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August 20th, 2014

James Rodríguez, del Real Madrid, disputa el balón Joao Mirando, del Atlético de Madrid, en la Supercopa de España el martes 19 de agosto de 2014. (AP Foto/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Kluwe and Minnesota Vikings reach settlement

August 20th, 2014

NFL player Chris Kluwe speaks onstage at the fifth annual PFLAG National Straight for Equality Awards, at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, on April 4, 2013Former punter Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement that will stop the ex-Viking from suing the team over his release. Kluwe had accused the Vikings of cutting him in May of 2013 because of his vocal support of marriage equality and gay rights. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. As part of the settlement, Minnesota have agreed to provide financial support for human rights causes.


Mickelson sees 2015 as start of his Olympic campaign

August 20th, 2014

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in LouisvilleFive-times major winner Phil Mickelson, nearly done with a mostly disappointing season, has set his sights on 2015 and a campaign to realize a golfing dream at the Rio Olympics the following year. Mickelson showed signs of a revival with his rousing runner-up finish to Rory McILroy at the PGA Championship and said on Tuesday that his sights were already trained on Rio. “I know that I've made great strides this year in driving the golf ball ... but it's been a terrible year for my wedge and short irons. I also had a very poor year putting,” he told reporters at Ridgewood Country Club, site of this week’s FedExCup playoffs opener, The Barclays.


Watson thirsts for first taste of Ryder Cup success

August 20th, 2014

Bubba Watson of the U.S. chips on to the eighth green during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in LouisvilleBy Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Twice Masters champion Bubba Watson says the thrill of merely making a Ryder Cup is no longer enough for him and that it is high time the U.S. "As a kid growing up, your whole dream was to be on the PGA Tour and then make the Ryder Cup team," Watson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of Thursday's first round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. "I think sometimes ... we get so excited about making the team, and now not having a victory, not tasting a victory, that drives me to try to win one, to try to win a Ryder Cup," the emotional left-hander said. Watson will be appearing in his third successive Ryder Cup, carrying in a personal 3-5-0 record after losses at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010 and at Medinah in 2012, when Europe triumphed after a rousing, record-tying Sunday comeback.


Smalley rescues Plymouth draw

August 20th, 2014
Plymouth substitute Deane Smalley scored a last-gasp penalty as the Pilgrims claimed a 1-1 draw with first-time visitors Stevenage.

Shrewsbury down Accrington

August 20th, 2014
Shrewsbury had few problems as they cruised to a comfortable 4-0 victory over struggling Accrington Stanley.

Lillis not keen on permanent job

August 20th, 2014
Huddersfield Town caretaker manager Mark Lillis insists he does not want the job on a full-time basis despite leading them to their first Sky Bet Championship win of the season.

Cheltenham force Carlisle draw

August 20th, 2014
Cheltenham maintained their unbeaten start with a 0-0 draw but needed goalkeeper Trevor Carson to be at his best to deny Crawley.

Notts County in first win

August 20th, 2014
Liam Noble's stunning strike secured nine-man Notts County's first win of the season as they defeated Colchester 2-1 at Meadow Lane.

Mansfield claim three points

August 20th, 2014
Chris Clements' early goal sealed a 1-0 win for Mansfield to leave Newport searching for their first point of the season.

Morecambe stay top

August 20th, 2014
Kevin Ellison's fourth goal of the season secured Morecambe victory as they defeated Oxford 1-0 to stay top of League Two.

Warburton believing in Brentford

August 20th, 2014
Brentford boss Mark Warburton hailed his side's fighting qualities after they battled from a goal down to earn their first Sky Bet Championship win of the season.

Freedman rounds on referee

August 20th, 2014
Dougie Freedman criticised referee Stephen Martin after Kike's second-half strike condemned Bolton to a 2-1 loss at home to Middlesbrough.

Gray laments Gueye equaliser

August 20th, 2014
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray felt like his side had lost after they conceded an equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time to draw 1-1 with Millwall.

Tyson delivers knock-out blow

August 20th, 2014
Substitute Nathan Tyson fired home an injury-time goal to rescue a 1-1 draw for Doncaster and deny Preston a smash-and-grab victory.

Bowyer upset by penalty decisions

August 20th, 2014
Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer was feeling hard done by after seeing his side slip to a 3-1 defeat at Norwich - after taking the lead inside the first minute.

Clark hails Birmingham promise

August 20th, 2014
Lee Clark was full of praise for his Birmingham side despite Christophe Berra's late equaliser earning Ipswich a 2-2 draw at St Andrew's.

Bilic: We deserved to win

August 20th, 2014
Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic believes his side deserved more than a 0-0 Champions League play-off draw with Arsenal.

Wimbledon win at Roots Hall

August 20th, 2014
Southend's Roots Hall Tuesday night hoodoo continued with a 1-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon.

Hyypia heaps praise on Teixeira

August 20th, 2014
Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira marked his first start for Brighton with a goal in a 2-0 Sky Bet Championship victory at Leeds and drew admiration from Seagulls manager Sami Hyypia.