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Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw diagnosed with ALS

Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw announced Tuesday that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“A year ago I was playing NFL football,” Shaw said in a video released by the Tennessee Titans in connection with the Ice Bucket Challenge. “I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS. … I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease.”

Shaw is at least the eighth former NFL player currently living with the disease.

The 30-year-old played six seasons for the Titans, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.

The only previous NFL player diagnosed with the disease at this young an age was Glenn Montgomery. He received the news at age 30 in 1997 before dying the following year.

The ALS Assn. estimates that 5,600 people in the U.S. receive the diagnosis each year.  

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Gennady Golovkin will fight at StubHub Center in Carson on Oct. 18

Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight world champion and knockout artist who trains in Big Bear, will fight in Southern California for the first time on Oct. 18 when he meets Mexico’s Marco Antonio Rubio at StubHub Center in Carson.

World Boxing Assn. champion Golovkin (30-0, 27 knockouts) of Kazakhstan has fought on the East Coast and in Monaco during his last seven bouts, defeating former middleweight champion Daniel Geale by third-round technical knockout last month at Madison Square Garden.

Rubio, 34, lost a unanimous decision to then-middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in February 2012, in San Antonio. He’s responded with six consecutive victories against far lesser competition.

Golovkin-Rubio will be televised by HBO.

Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) has suffered two knockout defeats, but the most recent was 10 years ago, in 2004.

“We felt Rubio was the perfect opponent for Gennady’s first fight in Los Angeles, being the highest-rated middleweight from Mexico, and interim World...

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Josh Hamilton back in cleanup spot for Angels

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who sat out two straight games to take a mental break from a brutal two-week slump, is back in the cleanup spot against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night after a lengthy afternoon workout with hitting coaches Don Baylor and Dave Hansen in Fenway Park.

“He was very relaxed today, very upbeat,” Baylor said of Hamilton. “It’s hard for anyone to hit a ball off the tee and out of the ballpark. He did it a couple of times. The strength is there. He just needs to get his timing. He hasn’t had it. He had it for a while before he got hurt, and he’s kind of been searching for it ever since.”

Hamilton, who missed most of April and May because of a torn left-thumb ligament, hit .290 (nine for 31) with three homers and six runs batted in during a seven-game stretch from July 29 to Aug. 4, but he’s batting .132 (five for 38) with 18 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Baylor doesn’t think Hamilton, one of baseball’s most feared sluggers when he played for Texas from...

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Braxton Miller done for season, Ohio State confirms

Ohio State released a statement Tuesday afternoon confirming that quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the season because of a shoulder injury.

Miller re-injured his surgically repaired right shoulder while throwing a pass at Monday's practice. It will require another surgery.

Miller said in a statement he plans on returning for a fifth season.

"I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever," Miller said. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season."

Miller said he will support his teammates as they "chase a championship this season."

Miller accounted for 36 total touchdowns last season in leading Ohio State to a 12-2 finish. The Buckeyes were considered a national title contender this year.

Freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to replace Miller at quarterback this year.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a statement: "This is an...

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NASCAR's looming question: Will Tony Stewart return at Bristol?

After sitting out two consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, the question now is whether Tony Stewart will return for the next race Saturday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Only Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, knows at this point. "It will be up to Tony when he's ready to get back in the car," Brett Frood, executive vice president of Stewart's team, Stewart-Haas Racing, said last Friday.

Stewart has been in isolation since his car struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. while Ward was on foot during a sprint-car race Aug. 9 at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park dirt track in upstate New York.

Ward had emerged from his wrecked car, walked on the track and appeared to be angrily pointing at Stewart when he was struck as Stewart's car circled back around. Local authorities are still investigating the incident.

Stewart, 43, skipped the Cup race the next day, in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and did not race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. His team said Stewart was...

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Former USC standout Sam Baker out for the season for Falcons

Former Trojan Sam Baker is out for the season with the Atlanta Falcons.

The starting left tackle was carted off the field in the second quarter of a preseason game Saturday against the Houston Texans.

AtlantaFalcons.com confirms a torn patellar tendon in Baker’s right knee.

This is the latest setback in what’s become an injury trend for the 6-foot-5, 301-pound tackle. A four-year starter at USC from 2004-07, he has only been available to play two complete seasons in Atlanta since he was selected as a first round pick in 2008. He started four games in 2013 before undergoing season ending surgery on his left knee.

“Sam had worked extremely hard to get back on the field after missing most of last season, and he was having a good camp.” Falcons Coach Mike Smith said in a released statement. “I know he is disappointed, but I also know he is a very resilient football player and will do whatever he can to bounce back.”

Baker signed a six-year contract with Atlanta on March 14, 2013.

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USC backup quarterback Max Browne aims to be ready if called upon

The scene at the Coliseum on Monday night was a stark contrast to last Wednesday, when starting quarterback Cody Kessler stayed on the turf for a few moments because of an apparent ankle injury.

