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Stewart returns to racing but questions remain
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Tony Stewart was back in his comfort zone, behind the wheel of a race car....

What to watch at US Open: Isner-Kohlschreiber III
NEW YORK (AP) -- John Isner is not the sort to study a lot of video of past matches in order to prepare for an upcoming opponent....

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for months to play on without Aldon Smith over an extended period....

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale....

Palmer opens with a 63 to lead Deutsche Bank
NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- Ryan Palmer would not have guessed this would be his lowest round of the year, at least not the way it started....

Appalachian St, fab frosh & pace of play in Week 1
Texas A&M's outburst, Boise State's flop and Temple's late-night surprise were just an appetizer....

Green-Ellis, Moorman among early wave of NFL cuts
The Law Firm has closed up shop in Cincinnati....

Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open
NEW YORK (AP) -- A day before facing Venus Williams - and a partisan crowd - at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation....

Sterling says Clippers deal started with 2 numbers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When asked how much money she wanted to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling handed a piece of paper to her lawyer with two numbers: $1.5 to $2....

'Bama opens vs West Virginia with QB questions
ATLANTA (AP) -- Time to get some answers about Alabama's quarterback competition....

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