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Prosecutors to argue Pistorius should get more jail time

Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star and convicted murderer should get more jail time. The National Prosecuting Authority said Tuesday that the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear its case for overturning Pistorius' six-year prison sentence for murdering girlfriend Reeva...
Prosecutors to argue Pistorius should get more jail time

Prosecutors to argue Pistorius should get more jail time

Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star and convicted murderer should get more jail time. The National Prosecuting Authority said Tuesday that the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear its case for overturning Pistorius' six-year prison sentence for murdering girlfriend Reeva...
LEADING OFF: HR record set to fall, Maddon back in TB

LEADING OFF: HR record set to fall, Maddon back in TB

___ SUMMER OF THE SLUGGER Major League Baseball is on track to break its season record for home runs with nearly two weeks left in the season. There were 5,677 home runs hit through Monday, 16 shy of the record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. With 15 games on the schedule, this should be the day that Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger or some other big popper puts 2017 over...
Lions rolling into matchup vs Falcons; Giants seeming lost

Lions rolling into matchup vs Falcons; Giants seeming lost

The NFL's highest paid player has the Detroit Lions rolling into early showdown against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. How big can a game really be in Week 3? Well, there are only three undefeated teams left in the NFC: the Lions, the Falcons and the Carolina Panthers. Matthew Stafford kept the Lions rolling Monday night, scrambling to frustrate the New York Giants' defense and throwing...

Ex-tennis star expected to testify against police officer

Former pro tennis star James Blake's mistaken arrest in New York City has become the subject of a disciplinary trial for the arresting officer, who's accused of using excessive force. Blake is expected to testify about the 2015 arrest at a proceeding starting Tuesday. His arrest stirred controversy after a security video showed the officer slamming down him and handcuffing him outside a Manhattan...
Judge: Ex-NFL players may be targets for 'misleading' offers

Judge: Ex-NFL players may be targets for 'misleading' offers

A federal judge overseeing the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement with former players says she's concerned they're being targeted by claims service providers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money. At a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will hear allegations unscrupulous third-party providers have been taking advantage of players with significant...
Stafford throws for 2 TDs as Lions beat Beckham, Giants

Stafford throws for 2 TDs as Lions beat Beckham, Giants

So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction. Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night. The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants...
Judge hits No. 44, Chapman saves Yankees' 2-1 win over Twins

Judge hits No. 44, Chapman saves Yankees' 2-1 win over Twins

With the Yankees barely clinging to a late lead in a game with October implications, Aroldis Chapman made fast work of Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins. Really fast. Throwing all four pitches at least 100 mph, Chapman worked out of big trouble in the eighth inning and New York edged Minnesota 2-1 on Monday night to increase its AL wild-card cushion. "Just a huge performance from him," Yankees...
Suter, Braun help Brewers beat Bucs to gain in playoff race

Suter, Braun help Brewers beat Bucs to gain in playoff race

While a few key players in the NL playoff picture took a night off Monday, Brewers left-hander Brent Suter got in a little extra work. Suter pitched five efficient innings, Ryan Braun homered and Milwaukee beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 to gain ground in its playoff chase. Milwaukee pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the NL Central and two games behind the Rockies for the final NL wild card...
Altherr's grand slam lifts Phillies past Dodgers 4-3

Altherr's grand slam lifts Phillies past Dodgers 4-3

Through 10 seasons, 287 starts and more than 1,900 innings, Clayton Kershaw had never given up a grand slam. Until Monday night. Aaron Altherr hit his second career grand slam, a 418-foot blast to left off Kershaw in the sixth, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace, 4-3. "We had the lead and I blew it," Kershaw said. Chris Taylor and Justin Turner led...
LEADING OFF: Maddon back in TB; Yanks-Twins in WC preview?

LEADING OFF: Maddon back in TB; Yanks-Twins in WC preview?

