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7 Russian swimmers to miss Rio Olympics over doping
MOSCOW (AP) -- Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said Monday....

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations
The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with human growth hormone or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last year....

NFL reinstates suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Josh Gordon's curious and complicated career has taken a new turn....

Cubs get closer Aroldis Chapman in trade with Yankees
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs acquired hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the New York Yankees on Monday, giving the NL Central leaders a boost as they try for their first World Series title in more than a century....

Jordan gives $2M; looks to build trust between blacks, cops
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement....

Athletes using sports platforms to push for social change
Athletes today are using their platforms as sports celebrities to bring attention to the violence that has erupted across the country and recently Carmelo Anthony has been one of the most outspoken....

Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia's problems
MOSCOW (AP) -- While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system....

AP Sources: Dion Waiters to Miami on 1-year deal
Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Miami Heat have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent guard Dion Waiters....

Boos to cheers: Durant heads home to Oakland with Team USA
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even in a jersey with "USA" on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night....

NFL's 1st female official felt pressure _ after the season
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Sarah Thomas was never hit by the pressure of being the first woman to be a full-time NFL game official until after her first season on the job....

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