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Belichick 'disappointed' on Gronk: 'Nobody's worked harder'
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's "disappointed" to lose tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season due to a back injury....

LA 2024 releases $5.3 billion budget; no new stadiums needed
The Los Angeles bid committee for the 2024 Olympics is projecting a $5.3 billion budget, less than half the cost of the recently completed Rio Games....

Prosecutors: Dismissal deal done in Manziel's domestic case
DALLAS (AP) -- Prosecutors say they have an agreement with Johnny Manziel to dismiss a domestic violence charge against the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback....

Championship Weekend Preview: Playoff what ifs?
The College Football Playoff is the only thing that really matters this weekend....

Formula One champion Nico Rosberg announces retirement
Quitting at the top, Formula One champion Nico Rosberg shocked the world of motor racing Friday by announcing he was retiring at the age of 31, five days after earning his first world championship....

NFL lets players show off creativity, cleats, causes
DENVER (AP) -- Players wearing calico cleats during NFL games this weekend won't have to worry about the league's fashion police flagging them for fines over their choice of footwear....

Alabama-Florida for SEC title looks like massive mismatch
ATLANTA (AP) -- Talk about a mismatch. Alabama's defense is the best in the nation. Florida's offense looks like one of the worst....

Suspect in McKnight shooting released, still investigating
The man who shot former NFL player Joe McKnight was released from custody overnight, authorities said Friday, saying they'll be meeting with the district attorney's office to discuss the case....

Former Chelsea player says he was paid to keep abuse quiet
LONDON (AP) -- A former Chelsea player said he was paid 50,000 pounds ($77,500) by the Premier League club to "keep a lid" on sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of its former chief scout....

Happy, healthy Stewart leaving NASCAR so he can race more
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tony Stewart sat in a casino ballroom wearing a coat and tie he no doubt wanted to rip off and brushed off a question about whether he was happy his NASCAR career was over....

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