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NFL puts Giants' Brown on 'exempt' list pending abuse probe
LONDON (AP) -- The NFL placed Josh Brown on paid leave Friday hours after coach Ben McAdoo struggled to answer questions about how the New York Giants might discipline the kicker for abusing his wife....

Kershaw stands in the way of Cubs' chance to make history
CHICAGO (AP) -- All that's left for the Chicago Cubs to do is make history....

Anthem singer at Heat-76ers game kneels during performance
MIAMI (AP) -- A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."...

Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for rookie Merritt
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The guest list for Ryan Merritt's upcoming wedding could be growing....

Indians could have starter Salazar back for World Series
CLEVELAND (AP) -- After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff may have reinforcements in the World Series....

Dodgers save Kershaw for Game 6, and now they'll need him
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw gripped a baseball in his left hand and grimaced while he watched Game 5 of the NL Championship Series from the dugout....

Silver says NBA labor deal not done yet, but getting close
NEW YORK (AP) -- This season hasn't started and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver already has good news about next season....

Giants' Beckham fined $24K for taking helmet off after TD
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $24,309 by the NFL on Friday for taking off his helmet during a touchdown celebration last Sunday against Baltimore....

Chase Elliott seeks playoff-saving victory at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Chase Elliott has been inching toward his first career Sprint Cup victory all year, only to come up short time and time again....

LEADING OFF: Cubs face Kershaw, try to end Series drought
A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday:...

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