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ESPN personality Saunders dies at 61

BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN announced Wednesday that John Saunders, for three decades one of its most visible and well-liked on-air personalities, has died at age 61.

Seahawks tight end Graham activated, returns to practice

RENTON — Tight end Jimmy Graham was in a helmet and on the practice field for the Seahawks as they began training camp practice No. 10 on Wednesday morning, having apparently been activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

U.S. blows away opposition to win gymnastics gold

RIO DE JANEIRO — There were a few wobbles here and there, even for Simone Biles, but those imperfections could not stop the United States from blowing away the opposition to capture the Olympic women's team title with a record margin on Tuesday.

Phelps, Ledecky march on

RIO DE JANEIRO — Michael Phelps won two gold medals on Tuesday, avenging his 200 meters butterfly defeat from the London Olympics and then anchoring the U.S. 4x200 freestyle team to victory on a night of high drama and emotion in the pool.

Seahawks hosting fan festival in Wenatchee to kick off season

Get ready fellow 12s! We’ve waited nearly seven months since the cold January day of the ‘Hawks divisional playoff loss in Charlotte to really get excited about football again. Turn west, toward the foothills of the Cascades, and you’ll see blue sky and green trees preparing to wash over the waning golden hills of summer. North Central Washington will soon be awash in the hues of our beloved franchise.

Former quarterback Tebow trying hand at baseball

LOS ANGELES — Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN broadcaster Tim Tebow is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball and plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month, according to his agents.

Rangers’ Fielder not expected to play again

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder is expected to announce on Wednesday that his playing career is over due to medical concerns, according to a report from Fox Sports.

Eagles OT Johnson facing 10-game doping ban

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to multiple media reports on Tuesday.

French Open champ Muguruza crashes out

RIO DE JANEIRO — Puerto Rico's Monica Puig collapsed in tears of joy after her shock 6-1 6-1 win over Spain's French Open champion Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday.

Paxton leads Mariners to sweep

SEATTLE — It wouldn't have been representative of James Paxton's star-crossed career nor of these increasingly feisty but still unproven Mariners had Sunday's breakthrough victory not caused hearts to temporarily jump into throats throughout Safeco Field.

Ichiro joins MLB’s exclusive 3,000-hit club

DENVER — Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki of the Miami Marlins on Sunday became the 30th Major League Baseball player to reach the 3,000-hit milestone, an exclusive club that is considered the greatest measure of hitting excellence and physical endurance.

Yankees to release A-Rod

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees will release Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest players of his generation and one of baseball’s most polarizing figures, with his final game with the club set for Friday. Rodriguez has numbers that rank among the best in history, but has also seen his reputation tarnished by performance-enhancing drugs. He missed the entire 2014 season due to a doping suspension, the second doping offense in his 22-year Major League Baseball career. Rodriguez spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Seattle ...

NFL Hall of Fame game cancelled due to field

CANTON, Ohio — The Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts scheduled for Sunday night was canceled due to poor field conditions.

Seahawks activate Rawls from PUP list

Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls was activated off the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list after passing his physical Sunday and will return to practice Tuesday.
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Phelps opens final chapter on golden note

RIO DE JANEIRO — Michael Phelps made all the difference as he won the 19th Olympic gold medal of his astonishing career on Sunday and helped the U.S. men’s team to victory in the 4x100 meters freestyle relay.