Man Utd 'not balanced' - Van Gaal - New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his squad is imbalanced, despite beating LA Galaxy 7-0 on Wednesday. Miley sets new Commonwealth record - Scotland's Hannah Miley beats her own Commonwealth Games 400m individual medley record to reach the final at Glasgow 2014. Man City racism claim investigated - Farah out of Commonwealth Games - Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness. Borini hurt as Liverpool lose friendly - Liverpool striker Fabio Borini injures his shoulder in a pre-season defeat, but Manchester City and Tottenham both win. Van Gaal has winning Man Utd start - Manchester United give new boss Louis van Gaal a winning start as they beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly in California. Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros 9-7 (Yahoo Sports) - Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock (3-7) for his 15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid - matching his career high - since his last long ball June 19 against Boston. Cespedes was replaced in left field with the A's leading 8-1 in the seventh. Wiggins questions price of Tour fame - Sir Bradley Wiggins says he sometimes wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012. Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Tampa Bay beats St. Louis 3-0 behind Cobb (Yahoo Sports) - Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Rays' seventh straight win. The Rays have won 25 of their last 36 games and are 13-4 in July. Tampa Bay completed its road trip at 5-0 and its eight-game road winning streak ties the franchise record set twice. The loss was the third straight for the Cardinals.

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Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles reach deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 2:16 am]
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year to help the Chiefs reach the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game. ''It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.'' Charles was expected to take part in the first practice scheduled for Thursday.

Johnny Be Good: Browns expect Manziel to behave (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 2:07 am]
Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said he's not worried about the popular rookie's wild off-field behavior carrying into the season, and he's determined not to let any outside influences affect his decision in picking either Manziel or veteran Brian Hoyer to be his starting quarterback. Pettine, who will open his first training camp on Saturday, discussed Manziel, Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon's clouded situation and several other topics during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. Manziel, the former Texas A&M star nicknamed ''Johnny Football'' for his dazzling skills, made headlines throughout the offseason with his weekend partying. Pettine said he's aware of the photo, and during his recent vacation, he called Manziel to discuss the young QB's conduct.

Jerry Jones: Garrett not coaching for job (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 1:02 am]
Jerry Jones doesn't like to repeat his good sound bites, so he found a new way to say Jason Garrett isn't coaching for his job. The Dallas Cowboys owner said Wednesday it wasn't a ''make or break'' season for Garrett, a year after opening training camp by declaring that last season wouldn't be ''Armageddon'' for his coach if the once-proud franchise missed the playoffs again. The Cowboys have identical endings to all three full seasons under Garrett, losing to NFC East rivals to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.

NFL suspends Jaguars WR Sanders 4 games (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 12:56 am]
The NFL has suspended Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The league handed down the punishment Wednesday, one day after Sanders disclosed it was coming and said he would not appeal. On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Sanders said ''personal issues'' caused his misstep. He said he has ''been dealing with a lot of stuff, just with life and family and a lot of issues going on.'' A second-year pro from South Carolina, Sanders said he plans to seek counseling and not rehab.

AP source: Chiefs, Charles reach 2-year deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 10:01 pm]
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has reached a two-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. A person familiar with the contract said the deal will keep Charles in Kansas City through the 2017 season. The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year as the Chiefs reached the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.

Cardinals S Mathieu out for start of training camp (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 8:18 pm]
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alamdea Ta'amu will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as they recover from last season's injuries.

Seattle's Sidney Rice announces his retirement (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 8:16 pm]
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions.

Eagles OT Lane Johnson suspended 4 games (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:52 pm]
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Jets sign DE Babin; Colon, Barnes on active/PUP (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:28 pm]
CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent defensive end Jason Babin, giving Rex Ryan's defense a veteran pass rusher.

Tight end Vernon Davis arrives at training camp (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:27 pm]
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Tight end Vernon Davis has reported to training camp with the San Francisco 49ers after sitting out the offseason program and mandatory minicamp hoping for a new contract.

Kluwe lawyer: No lawsuit imminent (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:16 pm]
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is backing away from his threat to sue the team over alleged discrimination - for now. Kluwe vowed last week to sue because he was unhappy with the team's resolution of his complaint against special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for alleged anti-gay slurs. The Vikings suspended Priefer for three games and made a donation to gay advocacy groups that was less than Kluwe wanted. He also accused the team of cutting him over his activism in favor of gay marriage in Minnesota, a claim the team denied.

Makeover complete, Steelers ready for resurgence (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:56 pm]
The faces Ike Taylor grew so accustomed to seeing line up alongside him over the past decade have disappeared. Of the 90 players who will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday when the Steelers open training camp, only seven stood on the field in Tampa on that cool February night five years ago when Pittsburgh beat the Arizona Cardinals for its sixth championship. Football, you have to understand as a player, is a business.'' And business wasn't so hot for the Steelers in 2013.

Hoyer, Manziel set to battle for Browns' QB job (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:26 pm]
After months of having his off-field behavior analyzed, scrutinized and criticized, Johnny Manziel will again be the center of attention. This time, though, it won't be for swigging champagne on an inflatable swan, but during his first NFL training camp as he and Brian Hoyer battle for the Browns' starting quarterback job. The Hoyer-Manziel showdown will dominate camp until someone is named the winner, and that decision from first-year coach Mike Pettine will not come until the third exhibition game (Aug. 23). Manziel earned his ''Johnny Football'' nickname during a stellar career at Texas A&M, where his daring, dazzling scrambles and improvisational skills made him a college star.

Bengals' season comes down to winning in playoffs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:01 pm]
Training camp will be interesting with a few new faces trying to win starting spots. The regular season will be a challenge with a much tougher schedule. None of it will be remembered if the Bengals don't do one thing. ''We have to win one in the playoffs,'' owner Mike Brown said.

Gronk cleared to play at Patriots training camp (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:52 pm]
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play at the New England Patriots training camp.

Wayne hoping Colts get off to fast start (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:40 pm]
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- Reggie Wayne is revved up and ready to get started on football.

Bills TE Gragg in hospital because of heat cramps (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:33 pm]
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Buffalo Bills reserve tight end Chris Gragg is in the hospital receiving treatment for heat-related cramps.

Broncos owner giving up control due to Alzheimer's (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 1:20 pm]
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease. The team announced Wednesday that the 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the team's daily operations. Team president Joe Ellis will take over after being named as the Broncos' chief executive officer. The Broncos say the ownership of the team is held in a trust in hopes that one of Bowlen's children will run the team one day.

Bills DT Marcell Dareus wants to earn team's trust (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 1:07 pm]
Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus returned to training camp Wednesday hoping to earn his teammates', coaches' and fans' trust after a troubled offseason. ''I have a passion for this game and I want to be here to help this organization achieve its goals,'' Dareus said in a statement released by the team.

Jerry putting behind bullying scandal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 7:21 am]
Surrounded by more media than an offensive lineman normally attracts, John Jerry knew what questions were coming. The main focus of his interview on Tuesday as the Giants held their first training camp practice was Jerry's time with the Miami Dolphins. The NFL's investigation of the Dolphins cited Jerry, Richie Incognito and center Mike Pouncey as players who harassed Jonathan Martin. I'm focused on nothing but the Giants, and this season coming up.

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