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Tiger Woods wouldn't sign autograph for 10-year-old Johnny Manziel

It's not surprising that Johnny Manziel is a Tiger Woods fan, and it's even less surprising that Tiger wouldn't sign for a 10-year-old kid.<p>The least …

Golf

Embarrassing Loss to Packers Is Final Nail in Coffin for Trestman, Bears' Season

There are blowout losses, and then there is the embarrassing, season-ending, coach-killing performance that the Chicago Bears put together Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.<p>In a must-win game coming out of the bye week, the Bears found themselves trailing 42-0 at halftime and on the wrong …

NFL

Baylor erases 21-point deficit in final 11 minutes, stuns TCU

WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty had done all he could do in bringing Baylor back from 21 points down and McLane Stadium back to life in the fourth quarter.<p>…

College Football

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson rumored members of task force to choose next U.S. Ryder Cup captain

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson make for a lousy Ryder Cup twosome, but the U.S. superstars are teaming up to help revamp the Americans’ system for choosing captains and players.<p>Brandel Chamblee will not be happy about this.<p>Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, whom Chamblee blamed for "corrupting" the …

Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller resigns

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bill Mueller has resigned as the Chicago Cubs' hitting coach, one week after assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley was informed he wasn't returning.<p>Mueller said his split was "very amicable, but there was one aspect I felt strongly about."<p>That was Brumley, whom Mueller wanted when …

Los Angeles Dodgers

MULTIFUMBLE in Buccaneers-Falcons

Last week we had a one-man multifumble, but this one is a bit more complicated:<p>Here's the official play-by-play:<p>M.Ryan pass short right to L.Toilolo to TB 23 for 13 yards (A.Verner). FUMBLES (A.Verner), RECOVERED by TB-M.Barron at TB 22. M.Barron to TB 29 for 7 yards (D.Hester). FUMBLES (D.Hester), …

House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

<b>Correction appended, Sept. 18</b><p>The House passed legislation Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of …

Middle East

R&A set for historic vote on women members

The "Home of Golf" is about to find out if its doors are open to women.<p>On the same day Scotland votes on whether to become independent, a historic sporting decision will be made inside arguably the most famous building in golf.<p>The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, an all-male bastion since …

Arrieta's no-hit bid for Cubs broken up in 8th

CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta has given up a double to Brandon Phillips with one out in the eighth inning, Cincinnati's first hit off the Chicago Cubs pitcher.<p>Phillips drove an 0-2 pitch to deep left-center, just beyond the desperate dive of center fielder Matt Szczur on the Wrigley Field warning …

China Now Has Pedestrian Lanes for Phone Addicts

Asia is so often the vanguard of new tech trends: how about dedicating walking lanes for people using mobile phones?<p>That’s what is happening in Chongqing City, where the country’s first “exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users” has been introduced, according to the People’s Daily newspaper.<p>As …

Despite wounds, Medal of Honor recipient killed up to 175 enemies, saved comrades

As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush -- and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins' Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House …

Millions in taxpayer money used to study drunken monkeys

Talk about monkeying around.<p>The federal government reportedly has spent more than $3 million to get monkeys drunk in order to study the effect the alcohol has on body tissue.<p>The Washington Times reported Friday on a host of questionable grant programs administered by the National Institutes of …

Why Terrorists Love Twitter

In 2011, the Somali Islamist group known as Al-Shabab took to Twitter. Its official handle taunted the group’s enemies, boasted of battlefield …

Social Media

Ray Rice's contract terminated by Ravens

In response to video leaking of Ray Rice striking his wife unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of the seven-year running back.<p>The Baltimore Ravens have released running back Ray Rice, the team announced on Monday afternoon. The release comes following a video of him …

Florida police trial James Bond-style vehicle tracking darts

A James Bond-style GPS tracking device being deployed by police in Florida is enabling officers to follow a vehicle without the need for a potentially dangerous high-speed pursuit.<p>The device shoots a dart at a target car, which once attached can be tracked via a secure website, says Officer Paul …

Law Enforcement

Arnold Palmer has surgery

Golf legend Arnold Palmer had successful pacemaker implant surgery Monday to correct an abnormal heartbeat.<p>The 84-year-old Palmer, who had the …

Golf

A's Jeff Samardzija not afraid of spotlight

Samardzija could've been NFL receiver, instead helping A's pursue championship<p>The A's want to win the World Series this year. General manager <b>Billy Beane</b> made that clear with a series of trades and acquisitions just prior to the trade deadline of July 31.<p>The team's most explosive hitter, <b>Yoenis</b> …

Kevin Sutherland shoots 1st 59 on Champions Tour

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) -- Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik shot an 8-under 63 in better-ball play Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' chilly Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.<p>"It was very relaxing for me because I felt like terrible," Parnevik said. "I was so stiff this …

Golf

Four-year-old survives 11-day ordeal in bear-infested Siberian forest

The girl was lost in the Russian far north for almost a fortnight with only her puppy to defend her<p>A four-year-old girl was recovering in hospital after being lost for nearly two weeks in a bear-infested forest in Russia with only her puppy to defend her.<p>Karina Chikitova was found emaciated but …

Steve Ballmer Now Officially Owns the Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer closed a deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, the National Basketball Association announced Tuesday, ending a …

Basketball

Banned drone may have damaged Yellowstone spring

The U.S. National Park Service has an important message for visitors: Leave your drones at home!<p>Unmanned aircraft were officially banned from U.S. national parks in June 2014. But just last week, on Aug. 2, an unidentified tourist crashed a drone straight into the famous rainbow-colored Grand …

Hitting the beach in hijab in Iran

The ocean is usually a sign of freedom, immense freedom. Standing on the shore the sea stretches the horizon. Even the sky is a reflection of its colour. Walking along the shore, taking in the sounds of the ocean drowns out the noise of the city. As you train your gaze on its vastness, it can put …

It was incredibly dark at the end of the PGA Championship

This is stunning.<p>Rory McIlroy won the PGA Tour Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, and he needed to do it in near-darkness. The round ran long because of a weather delay, forcing players to finish out the round in astoundingly low light.<p>This is a shot showing just how dark it was at Valhalla when …

Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before death

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without fear.<p>He'd sit up on his seat, floor it, and zip his way through a maze of cars straight toward the front of the pack.<p>For points. For fun. Often for little …

Knife falls from sky into Chinese man's head

A five-inch kitchen knife falls from the sky and enters the head of 57-year-old man in Sichuan province<p>Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy.<p>But it was only when the local …

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Rory McIlroy Accidentally Reveals iPhone Pass Code at PGA Championship

During the rain delay at the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy was checking his iPhone. Unfortunately, the cameras were rolling when he was unlocking it, revealing his pass code to everyone who was watching.<p>As you can see in the above Vine, the code was 4589, or McIlroy's birthday, which is May 4, …

Golf

Weather delays play in final round of 2014 PGA Championship

The rains have fallen in a big way at Valhalla and the final round of the year's final major is in a delay.<p><b>PGA Championship: Leaderboard | Photos |</b> …