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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, follows through on an RBI double in front of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Nationals hold off Giants’ rally in 9th inning

- Associated Press

With his team chasing the Chicago Cubs for the best record in baseball, Washington manager Dusty Baker is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the Nationals close — even if it means pulling closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning.

Former New York City FC striker and Maryland star Patrick Mullins is in line for more consistent playing time with the D.C. United since joining the team last week. (Associated Press)

Ben Olsen believes additions will inject energy into D.C. United

Since United (5-8-7) is sitting four points out of a playoff spot and owns the league’s second-worst attack, the pressure is on for the club’s newcomers to produce promptly. United hopes that acquiring players from within the league breeds familiarity.

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Florida names Steve Spurrier ambassador, consultant

- Associated Press

Steve Spurrier already has a statue outside of the football stadium and the field named after him. Next he'll serve as ambassador and consultant for the school's entire athletic department.

Dolphins' Jordan reinstated by NFL after sitting out 2015

- Associated Press

Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has been reinstated by the NFL on a conditional basis after sitting out last season for his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2016 file photo, director Steven Caple Jr. poses for a portrait to promote his film, "The Land", during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Director's debut explores 'The Land' with Nas, Badu help

- Associated Press

Director Steven Caple Jr. was mentoring some elementary school students at an inner-city park in Los Angeles when he spotted two stray kids hopping a fence with their skateboards. He went to go kick them out of the park and ended up talking with them instead. They spilled that they were selling marijuana to fund their entry into skateboarding competitions and new equipment. It was their ticket out.

Judge to consider whether 15-year court battle continues

Associated Press

An attorney for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has asked a Baton Rouge judge to dismiss former head football coach Jerry Baldwin's claim that the school fired him in 2001 because he is black.