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Nationals acquire lefty reliever Rzepczynski from Athletics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Max Schrock....

Marlins get OF Jeff Francoeur from Braves in 3-team trade
MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Marlins acquired Jeff Francoeur from the Atlanta Braves in a three-team trade Wednesday night, hoping the well-traveled outfielder can provide a boost toward a playoff spot....

Pick Six: Strong, Sumlin entering 2016 on coaching hot seat
To consider Les Miles on the dreaded hot seat at LSU entering this season suggests a lot about job security among college football coaches these days - especially those in the Southeastern Conference....

Hope Solo suspended from US soccer team for 6 months
CHICAGO (AP) -- U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics....

Dolphins intensify Zika-control treatments at stadium
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins say they've intensified mosquito-control treatments at their stadium because of the Zika virus....

Britton's streak ends, but Orioles hold off Nationals in 9th
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An attempted comeback forced Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton into a game that shouldn't have required him. Not long after, his perfect run ended....

Ledecky hands medals to Harper, throws out first pitch
WASHINGTON (AP) -- One by one, swimmer Katie Ledecky handed her Olympic medals to Bryce Harper. Four gold medals and one silver from the Rio Olympics sat in the hands of the reigning National League MVP....

Fan falls into Yankees dugout during win over Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) -- A fan fell into the New York Yankees dugout during their victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, landing on the dugout steps before being corralled by law enforcement....

Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for his appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport...

Putin calls ban on Russia's Paralympic team inhumane
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane on Thursday, while six Russian athletes launched a bid to compete at next month's games as individuals....

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