September 19th, 2014

National Sports

UEFA choses Wembley Stadium in London for semifinals, final of continent-wide Euro 2020

By Rob Harris, The Associated Press on September 19th, 2014

GENEVA – UEFA has selected Wembley Stadium in London to host the semifinals and final of the first continent-wide European Championship in 2020, ending a run of bidding failures by England. Wembley was selected ahead of Bayern Munich’s stadium in Friday’s vote by the UEFA executive committee. England had failed in bids for the 2006 ... Read More »

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Oregon congressman supports players protesting artificial turf at the 2015 World Cup

By Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon congressman is throwing his support behind players who are protesting the plan to use artificial turf at the Women’s World Cup next summer in Canada. Rep. Earl Blumenauer has written his colleagues to join the effort. He will gather their signatures for a letter he plans to send early next ... Read More »

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Ryan, Jones, Hester lead Falcons to 56-14 rout of Bucs, 1 of biggest wins in franchise history

By Paul Newberry, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

ATLANTA – Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for ... Read More »

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Li Na, China’s 1st Grand Slam singles champion, retires from tennis tour due to injuries

By The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

WUHAN, China – Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries. The 32-year-old Li posted the news on her microblog Friday, ending a week of intensifying speculation that she would announce her retirement ahead of the new WTA ... Read More »

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The final homestand: Jeter’s 1st Yankee Stadium homer in 14 months helps beat Blue Jays 3-2

By Ronald Blum, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey’s fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months. With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion. Jeter’s solo homer gave the Yankees a two-run lead in a ... Read More »

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Falcons’ Devin Hester sets NFL record with 20th TD return, had shared mark with Deion Sanders

By The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

ATLANTA – Devin Hester has set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown, breaking the mark he shared with Deion Sanders. Hester returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to give the Atlanta Falcons a stunning 35-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. ... Read More »

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Derek Jeter homers to start final homestand and help Yankees beat Blue Jays 3-2

By Ronald Blum, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Derek Jeter began his final homestand for the New York Yankees with one more stroll around the bases, hitting a home run Thursday night in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Jeter homered deep into the left-field seats against R.A. Dickey in the sixth inning, earning a standing ovation ... Read More »

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Veteran QBs Glenn and Ray set to face each other as Lions host Argos

By Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2014

VANCOUVER – They are two of the oldest quarterbacks in the CFL – and the healthiest. Unlike most of their CFL peers this season, Kevin Glenn, 35, of the B.C. Lions and Ricky Ray, 34, of the Toronto Argonauts have escaped serious injury. They will continue their survival missions Friday when the Lions host the ... Read More »

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Scoring goals, stopping pucks the talk of Calgary Flames training camp

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2014

CALGARY – Goaltending and goalscoring are the burning issues at the Calgary Flames training camp. Jonas Hiller signed a two-year, US$9-million deal with Calgary in the summer after the 32-year-old Swiss netminder dropped down the Anaheim Ducks goaltending depth chart at the end of his seventh season there. Hiller brings a winning NHL record, plus ... Read More »

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Trainer mark Casse taking wait-and-see approach with filly Lexie Lou

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2014

TORONTO – Trainer Mark Casse will let champion filly Lexie Lou determine if her 2014 season is over. It’s been a banner campaign for Lexie Lou, who captured the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 15 before beating the boys in the $1-million Queen’s Plate on July 6, securing Casse his first win of Canada’s most ... Read More »

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