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Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, greets defensive back Akeem Davis before an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

For Akeem Davis, NFL dreams could be realized this week

- The Washington Times

After a preseason in which Davis has had a chance to make his case, his final judgment is pending. One respite: The recent suspension of starting strong safety Brandon Meriweather for the first two games of the season should give Davis a greater chance of sticking.

Sloane Stephens, of the United States, wipes sweat from her face between points against Johanna Larsson, of Sweden, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Sloane Stephens upset in U.S. Open second round

- Associated Press

Down a set and a break, Johanna Larsson rallied to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round Wednesday. The 26-year-old Swede had lost her opening match in four appearances at Flushing Meadows before this year.

Georgetown head coach John Thompson III gestures during the first half of an NCAA college NIT tournament first round basketball game against West Virginia, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Washington. Georgetown won 77-65. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

JTIII: Georgetown will keep pace with Power 5 programs


The Power 5 conferences in college athletics have been granted unprecedented power. No matter the upcoming changes, John Thompson III says Georgetown and the Big East will keep pace.

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Panthers want fourth-year quarterback Cam Newton to throw more and run less as he continues to grow as an NFL quarterback. That's because they want the two-time Pro Bowler to stay healthy.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Cam Newton says he’ll be ready for season opener vs. Bucs

- Associated Press

Carolina’s fourth-year quarterback is recovering from a hairline fracture to what he described as multiple ribs, but is improving with each day. Newton was injured in Carolina’s preseason game Friday night against New England and hasn’t practiced since.

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San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bumgarner's perfect game broken up in 8th

Associated Press

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has lost his bid for a perfect game on a leadoff double in the eighth inning by Colorado's Justin Morneau.

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws against the Texas Rangers in the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Cano homers, Mariners beat Rangers 5-0

- Associated Press

The rust is starting to come off for James Paxton, and the rest of the American League might want to take note.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Ike Davis hit a two-run homer off a speaker above the seats in right-center field, Jeff Locke outpitched Adam Wainwright and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Wednesday.

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner works against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Bumgarner flirts with perfection in Giants win

- Associated Press

Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis celebrates on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. The 49ers won 21-7. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

After trio of near misses, 49ers chase Super Bowl

- Associated Press

Three straight seasons of being so close have the 49ers yearning for a Super Bowl championship they believe is right within reach. So now, no more near misses.

Houston Astros' Chris Carter watches the ball go over the wall for a go-ahead three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Houston. The Astros won 4-2. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Carter's HR in 8th leads Astros over A's 4-2

- Associated Press

Oakland Athletics outfielder Jonny Gomes robbed Chris Carter of an extra-base hit that likely would have given the Houston Astros an early lead on Tuesday night.

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.  (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Perkins gives up 2-run homer in Twins' 2-1 loss

- Associated Press

The Twins' Ricky Nolasco battled through a bout of the flu while scattering three hits over seven shutout innings. Jared Burton shut down Kansas City in a quiet eighth.

FC Seoul reaches Asian Champions League semifinals

Associated Press

Goalkeeper Yu Shang-hun made three saves in the shootout Wednesday as FC Seoul defeated Pohang Steelers 3-0 on penalties to reach the Asian Champions League semifinals following another 0-0 draw.

Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right, celebrates with Kole Calhoun after scoring on a hit by Albert Pujols during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Trout, Shoemaker lead Angels' 8-2 rout of Marlins

- Associated Press

While everybody else in the Los Angeles Angels' rotation has dealt with serious injuries and wild inconsistency this summer, Matt Shoemaker has been unshakable for two months.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) slides home safely in front of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (26) in the seventh inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Dodgers' big inning leads to win

- Associated Press

Major League Baseball's replay review system probably needs some tweaking, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson feels.