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High percentage of ex-NFL players had brain disease

BOSTON — All but four of 91 former National Football League (NFL) players who donated their brains for research were diagnosed with a disease linked to concussion and head trauma, according to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The foundation said on its website that the study, conducted by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and Boston University, found that the players had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Tiger Woods has back surgery, out for 2015

PARK CITY, Utah — Former world number one Tiger Woods announced on Friday that he underwent back surgery earlier this week and will be sidelined for the rest of this year. The 14-times major champion, who had a similar procedure on his back in March 2014, hopes to return to competition in early 2016. Woods has battledthis back injury for quite some time, having three surgeries in two years.

Day stretches BMW Championship lead to five

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Red-hot Jason Day extended his lead and continued to dominate the golf world as he stormed five shots clear after the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on Friday. The Australian world No. 3 backed up his opening 61 with an eight-under 63, including a 43-foot eagle putt at the last, to rocket to 18-under 124 in the third of the PGA Tour.

Chancellor still absent as Hawks prep for Pack

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Seahawks have a key early season matchup with the Green Bay Packers this week, but the focus remains on the one player who will not be in uniform Sunday night.

Mariners bullpen enjoying turnaround

SEATTLE -- The Mariners' biggest Achilles heel through most of a disappointing 2015 season was not necessarily in how Seattle started games but how it finished them. One of the best bullpens in all of baseball last season fell flat on its face over the first five months.

Montero powers M’s to win

SEATTLE — The Los Angeles Angels lost their starting pitcher to a fifth-inning ejection, dropped their series finale to the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Wednesday, and they are beginning to lose their grip on any kind of wild-card hopes.

Ko can dominate sport like Tiger, Campbell said

EVIAN LES-BAINES, France -- Lydia Ko can become the Tiger Woods of women’s golf if she sets herself higher goals, according to compatriot and former major winner Michael Campbell.

McIlroy, Spieth battle back and forth for No. 1

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The back-and-forth between Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the top of the world rankings shows no sign of slowing down with a further change possible after this week’s BMW Championship.

U.S. expects more indictments in soccer probe

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. authorities have expanded their investigations into corruption in global soccer and expect to file additional criminal charges, U.S. attorney general Loretta Lynch said Monday, deepening the crisis surrounding the sport’s governing body.

Cowboys’ Bryantto have foot surgery

DALLAS -- Dez Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and while the Dallas Cowboys have initially given a four-to-six week timeframe for his return, six is the more reasonable estimate, sources said.

Cruz leads Mariners by Rockies

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners used four home runs, including the career-high 41st of the season from designated hitter Nelson Cruz, to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Saturday night.

Nuno dominant in Mariners’ victory

SEATTLE — Vidal Nuno returned to the Seattle rotation and ended the Texas Rangers’ run toward the top of the American League West, leading the Mariners to a 6-0 win Wednesday night.

Goodell denies Deflategate report

NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell denied Tuesday a report that he came down hard on the New England Patriots over Deflategate because the league was light-handed in dealing with the team over the so-called Spygate scandal in 2007.

Fowler wins Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. — American Rickie Fowler took advantage of a late Henrik Stenson double-bogey to clinch a one-stroke victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.