Roma 2-0 Fiorentina - Ashley Cole makes his Roma debut as they begin the new Serie A season with a hard-fought win against Fiorentina. Defense shines as No. 7 UCLA beats Virginia 28-20 (Yahoo Sports) - Brett Hundley was all smiles, mostly because of his defense. Seventh-ranked UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter Saturday and Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive as the Bruins escaped Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams. ... We have a lot of stuff to work on.'' Hundley, widely regarded as one of the nation's top quarterbacks, was harassed all day by Virginia's pressure defense, which sacked him five times, and made the biggest play of the day for UCLA with his feet. ''Great players made plays when they need to be made,'' Bruins coach Jim Mora Jr. said. US dominates Finland 114-54 in basketball worlds (Yahoo Sports) - Klay Thompson scored 18 points and Anthony Davis had 17 for the U.S., which will play Turkey on Sunday in a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game. Finland was 0 for 17 in the second quarter, missing all six 3-point attempts, and missed 19 straight shots over the second and third quarters before Tuukka Kotta ended the drought with a basket with 8:48 remaining in the third that made it 62-20. Rams cut Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted (Yahoo Sports) - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. ''There will be no challenge, no challenges whatsoever,'' for whatever team picks up Sam, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at a news conference. He kept his head down and worked and you can't ask anything more out of any player for that matter.'' On Saturday, he attended Missouri's opener in Columbia, a 1 1/2-hour drive west on I-70 from Rams Park. The Rams selected Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri, with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall. Saints cut Bailey, Meachem, both kickers (Yahoo Sports) - METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints have included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts. Sale Ks 13, White Sox beat Scherzer and Tigers 6-3 (Yahoo Sports) - Chris Sale overcame a shaky start to strike out a season-high 13, beating Max Scherzer in a matchup of All-Star aces and leading the Chicago White Sox past the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and Tyler Flowers also went deep against Scherzer (15-5), who fanned 11 and walked none in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander reached that figure in 81 major league starts - Walsh made 312 for the White Sox from 1904-1916. Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler homered for the Tigers, who began the day with a one-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card. Jets release suspended CB Patterson (Yahoo Sports) - The New York Jets have released suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson, ending a bizarre week that began when he left the team before its preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 22. The move Saturday came as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-player roster limit. Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, and went missing before the preseason game without speaking to anyone in the organization. Bills sign QB Orton; cut 10 including WR Graham (Yahoo Sports) - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton and punter Colton Schmidt, while cutting 10 players to establish their 53-man roster. Visa delay hits Rojo's Man Utd debut - Marcos Rojo's Manchester United debut is being held up by a four-year-old claim he rowed with a neighbour in Argentina. No. 7 UCLA 28, Virginia 20 (Yahoo Sports) - CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns before Brett Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive and the No. 7 Bruins escaped Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams Saturday.

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Aleshin in serious condition after IndyCar crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 8:25 pm]
Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin was in a serious condition in a California hospital on Saturday with a concussion, broken ribs and chest injuries after an IndyCar qualifying crash. Aleshin had qualified for Saturday's race in Fontana, east of Los Angeles, when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night. IndyCar medical consultant doctor Terry Trammell issued a statement early Saturday detailing Aleshin's injuries, which include "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 7:40 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. Aleshin was taken away from the Fontana track in an ambulance and airlifted to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center. The Russian driver has broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said. He slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin's car flying into the catch fence while spinning.

Big wreck in final IndyCar practice at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 3:20 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was taken away from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to a hospital Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. He was taken to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Castroneves on pole at Fontana IndyCar race (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 2:50 am]
Brazil's Helio Castroneves won the pole position while championship points leader Will Power, of Australia, qualified 21st for Saturday's Fontana IndyCar auto race, the final event of the season. With Friday's pole victory, Castroneves moved from 51 points to 50 behind Power in the battle for the 2014 IndyCar series title. It's just beginning," said Castroneves, who is aiming for his first championship. Castroneves posted a two-lap average speed of 351.6 km/h (218.5 mph) during Friday's qualifying.

Power faces final obstacles in IndyCar title race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 12:03 am]
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Will Power has been through too much heartbreak for too many IndyCar seasons to think his first series championship would be simple.

Power finishes 21st in IndyCar finale qualifying (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 11:04 pm]
Will Power has struggled in qualifying for the final race of the IndyCar season, leaving the series leader starting in 21st place when he chases his first championship. Power had the second-worst performance in qualifying, while Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves won the pole. Castroneves turned a lap with an average speed of 218.540 mph. Castroneves trails Power by 51 points in second place heading into the season finale. Both drivers are attempting to win their first IndyCar titles.

