News archive from 25 August 2013

George Zimmerman's gun-factory visit 'inappropriate,' says rep

George Zimmerman's gun-factory visit 'inappropriate,' says rep

(Reuters) - George Zimmerman's lawyer has chided him for visiting a Florida firearms factory that makes the type of gun he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Zimmerman in July was acquitted of murder in Martin's death in a...

 

What's happened to serve and volley in tennis?

NEW YORK - The contrasts used to be one of the most attractive elements of tennis. Pete Sampras standing at the net, Andre Agassi at the baseline trying to get the ball past his greatest rival. Chris Evert, dainty but cruelly clever in the backcourt,...

 
Mass kidnap, killing shakes image of Mexico City

Mass kidnap, killing shakes image of Mexico City

TLALMANALCO, Mexico The bodies were headless and covered in lime and asbestos, hidden under a thick concrete slab — young men and women not seen since they went out partying in an upscale area of Mexico's capital nearly three months ago. As...

 

Fatal crocodile attacked suspected in Australia

DARWIN, Australia Police are searching a northern Australian river for a 24-year-old man suspected to have been snatched by a crocodile while swimming with a friend. Police Senior Sergeant Peter Lindfield says police received reports Saturday...

 

‘De-funding' Affordable Care Act: A losing proposition

During this unquiet summer, President Obama and his advocates have carried on a running argument with Republicans and their allies over the merits of the Affordable Care Act, which he must implement on Oct. 1. By far, the president has gotten the...

 
Franchitti takes IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway

Franchitti takes IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. -- Dario Franchitti has won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway. Franchitti turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds around the 2.385-mile road course in Northern California wine country on Saturday, edging Target Chip...

 
Jeter expected back Monday

Jeter expected back Monday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is about ready to rejoin the team after being sidelined earlier this month by a strained right calf. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay that...

 

Doubleheaders good in theory, not in practice

The idea behind Thursday's high school football doubleheader at Memorial Stadium was good. It was a great way to allow some area teams to kick off the season a day earlier than the rest of the state, have the stage to themselves and raise funds for...

 

Hawks contingent excited Team Canada orientation

Like they have so many times throughout their hockey careers, eager players will gather for the first day of tryouts, look around the room and know that some will not survive the process. The list of 47 players scheduled to descend on Calgary,...

 

DeCock: UNC's Quinshad Davis ready to go home, make an impact

CHAPEL HILL At this time a year ago, Quinshad Davis was homesick. Stricken with it. He called home to his mother in Gaffney, S.C., every day, without fail, as a freshman. To begin his sophomore year, the North Carolina wide receiver is going his home...

 

Pass rushers did much moving around in the offseason, and other NFL storylines

Lamar Hunt's idea of putting players' names on the backs of jerseys when forming the American Football League in 1960 never looked smarter than it does now. The confluence of unrestricted free agency, salary-cap issues and eight head-coaching changes...

 

Padres bring up Brach, DFA Volquez

The San Diego Padres recalled pitcher Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson and designated pitcher Edinson Volquez for assignment. Brach went 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 25 appearances for the Padres this season and will be making his fourth stint with the...

 

Valiant Girl sets record in Monmouth Park feature

OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Valiant Girl set a Monmouth Park record Saturday, running 1 3/8 miles on the turf course in 2:21.95 to win the $60,000 Omnibus Stakes. Trained by H. Graham Motion and ridden by Forest Boyce, the 4-year-old filly broke the mark of...

 

BC-BBA--Leaders, BBA

BC-BBA-Leaders BATTING-MiCabrera, Detroit, .356; Trout, Los Angeles, .330; ABeltre, Texas, .327; Mauer, Minnesota, .324; DOrtiz, Boston, .318; Loney, Tampa Bay, .308; TorHunter, Detroit, .306. RUNS-CDavis, Baltimore, 93; MiCabrera, Detroit, 91; Trout,...

 

Saturday's Sports Transactions

TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Recalled RHP Chad Jenkins from New Hampshire (EL). Selected the contract of RHP Chien-Ming Wang from Buffalo (IL). Transferred Maicer Izturis to the 60-day DL. NEW YORK METS — Recalled 1B-C Lucas Duda from Las...

 

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