Kessler was fine, but the image sent redshirt freshman quarterback Max Browne into action.

“Your chinstrap’s unbuckled, and you start buckling it up,” Browne said this week. “Fortunately, he was wearing his knee brace … but you have to have the idea that you’re one play away.”

Browne was hoping to unseat Kessler as the starter last spring but Kessler’s experience and confidence after starting 14 games last season made him a clear choice.

After struggling early in training camp, Browne has been playing with more confidence as the Trojans move toward their Aug. 30 opener against Fresno State.

Browne said he would remain ready, “so if my number is called we don’t miss a beat.”

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller out for season

Ohio State's national title dreams took a huge hit Tuesday with news that star quarterback Braxton Miller has been lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

The Columbus Dispatch reported late Monday that Miller could be out for the season, while a ESPN cited a source Tuesday confirming that Miller was done for 2014. Ohio State later confirmed Miller will miss the entire season.

Miller is a three-year starter who has helped lead Ohio State to 24 straight regular-season wins. Miller accounted for 3,162 total yards and 36 touchdowns in 2013.

Freshman J.T. Barrett is the leading candidate to replace Miller for Ohio State's season opener against Navy.

Miller had surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder last February after injuring it in Ohio State's Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.

Miller's recovery was reportedly on track but he reinjured the shoulder on a routine pass at practice Monday. Miller had complained of shoulder soreness and fatigue in the days prior to Monday's injury.

Ohio State...

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Girl Little League pitcher Mo'ne Davis makes Sports Illustrated cover

Mo'ne Davis has really hit the big time.

The 13-year-old Little League pitcher with the 70-mph fastball -- who just happens to be a girl -- has already been on TVs across America as part of ESPN's coverage of the Little League World Series.

And now Davis has landed the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, becoming the first Little League player to do so.

"Last week, this week, maybe next week, she's owned the sports conversation," Sports Illustrated manager editor Chris Stone said. "How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It's the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story."

Davis became the first female pitcher to throw a shutout in Little League World Series history when her Taney Dragons from Philadelphia defeated Nashville, 4-0. Before that, she threw a shutout in the Mid-Atlantic finals.

And she's expected to be back on the mound Wednesday when her team faces Las Vegas. For the sake of the Dragons, hopefully their star pitcher can avoid the so-called...

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Clipper Darrell willing to share No. 1 fan title with Shelly Sterling

This could get confusing. The Clippers have a new No. 1 fan, even though their top devotee never left.

Fortunately, super-fan Darrell Bailey, a.k.a. Clipper Darrell, is not possessive when it comes to titles.

“Being anybody’s No. 1 fan is earned, not given,” Bailey said in a phone interview with The Times on Tuesday, when asked about erstwhile owner Shelly Sterling’s self-ascribed designation as “Clippers No. 1 fan” that came as part of her sale of the team to billionaire Steve Ballmer.

“But it doesn’t even bother me, man. If Shelly wants to be the No. 1 fan, I’ve got 40 [Clippers] suits, so I’ll give her one and let’s have a party. I’m willing to share.”

As part of the sale agreement, Shelly Sterling also retained the title of “Owner Emeritus” and received 10 premium tickets, two courtside seats, six parking passes and three championship rings if the Clippers win an NBA title.

Bailey said he understood Ballmer giving Sterling the title of top fan. “For $2 billion,” Bailey said, “I...

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Chris Kluwe settles dispute with Vikings, won't sue for discrimination

Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement over a dispute that could have resulted in a lawsuit by the former NFL punter over the terms of his release by his former team.

Instead, the team will donate to several charitable groups that support gay rights, implement sensitivity training within the organization and set up a national symposium on LGBT tolerance in Minneapolis next year.

Kluwe will receive no money from the settlement.

"This has never been about money," Kluwe said Tuesday as part of a series of tweets.

The Vikings confirmed the resolution of the matter Tuesday with a statement on their website.

“As a family we have long supported equal-rights causes, including marriage equality,” Vikings owner and President Mark Wilf said. “We are glad a resolution of this matter has been reached, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create positive awareness of these issues.”

In a letter posted on Deadspin in January, Kluwe alleged several instances of...

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Golf returns to Olympic competition with a hole-in-one

Golf has returned to the Olympics with a bang.

After more than a century away, the sport has been restored to the official program for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and is getting a test run this week at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

On Tuesday -- the first day of competition -- 16-year-old Tony Gil of Canada notched a hole-in-one at the Zhongshan International Golf Club. Gil hit a seven iron on the par-three third hole.

Gil added four birdies and was tied for fifth place. Marcus Kinhult of Sweden and Brett Coletta of Australia were tied for the lead at 66 after the first round.

Golf has not been played at the Olympics since 1904. Before Tuesday, no one had scored an ace.

"That’s very cool," Gil said in a statement released by the Asian Tour. "It was actually the first hole-in-one in my career too.”

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