Houston removed from 2015 IndyCar calendar (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 9:42 pm]
IndyCar officials confirmed Friday that Houston, which hosted two races each of the past two seasons, will not be on next year's schedule. The two Grand Prix of Houston races were staged the past two seasons on a temporary circuit but no date could be arranged for next season. "(IndyCar) will always keep our options open when it comes to an important market like Houston," IndyCar chief executive Mark Miles said. The announcement came days after IndyCar announced a new race for 2015 would be staged just outside New Orleans, the Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Houston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 7:09 pm]
The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015. Scheduling conflicts prompted the change, IndyCar president Mark Miles says. Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was seriously injured at the Houston track in 2013, forcing his retirement from racing. Franchitti's car flew into a fence after he attempted to avoid contact from Takuma Sato, whose car came off line after hitting a bump in the temporary track.

Power looks for elusive IndyCar title at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 8:18 pm]
Stay on the lead lap, keep his car out of scrapes and within shouting distance of Helio Castroneves and the IndyCar championship will be Power's after Saturday's race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He has a 51-point lead over Penske teammate Castroneves - another elite driver in search of his first series title - and will clinch the crown by finishing sixth or better. ''It's just about, obviously, just aim for a top-five finish,'' said Power, who won last year's race at Fontana. Dario Franchitti won the title by a mere five points, even though Power had the dominant car all season.

Aussie Power seeks IndyCar season crown (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 6:03 pm]
Will Power, trying to become Australia's first IndyCar season champion, carries the points lead into the final race of the campaign for the fourth time in five years. Defending race champion Power can clinch the title with a finish of sixth or better no matter how Castroneves, his Penske Racing teammate, fares. Scotland's Dario Franchitti took the title in 2010 and 2011 and American Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the 2012 crown -- each time overtaking Power in the final race to take the championship. "I know that it's going to take a lot of hard work and a very good race to win the championship.

IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 8:32 pm]
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Power shakes off quake but can't close out title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 10:09 pm]
There he found frightened teammate Helio Castroneves, clad only in the complimentary hotel bathrobe, and Team Penske President Tim Cindric, who was calm and collected and already plotting their next move. Power said Cindric collected their car keys from the valet stand and, after it was clear to return to the damaged hotel to grab their belongings, everyone headed to Sonoma Raceway to attempt to get a little more sleep.

Dixon wins Sonoma IndyCar, Power boosts point lead (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 12:47 am]
Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps remaining to win the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma while Will Power stretched his season points lead despite a risky late move. New Zealand's Dixon, the defending series season points champion, won his 35th IndyCar triumph on Sunday to match Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list. Aussie Power attempted a tight pass on Britain's Justin Wilson in the final turns of the last lap but was penalized one spot to make the move all for nought. "I was going for more," Power said.

Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power 10th (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 12:23 am]
Scott Dixon surged ahead with three laps left for a victory at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, while IndyCar points leader Will Power recovered from a mid-race spin to finish 10th heading to the season finale. Power leads teammate Helio Castroneves by 51 points heading to the double-points finale at Fontana on Saturday. Castroneves struggled to an 18th-place finish at Sonoma. Dixon is out of the race to defend his 2013 title, but he grabbed his 35th win after leader Graham Rahal was forced to pit for gas with four laps left.

Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power 9th (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 24, 2014, 11:07 pm]
Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps to go at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, earning a dramatic IndyCar victory and muddying the overall championship race. Series leader Will Power finished ninth after a ferocious last-lap push past Justin Wilson, setting up an intriguing finish to the Indy Car season Saturday at Fontana. After starting on the pole, Power fell back to 20th with a mid-race spin. IndyCar is reviewing Power's tactics on the final lap.

Newgarden stays with merged IndyCar team in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 24, 2014, 6:15 pm]
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Josef Newgarden has agreed to drive for the newly formed CFH Racing team during the 2015 IndyCar season.

Aussie Power takes IndyCar pole at Sonoma (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 24, 2014, 2:50 am]
IndyCar season championship points leader Will Power of Australia captured his fourth pole position of the year in qualifying for the Grand Prix of Sonoma. Power also took a bonus point for the pole victory, boosting his season edge over Brazilian teammate Helio Castroneves to 40 points entering the 85-lap road course matchup.

Power, Castroneves chase IndyCar title in Sonoma (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 24, 2014, 2:46 am]
Just two races stand between Will Power and his first IndyCar series championship. He isn't thinking beyond the twisting, treacherous Sonoma Raceway - but he's always thinking about Helio Castroneves, the teammate and friendly rival trying to chase him down. ''There's still a lot of points on the table and a lot of racing to come,'' Power said after setting the track speed record while winning the pole Saturday. ''You've just got to focus on the job at hand and get the most out of every situation.'' Power and Castroneves have put Team Penske in position for an overdue celebration as the circuit wraps up with events on both ends of California.

Will Power wins another IndyCar pole in Sonoma (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 24, 2014, 1:05 am]
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Will Power won the IndyCar pole at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, putting the overall points leader in prime position for his championship chase.

Will Power closing in on IndyCar title in Sonoma (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 23, 2014, 8:39 pm]
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Will Power and Helio Castroneves both have been tantalizingly close to IndyCar series championships in recent years, only to miss out each time.

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