Ryan steps into teaching role for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Matt Ryan is expanding his leadership role to include teaching young players and other newcomers in his seventh training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.
By Charles Odum

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

CHICAGO - The NCAA agreed Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward, but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough.
By Michael Tarm

Dahlberg: Concussion deal a big win for NCAA

Maybe the people running the NCAA aren't the bumbling idiots everyone has been making them out to be.
By Tim Dahlberg

GreenJackets manufacture runs to beat Grasshoppers

The Augusta GreenJackets manufactured runs and backed a good outing from Joan Gregorio to beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 8-5 on Tuesday night.
By David Lee

Latest off-field issues frustrate Georgia AD

Greg McGarity's beach vacation last week didn't have as much rest and relaxation as the Georgia athletic director would have preferred.

NASCAR suspends Denny Hamlin's crew chief six races

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin's crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection after his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
By Jenna Fryer

Cardinals' Abraham charged with DUI

ATLANTA - Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area.

Ferguson: Woods, others facing key stretch

AKRON, Ohio - The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee. Tiger Woods has reason to see only a big ATM machine.
By Doug Ferguson

Scott doesn't see Lakers' return to contention as 'long process'

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.
By Greg Beacham

Madagascar hopes surfing will draw in waves of tourists

JOHANNESBURG - Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.
By Christopher Torchia

Expectations low for Paine football team

At the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Con­ference Media Day last week, Paine College coach Greg Ruffin expected low projections around the league for his football program.
By Chris Gay

Michaux: NFL sends wrong message with Rice punishment

Fortunately for Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice, he didn't kick his dog or shoot himself in the leg or he might have really drawn the ire of the league office.
By Scott Michaux

Durr, Martin share bond over years

Asia Durr, ranked by ESPN as the top girls point guard in the 2015 class, built a connection early in her life with coach Lanny Martin. The two are together for one more summer tournament this week at Nike Nationals.
By David Lee

Crane throws himself party to celebrate win

AKRON, Ohio - Ben Crane won the St. Jude Classic in June, his first victory in three years and the fifth of his PGA Tour career.
By Doug Ferguson

Suns forward facing charge of 'extreme' DUI

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker was charged with 'extreme drunken driving' two months before he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract - $12.7 million guaranteed - with the Suns.

Ex-Cavs swimming coach joins Gamecocks staff

COLUMBIA - South Carolina assistant Mark Bernardino is glad to be back in the pool coaching, even if it isn't what the Atlantic Coast Conference championship-winning coach expected at this point in his career.
By Pete Iacobelli

Woman selected to lead players union

Washington trial lawyer Michele Roberts has been chosen as the new executive director of the NBA Players Association.


ESPN says it has suspended sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure they don't provoke attacks.

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