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Mike Krzyzewski says Cavaliers should trade Wiggins for Love

It seems every NBA fan has an opinion on whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should trade first-round draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. One big NBA fan has checked in with his thoughts: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. “I think there’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy,” Krzyzewski said in an interview on CBS Sports Radio on Monday. “I’d trade for Kevin Love. That’s not saying anything about any of the other players involved in the deal. Love’s an all-star. He’s a double-double guy, but he’s a double-double guy that can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys, if any, who spread the court. He can go inside and outside. "You look at LeBron and you have the best player in the world. He’s 29. I’m not saying he’s at the end of his career, but he’s in the second half of his career, let’s put it that way. And in the first half of his career, he was becoming a great player. He was a great talent becoming a great player. That takes time -- just...

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Brett Favre: I'm not afraid of getting booed by Green Bay Packers fans

When the Green Bay Packers eventually retire Brett Favre’s number at Lambeau Field, his career will have come full circle. And if the boo-birds are out on that day, so be it, the legendary quarterback said. "I've heard that was a concern of mine, and I'm here to tell you I'm not," Favre said Monday after he was asked in a radio interview with ESPN if he was worried people would boo him at his jersey-retirement ceremony because he played for the Minnesota Vikings -- the Packers’ bitter NFC North rival -- the last two years of his career. "I'm not worried about that. I'm well aware that you can't please everyone. Not everyone's going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself.” In 16 seasons, No. 4 led the Packers to the playoffs 11 times, made two Super Bowl appearances and lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy once for the Green and Gold at Super Bowl XXXI in 1996 -- the team’s first title since 1967, when the...

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New York Giants guard Chris Snee retires

Veteran guard Chris Snee is retiring from the New York Giants because of a series of injuries. Snee met with the team Monday, then decided to end his NFL career after 10 seasons. He has had two hip surgeries and now is most troubled by right elbow and wrist problems. The 32-year-old son-in-law of Coach Tom Coughlin was a second-round pick in 2004 and has made four Pro Bowls. He was to be the anchor of a revamped offensive line this season. === Marcell Dareus' attorney said the Buffalo Bills' defensive tackle has agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed. Dareus, who is from Alabama, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by a state trooper on May 5. The charges will be dismissed and potentially expunged if the 2011 first-round draft pick successfully completes the program. === Standout defensive tackle Geno Atkins and starting cornerback Leon Hall were...

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Retired players ask appeals court to review NFL concussion settlement

Two weeks after a federal judge granted preliminary approval to the settlement of concussion litigation between the NFL and retired players, seven former players have asked the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision. In a petition filed Monday, the players contend that the class U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody certified leaves some groups without representation. “The class, as certified, is doomed,” the petition said. As an example, the petition notes that a retired player diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, after death could receive up to $4 million from the settlement if they died before the date of preliminary approval. Players diagnosed with death from CTE after that date aren’t eligible for such an award, per the settlement. The players in the petition -- Roderick Cartwright, Sean Considine, Alan Faneca, Ben Hamilton, Sean Morey, Jeff Rohrer, Robert Royal -- objected to the settlement earlier this year before preliminary approval. Monday’s...

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Germany damages its World Cup trophy during team celebrations

It took the Germans a month of grueling matches to win the World Cup, but it took them only about a week to damage their coveted trophy. The 2014 tournament winners chipped off a piece of their replica World Cup trophy during wild celebrations in the aftermath of their 1-0 extra-time win against Argentina, Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German Football Assn., told German newspaper Die Welt. The real, 18-karat gold World Cup trophy, which the German players celebrated with immediately after their win over Argentina, remains safe and unharmed at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. It is unclear exactly who damaged the gold-plated trophy, Niersbach said. "We have researched persistent and investigative, but the investigation was terminated without result," said Niersbach, translated, to Die Welt.   Mario Goetze scored the World Cup final's single goal 23 minutes into extra time giving Germany a title it has been chasing for 24 years. The current World Cup trophy replaced the...

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Colorado Rockies put Justin Morneau on disabled list

The Colorado Rockies on Monday placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained neck, a move retroactive to July 14. Morneau, hitting .312 with 13 home runs and a team-high 60 RBIs, hasn't played since taking part in the All-Star Home Run Derby on July 14 in Minneapolis. He was replaced in the lineup Monday by triple-A call-up Ben Paulsen, who made his major league debut against Washington. The Rockies also designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment. Giants' Cain, Belt on DL San Francisco placed right-hander Matt Cain on the DL for the third time this year, this time because of elbow inflammation, and put first baseman Brandon Belt on the seven-day DL because of a concussion. The Giants also reportedly agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla on a minor league contract. Uggla, waived by Atlanta on Friday, was expected to be assigned to triple-A Fresno. Cain, 2-7 with a career-worst 4.18 ERA in 15 games, is earning $20 million this...

