Kershaw wins 17th as Dodgers beat Nationals 4-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings for his major league leading 17th win and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Tuesday night. Kershaw (17-3) gave up three hits and one run, walked two and struck out eight to win his third straight start and lower his ML-leading ERA to 1.70. Bryce Harper homered in the seventh for the Nationals' only run of the game. With the win, the Dodgers (78-61) moved one game behind the Nationals (78-59) for the National League's best record. Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports) - The Denver Broncos will be without Wes Welker for the first four games of the season after the NFL said the receiver violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. News of Welker's ban didn't come down until late Tuesday, after the league offices had closed and the Broncos had already finished drawing up blueprints for their opener against Indianapolis, undoubtedly with Welker playing a prominent role. ESPN first reported Welker's suspension, saying the violation had to do with amphetamines. Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was ''as shocked as everyone at today's news.'' He noted he's meticulous about what he puts in his body and would ''never knowingly take a substance to gain a competitive advantage in any way.'' The 11th-year pro who's been the NFL's top slot receiver over the last decade added that he never concerned himself with the league's drug rules but now realizes those policies ''are clearly flawed.'' While it takes multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policies to trigger a suspension, a four-game ban is issued for a single violation of the NFL's ban on performance-enhancing substances. Wozniacki strolls into US Open semis - Reports: Broncos WR Welker suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports) - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. Monfils through to face Federer - Watt inks 6-year deal with Texans (Yahoo Sports) - J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans. A cleaning lady let him in and Watt went straight to the weight room. ''I thought they were pulling a joke on me,'' Watt said Tuesday. Baalke, Harbaugh won't tolerate domestic violence (Yahoo Sports) - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have made it clear they have zero tolerance for domestic violence and consider defensive tackle Ray McDonald's arrest a serious matter. Mahan, Bradley, Simpson get US picks - Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. Bradley, Mahan, Simpson get US picks - Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson are handed US captain Tom Watson's wildcards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. Tom Watson fills out his Ryder Cup team (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- Keegan Bradley hasn't stopped thinking about playing in another Ryder Cup. U.S. captain Tom Watson gave him that chance Tuesday night.

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Evan Lysacek: ‘My career is coming to an end’ [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 3:11 pm]
Olympic champ figure skater yet to make official decision, but shows which way he is leaning.

Usain Bolt takes on all questions in India [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 2:57 pm]
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Marlies Schild retires; impact on Mikaela Shiffrin [NBC Sports: September 2, 2014, 11:41 am]
Schild won silver behind Shiffrin in Sochi and is one of her idols.

Carl Lewis becomes full-time University of Houston track coach [NBC Sports: September 1, 2014, 6:37 pm]
Lewis joins staff with two other Olympic sprint medalists.

Berlin, Hamburg submit Olympic bid intentions [NBC Sports: September 1, 2014, 5:09 pm]
Germany is the latest rival to a potential U.S. Olympic bid in 2024.

African wrestlers out of World Championships due to Ebola travel restrictions [NBC Sports: September 1, 2014, 3:27 pm]
Seven from Nigeria, two from Sierra Leone out due to Uzbekistan's restrictions.

Haley Anderson wins Pan Pacs open-water 10K by .01 after jellyfish sting, move to Maui [NBC Sports: September 1, 2014, 2:44 pm]
Olympic silver medalist swam three days after suffering allergic reaction to jellyfish sting.

Gwen Jorgensen wins World Championship in triathlon [NBC Sports: August 30, 2014, 9:27 pm]
American overcame a 69-second deficit, passing 19 women on the 10km run to cap dominating season.

Henry Cejudo withdraws on eve of UFC fight debut [NBC Sports: August 29, 2014, 8:59 pm]
Olympic champion cites "medical reasons" hours before weigh-in.

How the FIBA World Cup impacts the Olympics [NBC Sports: August 29, 2014, 5:44 pm]
Statistically, the U.S. might be better off not winning in Spain in the Olympic scope.

Kayla Harrison wins bronze at World Judo Championships [NBC Sports: August 29, 2014, 3:00 pm]
Olympic champion missed 2013 Worlds after knee surgery.

Gwen Jorgensen’s glory awaits in Edmonton [NBC Sports: August 29, 2014, 1:00 pm]
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Tyson Gay last place in Zurich; Jenny Simpson leads U.S. winners (video) [NBC Sports: August 28, 2014, 8:56 pm]
Allyson Felix, David Rudisha beaten in first of two Diamond League finals meets.

Man with cerebral palsy towed through Ironman by twin brother [NBC Sports: August 28, 2014, 5:33 pm]
Steen and Peder Mondrup completed the Ironman Copenhagen in 15 hours.

Youth Olympics wrap with Closing Ceremony, Lionel Messi cameo (photos) [NBC Sports: August 28, 2014, 3:12 pm]
Olympic Flag handed over to Buenos Aires, host of 2018 Youth Olympics.

Rio Olympics volunteer registration opens [NBC Sports: August 28, 2014, 2:37 pm]
Officials looking for 70,000 people over the Olympics and Paralympics.

Yao Ming reflects on Beijing 2008 at Youth Olympics (video) [NBC Sports: August 27, 2014, 8:44 pm]
Chinese basketball star also updates on what he's been doing in retirement.

Thomas Bach hopes mixed-gender events in Nanjing impact Olympics (video) [NBC Sports: August 27, 2014, 6:44 pm]
IOC president sits down with Lewis Johnson at Youth Olympics.

U.S. finishes Youth Olympics with 22 medals, 10 golds [NBC Sports: August 27, 2014, 5:52 pm]
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Zurich Diamond League final preview [NBC Sports: August 27, 2014, 4:17 pm]
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