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Neymar leads Brazil to 3-1 win over Croatia

SAO PAULO - Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path

OAKLAND, Calif. - A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.

June 12, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


US Open: No-rough Pinehurst still tough

PINEHURST, N.C. - Pinehurst No. 2 is anything but perfect for the U.S. Open, at least in the traditional sense of major championships in America.

June 11, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


New World Cup stadium a worry

SAO PAULO - The biggest question for Thursday's opening match of the World Cup isn't whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will hold up in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd.

June 11, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Shelly Sterling heads to court, trying to sell Clippers

LOS ANGELES - Shelly Sterling's attorney will be in probate court Wednesday to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.

June 10, 2014 | By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Sports


Outdoor Life: Reel advice for beginners

Got the itch to take up fishing?

June 10, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON dar8589@bellsouth.net | Sports


O'Bannon takes stand in landmark NCAA lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. - The battle to give top football and basketball players a cut of the billions of dollars flowing into college athletics began in earnest with former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon taking the stand in federal court to describe how he spent long hours working on his game and as few as possible on his grades.

June 09, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

INDIANAPOLIS - Sam Keller and his teammates used to eagerly await the annual release of the NCAA Football video game, the popular EA Sports product featuring lifelike depictions of every major team.

June 09, 2014 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


U.S. Open Notebook: Strange still the last player to win back-to-back

PINEHURST, N.C. - Justin Rose can expect a phone call of congratulations from Curtis Strange if he were to successfully defend his U.S. Open title this week.

June 09, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Was it a goal? Debate should end at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO - Was it a goal, or wasn't it?

June 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer | Sports


King of clay -- Nadal wins another French Open

PARIS - Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.

June 08, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Not this year - Triple Crown bid falls short

NEW YORK - California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to 9-1 long shot Tonalist.

June 07, 2014 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


Tonalist takes Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK - Robert Evans knows what it feels like to fall short of the Triple Crown.

June 07, 2014 | By DOUG FEINBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Sharapova edges Halep for 2nd French Open title

PARIS - Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final.

June 07, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Chrome chasing history at Belmont

NEW YORK - California Chrome is 1 1/2 miles away from ending the longest drought in racing history - 36 years without a Triple Crown winner.

June 06, 2014 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


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Argentina reaches final with PKs

SAO PAULO - Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate.

July 09, 2014 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | Sports


'Scholarships for life'

WASHINGTON - NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."

July 09, 2014 | By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Statesboro Blue Devils volleyball camp returns

In just three years, Statesboro High has turned a fledgling volleyball program - with next to no previous experience in the sport - into a two-time state playoff qualifier.

July 08, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Sports


World Cup host Brazil humiliated by Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.

July 08, 2014 | By CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer | Sports


Wie, Lewis lead women's golf revival

SOUTHPORT, England - The friendly matches in South Florida can involve as many as eight players, with teams decided by drawing names from a hat.

July 08, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Outdoor Life: Frog gigging — a tasty tradition

Frog gigging is a dying art. Like grabbling or noodling (reaching under river banks for turtles and catfish) frog gigging is an outdoor activity that seems to be fading from view.

July 08, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON dar8589@bellsouth.net | Sports


Djokovic's pep talk swept aside 'fear', 'demons'

LONDON - Novak Djokovic knew all along that his game was good enough to win more Grand Slam titles. It was his mind that was the problem.

July 07, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Kittel wins stage as Tour prepares to leave UK

LONDON - At this point, the top Tour de France sprint star might be called Sir Marcel.

July 07, 2014 | By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press | Sports


LeBron, Cavs owner could mend fences, reunite

CLEVELAND - There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.

July 07, 2014 | By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Aaron Hernandez moved to new jail

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can transfer to a jail closer to Boston for easier access to his lawyers while he awaits trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press | Sports


Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon final

LONDON - Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.

July 06, 2014 | By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Netherlands and Argentina move on to semis

BRASILIA, Brazil - This time for Argentina, it was less about Lionel Messi and more about the men behind him.

July 05, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Tour de France off and pedaling

HARROGATE, England - Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash. Marcel Kittel's hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed new signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world's top sprinters.

July 05, 2014 | By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press | Sports


Hurley retains lead at Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Billy Hurley III doesn't plan to lose much rest sitting on a third-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.

July 05, 2014 | By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Kvitova overpowers Bouchard to win 2nd Wimbledon

LONDON - Petra Kvitova overwhelmed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour Saturday to win Wimbledon for the second time in the most lop-sided final in more than two decades.

July 05, 2014 | By STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


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