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    The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may not have sold out yet, but that won't stop Las Vegas from putting on its party hat. Sin City's nightclubs have booked a long list of celebrities — including one of the fighters — and high-rolling gamblers and VIPs have snagged some of the most luxurious accommodations in town. Boxing-themed cocktails have even been concocted for the occasion. The social media-fueled Saturday night fight at the T-Mobile Arena will be a weekend-long, city-wide affair, though in some respects it may not tip the scales as much as a previous Mayweather fight. 'It's going to be a crazy weekend,' said Ryan Thompson, senior vice president and regional chief marketing officer for Caesars Entertainment, whose Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell and Caesars Palace casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip have a few rooms available. 'The energy over that weekend is going to be on par with a New Year's Eve in the city.' Caesars and MGM Resorts International, which owns the fight's venue, expect their properties to sell out as the weekend approaches. But unlike the bullish market created by Mayweather's fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015 in Las Vegas, hotel rooms are still available. The MGM Grand has cut its prices for the weekend three times, with a two-night stay now at $329 a night. Rooms at several other hotels on the Strip can still be found for $200 or less a night. Many VIPs and high-rolling gamblers need not worry about prices, they will be 'comped' with free hotel rooms and tickets, as it is customary. Others not so lucky — but certainly with deep pockets — have booked the most lavish accommodations on the Strip. The villas at Caesars Palace (starting at $25,000 a night) and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace ($35,000 a night and previously used by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Johnny Depp) have been claimed for the weekend. 'We get a ton of requests for tickets. We have plenty of our high-end players and guests who come in specifically for the event,' Thompson said. 'We put them up for the weekend and they will be attending the fight. We like to take care of our best guests.' McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said the number of private aircraft that flew in for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight overwhelmed available apron parking and forced a taxiway to be closed and used as a jet parking lot. Crews said there is no plan to do that again this weekend but officials are requiring pilots to make parking reservations and encouraging the use of two nearby general aviation airports, in suburban Henderson and North Las Vegas. UFC fighter McGregor will enter a boxing ring for the first time as a professional when he takes on the undefeated Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement for a fight that will make him tens of millions of dollars. Just four days to fight night, there are plenty of tickets still available in the T-Mobile Arena, which seats 18,000 for boxing, and prices on the secondary market are starting to come down. Ticketmaster has hundreds of non-VIP tickets ranging from roughly $1,400 to $17,000. Still available are VIP tickets that include hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transportation, an official souvenir, food and drinks. Those who can't afford what's supposed to be the year's hottest ticket can watch the fight inside six of the seven theaters that regularly host Cirque du Soleil shows, which are going dark for the night. Restaurants, bars and strip clubs around town will also show the fight. Closed-circuit seats are available at various MGM properties, including hundreds for $150 each at the Park Theater just a few steps from the T-Mobile arena itself. By comparison, Mayweather-Pacquiao closed-circuit tickets sold out the day they went on sale. Pay-per-view sales at $100 each are expected to be in the neighborhood of 5 million buys, topping the Mayweather-Pacquiao record of 4.6 million. The city's sports books say this will be the most heavily bet fight ever. So far most of the tickets are on McGregor, who is about a 5-1 underdog, with the William Hill chain saying a McGregor win would cost them more than $1 million. R&B star Chris Brown and his crew of dancers will perform at Drai's Nightclub on Saturday. Other venues will see performances by Puff Daddy, Jamie Foxx, Travis Scott, Chase B and Kaskade. The night before the fight, 50 Cent, Trey Songz and Jeezy will have a combined performance. Win or lose, McGregor will have to party after the fight. The Irish MMA champion is scheduled to be a host at Encore Beach Club that night as part of a two-year agreement to entertain partygoers at the Encore casino-resort. The tallest observation wheel in the world, the High Roller at The Linq casino-resort promenade, will get in on the action by turning its lighting red, white and blue if Mayweather wins or green, orange and white if McGregor pulls off the upset. For fans who want to toast the fighters with something other than a Guinness, mixologists have created special cocktail menus. At the bars and lounges of The Cosmopolitan, The Pretty Boy is a mix of Ciroc pineapple, lemon and tropical Red Bull, while the Bob and Weave gets you Patron Silver, lime, lemongrass, lychee and cucumber soda.
