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US basketball decides bigger is better with roster

U.S. team officials selected the 12 players who will travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers

AL Central-leading Royals win 6-3 at Texas

Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, he walked three and got help from inning-starting homers by Billy Butler and Josh Willingham to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night.

Phillies slip past Cardinals for 5-4 victory

Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kendrick overcame a rocky opening inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Manziel, Browns agree he's not ready to start

Failing to make any magic happen in his first two NFL preseason games and unable to close the gap enough to beat out Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel will begin the season as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback, matching his uniform number. It's not a major surprise given he's had to learn a complex offense and he entered training camp behind Hoyer.

Kansas City cornerbacks adjust to new contact rules

Total penalties are up nearly 44 percent from the first two preseason games last year, according to figures released by the NFL. More specifically, there have been 55 illegal contact penalties compared to eight last year, and 107 holds compared to 20 during the 2013 preseason.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from U.S. team

The three-time World Cup veteran asked U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to not consider him for the roster until September 2015. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.

Serena Williams faces American up-and-comer in 1st round of U.S. Open

Serena Williams, 32, has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament.

St. Louis Rams welcome Ferguson high schools to training facility

The St. Louis Rams invited all three schools from the Ferguson-Florissant School District to use their indoor practice facility for the remainder of the week. Missouri's high school season begins Friday.

Offensive tackle Eric Fisher refuses to use injury as excuse

Around Kansas City, Eric Fisher has become a popular scapegoat for the struggles of the offense, part of the burden that comes with being the No. 1 overall draft pick. But there are reasons to believe that he will eventually turn the corner, even if it takes a magnifying glass to see them.

Grand slam props up Rockies against Royals

Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam, Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings and the Colorado Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.

Lance Lynn bests Johnny Cueto as Cardinals roll Reds 7-3

"It didn't hurt my feelings one bit beating him," right-hander Lance Lynn said after working seven scoreless innings against 15-game winner Johnny Cueto in St. Louis' 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. "You see all the leader boards and you see his name up at the top. I outpitched him tonight, so yeah."

Seattle looks to continue reign in loaded NFC West

Whether it was San Francisco and Seattle, the league's best rivalry, meeting in the NFC championship game, or the Seahawks posting the most lopsided Super Bowl victory in two decades by routing Denver, the profile of the NFC West is drastically different from a few years ago.

Broncos again class of AFC West

As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.

Hoyer beats injury, Manziel to win starting job

Brian Hoyer was named the Browns' starting quarterback over Johnny Manziel.

Giants' protest of rain-shortened game succeeds

The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and the team will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won.

Carl Edwards joins Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing announces the addition of Columbia native Carl Edwards.

FIFA, Russia relations hit rough spot

Relations between FIFA and its next World Cup host, Russia, are under strain.

Cardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP in 9th

Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk to start the winning rally. He advanced to third on Matt Adams' single. After Peter Bourjos ran for Holliday, Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases. Hoover (1-10) then plunked Jay to force in Bourjos with the winning run.

Infante has 3 doubles to lead Royals past Rockies

Matzek (2-9) came into Tuesday with a 9.60 ERA in August but was having his best outing since blanking Pittsburgh over seven innings on July 26 when he ran into trouble with two outs in the seventh. Matzek got the first two outs before allowing a pinch-hit single to Josh Willingham and walking Nori Aoki.

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