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Mickelson promises prepared US team at Ryder Cup
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to play their best golf....

Danny Willett apologizes for brother's words about US fans
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- With stakes at the Ryder Cup so high, the players are under plenty of pressure. Danny Willett's focus faltered a bit Wednesday during practice at Hazeltine National Golf Club....

Texans place star DE JJ Watt on injured reserve
HOUSTON (AP) -- J.J. Watt is out until at least December and could miss the rest of the season with an injured back, leaving the Texans searching for ways to deal with the loss of the NFL's best defensive player....

Probe of jetty sought as service held for Marlins' Fernandez
MIAMI (AP) -- Somber Miami Marlins players and personnel escorted a hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez from the team's ballpark Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio sought a safety probe into the rock jetty where a boat crash claimed the lives of the baseball star and two friends....

Cowboys' Bryant has hairline knee fracture, outlook unclear
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Dez Bryant has a slight hairline fracture in a bone in his right knee, though Dallas coach Jason Garrett says the receiver might not miss a game....

Rex Ryan, ace reporter? Asks Pats' Edelman if he'll play QB
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Add another reporter to the NFL beat: Rex Ryan....

Cubs reward Epstein for turnaround with 5-year extension
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs announced a five-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Wednesday, rewarding him for an overhaul that has the long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908....

Tebow homers in 1st at-bat for Mets in instructional debut
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow made a powerful first impression for the New York Mets instructional league....

Burfict back. Will he be under control for Bengals?
Burfict's back, just in time for the Bengals....

Stewart weary as he tries to race his way into 2nd round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart is at peace with however his final season in NASCAR comes to an end....

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