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Tigers lean on experienced trainer Kevin Rand PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:48


DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski could count on one hand the number of medical-related employees baseball teams had when his career began.

Now, the Detroit Tigers president and general manager almost needs two hands.

The Tigers lean on Kevin Rand in and out of season to keep players as healthy as possible to compete for championships. The team's medical director and head athletic trainer leads a six-person staff that gets assists from interns.

"There was just a trainer when I first started," said Dombrowski, who is in his 34th season of professional baseball. "You might have nine people doing what one person did before. It's a huge responsibility and we're fortunate to have Kevin because he does a great job."
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McIlroy is poised to be golf's next big thing PDF Print E-mail
Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:53
HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Golf has been looking for the next big star the last five years, and Rory McIlroy is the most obvious candidate.

With his name on the claret jug and his Irish eyes now focused on a green jacket, McIlroy took a big step toward the career Grand Slam with four dominant days at Royal Liverpool. He looks unbeatable at times like this. Boy Wonder has it all — skill, strength, shot-making. Throw in a great week with the putter and it's not a fair fight.

But being the next big star is not the same as being the next Tiger Woods.

Or even another Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus and Woods are defined by the majors, so it's natural for the 25-year-old McIlroy to be linked with them after his two-shot victory in the British Open. Nicklaus and Woods were the only players younger than McIlroy to win three legs of the Grand Slam.
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Updated, CEO: Rivers to quit Clippers if Sterling stays PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:49


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.

CEO Richard Parsons made the statement at the trial to determine whether Sterling's wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The NBA has tried to force out Donald Sterling since soon after racist statements emerged on recordings in April.

"Doc is troubled by this maybe moreso than anybody else," Parsons said on the witness stand about Rivers, who is black. "If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach."

Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who also is black and heads the NBA players union.
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Dillon looks for strong NASCAR Nationwide finish PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:50

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Chase Elliott's brilliant start in the NASCAR Nationwide series has overshadowed the steady if unspectacular debut of fellow rookie Ty Dillon.

Dillon believes he's finally ready to push Elliott in the standings.

Dillon scored his first top-five finish in 18 races last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Dillon, driving the No. 3 car his brother Austin piloted to the Nationwide title last season, is 30 points behind Elliott heading into this weekend's race in Indianapolis.

"If Chase Elliott wasn't having the season he's having, we'd be having one of the most talked about, spectacular rookie seasons there's been in a while," Dillon said Tuesday during a promotional stop in Iowa ahead of the Aug. 2 race at Iowa Speedway. "But the pressure he's put on us by having a great start — his team has done an awesome job — is really pushing us to want to be better. And we've really worked on that."
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Pyrenees please Nibali, Rogers in Tour Stage 16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:47

BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — The Pyrenees on Tuesday lived up to their reputation for causing ups and downs at the Tour de France: A French rider climbed in the standings, an American went down, and an Australian rebounding from an ordeal of doping suspicions won Stage 16 in a downhill breakaway.

Riding in his 10th Tour, three-time world champion Michael Rogers of Australia won his first Tour stage behind savvy racing, well-paced riding and the absence of his Tinkoff-Saxo Bank leader Alberto Contador. The Spaniard crashed out in Stage 10, inadvertently freeing up Rogers to go after the stage win.

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali was still descending from the day's biggest climb, the Porte de Bales, as Rogers crossed and finished 8-1/2 minutes later. But the Italian looks even more likely to win the three-week race on Sunday after keeping pace with possible contenders for the yellow jersey, and gaining time on two others.
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