___ GOOD TO BE BACK Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he's looking forward to a two-game series at Tampa Bay. Maddon guided the Rays for nine seasons — they were the Devil Rays when he started in 2006 — and went 754-708, along with leading them to their only World Series appearance. The Cubs are visiting Tropicana Field for the first time since 2008, when Tampa Bay swept all three games...
Cowboys' Elliott accused of quitting; Garrett plans chat

Cowboys' Elliott accused of quitting; Garrett plans chat

Ezekiel Elliott was accused of quitting by Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson in Dallas' 42-17 loss to Denver. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett never directly disagreed Monday. While heaping praise on quarterback Dak Prescott for continuing to show fight in his first blowout loss as a pro, Garrett said he eventually would talk to Elliott about the second-year running back twice failing to pursue...
Odell Beckham Jr. active for New York Giants against Lions

Odell Beckham Jr. active for New York Giants against Lions

Odell Beckham Jr. is active for the New York Giants' game against the Detroit Lions. This will be the first time the three-time Pro Bowl receiver has played since spraining his left ankle in a preseason game on Aug. 21. He missed the season opener last week against Dallas. Beckham has led the Giants in receiving in each of his three seasons. Without him, New York was held to 233 yards in a 19-3 loss...
Georgia vs Miss St: Biggest meeting yet in a pseudo-rivalry

Georgia vs Miss St: Biggest meeting yet in a pseudo-rivalry

They share a nickname and a league. Little else. There's just not a whole lot of history between Georgia and Mississippi State. "We don't play Georgia very often," State coach Dan Mullen said Monday. "I think it's only the third time since I've been the head coach here" — he's now in his ninth season — "that we're going to be playing Georgia. And we don't play...
Falcons pass rusher Beasley sidelined with hamstring strain

Falcons pass rusher Beasley sidelined with hamstring strain

Falcons All-Pro Vic Beasley has a hamstring strain and is ruled out for this week's game at Detroit, and could be sidelined even longer. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn declined to say if last year's NFL sacks leader will be out longer than this week. Quinn did say Monday that it's too early to tell if right tackle Ryan Schraeder will be sidelined against the Lions with a concussion. He and Beasley did not...
Falcons pass rusher Beasley sidelined with hamstring strain

Falcons pass rusher Beasley sidelined with hamstring strain

Falcons All-Pro Vic Beasley has a hamstring strain and is ruled out for this week's game at Detroit, and could be sidelined even longer. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn declined to say if last year's NFL sacks leader will be out longer than this week. Quinn did say Monday that it's too early to tell if right tackle Ryan Schraeder will be sidelined against the Lions with a concussion. He and Beasley did not...
Banged-up Redskins not getting Cravens back this season

Banged-up Redskins not getting Cravens back this season

Cravens left the team before Week 1 while contemplating retirement. The Redskins had a month to decide what to do with the 2016 second-round pick and opted to rule him out this season. "We sincerely hope that Su'a uses this time away from the club to reflect upon whether or not he'd like to resume his career in the National Football League in 2018," the Redskins said in a statement Monday...

Judge: NFL concussion victims hit with 'deceptive practices'

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will hold a hearing in Philadelphia on Tuesday to hear from Christopher Seeger, who represented the class of more than 20,000 former NFL players now eligible for payments. Seeger has been investigating allegations that unscrupulous third-party providers have been taking advantage of players with significant brain damage. Seeger said Monday night that his investigation...

Timmons' future with Dolphins uncertain after disappearance

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase is declining to discuss linebacker Lawrence Timmons' future with the team, which may be brief. Timmons went AWOL Saturday, the day before the Dolphins' season opener at the Los Angeles Chargers. The Dolphins filed a missing person report before making contact with Timmons, who apparently was dealing with a personal matter. He wasn't with the Dolphins at the game and...
Fox says Bears sticking with Glennon as starting quarterback

Fox says Bears sticking with Glennon as starting quarterback

Mike Glennon remains the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback. The wait for No. 2 overall draft pick Mitchell Trubisky continues. Coach John Fox said the Bears won't be changing quarterbacks for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend despite a rough outing by Glennon in his return to Tampa Bay as Chicago fell to 0-2. "Mike Glennon will be our starting quarterback against Pittsburgh...