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Tony Dungy's comments on openly gay NFL player Michael Sam draw ire

Esteemed NFL coach turned NBC analyst Tony Dungy is taking fire for saying he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player. In an interview with the Tampa Tribune published Sunday, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts said he would have passed on Sam.  "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it,” Dungy said. Dungy went on to say, “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ Dungy did not say what, exactly, were the things he anticipated happening. Sam, the former Missouri defensive player, was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and has the sixth bestselling jersey in the league, according to the NFL. Dungy's comments drew immediate ire online, with people calling him ignorant and offensive. Some of those comments included:  “... to not draft an openly gay player because someone...might...not handle it...is...

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Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali holds comfortable lead

Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague. Italy's Vincenzo Nibali knows that more than most. Both of cycling's other "Grand Tours" that he has won were marred by doping cases. Last year's Giro d'Italia was tarnished by three positive tests and, in the 2010 Vuelta, Nibali's runner-up, Ezequiel Mosquera, tested positive for a masking agent that can hide blood-booster EPO, long cycling's designer drug. But on the rest day Monday before the pack heads to the Pyrenees, the serene, talented and methodical 29-year-old Nibali was focusing on the race, saying he wants to make sure he avoids a "crisis" like the crashes that forced out Chris Froome, the 2013 Tour champion, and two-time winner Alberto Contador. In news conferences, he has talked about doping. "Unfortunately, those questions arise because we're paying [for] the past years. I try to...

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Johnny Manziel has the top-selling jersey in the NFL

Johnny Manziel has yet to take a single snap in an NFL game, but that hasn’t stopped fans from clamoring for his jersey. Manziel, also known as “Johnny Football” -- a registered trademark -- has the bestselling jersey in the league, according to www.nflshop.com. Manziel wears No. 2 for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel, the former star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner out of Texas A&M University, was taken by Cleveland with the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft in May. Manziel’s jersey is followed in sales by Seattle Seahawks -- and Super Bowl-winning -- quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (No. 3) and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (No. 4). Of course, this is not the first time a college star QB entering the NFL turned out monster jersey sales. In 2010, Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos first-round selection, also a Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Florida, had the bestselling jersey among NFL players before he ever took a...

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Signings widen gap between Real Madrid, Barcelona and rest of La Liga

A lucrative spending frenzy that would make even the Yankees and Dodgers envious has engulfed Spain’s La Liga with World Cup champion Toni Kross, World Cup scoring leader James Rodriguez and Luis Suarez, last season’s leading scorer in the English Premier League, jumping to Spain for deals that totaled more than $280 million. And that threatens to widen the already enormous gulf separating the world’s two richest soccer clubs from the rest of the league in which they play. Although Atletico Madrid won the league title on the final day of the season last spring, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have combined to capture nine of the last 10 and 10 of the last 12 La Liga crowns. And now with the addition of three of the world’s top players, the richest have gotten richer. In Barcelona, Suarez will join a lineup that already included Lionel Messi, who has been selected as the FIFA world player of the year an unprecedented four times, and Brazilian star Neymar.  At Real Madrid, Colombian star...

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U.S. women win first saber title in nearly a decade

Fencing isn't exactly a high-profile sport, but the U.S. women's saber team made international news Monday by winning its first world championship in nearly a decade. Mariel Zagunis lead the squad to a 45-39 victory over France in the final at Kazan, Russia. "We've fallen short these past few years, but I always knew we had it in our team," Zagunis said. The Americans, who last won the world title in 2005, had to get past defending champion Ukraine in the semifinals, winning that contest 45-44. "I feel like we have this core team and no other team has what we have," member Ibtihaj Muhammad said. "We fight for each other and know we've always got each other's back out there."  

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Citing battle danger, six players to go AWOL from Ukraine soccer team

Six players with reigning Ukrainian Premier League champion Shakhtar Donetsk have refused to return to Donetsk because of the fighting surrounding the city, club management confirmed. The six -- five Brazilians and an Argentine -- were with the team in France for a friendly last weekend but refused to accompany the squad home to the Ukraine. In a statement posted on the club’s website and reprinted in the London Guardian, team owner Rinat Akhmetov threatened to invoke clauses in the players’ contracts that could force them to pay “tens of millions or euros” to Shakhtar. The six players -- Brazilians Frederico Rodriguez de Paula Santos, Douglas Costa, Dentinho, Alex Teixiera and Ismaily along with Argentina’s Facundo Ferreyra -- all appeared in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Olympique Lyonnais in France.   “Players have contracts that they have to abide by,” the Guardian quotes Akhmetov as writing. “If they do not come, I think they will be the first to suffer…. Hopefully the mind and heart...

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