  • ___ MILLER WATCH The Indians evaluate Andrew Miller after the star reliever aggravated the patellar tendinitis in his right knee Monday, knocking him out of a game just days after he returned from the disabled list for the same injury. Manager Terry Francona said it was likely that Miller will return to the DL, although the team was waiting to evaluate him a day after the flare up before making that call. 'Hope for the best and hope that it's not a big deal,' Miller said. 'It stinks missing any time.' POWER OUTAGE Right in the thick of a wide-open AL wild-card race, the Minnesota Twins will be without All-Star slugger Miguel Sano for a while. The third baseman was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a stress reaction in his left shin bone. Sano was pulled from Saturday's game and sat out Sunday. He's batting .267 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 111 games. To fill Sano's spot, first baseman Kennys Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Rochester for the fifth time this season. SERIES PREVIEW? The Nationals and Astros begin a three-game series between World Series contenders, although an October showdown would likely look much different. Washington stars Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer are on the disabled list, as is Houston shortstop Carlos Correa. Tanner Roark (9-8, 4.70) pitches the opener for the Nats against right-hander Charlie Morton (10-5, 3.69). ELBOW BLUES Steven Matz is expected to have another elbow operation in the next few days, ending a miserable season for the Mets left-hander. Matz was diagnosed Monday with irritation of the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, the team said. Surgery was recommended to reposition the nerve and relieve the irritation, a similar procedure to the one teammate Jacob deGrom had last year. Healthy this season, deGrom has bounced back to go 13-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 165 innings. Matz said his buddy told him the recovery and rehab is simple. GIOLITO'S TURN Hyped prospect Lucas Giolito will make his first big league start with the White Sox in a game against Minnesota. The right-hander came to Chicago in a trade for outfielder Adam Eaton last December and has been on a tear at Triple-A Charlotte, going 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in three August starts. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Odell Beckham Jr. didn't point fingers or make accusations. After possibly dodging a major injury, New York's flashy wide receiver calmly moved on. No theatrics were necessary. Beckham sprained his left ankle on a questionable hit in the first half of the Giants' 10-6 exhibition loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. After catching an 18-yard pass from Eli Manning in the first half, Beckham was undercut by Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the star receiver's left leg. Beckham's legs flipped into the air and he banged his head hard on the turf. 'I'm pretty concerned,' Beckham said. 'But I'll be all right.' The Giants (0-2) said Beckham only suffered a sprain, but the team will have further medical tests conducted Tuesday. One of the NFL's most electrifying playmakers, the 24-year-old Beckham caught 101 passes last season and recently said he wants to be the league's highest-paid player. 'It feels like a sprained ankle, a rolled ankle,' Beckham said. 'It feels like you know you hurt your ankle. That's how it feels.' Earlier, Beckham was visibly upset by what he thought was an unnecessary shot for a preseason game. He glared at Boddy-Calhoun as he limped off the field. Beckham, who spent the second half in street clothes on the sideline and jogged to the locker room afterward, didn't call Boddy-Calhoun's hit dirty. 'I don't know, it's just football I guess, preseason,' he said, shaking his head. 'I'm not really the judge. It's just football in my opinion.' Browns coach Hue Jackson defended Boddy-Calhoun. 'I don't think any of our players try to do things maliciously,' Jackson said. 'It's tackle.' The Browns (2-0) won their second straight game after going a combined 1-19 in 2016. Beckham's injury came shortly after more than a dozen Cleveland knelt in a circle on the sideline and prayed during the national anthem. Several players bowed their heads and clasped hands while others showed support by placing their hands on their teammates' shoulders. 'The United States is the greatest country in the world,' tight end Seth DeValve said. 'It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn't provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. 