Irving: No cares about LeBron's feelings when leaving Cavs

New Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says he doesn't care if anyone took it personally that he left Cleveland, even Cavaliers star LeBron James. Appearing Monday on ESPN's "First Take," Irving said he doesn't feel like he owed James an explanation for asking for a trade. Asked if he let James know that he was seeking to leave, Irving said, "Why would I have to?" Host Stephen...
Texas judge denies NFL bid to reinstate Elliott suspension

Texas judge denies NFL bid to reinstate Elliott suspension

A federal judge in Texas has denied the NFL's request to suspend his injunction that blocked a six-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant on Monday was expected and came after the NFL had already moved on to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans with the same request. In his ruling, Mazzant criticized the NFL...
Cowboys are world's most valuable team at $4.8 billion

Cowboys are world's most valuable team at $4.8 billion

According to Forbes magazine, their worth increased 14 percent in the last year, reaching $4.8 billion. That's more than $1 billion ahead of the Patriots ($3.7 billion). Rounding out the NFL's top five are the Giants ($3.3 billion), Redskins ($3.1 billion) and 49ers ($3.05 billion). On average, an NFL franchise is worth $2.52 billion, an increase of 8 percent since 2016. Much of that can be attributed...
Center Plumlee returning to Nuggets on 3-year, $41M deal

Center Plumlee returning to Nuggets on 3-year, $41M deal

Mason Plumlee lived out of a hotel last season after being acquired in a February trade and didn't get a chance to venture out much in Denver. He hopes to change all that — even mingle more with the fans — after the restricted free agent center agreed Monday to return to the Nuggets on a three-year, $41 million deal, which was first reported by ESPN. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, confirmed...
Bolshoi opera singer Zurab Sotkilava dies at 80

Bolshoi opera singer Zurab Sotkilava dies at 80

Moscow's Bolshoi Theater has announced that renowned Soviet and Russian opera singer Zurab Sotkilava has died. He was 80. The Bolshoi announced Sotkilava's death in Moscow on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences. Sotkilava, born in then-Soviet Georgia, was a member of its leading soccer team before an injury put an end to his sports career. In 1965, he graduated from the...
Giro start in Israel to go from Jerusalem to Red Sea

Giro start in Israel to go from Jerusalem to Red Sea

Winding its way around the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, through modern Tel Aviv then the Negev desert down to the Red Sea, the start of next year's Giro d'Italia will highlight Israel's history, culture and varied topography. Details of the 2018 race, which will mark the first time a cycling Grand Tour is held outside of Europe, were unveiled by organizers in Jerusalem on Monday. After a 10.1-kilometer...
With another big win, Leishman takes game to a new level

With another big win, Leishman takes game to a new level

Marc Leishman allowed himself to dream of being among the best, even if there were times that that looked a long way off. It's hard to think about trophies while working the graveyard shift. That was one of the jobs Leishman took early in his career in Australia, when he needed money to pay for entry fees. He operated a laser that cut thick sheets of metal into various shapes. One wrong move could...
Giro d'Italia: 2018 race route to feature 5 Israeli cities

Giro d'Italia: 2018 race route to feature 5 Israeli cities

Giro d'Italia organizers have announced details of next year's start in Jerusalem, which will mark the first time a cycling Grand Tour is held outside of Europe. After an opening time trial in Jeruselem, the second stage will go down the Mediterranean coast to Tel Aviv then Stage 3 will reach Israel's southern tip of Eilat along the Red Sea. Giro director Mauro Vegni says at Monday's official announcement...
10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHERE HURRICANE MARIA IS HEADED The Caribbean island of Dominica was getting a direct hit from the Category 5 storm Monday evening, and it's expected to slam into Puerto Rico on Tuesday night. 1. TRUMP CALLS FOR UN REFORM, BUT IN GENTLER TERMS THAN DURING CAMPAIGN President Trump will address the U.N. General Assembly for the first time Tuesday, but in brief remarks at a forum Monday he said the...
Rooney gets road ban after pleading guilty to drunk driving

Rooney gets road ban after pleading guilty to drunk driving

Former England captain Wayne Rooney pleaded guilty to drunk driving on Monday, leading to a court imposing a two-year driving ban and ordering him to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work. The Everton striker was stopped by police outside Manchester on Sept. 1 while driving someone else's car. Rooney was three times above the legal limit for driving with alcohol in the body, the hearing at Stockport...
NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled as an "orchestrated attack" and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes. Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men each had a role in a beating that left a former acquaintance...
AP Top 25 Heat Check: Balancing good with bad in AP Top 25

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Balancing good with bad in AP Top 25

A running theme on college football Twitter is the insistence that the result of any game is more an indictment of the losing team than an accomplishment for the winner. So, basically, nobody has played anyone. Early in the season it is especially easy to trash resumes because the top teams have played so few games against opponents who have even remotely comparable talent. Also, fact is, it really...
Leishman wins BMW Championship and sets sight on $10 million

Leishman wins BMW Championship and sets sight on $10 million

Marc Leishman put the finishing touches on his best year in golf and already was looking ahead to make it even better. With his wire-to-wire, five-shot victory in the BMW Championship — his first tournament after losing a two-shot lead on the back nine at the TPC Boston — Leishman now is in range to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus this week at East Lake in the Tour Championship...
LEADING OFF: Will Romine play 9? Plus Marlins return home

LEADING OFF: Will Romine play 9? Plus Marlins return home

___ ROAMING ROMINE? Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says he may play Andrew Romine at all nine positions during one of Detroit's games this week against Oakland. Romine has played everywhere except catcher in his career, and if he needs pointers behind the plate, he can ask his brother Austin, a backstop with the New York Yankees. With Detroit closing out the season against playoff-chasing Minnesota and...
Gamble on Newgarden leads to 15th title for Roger Penske

Gamble on Newgarden leads to 15th title for Roger Penske

Roger Penske's drivers had just finished 1-2-3 in the IndyCar standings, and shaking up his lineup didn't seem to be a priority. But with Josef Newgarden available in free agency, The Captain made a cutthroat move and bounced Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya out of his ride to sign the up-and-coming American. Almost a year to the day later, the shrewd move resulted in a 15th IndyCar championship...
ICYMI in NFL Week 2: Lots of empty seats at 2 games in LA

ICYMI in NFL Week 2: Lots of empty seats at 2 games in LA

just maybe — the NFL overestimated the appetite for professional football in the Los Angeles area. All of those empty seats in the Coliseum during the TV broadcast of the Rams' 27-20 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins on Sunday? Not a great look. Nor was the Chargers' inability to sell out their first regular-season game in L.A. since moving from San Diego to their temporary stadium, which...
Patriots right ship with democratic game plan vs. Saints

Patriots right ship with democratic game plan vs. Saints

Patriots coach Bill Belichick responded dismissively when questioned about receiver Brandin Cooks' seemingly limited role against the team that traded him away last spring. He tersely dispelled the notion that New England's game plan could be influenced by Cooks' motivation to perform well in the city where he spent his first three NFL seasons. "I'm not really that concerned about the stats,"...
Seahawks puzzled by offensive struggles after beating 49ers

Seahawks puzzled by offensive struggles after beating 49ers

For the second straight season, the Seattle Seahawks are spending the first two weeks of the regular season wondering how an offense with the likes of Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham has only found the end zone once in two games. New San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan would simply like to see his team score a touchdown after getting held out of the end zone again in a 12-9 loss to the...
Broncos' 42-17 crushing of Cowboys shows they're back

Broncos' 42-17 crushing of Cowboys shows they're back

Where so many others saw a Super Bowl favorite in Dallas' swaggering offense with its all-star linemen and pair of backfield superstars, Denver's defense envisioned a chance to show everybody that the Broncos are back. They did just that in a 42-17 crushing of the Cowboys . They held Ezekiel Elliott to a career-worst 8 yards on nine carries — 43 yards fewer than his previous low — and...
Banged up Packers fall short in deja vu loss to Falcons

Banged up Packers fall short in deja vu loss to Falcons

Green Bay's offense was without both starting tackles from the start and then lost both starting wide receivers. Oh, and the Packers were playing in the first regular-season game in the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium. Plus, Green Bay's makeshift line had to face a defensive front that stayed fresh with constant substitutions. "That's all part of the game plan," Packers coach Mike McCarthy...
Falcons with a repeat performance in 34-23 win over Packers

Falcons with a repeat performance in 34-23 win over Packers

New season. New stadium. Same ol' result. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons picked up where they left off against the Green Bay Packers, building a big halftime lead on the way to a dominating 34-23 victory Sunday night. The rematch of last season's NFC championship game was essentially a repeat: Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, Devonta Freeman had a couple of scoring runs, and Desmond Trufant...
Strasburg ends scoreless streak, but Nats beat Dodgers 7-1

Strasburg ends scoreless streak, but Nats beat Dodgers 7-1

The Nationals qualified for the playoffs in three of the previous five years, yet injuries have limited Stephen Strasburg to just one postseason start in that span. Left largely without the All-Star right-hander, Washington lost the opening series each time. If Strasburg keeps up his current level, postseason failures may become a thing of the past. Strasburg ended his club-record scoreless streak...
Siemian, Broncos crush Elliott, Cowboys 42-17

Siemian, Broncos crush Elliott, Cowboys 42-17

Aqib Talib's 103-yard interception return for a touchdown with 53 seconds left was the final indignity for the Cowboys in the Denver Broncos' 42-17 blowout of Dallas and its vaunted offense on Sunday. It was Talib's 10th pick-6, just two shy of Darren Woodson's NFL record. "No. 10," relished Talib. "It's just mind-boggling." Sort of like Denver's defensive dominance of Dallas and...
Newgarden gives Team Penske a 15th IndyCar championship

Newgarden gives Team Penske a 15th IndyCar championship

Josef Newgarden rushed through the doors on to the championship stage with an American flag draped around his shoulders. He felt silly, he said, like a boxer at a title fight. Fitting for IndyCar's newest champion. Newgarden won his first IndyCar championship by closing out the best year of his career as the top driver at Team Penske. He turned in a nearly flawless performance Sunday at Sonoma Raceway...
Dolphins hold on to spoil Chargers' LA debut, 19-17

Dolphins hold on to spoil Chargers' LA debut, 19-17

The Miami Dolphins felt they had won one for hurricane-ravaged South Florida in their belated season opener. Cody Parkey hit his fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play, and the Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter to spoil the Los Angeles Chargers' home opener with a 19-17 victory Sunday. Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds left after Philip Rivers maneuvered...
The Latest: A bar _ for engraving _ is hit at Emmys ball

The Latest: A bar _ for engraving _ is hit at Emmys ball

The Latest on the Emmy Awards, presented Sunday in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater (all times local): 9:50 p.m. The main attraction at the Governors Ball after the Emmy Awards is the bar, but not the kind you're thinking about. Sterling K. Brown and Alec Baldwin made a beeline for the trophy-engraving bar after the main show ended Sunday night. The official Emmys after party is often the first...
Cousins, Thompson lead Redskins to 27-20 win vs Rams

Cousins, Thompson lead Redskins to 27-20 win vs Rams

The Washington Redskins ran and ran and ran some more. They did let Kirk Cousins throw the ball some, and he came through with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grant with 1:49 to play to give the Redskins a 27-20 victory Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and rookie head coach Sean McVay. But this victory was earned with smash-mouth running. The Redskins (1-1) rushed 39 times for 229 yards, including...
Wilson's escape act helps Seahawks top 49ers 12-9

Wilson's escape act helps Seahawks top 49ers 12-9

After 7 ½ quarters of offensive inefficiency, the Seattle Seahawks finally broke the seal on the goal line. It took some more magic from quarterback Russell Wilson to make it happen and avoid an 0-2 start. Wilson avoided two potential sacks and found Paul Richardson in the front corner of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown with 7:06 left and the Seahawks held on for an unsightly 12-9 win over...
Emmys red carpet includes Issa Rae in revenge red

Emmys red carpet includes Issa Rae in revenge red

Jeremy Maguire — from "Modern Family" — vamped in a purple cape Sunday on the Emmys Awards red carpet. On one of fashion's biggest glam nights, the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles kicked off with a chill in the air and its usual eclectic collection of color and cuts for all, including white tuxedoes and classic sparkly golds, whites and...
Steelers shut down Bradford-less Vikings in 26-9 victory

Steelers shut down Bradford-less Vikings in 26-9 victory

Ben Roethlisberger took a knee in prayer then sprinted to midfield holding the flag honoring the man who helped guide the Pittsburgh Steelers from irrelevance into a dynasty. Five months after longtime president and chairman Dan Rooney's death, the Steelers won a game like so many during his tenure. Their 26-9 victory over short-handed Minnesota during an emotionally draining home opener on Sunday...
Heyward gets big hit as Cubs sweep Cardinals with 4-3 win

Heyward gets big hit as Cubs sweep Cardinals with 4-3 win

Wade Davis bent over on the mound with his head resting in his arms. The All-Star closer thought Dexter Fowler's drive was headed for the iconic scoreboard at Wrigley Field, but Leonys Martin caught the ball on the warning track in center field. Such is life these days for the rolling Chicago Cubs. Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh, Fowler's bid for another big homer came up...
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