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  • Lester, Lackey traded in deadline flurry

    Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for postseason aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday.

    In the seventh inning of a tight game at Comerica Park — with the bases loaded, no less — Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson suddenly trotted from his position to the dugout.

  • Another decent start for Woods at Firestone

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.

    Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.

    Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.

  • The Price is gone

    DETROIT — When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder.

  • Brooks to be honored in Canton

    TAMPA — Eighteen years later and now headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Derrick Brooks laughs at the memory of sitting in a hotel room the morning of a game early in his career.

    He was turning on a TV and being riled by a national commentator who not only forecast another loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but jokingly referred to the struggling team as the “Yucks.”

  • Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

    MIAMI — One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.

    And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said — until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home.

  • Miami preaches togetherness

    DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins, rocked by a bullying scandal last season, are now wearing T-shirts bearing a credo of togetherness that was coined by the players.

    One by one some of the members of the offense and defense removed their shoulder pads Wednesday and changed into the new gray shirt. On the back was a list of 10 sayings bordered by the words “I am a Miami Dolphin” that encompass their approach to the upcoming season.

  • The last hurrah?

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If David Price was making his last start for the Tampa Bay Rays, he went out quietly Wednesday.

    Price lost for the first time since June 20 to end his winning streak at six, allowing four runs and seven hits over seven innings in the Rays’ 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Quarterback questions abound in SEC

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league.

    Big names, not so much.

    Division favorites Alabama and South Carolina will be banking on new starters. Ditto for Texas A&M, Georgia and defending East Division champion Missouri.

    So long, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron et al. Hello, little-known new guys.

  • Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention.

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit

    CHICAGO — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.