Clubs agree World Cup compensation - Premiership clubs have settled their dispute over the 2015 World Cup by agreeing a £13million compensation deal with the RFU. Season over for key Cardinals defender Abraham (Yahoo Sports) - Arizona has placed 15-year veteran John Abraham on injured reserve, ending his season with the Cardinals. The 36-year-old outside linebacker sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego. The loss of Abraham is a significant blow to a Cardinals defense that lost tackle Darnell Dockett for the season with a knee injury. Abraham is the NFL's active career sacks leader with 133 1/2, ranking him ninth on the league's all-time list. Panthers' Rivera expects Williams, Tolbert to play (Yahoo Sports) - Coach Ron Rivera expects to have his starting backfield ready to play Sunday night when the Panthers host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back DeAngelo Williams and Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert practiced full on Friday and are expected to start. Williams is listed as questionable on the injury report; Tolbert is probable. Red Bull 'can upset Mercedes fight' - Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull could upset the Mercedes title battle in this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix. Arizona puts Abraham on season-ending injured list (Yahoo Sports) - Arizona has placed 15-year veteran John Abraham on injured reserve, ending his season with the Cardinals. The 36-year-old outside linebacker sustained a concussion in the season opener against San Diego. Abraham is the NFL's active career sacks leader with 133 1/2, ranking him ninth on the league's all-time list. He had 11 1/2 sacks with the Cardinals last season and is in the second year of a two-year contract with Arizona. Ronaldo bid possible, says Van Gaal - Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal says a bid for Cristiano Ronaldo is possible but doubts Real Madrid will sell the forward. Redskins' Jackson 'very limited' in practice (Yahoo Sports) - ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after being ''very limited'' in practice Friday. Clock ticking for 'maverick' Groves - After the hype of his fights with Carl Froch, a humble George Groves knows another defeat will dent his bid for further pay-days. Dodgers LHP Ryu looks to begin throwing program (Yahoo Sports) - Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to begin a throwing program in the next couple days and thinks he will be able to return this year. Ryu was removed from his start last Friday at San Francisco after just one inning due to shoulder inflammation. Ryu says Friday he is feeling a lot better and is hoping to return soon, but he is not sure when. He says the injury is similar to when he went on the disabled list in May with shoulder inflammation, but he thinks he will be able to return more quickly this time because of the shot. Goodell to break silence on domestic abuse and NFL (Yahoo Sports) - Roger Goodell will make his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence when he holds a news conference Friday. The NFL commissioner will address the league's personal conduct policy. The league has faced increasing criticism it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases. The commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases.

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US women beat Australia in exhibition game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 19, 2014, 6:09 pm]
Breanna Stewart scored nine points to lead a balanced offense and the U.S. Maya Moore and Nneka Ogwumike each added seven points for the Americans. Belinda Snell scored 13 points to lead Australia while Liz Cambage added nine points and nine rebounds in nine minutes.

Ratings increase for WNBA playoffs (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 11:43 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- The WNBA postseason drew its biggest television audience in seven years with a double-digit increase in ratings over last season.

Several US women post players out with injuries (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 11:13 pm]
Candace Parker is out. So is Sylvia Fowles. Brittney Griner is questionable. And now Elena Delle Donne is a no-go.

Back forces Delle Donne to withdraw from US team (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 18, 2014, 4:18 pm]
Elena Delle Donne became the latest player to withdraw from the U.S. women's basketball national team pool because of injury.

US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 16, 2014, 12:52 am]
Nneka Ogwumike scored 10 points to lead a balanced offense and the U.S. Tina Charles, who was scoreless in the first half, had seven points during the game-changing spurt. Maya Moore added a nifty reverse layup and the Americans were off and running. By the time Katherine Plouffe, the former Marquette player, hit a layup 6:30 into the quarter to end the run, the U.S.

Tough choices ahead to determine US hoops roster (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 14, 2014, 3:57 pm]
Nneka Ogwumike isn't worried about whether or not she'll make the U.S. ''When you start focusing on things that you can't control then you're not going to do what you can do.'' While very few of the 17 players in training camp have ever worried about getting cut from any basketball team, it's a stark reality that they all can't be on the U.S.

Mercury in good shape after 3rd WNBA title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 13, 2014, 8:19 pm]
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Mercury are champions - a year later than expected.

Mercury finish sweep of Sky for third WNBA title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 13, 2014, 3:04 am]
Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree scored 24 points each and the Phoenix Mercury, playing without star center Brittney Griner, beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship. DeWanna Bonner added 12 points for the Mercury, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009. Griner sat out following surgery to correct a retinal issue after she was hit in the right eye in Game 2. Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and Allie Quigley had 19 for the Sky.

