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USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2013, file photo, Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw (26) runs back an interception for a touchdown against Hawaii during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Honolulu. Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool. Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in the pool. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, File)

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was ''a complete fabrication,'' the school announced in a statement Wednesday. The school didn't explain how Shaw actually was injured, but USC officials say they regret posting a story on their website Monday lauding Shaw's story about a second-story jump onto concrete to rescue his 7-year-old nephew. ''We are extremely disappointed in Josh,'' USC coach Steve Sarkisian said.


NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon rests during practice at the NFL football team's training campin Berea, Ohio. Gordon says the only place he can find peace is on the football field. His time there could be running short. The Browns' star receiver is awaiting word from the NFL on whether he'll be suspended for all or part of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse program. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Josh Gordon's wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon's indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds.


Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Steve Ballmer and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers speak to the media at STAPLES Center on August 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer's first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Rivers was a stabilizing force for the franchise during the upheaval created by former owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks that led to his ouster after 33 years of ownership. ''Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hardcore, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent,'' Ballmer said, repeating the ''hardcore'' theme he uttered during last week's fan rally.


Sharapova rallies to outlast Dulgheru at US Open (Yahoo Sports)

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after a point against Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Maria Sharapova's serve and her groundstrokes were abandoning her. The five-time major champion rallied from a set down to beat 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the U.S. Sharapova overcame nine double-faults and 46 unforced errors to improve her record in three-set matches this year to 17-6. On a hot, windy day, with the shadows shifting as late afternoon turned to evening, the fifth-seeded Sharapova avoided another upset on the women's side.


Fedora: No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this July 21, 2014, file photo, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. Fedora says the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. Fedora said Wednesday, Aug. 27, the four players were suspended for a

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday the team has suspended four players for this weekend's season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a redshirt freshman walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. The players suspended were sophomores Des Lawrence and Brian Walker, redshirt freshman Donnie Miles and true freshman M.J. Stewart. North Carolina has said it is conducting an investigation of what it described as an incident involving members of the team.


Cam Newton says he'll be ready to play in Week 1 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Panthers want fourth-year quarterback Cam Newton to throw more and run less as he continues to grow as an NFL quarterback. That's because they want the two-time Pro Bowler to stay healthy. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Cam Newton expects to be ready for the Panthers Sept. 7 regular season opener against Tampa Bay. ''There's no doubt in my mind.,'' Newton said Wednesday. Panthers coach Ron Rivera also said he expects Newton to be ready for the Bucs.


Experts want to see NFL act on domestic violence (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media during an news conference in Owings Mills, Md. Rice starts his two-game suspension Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, missing the Ravens' home opener against Cincinnati and a key AFC North showdown in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Ravens running back Ray Rice is sitting out two games for domestic violence. A positive marijuana test triggered a yearlong ban for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, costing him the 2014 season. Critics of the NFL's arbitrary policy toward domestic violence point to the contrast between the punishments and say it's time for the league to crack down on players who hurt women. Three members of Congress wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to reconsider Rice's suspension, the governor of Maine says he'll boycott the league, and numerous groups that advocate for women and families condemned the penalty as too lenient.


Royals' Yost implores fans to show up to games (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy, second from left, gets a pat on the chest from manager Ned Yost (3) as he in the taken out of a game against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning during a baseball Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Royals manager Ned Yost pleaded with fans on Wednesday to show up for their remaining home games, one night after Alex Gordon's walk-off homer gave Kansas City a dramatic win over Minnesota that was seen by just 13,847 at Kauffman Stadium. ''You go back and talk to people about the '85 year when they won the World Series, they remember that, and they've been longing for that, and it's been a long time ago.


NHL says it is only discussing expanding league (Yahoo Sports)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, right, and deputy commissioner Bill Daly and speak to reporters on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in New York. The NHL has rejected the players' latest offer for a labor deal and negotiations have broken off at least until the weekend. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The NHL insists expansion is not imminent.


Long Davis homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 3-1 (Yahoo Sports)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright works the rosin bag as Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis comes to bat in the fifth inning of the baseball game on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Ike Davis wasn't able to play meaningful late-season games during his time with the New York Mets. He's making the most of his chance with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ''It's the first time he's been involved in games that have this kind of significance this late in the season,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday after Davis' long home run keyed a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. A day earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 5-2 win.


Why Purchase a Fishing License?


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Racing Through the Pain With Olympic Ski Champion Picabo Street


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Named after a small town in her home state of Idaho, Picabo Street gained fame as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski champion. But her career might've literally gone downhill had she not turned to chiropractic care. "Chiropractic has been a life saver for me," says Street. "I can say that [without it] I do not think that I would be able to ski today, recreationally or otherwise." Street won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Later that year, she slammed into a fence

Sportscaster Linda Cohn Enhances Her Game With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care. Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it. "Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy a

The Big Holiday Decision: Xbox One or PlayStation 4?


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head? That's okay, the debut of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles -- conveniently just in time for the holidays -- means countless people just like you are also debating which to buy for the very psyched gamers in their families. Both represent a big leap in graphics, speed and intelligent personalization. Both have tons of games sure to please. That said, a Forbe

The Most Dangerous Sport for Women? Try Cheerleading


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions. According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it. The research comes on the heels of numerous news

Enhance Your Sports Watching Experience With the Right Light


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract

Ants: America's Number-One Nuisance Pest


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant! According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i

Stink Bugs -- A Smelly Fall Nuisance


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months. The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di

Super Bowl Champion Mark Collins Tackles Pain With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness. "I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits. "Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body." After all those years o

On the Run With Professional Marathoner Stephanie Rothstein


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running. In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons. "I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012

How Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin Keeps Her Body in Balance


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts. "Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby. "Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s

Targeting Obesity With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight. "We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t

Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman's Career-Saver


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today. In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career. "I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't." The whiplash sh

How an Outfield-Wall Collision Changed One Baseball Player's Life


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - "The wall won." That's how retired Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard recalls the life-changing night in 2000 when he violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball. Most people would've done exactly what his then-wife implored -- rush to an emergency room -- when he woke up the next morning basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. But not Shepard. "I told her, 'Open the

Camping Is Fun, Pests Are Not: Keep Safe in the Great Outdoors


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - For camping enthusiasts, the summer months provide endless opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Children and adults alike unplug and unwind to enjoy backpacking, hiking and evenings under the stars. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those who will spend more time partaking in open-air adventures to add insect repellent, hats and protective clothing to the packing list. "Camping is a wonderful summer pastime," noted Missy Henriksen, vice pres

Fact or Fiction? Advice for Fending Off Mosquitoes


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer. To help the public safeguard thems