Professional Sports

Favre tells Vikings he will retire

August 3, 2010 - 8:21pm

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Vikings player says Brett Favre has texted his teammates and told them he plans to retire. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said he learned of the messages by talking to several teammates on Tuesday. He said he had not received any direct messages from Favre. ...Read more

Biffle wins Pocono

August 2, 2010 - 1:52pm

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Greg Biffle has won an often-delayed NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway to snap a 64-race winless streak and take the checkered flag for injured owner Jack Roush. Biffle hadn't won since he took the first two races in the 2008 Chase for the Cup championship. ...Read more

Stewart takes Pocono poles

July 30, 2010 - 10:00pm

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Tony Stewart likes to start up front at Pocono Raceway. Stewart had a lap Friday at 171.393 mph to top of the field for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. He was awarded the pole in two of his previous three starts at Pocono after rainouts washed out qualifying. This time, Stewart sped his way to the top. ...Read more

Tim Tebow gets head-start on training camp

July 30, 2010 - 9:57pm

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Tim Tebow is working out with the Denverv Broncos for the first time since signing his contract. The two-time national champion from Florida who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft in April is getting in an hour's worth of field work with other rookies before the veterans report Saturday. The first full-squad workout is Sunday. ...Read more

Ravens' Cody flunks conditioning test

July 27, 2010 - 10:56am

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens second-round draft pick Terrence Cody has failed his conditioning test and was not permitted to participate in the team's first training camp practice. The 360-pound defensive tackle out of Alabama signed a three-year contract Monday and arrived at McDaniel College eager to launch his NFL career. ...Read more

Hot-hitting Diaz leads Braves past Padres, 4-1

July 20, 2010 - 8:38pm

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Diaz homered in his third straight game, Jair Jurrjens gave up only one run in seven innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of first-place teams. ...Read more

Cubs manager Piniella retiring after season

July 20, 2010 - 8:36pm

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is going to retire at the end of the season. Piniella announced his decision Tuesday before a game against the Astros. The 66-year-old manager says he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. ...Read more

Baseball figures remember Steinbrenner as someone driven to win

July 13, 2010 - 7:12pm

NEW YORK (AP) - Even some of the many who clashed with George Steinbrenner over the years say they'll miss the legendary New York Yankees owner. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is one of them. He says Steinbrenner was as much a New York Yankee as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. ...Read more

Yankees owner Steinbrenner is dead

July 13, 2010 - 7:09pm

NEW YORK (AP) - The man who rebuilt the New York Yankees into a sports empire -- through a combination of bluster and big bucks -- has died. George Steinbrenner was 80 years old. ...Read more

UA & Steinbrenner

July 13, 2010 - 5:08pm

Steinbrenner, Bryant & MoreThe man who rebuilt the New York Yankees into a sports empire -- through a combination of bluster and big bucks -- died Tuesday morning. George Steinbrenner was 80 years old. ...Read more

David Ortiz wins HR Derby with 11-homer final

July 12, 2010 - 9:19pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Boston slugger David Ortiz has won his first Home Run Derby title, hitting 11 homers in the final round to beat Florida's Hanley Ramirez at Angel Stadium. ...Read more

Raiders sign rookie Walter McFadden

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have signed rookie cornerback Walter McFadden to a contract. The team announced the deal with its fifth-round pick on Monday. ...Read more

NASCAR looking at changes to Chase format

July 2, 2010 - 2:52pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR is taking a look at the format of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship format, with chairman Brian France wanting to create more "big-impact moments." The Chase was one of several topics France covered Friday during a question-and-answer session. ...Read more

Kentucky in mix as NASCAR examines 2011 scheduling

July 2, 2010 - 2:49pm

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - NASCAR chairman Brian France said Speedway Motorsports Inc. has submitted a scheduling request for 2011, and it's no secret the company has coveted a Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. France said Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla., that track operators SMI and International Speedway Corp. ...Read more

Ozzie On Bama

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Alabama's 2009 National Football Championship brought joy to many people including Baltimore Ravens General Manager and former Crimson Tide All-American Ozzie Newsome.  But for Newsome, the trip to Pasadena wasn't just for pleasure.  He was also working and from a Baltimore organization standpoint, the National Championship Game was fruitful.

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