Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold - Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold. Lackey goes from Red Sox to Cards for Kelly, Craig (Yahoo Sports) - The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline. The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red Sox said they had sent their No. 1 starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick. Brewers acquire OF Gerardo Parra from D-backs (Yahoo Sports) - MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers. Florida State tops preseason Amway coaches' poll (Yahoo Sports) - Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season. A's get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes (Yahoo Sports) - The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also received cash from Boston in another blockbuster deal by A's general manager Billy Beane. The Red Sox also get a draft pick in a deal confirmed by both teams. A few hours later, the Red Sox traded their No. 2 starter, right-hander John Lackey, to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Manziel says he's battling playbook, Hoyer (Yahoo Sports) - Johnny Manziel says he's competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland's starting quarterback. Manziel said ''it's really me versus the playbook right now.'' Following Thursday's practice, the rookie QB acknowledged he's had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland's offense. Manziel, though, believes he's making some progress. Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards (Yahoo Sports) - BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Ravens' Rice: His actions 'totally inexcusable' (Yahoo Sports) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were ''totally inexcusable'' and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before. Rice was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000. Ginobili will not play for Argentina at World Cup (Yahoo Sports) - Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina at the FIBA World Cup because of a stress fracture in his right leg that has bothered the San Antonio Spurs guard since the playoffs. The Argentine Basketball Federation announced the decision on Thursday. The World Cup will be played starting Aug. 30 in Spain, and Ginobili's loss is a big blow for Argentina's chances. The 37-year-old Ginobili played through the injury while helping the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Hat-trick of golds for England gymnasts -

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Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:55 pm]
Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold.

Lackey goes from Red Sox to Cards for Kelly, Craig (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:51 pm]
The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline. The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red Sox said they had sent their No. 1 starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick.

Brewers acquire OF Gerardo Parra from D-backs (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:43 pm]
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers.

Florida State tops preseason Amway coaches' poll (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:39 pm]
Defending national champion Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Amway coaches' poll. Florida State received 1,543 overall points and earned 56 of a possible 62 first-place votes in the poll, which was released Thursday. Alabama was second in the poll despite not receiving any first-place votes. Rounding out the top five were Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.

A's get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 6:06 pm]
The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline. Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also received cash from Boston in another blockbuster deal by A's general manager Billy Beane. The Red Sox also get a draft pick in a deal confirmed by both teams. A few hours later, the Red Sox traded their No. 2 starter, right-hander John Lackey, to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Manziel says he's battling playbook, Hoyer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 5:43 pm]
Johnny Manziel says he's competing with more than Brian Hoyer in the competition to be Cleveland's starting quarterback. Manziel said ''it's really me versus the playbook right now.'' Following Thursday's practice, the rookie QB acknowledged he's had some ups and downs in his first week in training camp as he learns Cleveland's offense. Manziel, though, believes he's making some progress. Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel.

AP source: Lackey traded from Red Sox to Cards (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 5:36 pm]
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Ravens' Rice: His actions 'totally inexcusable' (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 5:01 pm]
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says his actions against his then-fiancee were ''totally inexcusable'' and insisted he had never been a part of any domestic violence incidents before. Rice was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. He received a two-game suspension from the NFL and a fine in excess of $500,000.

Ginobili will not play for Argentina at World Cup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 4:03 pm]
Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina at the FIBA World Cup because of a stress fracture in his right leg that has bothered the San Antonio Spurs guard since the playoffs. The Argentine Basketball Federation announced the decision on Thursday. The World Cup will be played starting Aug. 30 in Spain, and Ginobili's loss is a big blow for Argentina's chances. The 37-year-old Ginobili played through the injury while helping the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Hat-trick of golds for England gymnasts [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 3:59 pm]


A's deal Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 3:27 pm]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.

England's Whitlock wins third gold [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 3:17 pm]


Lord Coe praises 'sensational' Games [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 3:13 pm]
British Olympic Association chairman Lord Coe praises a "sensational" Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

AP source: A's acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 2:39 pm]
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline.

Cook relieved by England victory [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 2:39 pm]
Captain Alastair Cook is pleased that England's win in the third Test against India has ended a bad run of form.

China's Li Na pulls out of US Open because of knee (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 2:35 pm]
Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks. The second-ranked Li wrote in a posting on Facebook that she has ''been struggling'' with her knee since March ''and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level.'' She also said: ''My medical team has advised me that I need to take some time off to rest my knee.'' Li did not specify which knee, but she played with her right knee taped up at Wimbledon, her most recent tournament. Li won the Australian Open in January for her second major title.

Dowsett wins men's time trial gold [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 2:31 pm]
England's Alex Dowsett, runner-up at Delhi 2010, digs deep late on to win the Commonwealth Games men's cycling time trial.

Cavalryman wins Goodwood Cup [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 2:26 pm]
Cavalryman comes through late on to win the Goodwood Cup, ahead of Ahzeemah and last year's winner Brown Panther.

Neymar says back improving during Japan trip (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 1:21 pm]
Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup. The 22-year-old Neymar is on promotional trip to Tokyo, where he will film a commercial for a Japanese mattress company. About 700 fans greeted him at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Thursday. It's almost 100 percent,'' Neymar said.

Assault charge footballer in custody [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 31, 2014, 12:22 pm]
West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison is remanded in custody after two women were assaulted in Manchester and Salford.





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