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File: In this Tuesday May, 20, 2014, file photo Oscar Pistorius outide the HIgh Court in Pretoria, South Africa. Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to announce her verdict in Pistorius' murder trail after scrutinizing evidence Thursday and Friday given by 37 witnesses in a court transcript running to thousands of pages in a drama that has played out over six months. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:04:31 -0400
10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

10ThingstoSeeSports - Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) can't make the catch as Indianapolis Colts cornerback Greg Toler (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-24. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:44:10 -0400
Dallas Cowboys player investigated for alleged sex assault: ESPN

(Reuters) - A Dallas Cowboys player is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the team's hotel last month, ESPN reported on Wednesday. The sports channel named the player, as did other media, but quoted Grapevine Police Department spokesman Barry Bowling as saying he hadn't been charged or arrested. ESPN did not provide details of the alleged Sept. 20 incident. Reuters has not confirmed the player's identity or the alleged crime. The suspected assault occurred at the Gaylord Hotel a day before the team played the St. Louis Rams, ESPN reported. ...

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:38:35 -0400
Giants blank Pirates 8-0 to advance in playoffs

Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after hitting a four-run home run in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, during their National League Wild Card game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2014Pittsburgh (AFP) - Madison Bumgarner threw a four-hit shutout and Brandon Crawford belted a grand slam to lift San Francisco to an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh Wednesday in the National League Wild Card game.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:40:30 -0400
Giants sink Pirates in NL Wild Card playoff

MLB: NL Wild Card-San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh PiratesPITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A four-hit shutout by Madison Bumgarner and a grand slam by Brandon Crawford carried the San Francisco Giants to an 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card playoff on Wednesday. Crawford launched a hanging curve from Pirates starter Edinson Volquez into the right field seats in the fourth inning to snap a scoreless tie. It was the first post-season grand slam hit by a shortstop. ...

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:02:29 -0400
Cowboys' Spillman in sexual assault probe

Defensive back CJ Spillman, pictured at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 24, 2009Los Angeles (AFP) - Dallas Cowboys safety and special teams player CJ Spillman is involved in a sexual assault probe in suburban Grapevine, Texas, police said.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:23:17 -0400
McIlroy wants to win Dunhill for dad

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, seen on the eighth green during a practice round at the Gleneagles golf course in Scotland, on September 25, 2014London (AFP) - Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy hopes to cap an already stellar year by marking his father's 55th birthday on Sunday with victory in the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:06:54 -0400
National Football League roundup

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals(The Sports Xchange) - Injured Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer missed practice Wednesday to visit a specialist about a nerve problem in his throwing shoulder. Palmer hoped to return for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, but that now appears iffy. - - Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Frank Alexander was suspended 10 games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse, the NFL announced Wednesday. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:11:22 -0400
Major League Baseball roundup

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals(The Sports Xchange) - Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that experimental speed-up rules will be tested during games at the 2014 Arizona Fall League. Commissioner Bud Selig established a committee on Sept. 22 to improve the pace of play. A series of initiatives will be tried when the Arizona Fall League opens Oct. 7 and runs until Nov. 15. - - Right-hander Michael Wacha was left out of the St. Louis Cardinals' starting rotation and teammates A.J. Pierzynski and Jason Motte were not on the roster for the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:46:22 -0400
DirecTV keeps NFL Sunday Ticket in $1.5 billion a year deal

A DirecTV satellite dishe is seen on an apartment wall in Los AngelesBy Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - DirecTV extended its exclusive contract to sell the Sunday Ticket package of National Football League games, and sources said the company will pay $1.5 billion a year to keep the popular offering that has helped attract subscribers. The agreement announced on Wednesday removes a potential roadblock to AT&T Inc's proposed $48.5 billion purchase of the satellite TV provider. AT&T had the right to pull out of the deal if DirecTV was unable to renew its Sunday Ticket pact. ...

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:37:12 -0400
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