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FILE - In this July 25, 2014, file photo, Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt smiles as he answers a question after reporting for NFL football training camp in Houston. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Texans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014,  because the deal had not been signed.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

J.J. Watt, Texans agree to 6-year contract extension

- Associated Press

Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015. He expressed his desire for a new contract last month.

New Zealand's Thomas Abercrombie, and Kenneth Faried of the U.S, bottom, duel for the ball during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from  last Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

U.S. continues to roll in Basketball World Cup

- Associated Press

Two nights after having to rally from a halftime deficit and pull away in the fourth quarter for a 98-77 victory over Turkey, the U.S. led this one wire to wire. The game was close only for a little more than a quarter.

Washington Nationals Asdrubal Cabrera, left, celebrates teammate Denard Span's (2) two run home run allowing them both to score in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Homer-happy Nationals beat Dodgers 6-4

- Associated Press

Denard Span hit two of Washington’s four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) after getting the final out in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Papelbon combined with Cole Hamels, Ken Giles, and Jake Diekman for a no hitter. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Hamels, Phillies relievers combine to no-hit Braves

- Associated Press

Hamels was pulled after six innings. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a warm Monday afternoon at Turner Field. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Virginia quarterback Matt Johns (15) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Charlottesville, Va. UCLA won 28-20. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

One game in, Virginia has quarterback quandary on its hands

During the offseason, Virginia football coach Mike London decided the only way to turn around the Cavaliers was to make players more accountable for mistakes. The new mentality was evident in Saturday’s 28-20 loss to No. 7 UCLA.

Chris Kirk tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Chris Kirk bolsters Ryder Cup case with Deutsche Bank win

- Associated Press

Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world’s No. 1 player. Of far greater importance was winning this FedEx Cup playoff event, and he got it done with a bogey-free final round.

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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rangers lose 4-3 to Kansas City Royals

Associated Press

Colby Lewis is racking up innings for the Texas Rangers. It's quite a feat after he missed last season with elbow and hip surgeries.

US Open Glance

Associated Press

A look at Monday's play at the $38.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:

Baseball Capsules

Associated Press

Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.

Louisville quarterback Will Gardner (11) launches this pass over Miami lineman Anthony Chickillo (71) in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Louisville, Ky., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Louisville defeats Miami 31-13 in ACC debut

- Associated Press

Miami's offense converted just one of 13 third-down opportunities and didn't fully capitalize on two takeaways near Louisville's end zone.

Tommy Robredo, of Spain, reacts after losing a point to Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Wawrinka pulls away to beat Robredo at US Open

Associated Press

Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka tumbled into the stands, kept calling for the trainer to treat cramping, and still pulled away to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

NFL Calendar

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Sept. 4 - Regular season begins, Green Bay at Seattle.

NBA Calendar

- Associated Press

Aug. 30-Sept. 14 - FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Spain.

NHL Calendar

Associated Press

Oct. 8 - Regular season begins.

Green Bay Packers' Sam Barrington reacts after making a stop on special teams during the first half of an NFL football preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

McCarthy likes Packers' pass rush potential

- Associated Press

With Clay Matthews on one side and Julius Peppers on the other, the Green Bay Packers have a pair of prolific veterans to spearhead the pass rush.

FILE - In this july 20, 2014, file photo, Houston Astros manager Bo Porter watches his team during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. The Astros have fired manager Bo Porter in his second season with the club. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the decision wasn't based on Houston's record but because "we need a new direction in our clubhouse." The Astros entered Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in fourth place in the AL West with a 59-79 record, second worst in the league.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

- Associated Press

The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.

Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels,left, and teammates celebrate a 7-0 no hitter against the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Hamels went six innings and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon combined to no-hit the Braves.  i   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

Hamels, 3 Phils relievers combine to no-hit Braves

- Associated Press

The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter.