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Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox....

Heisman winner Salaam found dead in Colorado park
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead in a Colorado park, authorities said Tuesday....

Baylor names Temple's Matt Rhule as new football coach
Baylor hired Matt Rhule on Tuesday, hoping the highly successful Temple coach can rebuild the Big 12 Conference program hit hard by scandal and suddenly struggling on the field....

Man arrested in ex-NFL player's death; sheriff defends probe
HARVEY, La. (AP) -- The Louisiana man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute was jailed on a manslaughter charge as a sheriff angrily defended the investigation Tuesday, saying authorities "strategically" waited for days to make the arrest because they needed to find independent witnesses....

Djokovic, Becker splitting after 3 seasons, 6 major titles
Novak Djokovic says he and coach Boris Becker are splitting up after three seasons together....

Russell Westbrook crafting 1 of NBA's greatest seasons
ATLANTA (AP) -- Russell Westbrook floated off the man he was covering, anticipated the pass into the lane and slipped back to pick it off....

Utley enters College Football Hall of Fame with no regrets
NEW YORK (AP) -- A football injury 25 years ago left Mike Utley paralyzed. The former Washington State and Detroit Lions offensive lineman played before concussion protocol, targeting fouls and rule tweaks intended to make a violent game safer....

Watson's trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks who gushed about Deshaun Watson's game a season ago now focus on the overthrows and critical interceptions....

More time needed before Tiger Woods is judged by his scores
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- A flop shot that required feel. A wedge to a back pin that he had to trust. Tiger Woods followed those two birdies with a perfect 6-iron that he wanted to be even better, urging it to move "one yard ... one yard!"...

Benoit, Phillies finalize $7.5 million, 1-year contract
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a $7.5 million, one-year contract, part of the team's efforts to rebuild its bullpen....

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