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With former NFL stars on board, American Flag Football League could be the next big thing

A sport usually played by youth is now going pro. The American Flag Football League hopes to attract former NFL greats and younger, developing players when it launches nationwide next year. (June 29) INDIANAPOLIS — The idea for a professional flag foot…

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Michael Irvin: Hall of Fame making ‘the right move’ by not individually honoring absent Terrell Owens

Michael Irvin believes the Pro Football Hall of Fame is making the right decision by not individually recognizing Terrell Owens at next month’s induction ceremony. Speaking Saturday at the National Fantasy Football Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, Irvin said he doesn’t think the absence of Owens

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Futures Game features power surge with Peter Alonso, Yusniel Diaz, Taylor Trammell

WASHINGTON – The top players in the minor leagues put on quite a display of power in batting practice before the 2018 All-Star Futures Game. Several of them chose to continue, even after the game started. The U.S. and World teams combined for eight hom…

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Cubs sweep Padres with 7-4 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs are on top of the National League at the All-Star break. Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday for a t…

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Futures Game managers and longtime friends Torii Hunter, David Ortiz frenemies between the lines

They don’t enjoy the style of today’s game, and can’t believe the plethora of strikeouts and lack of activity on the basepaths, but here they were Sunday, competing against one another one final time. David Ortiz and Torii Hunter, former teammates and close friends from their days in Minnesota

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Tigers rough up Verlander in 6-3 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — John Hicks hit one of Detroit’s four home runs off Justin Verlander, and the Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday. Verlander (9-5) allowed a season-high six runs on six hits, striking out 12, as he lost his third straight decision

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Hembree: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus will chase eighth NASCAR title together

With all due respect to Martin Truex Jr., who embarrassed the rest of the field with a thorough whipping in winning Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, the biggest news from the race weekend probably was the announcement that Chad Knaus, Jimmie Johnson’

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Hembree: Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus will chase eighth NASCAR title together

With all due respect to Martin Truex Jr., who embarrassed the rest of the field with a thorough whipping in winning Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, the biggest news from the race weekend probably was the announcement that Chad Knaus, Jimmie Johnson’

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Jo Adell tearing up minor leagues – and looks destined to play alongside, not replace, Mike Trout

WASHINGTON – When the Los Angeles Angels drafted Jo Adell with the 10th overall pick in 2017, it seemed unlikely he’d ever share the outfield in Anaheim with the greatest player in the game. Mike Trout, after all, is a free agent after the 2020 season, and given the uncertainties in player development

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With Mike Matheny fired, could Cardinals turn to Joe Girardi? Mark McGwire?

There were loud rumblings this week that the St. Louis Cardinals would fire manager Mike Matheny if they struggled against the woeful Cincinnati Reds in their final series of the first half at Busch Stadium. They didn’t even bother waiting. They abruptly fired Matheny Saturday night, after losing

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With Mike Matheny fired, could Cardinals turn to Joe Girardi? Mark McGwire?

There were loud rumblings this week that the St. Louis Cardinals would fire manager Mike Matheny if they struggled against the woeful Cincinnati Reds in their final series of the first half at Busch Stadium. They didn’t even bother waiting. They abruptly fired Matheny Saturday night, after losing

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Takeaways from the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Hembree discusses the top story lines at the midway point of the NASCAR season. With seven races left until the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, one thing is clear: Toyota has planted its flag in Kentucky. Meanwhile, Ford is the only other manufacturer

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Takeaways from the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Hembree discusses the top story lines at the midway point of the NASCAR season. With seven races left until the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, one thing is clear: Toyota has planted its flag in Kentucky. Meanwhile, Ford is the only other manufacturer

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Angels players wore amazing Mike Trout shirts before game

Before the Angels’ win over the Mariners on Tuesday night, fans were given Mike Trout shirts that had Trout’s face on them – just Trout’s smiling face. They look a little creepy when thousands of fans are wearing them, but they’re mostly amazing. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Angels

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Justin Verlander had Tigers fans on his mind for 2017 trade to Astros

The Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander talks about the Detroit Tigers rebuild process and what he misses most about Detroit. HOUSTON — It’s going to be different, Justin Verlander knows. But how different, he won’t know until he takes the mound at Minute Maid Park for the 406th start of

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NASCAR Cup Series at Kentucky 2018: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more

USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Hembree discusses the top story lines at the midway point of the NASCAR season. It’s race day at Kentucky Speedway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for Saturday night’s Quaker 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race: START TIME: Carlos

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