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Did Mike Leach’s fake Obama Tweet cost school money?

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Redskins quarterback suffers gruesome injury

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Maryland fires 2 trainers involved in treatment of McNair

The fallout at the University of Maryland following the death of Jordan McNair continued with the dismissal of two trainers involved in the player’s treatment after he collapsed on the practice field in late May. Head coach DJ Durkin was fired last week after being reinstated from paid administrative leave for one day. Maryland has not formally announced the firing of the two trainers who were on paid leave, and has never released their names. However, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press in August that football athletic trainer Wes Robinson and director of athletic training Steve Nordwall had been placed on leave following McNair’s death. Athletic department spokesman Dustin Semonavick said Wednesday, “The trainers that were previously on ad...

Gruesome right forearm injury sidelines 49ers running back

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Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has died at age 80

Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80. The San Francisco Giants announced McCovey’s death, saying the fearsome hitter passed “peacefully” in the afternoon “after losing his battle with ongoing health issues.” A former first baseman and left fielder, McCovey was a career .270 hitter with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres. McCovey made his major league debut at age 21 on July 30, 1959 and played alongside the other Willie — Hall of Famer Willie Mays — into the 1972 season before Mays was traded to the New York Mets that May. McCovey batted .354 with 13 home...

Red Sox top Dodgers for 4th World Series title in 15 seasons

Chris Sale’s final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California — and even outside Fenway Park back home. The quest is complete. Yes, these 2018 Red Sox really are that great. A team to remember from top to bottom. A season to savor from start to finish. David Price proved his postseason mettle, Steve Pearce homered twice and Boston beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 on Sunday to finish off a one-sided World Series in five games. A tormented franchise during decades of frustration and despair before ending an 86-year championship drought in 2004, the Red Sox have become baseball’s team of the century with four titles in 15 seasons. “Seeing all these grown men over there, just...

Late show: Dodgers outlast Red Sox in longest Series game

Exhausting and then exhilarating for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Max Muncy’s home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday and gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox that drew the Dodgers to 2-1 in the best-of-seven matchup. “You’d look up and see 18th inning and like, holy cow,” Muncy said. “There was no give up.” While the Dodgers mobbed Muncy at home plate, the Red Sox will rue one that got away. They were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a huge 3-0 lead. But second baseman Ian Kinsler’s wide throw on a two-out grounder by Yasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run in a game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes. “It was just a bad night,” Red Sox...

3 college basketball recruiting insiders convicted in NYC

An Adidas executive and two other insiders from the high-stakes world of college basketball recruiting were convicted Wednesday in a corruption case that prosecutors said exposed the underbelly of the sport. A federal jury in Manhattan found former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christopher Dawkins and amateur league director Merle Code guilty of fraud charges. The trial centered on whether the men’s admitted efforts to channel secret payments to the families of top recruits luring them to major basketball programs sponsored by Adidas was criminal. At stake was a fortune in revenue for the basketball programs and potential endorsement deals for the players if they went pro. Evidence included text messages between the defendants and coaches from top-tier coaches like B...

Former USA Gymnastics president arrested for alleged tampering in Nassar case

Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar. Penny was arrested by the U.S. Marshals service in Tennessee on a warrant issued by the state of Texas. He was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of tampering with evidence, a felony, on Sept. 28. He allegedly removed documents from the Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. gymnastics’ training facility in Huntsville, Texas, related to Nassar’s activity at the gym. “The indictment further alleges that the removal of the documents was done for the purpose of impairing the ongoing investigation by destroying or hiding the documents,” the U.S. Marshals said in a press release. He allegedly ordered the documents be se...

Ex-USA Gymnastics head indicted in Texas on tampering charge

Former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday after a Texas grand jury indicted him, alleging he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the Walker County district attorney’s office in Huntsville, Texas, said Penny was arrested by a fugitive task force in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and awaits extradition to Texas. The third-degree felony is punishable by two to 10 years in prison. It was unclear if Penny has an attorney. Messages left with USA Gymnastics weren’t immediately returned. Penny resigned under pressure in March 2017. The indictment alleges Penny ordered the removal of documents from the Karolyi Ranch relating to Nassar’s activities a...

Geraint Thomas’ Tour de France trophy stolen at cycling show

Team Sky says the Tour de France trophy won by Geraint Thomas has been stolen from a cycling show in Britain. The team says police are investigating after the trophy disappeared during an event in Birmingham, where Team Sky displayed the three Grand Tour trophies won by its riders. In addition to this year’s Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, a rider for Sky also claimed the 2017 Spanish Vuelta title. Sky says “regrettably, during the clear-up operation at the end of the event, Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France trophy was momentarily left unattended and stolen.” Thomas, who won his first Grand Tour title this year, asked the thieves to return the trophy. Thomas says “it is incredibly unfortunate that this has happened. It goes without saying that the trophy...

McGregor fight descends into chaos as opponent attacks UFC star’s trainers after win

The fight outside the cage at UFC 229 will end up getting a lot more attention than the fight inside the ring. Khabib Nurmagomedov tapped out UFC star Conor McGregor, who was making his return to the Octagon after an interlude in boxing, with a rear naked choke in the fourth round to defend the lightweight title. He is now 27-0 in his career and 11-0 in the UFC. But then the show went south. Nurmagomedov, a 30-year-old from Russia, danced around the ring following the victory, and then hurled his mouthpiece in the direction of McGregor’s trainers outside the cage. He then scaled the fence and attacked people from McGregor’s entourage sitting cageside at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. Security officials and UFC personnel immediately jumped into the fr...