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49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police....

Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players' by routinely dispensing painkillers....

APNewsBreak: Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor
GENEVA (AP) -- The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings....

For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba....

In Qatar, migrant workers paid to be sports 'fans'
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- The men grappled with each other to board the quickly filling bus. Others wriggled in through the windows, scaling the outside, using the large wheels as footholds and leaving scuff-marks on the white exterior with their shoes....

APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as too broad....

Pump fake still an old standby tool in QB's belt
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers had first-and-goal at Carolina, poised to break open that September game in the third quarter....

Kurt Busch says he told ex-girlfriend to leave
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Kurt Busch testified Wednesday that he repeatedly told his ex-girlfriend to leave his motorhome the night she claims the NASCAR driver assaulted her....

EWU's Adams, SDSU's Zenner lead FCS All-Americans
Vernon Adams only needed to play 10 games for Eastern Washington to become an All-American....

Crosby returns to ice, 3 Penguins tested for mumps
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned from a bout with mumps, while several teammates were tested for the virus as a precaution....

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