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Volleyball, tennis and golf make up the local Thursday schedule. It's the season opener for the Mountain Home High School tennis teams. The Bombers and Lady Bombers begin their season at the Harrison Country Club as they meet Alma. The Mountain ...Read More
The Flippin boys' golf team was able to win another event Tuesday on the back nine at Rivercliff Golf Course in Bull Shoals. The Bobcats had a total of 120, Lead Hill was second with a 144, and Bergman took third with a 147. Spencer Politte ...Read More
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn has named a former Razorbacks pitcher as a volunteer assistant coach. Van Horn said Wednesday that Christian Kowalchuk will become a volunteer assistant after spending the past ...Read More
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. Reds starter Johnny Cueto was ...Read More
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ The Southeastern Conference says all 14 members have taken steps to improve the fan experience at league football stadiums. Commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday that SEC schools ``have made it a priority to engage ...Read More
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Courtland Griffin has attempted to keep the lives of his McCluer North football players as normal as possible despite the upheaval in their community _ Ferguson, Missouri. North is one of three high schools in the ...Read More
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Add rookie running back De'Anthony Thomas to a lengthy list of Chiefs players who are missing practice as the team prepares for its preseason game Saturday night against Minnesota. The electrifying Thomas missed ...Read More
A Mountain Home man whose nephew died from a rare disease is hoping area residents will be interested in buying tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game next month to raise awareness about the illness. Robert Rodgers lost his then 17 year old nephew ...Read More
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema says he expects steady improvement from his football team as the 2014 season approaches. The second-year Razorbacks coach said Tuesday that if his team gets better every day, it ...Read More
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says former Miami associate athletic director Chris Freet has been hired and will lead the Razorbacks marketing and public relations efforts. Freet's title at Arkansas will be ...Read More
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk to start the ...Read More
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The St. Louis Cardinals have put second baseman Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to Aug. 15. Infielder Greg Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis before Tuesday night's game ...Read More
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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: New York Yankees 3 (64-61) - Houston Astros 0 (54-74)

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08/21/2014 10:15:00pm

Rick Stewart/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is cancer free, according to doctors on Tuesday.  Kelly will be reevaluated over the next coming weeks, but doctors said there was "no evidence" of any sinus cancer.

"The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly's pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal," Dr. Peter Costantino said in a statement released by Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

"It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue," Costantino continued.

Kelly was diagnosed with oral cancer earlier this year before having the tumors removed. Doctors found a recurrence of that cancer in March, which led to more chemotherapy and radiation.

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08/21/2014 04:00:00pm

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Wednesday.

The Steelers were on their way to Philadelphia for their third preseason game against the Eagles Thursday and were found with marijuana at a traffic stop.

Ross Township traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after smelling a strong odor of marijuana.

"We are aware of the reports and still gathering information," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. "We will have no further comment at this time."

The NFL is also expected to review the incident.

Both runningbacks are still expected to play against the Eagles.

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08/21/2014 12:07:00pm

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off his third win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Jeff Gordon hopes to continue one of the best seasons of his career on Saturday night.

Gordon has five wins, five poles, and 16 top five finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway and has an average starting position of 7.4.

"Bristol provides the teams with a lot of challenges, but I love the input a driver can give to help influence the setup," Gordon said on his website.  "It’s a track that most drivers seem to enjoy racing at. It’s a track the fans love, as well."

"(No. 24 crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) and the crew are giving me great cars each week. It’s a lot of fun going to the track right now, and this week is no exception. I love racing at Bristol and we’re really looking forward to this Saturday night’s race," Gordon continued.

Only three races remain before NASCAR's chase for the championship begins.

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08/21/2014 09:00:00am

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Outfielder Wil Myers was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday.

Myers missed the last 70 games after he broke his right wrist during a collision in the outfield with teammate Desmond Jennings.

"My wrist feels great, either one of them," Myers said to the team's website. "My legs feel great. My confidence is back, which I think is the most important thing. Going forward for me, that's what I really have to rely on."

The 23-year-old Myers played seven games for Triple-A Durham before being recalled. During that time, he hit .250 with two home runs, six RBIs, three stolen bases and a .419 on-base percentage.

To make room for Myers, the Rays optioned infielder Vince Belnome to Durham.

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08/21/2014 07:06:00am

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering what the team says is a left knee/patellar injury.

Richards was injured in the second inning of the team's 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night when he slipped and fell while running to cover first base.

"Winning the game, obviously, it's always important, but it's secondary to what happened," Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said. "This is a tough night for us. We'll just see where Garrett is. Obviously, it's a significant injury."

Richards would be a serious loss for the AL West leading Angels: he leads the team in ERA, wins, strikeouts and WHIP.

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08/21/2014 06:01:00am

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose was scratched from Team U.S.A.'s 105-62 exhibition game victory over the Dominican Republic Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Rose originally was going to play in the game even though he missed practice Monday and Tuesday to rest his sore knees.

While this may sound bad for a player who is coming off two knee surgeries in two years, Rose did partake in the shootaround Wednesday morning.

According to, Team U.S.A. coach Mike Krzyzewski held Rose out of the game to allow players who are competing for the final roster spots to have more minutes.

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08/21/2014 04:57:00am

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco Giants, who are in the thick of the National League playoff race, won their appeal to have Tuesday night's rain game versus the Chicago Cubs rescheduled.

According to ESPN, the Giants and Cubs will resume Tuesday's game Thursday at 5 p.m. ET, right before they play their regularly scheduled game later that night.

Tuesday night's game was originally called after experiencing a 4-hour, 34-minute rain delay. Chicago led 2-0 and the game was in the bottom of the fifth, the length a game must go to be considered official, so the the Cubs were named winners. But the Giants protested, saying not enough was done to dry the infield in a timely matter. Major League Baseball agreed, and rescheduled the game.

This is the first time in 28 years that a team protested a game with the MLB and won.

The Giants (66-58) are currently 1 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the second Wild Card spot in the NL.

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08/21/2014 01:53:00am

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (56-71) - Seattle Mariners 3 (68-58)

Texas Rangers 5 (49-77) - Miami Marlins 4 (63-63)

Toronto Blue Jays 9 (65-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (71-56)

New York Mets 8 (60-68) – Oakland Athletics 5 (74-52)

Washington Nationals 3 (72-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (53-74)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (65-62) – Atlanta Braves 2 (66-61)

Detroit Tigers 6 (68-56) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (61-65)

Colorado Rockies 5 (50-76) - Kansas City Royals 2 (70-56)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (69-57) - Cincinnati Reds 3 (61-66)

Cleveland Indians 5 (63-61) - Minnesota Twins 0 (55-70)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (73-52) - Chicago White Sox 3 (59-68)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (75-50) - Boston Red Sox 3 (56-70)

San Francisco Giants 8 (66-58) - Chicago Cubs 3 (54-71)

Houston Astros 5 (54-73) - New York Yankees 2 (63-61)

San Diego Padres 4 (59-66) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (71-57)

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08/20/2014 10:02:00pm

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher underwent surgery on both his knees Wednesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Swisher had the operation after getting a second opinion from Dr. Neil Elattrache in Los Angeles, who confirmed that the 33-year-old has chronic discomfort in both knees as a result of wear and tear.

Swisher is expected fully recover after 8 to 10 weeks of rehabilitation.

In 97 games this season with the Indians, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He has hit 239 homers across 11 big league seasons with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and the Indians.

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08/20/2014 09:33:00pm

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