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Gyorko, Ross lead Padres to 3-1 win over Cardinals

 Jedd Gyorko singled in Yangervis Solarte with the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning and Tyson Ross and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Missouri Stealth provides avenue for girls to play college softball

All of the fast pitch softball program's 2013 and 2014 graduates received college scholarships, and some class of 2015 players have already committed to colleges.

 

UPDATE: NCAA suspends Missouri football's Levi Copelin for the season

Missouri wide receiver Levi Copelin, who had used a nutritional supplement not approved by the NCAA, was part of an already-thinning wide receiver corps for the 2014 season.

Missouri softball adds junior college All-American Anna Reed

Anna Reed, who led Division I junior college softball players with 96 RBIs last year, has signed with Missouri.

Sam factor prepares Rams for sensitivity session

Such guidance could be valuable for the St. Louis Rams, even if by all accounts they have welcomed Michael Sam into the fold.

Gibson pitches Twins to 2-1 victory over Royals

Gibson, who was shelled by Tampa Bay his last time out, has made a habit of rebounding back from ugly outings. He followed a miserable performance against the Angels with a strong one against Texas, and a lousy start against the Yankees with six shutout innings against Seattle.

Chiefs linebacker Johnson sets sights on record

The veteran is beginning his 10th season, coming off his third Pro Bowl, and closing in on the franchise record for tackles — he needs 19 to reach 1,000 for his career, which would be one more than Gary Spani recorded from 1978-86.

NCAA proposed settlement raises medical questions

A key feature of a proposed settlement of a head-injury lawsuit against the NCAA is the creation of a $70 million fund to pay for medical evaluations of current and former college players in several sports. The provision raises some sticky medical questions

Rory McIlroy ready to get back to work

McIlroy had plenty of fun with golf's oldest trophy after his wire-to-wire win in the British Open. He celebrated with friends in England, took the jug out for a night on the town in Belfast with his buddies, and brought it with him when he returned home to Florida. And yes, it's with him at Firestone this week at the Bridgestone Invitational.

UPDATE: NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

Unlike a proposed settlement in a similar lawsuit against the NFL, this deal stops short of setting aside money to pay players who suffered brain trauma.

'Out of nowhere': Twins add undrafted 24-year-old

Brandon Poulson was pitching earlier this month for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in the collegiate Sacramento Rural League. Now, the Twins are about to give him $250,000 for his 100-mile-per-hour fastball.

 

Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers

Scott's fellow Lakers greats are already backing that notion. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes surprised Scott before he was formally named the 25th coach in franchise history, standing behind him in a towering show of support.

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

Smith's commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2's "First Take" last Friday about the NFL's two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention, including a stinging rebuke online from a fellow ESPN personality.

NASCAR suspends Hamlin crew chief Grubb 6 races

Hamlin's car failed post-race inspection Sunday because NASCAR said it found issues with several of the covers in the rear firewall of the driver compartment. Loose or missing covers could vent the driver compartment and create more downforce for the car.

Player gets nearly $1M in Offerman bat attack case

A jury awarded $940,000 to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who is still affected by a head injury he suffered in the attack.

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

College sports' governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Critics have accused the NCAA of giving too much discretion to individual schools about when athletes can go back into games, putting them at risk.

Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

Columbia's Carl Edwards will change teams for next NASCAR season.

La Russa part of robust HOF class

Nearly 50,000 people celebrated the newest baseball Hall of Fame class in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday.

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024

The U.S. Olympic Committee will have to pay millions in sponsorships if one of its cities is chosen to host the 2024 Olympics

Chiefs offensive line a grab-bag of bodies in camp

The Chiefs are trying to cobble together a better offensive line this season.

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