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49ers' McDonald investigated for sexual assault
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Northern California authorities said Wednesday that they are investigating San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault....

Baseball monitoring White House Cuba decision
Major League Baseball isn't sure of the impact of President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba....

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....

AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records
Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday....

Panthers' Newton practicing 8 days after crash
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has returned to practice eight days after an automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back....

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....

West Virginia athletic director Luck joining NCAA
West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs....

Could NFL come up with worse Thursday game?
If the NFL wanted its Thursday night prime-time package to go out with a bang, it couldn't have made a worse choice....

Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter - at most....

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....

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