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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass before an NCAA college football game against Miami Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State tops preseason Amway coaches’ poll

Rounding out the top five were Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn with the first-ever playoff looming at the end season.

Dustin Johnson of the US plays a shot on the 17th fairway during the second day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Friday July 18, 2014.

Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from golf

In a statement Thursday from Hambric Sports Management, the 30-year-old Johnson said his leave of absence was effective immediately.

Tiger Woods answers questions at his news conference during the final practice day for the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Akron, Ohio.

Another decent start for Woods at Firestone

Woods made six birdies Thursday to open with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational, just four shots behind Marc Leishman.

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A’s & Tigers escalate arms race on busy MLB trade deadline day

Oakland sends Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Jon Lester while the Tigers pick up David Price in 3-team deal.

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Ravens’ Rice publicly apologizes to wife for domestic violence

The running back apologizes to his wife for hitting her, vowing to be an "ambassador against domestic violence."

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, addressing the media at a news conference after NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md.

Ravens’ Rice: His actions ‘totally inexcusable’

Rice was arrested on assault charges following a Feb. 15 altercation in New Jersey in which he allegedly struck Janay Palmer. Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped.

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Thursday’s Sports Minute

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Thursday, July 31.

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MLB: Buyers and sellers spar for deadline deals

Teams are scrambling to finish acquiring difference-making players for this season or possible future stars ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.

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Redskins hire PR firm amid fight over name

The Washington Redskins have hired a public relations firm to help battle criticism that its name is a racial slur.

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Bosh officially re-signs with Heat

The Miami Heat officially re-signed of nine-time All-Star forward Chris Bosh.

Miami Heat President Pat Riley listens to a question during a news conference with guard Ray Allen who signed an NBA basketball contract with the Miami Heat, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Miami.

Riley says Heat will be competitive/Bosh signs

Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — One of the last…

Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith during Dallas Cowboy's training camp, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Oxnard, Calif.

Cowboys sign OT Tyron Smith to 8-year extension

The extension signed Wednesday is worth $98 million, pushing the total value of his deal to 10 years and $110 million. Smith gets a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson (63) delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, June 13, 2014.

Source: Indians ship Masterson to Cards

Masterson, who has struggled with a knee injury, is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this year for Cleveland.

Water covers the playing floor of Pauley Pavilion, home of UCLA basketball, after a 30-inch water main burst on nearby Sunset Boulevard on the campus in the Westwood district of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Pauley Pavilion court is buckling

CLA's storied Pauley Pavilion is drying out after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood Tuesday.

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Nadal withdraws from Toronto, Cincinnati events

Rafa Nadal will miss two U.S. Open tune-up events due to a wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the year's final grand slam.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon talks with reporters after a voluntary minicamp workout at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Gordon hires Suh to handle suspension appeal

Maurice Suh helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012 and will be with Gordon at his appeal hearing in New York on Friday, according to the person familiar with the decision.

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PGA Tour commissioner, Woods hope for big finish

Tiger Woods, battling back from a back injury, still drives fan interest and TV ratings.

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In Clippers case, court does dirty work for NBA

A court has thrown the league a big life preserver by clearing the way for the $2 billion sale of the franchise.

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NCAA to settle concussion suit with $70M fund

The NCAA will provide $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of student athletes in a move to change the way colleges address sports safety.

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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Wednesday, July 30.

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Today in entertainment history: Aug. 1

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A look at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

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Lorde curating ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack

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The 17-year-old pop star is recording a single for the third installment of the franchise.

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David Cassidy reportedly skips court for race track

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The '70s heartthrob was reportedly at the race track while his attorney was in court representing him on a drunken driving charge.

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PHOTOS: Inside Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

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Five years after the King of Pop's death, his iconic California home is about to be sold.

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Stars hold out for big payday on ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Production of the hit comedy is on hold as the show's stars demand big bucks.