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AP Source: Watt agrees to contract extension (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 11:41:38 AM

Houston Texans' J.J. Watt (99) before an NFL football preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans.


NFL suspends Irsay 6 games, fines him $500,000 (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 5:27:06 PM

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay enters Hamilton County court in Noblesville, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Irsay is barred from team facilities, practices and games and cannot represent the Colts at NFL meetings or events. ''I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,'' Goodell told Irsay in a letter released by the NFL. ''We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.'' The 55-year-old Irsay pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and acknowledged during his appearance before a Hamilton County judge that he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.


Belichick says he'll make call on Gronk return (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 5:27:06 PM

FILE - This Sept. 4, 2013, file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiling as he talks to the media at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, and announced he will be playing in the New Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

One day after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to return, Bill Belichick reminded him it will be the coach's decision. ''With all due respect to Rob, I'm glad he feels the way he does,'' Belichick said during a conference call Tuesday. So it was surprising when Gronkowski told reporters Monday he was ''super excited'' to be returning this week - before Belichick said anything of the sort. ''It just feels good in my mind to know that I'll be out there with my boys, working hard, grinding with them, being out there.'' Gronkowski said he was just getting it out of the way because he figured he'd be asked about it all week.


A&M jumps, FSU, 'Bama lose some support in AP poll (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 2:17:31 PM

In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Texas A&M players sing

NEW YORK (AP) -- Texas A&M makes a big jump in the AP Top 25 after the most impressive performance of the opening weekend of college football. Florida State and Alabama lost some support in the first poll of the regular season after close victories against heavy underdogs.


Unbeaten US routs New Zealand 98-71 at worlds (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 2:53:23 PM

All New Zealand could do is watch as Anthony Davis carved up another Team USA victim. (Getty Images)

American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge. Anthony Davis had 21 points and nine rebounds, Kenneth Faried added 15 and 11 boards and the U.S. James Harden scored 13 points for the Americans, who will play two more games in Bilbao before moving on to Barcelona for the round of 16. BJ Anthony scored 11 points for New Zealand, which fell to 0-3.


Cowboys' Brent reinstated, suspended for 10 games (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 6:14:33 PM

Former Dallas Cowboys NFL football player Josh Brent arrives at court for closing arguments in his intoxication manslaughter trial Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Dallas. Lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday morning before the case went to the jury for deliberations. Prosecutors accuse the former defensive tackle of drunkenly crashing his Mercedes near Dallas during a night out in December 2012, killing his good friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won't play right away. The NFL on Tuesday outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November. Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial earlier this year. The NFL says Brent will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the 2012 death of teammate Jerry Brown.


49ers' Harbaugh won't tolerate domestic violence (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 3:30:17 PM

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh calls from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game against the Houston Texans, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Tuesday that the team will not tolerate domestic violence. Harbaugh gave his comments and maintained a firm stance about the topic during his radio segment on KNBR-AM, two days after 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. ''You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that,'' Harbaugh said.


Monfils beats Dimitrov, into quarters of US Open (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 5:36:14 PM

Gael Monfils, of France, reacts after defeating Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Gael Monfils, a flashy Frenchman known more for his shot-making than results, beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010.


Baylor QB Petty plans to play with cracked bones (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 5:58:46 PM

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty walks off the field after an NCAA college football game against SMU Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Waco, Texas. Despite only playing two quarters, Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, helping No. 10 Baylor open its riverfront campus stadium with a 45-0 victory over former Southwest Conference rival SMU. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty woke up Tuesday and started doing sit-ups in his bed. Trahan didn't miss a game in 2012, and Najvar was out only one game last season.


Poulter, Westwood, Gallacher picked for Ryder Cup (Yahoo Sports)
9/2/2014 11:16:20 AM

European Ryder cup team captain Paul McGinley laughs during a press conference at Wentworth Golf Club to announce his three wild card selections for his team to play at Gleneagles in Scotland against the USA, in Wentworth England, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley - breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month. Donald is a former No. 1 who has lifted the trophy with Europe on each of his four Ryder Cup appearances. ''That was a very, very difficult conversation - my relationship with Luke is very close,'' said McGinley, who was Donald's playing partner for the Englishman's first Ryder Cup match. ...His record in the Ryder Cup stands with anybody in the game.'' Donald has one of the best short games in the world and is a brilliant putter, making him a key player in Europe's wins in 2004, '06, '10 and '12.