraft opened training camp by saying he continues to "believe and unequivocally support" the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

  • Statement released by Tom Brady

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:55:35 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Full text of the statement released Wednesday by Tom Brady:

  • Patriots may be in limbo if Brady continues suspension fight

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:31:38 GMT

    This isn't over. Not by a long shot.

  • Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:33:52 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate."

  • If USOC finds a new city, Boston debacle could be forgotten

    Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:43:00 GMT

    Embarrassing as the debacle in Boston may have been, chances are it will be nothing more than a distant memory when the vote for the 2024 Olympics finally rolls around.

  • Family of late black golf great accused of $1 million theft

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:52:07 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The son and ex-daughter-in-law of late black golf pioneer Charlie Sifford were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole more than $1 million from him.

  • Brady's future actions could lead to Patriots limbo

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:21:01 GMT

    This isn't over. Not by a long shot.

  • High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:44:50 GMT

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables.

  • Brady's suspension upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:35:24 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • '10 people on Twitter' exult in demise of Boston Olympics

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:57:13 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Mayor Marty Walsh drew plenty of flak, and spawned a trending hashtag, by dismissing the opposition to the city's doomed bid for the 2024 Olympics as "10 people on Twitter."

  • After Olympic dreams fizzle, Bostonians wonder: Now what?

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:26:36 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Opponents are cheering the unceremonious demise of Boston's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but some are wistfully wondering what might have been.

  • Seau lawyer: family won't disrupt Hall of Fame ceremonies

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:08:10 GMT

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The family of the late Junior Seau will not disrupt the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Aug. 8 despite its disagreement with a policy preventing live remarks during a posthumous induction.

  • Trinidad extradition hearing delayed for ex-FIFA VP Warner

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:17:21 GMT

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A court is giving former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner more time to fight being extradited from Trinidad & Tobago to the United States to face corruption charges.

  • Professional poker player sues casino that claims he cheated

    Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:57:16 GMT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A professional poker player has sued a casino that claimed he won $9.6 million by cheating at baccarat, alleging it knew about defects in the cards and then destroyed evidence.

  • Romanov palace imperial setting for imperious FIFA

    Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:48:41 GMT

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Sepp the Great came to an old Romanov chateau for what he promises will be his final World Cup draw as FIFA president.

  • 25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions

    Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:57:34 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down.

  • Anti-bias suits filed under Americans with Disabilities Act

    Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:11:05 GMT

    Since its enactment in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been the legal foundation for a vast array of lawsuits filed on behalf of disabled people alleging they were discriminated against. Among the many cases that have surfaced or been resolved just in the past year:

  • WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

    Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:42:56 GMT

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.

  • Coyotes to stay for at least 2 more years under new deal

    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:12:51 GMT

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Glendale City Council voted unanimously in favor of a restructured arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, keeping the team in the desert for at least two more years.

  • Prosecutors spent $462,000 on Aaron Hernandez prosecution

    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:02:53 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The investigation and murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez cost prosecutors nearly half a million dollars, a spokesman said Friday.

  • WNBA owners approve Tulsa Shock's move to Dallas area

    Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:52:57 GMT

    WNBA owners unanimously approved a plan Thursday to move the Tulsa Shock to the Dallas-Fort Worth area next season.

  • 3 jockeys accused of fixing races at Evangeline Downs

    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:36:39 GMT

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Three jockeys are accused in a race-fixing scheme that involved holding back a horse picked as a favorite to win and using an agent to place bets on the race at Evangeline Downs, state police said Thursday.

  • AP source: Union offered NFL settlement on Brady suspension

    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:53:37 GMT

    The players' union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady's four-game suspension last week that was "met with silence" by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press.

  • EU opens antitrust case against 6 major US movie studios

    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:52 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:08:15 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Trinidad gets extradition request for Warner in FIFA case

    Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:34:20 GMT

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general says he has received a U.S. request for the extradition of former FIFA vice president Jack Warner on corruption charges.

  • Bae loses court battle, faces mandatory military service

    Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:40:22 GMT

    OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Bae Sang-Moon said Wednesday he plans to play the rest of the PGA Tour season before submitting to his mandatory military service in South Korea.

  • Blatter heads to Russia for first foreign trip since crisis

    Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:14:11 GMT

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is due in Russia on Thursday for his first overseas trip since the arrests of fellow soccer executives in May left him unwilling to leave the safety of Switzerland.

  • UT rape suspects to be given separate trials

    Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:17:39 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former University of Tennessee football player charged with rape will be tried separately from his suspended ex-teammate.

  • Feds end prosecution of Barry Bonds without conviction

    Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:59:00 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a nearly decade-long steroids prosecution, Barry Bonds emerged victorious Tuesday when federal prosecutors dropped what was left of their criminal case against the career home runs leader.

  • Titans wide receiver Hunter granted bond by Virginia judge

    Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:55:37 GMT

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was granted bond by a Virginia judge on Tuesday, a day after turning himself in to authorities in his hometown on a charge of malicious wounding.

  • FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says Seminoles working on problems

    Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:57:29 GMT

    PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says the Seminoles are "stepping up" their process of educating players about domestic violence and other issues, after a pair of high-profile allegations overshadowed the program in recent weeks.

  • India's opposition disrupts Parliament over cricket scandal

    Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:57:43 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian opposition parties disrupted Parliament on Tuesday to demand the resignation of two key ruling party leaders for allegedly helping a former Indian cricket official facing investigation for financial irregularities.

  • Tulsa Shock owner plans to move team to Dallas-Fort Worth

    Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:21:43 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Amid 100-degree heat and energy-sapping humidity, a small group of volunteers stood on a corner across from the BOK Center and handed out "Save Our Shock" T-shirts before their team's WNBA showdown with the Minnesota Lynx over the weekend.

  • Webb posts 11 luxury watches, 3 cars to secure $10M bond

    Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:32:51 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb no longer has time on his hands.

  • APNewsBreak: Documents detail Hawkins' payments in UNC case

    Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:19:14 GMT

    HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — Newly unsealed documents in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law suggest he funneled money to multiple Tar Heels players and set up meetings with agents and financial advisers trying to sign them to contracts.

  • The Latest: Gunman's family offers condolences in statement

    Sun, 19 Jul 2015 03:53:33 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities (all times local):__

  • The Latest: Mom of slain Marine visits high school memorial

    Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:42:38 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities (all times local):__

  • The Latest: FBI seeks help in Chattanooga shooting

    Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:26:28 GMT

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The latest on the Chattanooga shootings at two military facilities (all times local):__

  • Banned FIFA official pleads not guilty to racketeering

    Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:48:54 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A former high-ranking official in the governing body of the world's most popular sport appeared before a judge Saturday, entering a not guilty plea in a massive racketeering and bribery case that rocked international soccer.

  • Federal charges sought in Eric Garner's chokehold death

    Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:04:28 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The widow of Eric Garner and hundreds of protesters rallied outside a courthouse Saturday to call on federal prosecutors to indict the white police officer who put the black New York City man in a fatal chokehold a year ago.