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After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans
NEW YORK (AP) -- Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second....

Kenny Football: Hill surpasses Manziel's mark
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job....

Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a redshirt freshman walk-on receiver with a possible concussion....

Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race....

USC coach accepts some blame in Shaw situation
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian believes he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw's fictitious story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning....

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win
NEW YORK (AP) -- Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open....

Serena Williams runs US Open win streak to 16
NEW YORK (AP) -- After three double-faults in her first service game, Serena Williams was in control the rest of the way and stretched her winning streak to 16 matches at the U.S. Open....

AP source: Gordon wants to play in CFL but can't
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Josh Gordon can't run a deep pass route into Canada and play....

Notre Dame to hold out 5th player in investigation
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list of four Irish players being withheld from practice and games as the university completed its investigation into whether they may have turned in homework and papers completed by others....

FedEx Cup: Where a week can change everything
NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- Stuart Appleby knows how one week can change everything during the FedEx Cup playoffs....

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