Phoenix Mercury sweep Chicago Sky to win WNBA title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 13, 2014, 2:12 am]
CHICAGO (AP) -- Phoenix Mercury sweep Chicago Sky to win WNBA title.

Mercury C Griner to miss Game 3 of WNBA Finals (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 12, 2014, 11:57 pm]
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has been ruled out for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals against the Chicago Sky. Griner was hit in the right eye Sunday and underwent an outpatient procedure to correct a retinal issue. She has played a key role in helping Phoenix to a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, averaging 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and six blocks in the first two games. Griner says she will play Sunday if there is a Game 4.

US women's hoops team shows off in exhibition game (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 12, 2014, 12:47 am]
NEWARK, Del. (AP) -- Nneka Ogwumike scored 26 points in an intrasquad exhibition game between players in the U.S. national women's basketball team pool on Thursday night at the University of Delaware.

Mercury-Sky Preview (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 11, 2014, 8:57 pm]
After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know that closing out the series won't be as easy. Especially if star center Brittney Griner can't play after being hit in the right eye in Game 2 of the series. Griner didn't travel with the team to Chicago and the Mercury announced Thursday that she underwent an outpatient procedure to correct a retinal issue. ''You know as much as I do at the moment,'' Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said before practice on Thursday.

Lynx's Moore unanimous choice for All-WNBA team (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 11, 2014, 8:47 pm]
NEW YORK (AP) -- Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was the unanimous choice for the All-WNBA first team.

Phoenix hopes to close out Chicago in WNBA Final (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 11, 2014, 7:24 pm]
After dominating the Chicago Sky in the first two games of the WNBA Finals, Diana Taurasi and her Phoenix Mercury know closing out the series won't be easy. Especially if star center Brittney Griner can't play after being hit in the right eye in Game 2. Griner didn't travel with the team to Chicago and the Mercury announced Thursday that she underwent an outpatient procedure to correct a retinal issue. Griner also got hit in the mouth and lost part of her tooth in Game 2.

Mercury crush Sky 97-68 in Game 2 of WNBA Finals (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 10, 2014, 3:11 am]
Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to finish with 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Finals with a 97-68 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. The underdog Sky were far more aggressive after being blown out in Game 1, fighting Phoenix for every inch early on while leaving Griner with a scratch on her eye and a bloody mouth. Griner and her teammates shrugged it off, running away from Chicago with a 15-2 run in the second quarter and grabbing a firm hold on the best-of-five series. Game 3 is Friday in Chicago, where the Sky will have to find some way of slowing the rising Mercury, who shot 56 percent.

Phoenix dominates WNBA Finals opener (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 9, 2014, 3:49 pm]
Candice Dupree made just about every shot she took. Diana Taurasi dominated in all aspects. Utilizing all of their star power at both ends of the floor, the Phoenix Mercury turned the opening game of the WNBA Finals into a roaring rout. If Chicago doesn't play better or get Elena Delle Donna's back healthy, this could be one quick series - and the Sky know it.

US women's national hoops team opens training camp (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 8, 2014, 7:52 pm]
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- There was a sense of familiarity among the coaches and players as the U.S. women's national team opened up training camp for the world championship Monday at the Naval Academy.

DuPree, Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury rout of Sky (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 7, 2014, 9:41 pm]
Brittney Griner set the tone for a dominating Phoenix performance with a playoff record eight blocked shots, five in the first quarter, and the Mercury routed the Chicago Sky 83-62 on Sunday in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. Griner also had 12 points and seven rebounds. Candice Dupree made her first 10 shots and scored 26 for the Mercury in their 19th consecutive home victory. Diana Taurasi added 19 points and 11 assists.

League Strong, Says WNBA President (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 7, 2014, 8:03 pm]
The WNBA is in good shape, financially and competitively, league president Laurel Richie said Sunday. ''But I think our ownership group has seen the numbers, they've been in arena, they've been to games, they know that our fan base is growing, that the level of talent is increasing,'' Richie said before Game 1 of the WNBA Finals between Phoenix and Chicago. Richie said San Antonio, Minnesota, Connecticut, Indiana, Phoenix and Seattle all turned a profit or broke even in 2013. ''I think the fans in Chicago are going to find the Sky,'' Richie said.

Catchings, Parker out of women's worlds (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: September 7, 2014, 3:54 pm]
Tamika Catchings and Candace Parker have withdrawn from the U.S. Catchings dealt with a variety of injuries during her recently completed WNBA season. She missed the first 17 games for the Indiana Fever because of a back issue. She has been a part of the past three Olympics as well as played in three straight world championships.





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