'We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there's things in this country that still need to change.' All the drama upstaged Cleveland's quarterback competition. Brock Osweiler started his second straight game and completed 6 of 8 passes for 25 yards in two series. He was intercepted by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who snagged a tipped pass on the Browns' opening drive. Osweiler came in favored to win the starting job over rookie DeShone Kizer, who scored on a 1-yard sneak and finished 8 of 13 for 74 yards. Jackson hopes to name his starting quarterback for the Sept. 10 regular-season opener by Wednesday. Cody Kessler, who appeared to fall out of the race, completed 7 of 7 passes for 50 yards. After sitting out the preseason opener, Manning went 10 of 14 for 80 yards. ROOKIE WATCH Giants: DT Dalvin Tomlinson was credited with two tackles. ... RB Wayne Gallman rushed for a team-high 22 yards on five carries. Browns: DE Myles Garrett, the top overall pick in this year's draft, sacked Manning in the first half . ... Jabrill Peppers returned a punt 31 yards, started at strong safety and had four tackles. ... TE David Njoku had one catch for 1 yard in his first preseason action after missing the opener with a sore back. SITTING OUT Giants: WRs Darius Powe (hamstring) and Dwayne Harris (upper body) did not play. LB Keenan Robinson remains in the concussion protocol. Browns: RB Isaiah Crowell was a surprise scratch with a groin injury. Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas sat out as expected along with starting LG Joel Bitonio (knee) and NT Danny Shelton (knee), who both sustained injuries in practice last week. The team has been vague about any specifics about their injuries or how long they could be out. INJURIES Giants: WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder) underwent X-rays after exiting in the third quarter. Results were not immediately made available by the team. ... CB Michael Hunter (concussion) and WR Tavarres King (ankle) were also injured. Browns: LB Tank Carder sustained a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. ... DB Justin Currie was helped off the field with an apparent left ankle injury in the fourth quarter. ... T Matt McCants (right leg) and rookie DL Larry Ogunjobi were helped off the field in the fourth. UP NEXT Giants: Host the New York Jets on Saturday. Browns: Play at Tampa Bay on Saturday. ___ More AP NFL: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Andrew Miller wasn't among the Cleveland Indians chasing Roberto Perez around the infield, flinging water and white powder to celebrate a wild win over an American League rival. The Indians relief ace — a pivotal piece during Cleveland's run to the World Series last season — may miss a few more big moments this season, too. Miller's injury put a damper on a 5-4 walk-off victory Monday night over the Boston Red Sox, a game that ended when first baseman Brock Holt threw away Perez's bunt in the ninth inning, allowing Brandon Guyer to score from second base. Miller left in the seventh after aggravating the patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Miller spent over two weeks on the disabled list with the injury before returning Friday. This was his second appearance since. Manager Terry Francona said Miller will be evaluated Tuesday, but it seems likely that he'll return to the DL. 'Hope for the best and hope that it's not a big deal,' Miller said. 'It stinks missing any time. I've already missed 12 days or something like that. I don't want to do it again. We'll find out more (Tuesday). See how I wake up.' 'That's not what we were hoping for, but we'll let the medical people put their heads together and see what they can do,' Francona said. Miller began the seventh by walking Red Sox star Mookie Betts on six pitches — including a number of fastballs that failed to reach 90 mph — and then threw one pitch to Andrew Benintendi before walking off the mound. Francona and a team trainer had a brief conversation with Miller, who then left the field. Miller said he was optimistic that he had turned the corner with the injury, but that changed when he entered the game. 'It was kind of not really crisp the first pitches,' he said. 'But the pitch I pulled inside to Mookie, I kind of felt it. And I threw one more and it was the same thing.' The left-hander is 4-3 with a 1.65 ERA and has 79 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings. After Guyer's leadoff double against Brandon Workman (0-1) in the ninth, Holt fielded the bunted ball and tried to throw out Guyer at third. Guyer slid into the bag as the throw skipped past third baseman Rafael Devers, then got to his feet and raced across home plate. 'It was just a routine play,' Holt said. 'I couldn't get it out of the glove, fumbled it a little bit, and then tried to rush the throw, and made a bad one.' Holt replaced Mitch Moreland, who was a late scratch because of a sore neck. Moreland took a forearm in the back of the head from Holt on a play Sunday. Manager John Farrell said Moreland passed concussion tests, but he decided to hold him out of the lineup. Perez also had a three-run homer in the second inning. Cody Allen (1-6) allowed Christian Vazquez's leadoff single in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters. The inning ended when shortstop Francisco Lindor ran down Betts' popup in center field with his back to home plate. Boston led 4-3 behind two-run homers by Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi before Edwin Encarnacion tied the game in the eighth with an RBI single. Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings for Boston. Mike Clevinger allowed both homers and gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings for Cleveland. Jay Bruce was 1 for 4 in his first home game since being acquired from the New York Mets on Aug. 9. MORE NOTABLE INJURIES Plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt was struck on the mask by a warmup pitch in the sixth inning from Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly. Wendelstedt finished the inning, but left while Miller was warming up, which led to a 10-minute delay as second base umpire Alan Porter changed his gear. Indians first baseman Carlos Santana also left the game with an injury, exiting in the eighth inning with lower back tightness. TRAINER'S ROOM Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (back spasms) says he's on schedule to start Wednesday after a bullpen session Monday. He left his start against the Yankees on Friday in the fourth inning. 'I feel pretty good,' he said. 'The progression is a little better every day, so I'm looking to keep getting that improvement.' Indians: OF Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) is hitting and playing catch but hasn't started running. He's on the disabled list for the second time this season with the injury. UP NEXT RHP Doug Fister will face Cleveland for the third time in his last four starts Tuesday. He defeated the Indians on July 31, allowing two runs in 7 2/3 innings, but gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings and got the loss Aug. 14. RHP Carlos Carrasco didn't make it out of the second inning against Boston on Aug. 2, allowing five runs. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The New York Giants' exhibition season has gotten serious. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hurt his left leg during Monday night's game against Cleveland when he took a legal-but-questionable hit on the knee from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Beckham, one of the NFL's best players, caught an 18-yard pass and was coming down on his left leg when he was immediately hit by Boddy-Calhoun's right shoulder and helmet. The impact flipped Beckham onto his side and his head bounced off the turf. Beckham popped up, ripped off his helmet and slammed it in frustration. After taking a knee as medical staff ran out to assist him, the outspoken and charismatic Beckham walked off slowly and glared menacingly at Boddy-Calhoun in Cleveland's defensive huddle. Beckham spent a few minutes sitting alone on the bench before heading to the locker room. TV cameras captured him dropping to his knees on the floor in the corridor outside New York's locker room. The Giants said X-rays on Beckham's ankle were negative and that he has a sprain. He was also checked and cleared for a concussion. Beckham returned to the sideline for the start of the third quarter, wearing street clothes with his ankle wrapped. Also known for his sensational one-handed catches and wild hair styles, Beckham caught 101 passes and scored 10 touchdowns last season. The 24-year-old, who has said he wants to be the league's highest-paid player, is entering his fourth season. He has 288 career receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 TDs. ____ More AP NFL: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Kneeling and bowing their heads, the Cleveland Browns bonded over something bigger than football. More than a dozen players formed a circle on the team's sideline Monday night and prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, gathered in front of some water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on the sideline shortly before the Browns hosted the New York Giants. In the aftermath of the recent racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, the Browns felt compelled to use their platform to make a difference. 'I wanted to take the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country,' said tight end Seth DeValve, one of two white players to participate. 'And also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do. And that's why I did what I did.' Linebackers Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, running backs Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Terrance Magee and Brandon Wilds, safety Jabrill Peppers, DeValve, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis and defensive back Calvin Pryor dropped to one knee in a huddle. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, offensive tackle Shon Coleman, punter Britton Colquitt, defensive back Jason McCourty and offensive lineman Marcus Martin stood and supported their teammates by putting their hands on their shoulders. Colquitt also placed a hand over his heart as Kirksey led the group in prayer. 'As professional athletes, in our realm and with our platform, we can invoke a lot of change,' said McCourty, who signed with the Browns as a free agent in March after eight seasons in Tennessee. 'Guys are trying to do something to stand on our platform and show people that we want to stand up for this country and show that no matter what your color is, no matter what your background is, whatever, we can all come together and work together to make it a better place.' The protest was the largest so far in a social-consciousness movement started last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became a polarizing figure for kneeling during the anthem and is currently out of the NFL. In recent days, Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett and Philadelphia defensive back Malcolm Jenkins also have called attention to what they feel is racial injustice in the country. Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch also has sat during the national anthem in the preseason, but hasn't elaborated on his reasoning. Browns coach Hue Jackson, who last week clarified previous remarks that seemed to indicate he was opposed to any demonstrations, stood behind his players. 'We respect our players; we respect the flag,' Jackson said following Cleveland's 10-6 win. 'Those guys came to me and talked to me about it before they ever made a decision to do it. That is the way we feel about it, and we have talked about this. I said at some point in time, they may, and they have. I won't know about the next game until it happens, but again, this was tonight and we will move on from there.' DeValve, who is in his second season out of Princeton, said he and his teammates have had several discussions about recent racial tensions and other social issues. He didn't want to offend anyone with his protest. 'It saddens me that in 2017 we have to do something like that,' he said. 'I personally would like to say that I love this country. I love our national anthem, I'm very grateful to the men and women who have given their lives and give a lot every day to this country and to serve this country, and I want to honor them as much as I can. 'The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn't provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there's things in this country that still need to change. I myself will be raising children that don't look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now.' ___ For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Charlie Strong is accustomed to high expectations. But the situation is a little different in for him at South Florida. He isn't building or re-building a program in his first season. He is trying to lead a talented Bulls team to another level. The Bulls could be on the verge of something special. The former Texas and Louisville head coach heads a USF team coming off a school-best 11-2 finish under Willie Taggart, who left for Oregon last December. But this isn't just about what happened last year. The Bulls' No. 19 preseason ranking in Monday's Top 25 poll matches the highest in school history. And after being ousted by Texas after three tumultuous seasons, Strong relishes the challenge USF presents. 'What we have to understand is it really doesn't matter where you start. It's where you finish,' Strong said, adding the challenge is to do everything it takes to ensure the Bulls remain among the nation's elite at the end of the season. The Bulls also made some AP poll history on Monday by joining the No. 3 Seminoles, No. 17 Gators and No. 18 Hurricanes in becoming the first quartet of schools from the same state — third overall — to be ranked in the preseason poll since 1958, when No. 8 TCU, No. 11 Texas, No. 17 SMU and No. 20 Texas A&M were listed. The only other instance was in 1952, when No. 8 California, No. 13 Stanford, No. 16 USC and No. 18 UCLA all made the initial list. Strong was a long-time assistant at Florida before landing his first college heading coaching job at Louisville. He understands that in order to be at or near the top when the dust settles, his Bulls need to make a strong bid for USF's first American Athletic Conference championship. 'The thing we can't do is get complacent, get full of ourselves,' said Strong. Though likely detrimental as Strong warns, it would almost be understandable for the Bulls to get a little over confident; they are loaded. Strong inherited a roster returning 16 starters, including dual-threat quarterback Quinton Flowers and defensive leader Auggie Sanchez. Flowers was the AAC's offensive player of the year, as well as the nation's second-leading rusher among quarterbacks last season behind Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in Louisville. In addition to averaging a conference-record 7.7 yards per carry while rushing for 1,530 yards and 18 touchdowns, Flowers also completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,812 yards, 24 TDs and eight interceptions. Flowers and Sanchez were instrumental in helping Taggart revive a program that fell on hard times after climbing as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press poll in 2007. The leadership of the seniors also has facilitated a smooth transition under Strong, who spent four seasons building Louisville into a national contender before going 16-21 during his time at Texas. USF's goal since its inaugural season in 1997 has been to establish a program capable of competing on a national scale and take a rightful place alongside the Sunshine State's Big Three of Florida, Florida State and Miami. 'As an assistant at Florida, I watched USF from afar. You saw them get. All the way up to No. 2,' Strong said. 'Everything that's needed to compete nationally is in place here. . As a coach, that's what you want. You want those expectations.' Like Strong, though, Miami coach Mark Richt cautioned that preseason rankings have to be kept in perspective. 'It's a popularity poll right now. No one really knows for sure and they base it on returning starters and how you finished last year,' Richt said. 'If you tend to win a bowl game, you're more apt to get ranked in the fall. That's pretty typical.' But it's not typical for USF to be a part of those preseason conversations. ___ AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report. ___ More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org
  • NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they're good enough at the newest edition of 'Madden NFL 18.' Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they're teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams . It makes the NFL the first pro sports league in the U.S. to commit all of its teams to a competitive gaming program, and a massive esports competition. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calls competitive gaming and esports 'one of the most exciting ways to engage a larger, younger and digitally savvy NFL audience.' EA CEO Andrew Wilson says his company and the NFL are taking their partnership 'to an unprecedented level.' Chris Halpin, the NFL's chief strategy officer and senior vice president for consumer products, says esports competitors generally are difficult to reach via traditional media. 'It's great that they have an affinity for football, but we've got to make sure we're engaging them on the new platforms,' Halpin said. The Madden NFL Club Championship is open to any player with an online account and the game being released Tuesday on Xbox One and Playstation 4. Players will pick their favorite team, then compete online against that team's other fans — New England Patriots fans will go up against other Patriots fans, for example — with an undetermined number of top players advancing out of that round. Each NFL team then will hold a live event for the top gamers who advanced from the online round. That event could be at the team's stadium or another landmark in its area. The field will be trimmed to 32 players — one from every NFL team — with those players moving on to the Madden NFL Club Championship Live Finals, a tournament at the Pro Bowl Experience. Those top finishers then advance to play at the Super Bowl Experience in Minnesota, and the winner receives a cash prize and two tickets to the Super Bowl. EA and the NFL ran a similar competition last year on a smaller scale. Halpin said the teams involved 'loved it, loved the model,' but one of the criticisms he heard was that 'my favorite team's not in it. 'We need all 32 (teams), and for the fans, externally, it makes more sense if every team is represented,' he said. ___ More AP NFL: http://pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • A man who shot and wounded a judge outside a county courthouse before being gunned down by a probation officer was the father of a high school football player who was convicted of rape in 2013, authorities said Monday. Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot Monday morning near the courthouse in Steubenville, across the Ohio River from West Virginia's northern panhandle and just west of Pittsburgh. Authorities identified the gunman as Nathaniel 'Nate' Richmond, the father of Ma'Lik Richmond. Ma'Lik, then 17, served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. The case brought international attention to the eastern Ohio city of 18,000 residents and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the football team. Investigators are looking for a motive in the shooting and haven't found a connection to the rape case, prosecutor Jane Hanlin said. A visiting judge from Hamilton County, where Cincinnati is located, handled the majority of the rape case. Records show Bruzzese was overseeing a wrongful-death lawsuit that Nate Richmond filed in April against the Jefferson County Metropolitan Housing Authority. A hearing on a motion by the housing authority to dismiss punitive damages claims was set for Aug. 28. Messages were left for Richmond's attorneys. Richmond had a few traffic violations in the past couple of years, and several years ago he was arrested on various domestic violence and assault charges, court records show. The prosecutor said Bruzzese was shoved to the ground during Monday's attack. Courthouse video shows the judge and Richmond firing about five times each, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said. Bruzzese was talking after being wounded, Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told WTOV-TV. The judge was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. Republican Gov. John Kasich said he was told the judge would survive. The attack had to be intentional because people know about the reserved spots where judges park, one of Bruzzese's judicial colleagues said. Judge Joseph Corabi said he and the county's two other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse. Judges then walk a few feet down what's known as Courthouse Alley to a side entrance to the building, said Corabi, the Jefferson County juvenile and probate court judge. 'Everybody knows who parks there. That's why it's not an accident what happened. He was clearly an intended target,' Corabi said. Ma'Lik Richmond, now 21, is currently on the Youngstown State football team but isn't allowed to play in any games, the school said this month. News of his participation drew a wave of criticism in the university community recently, and a petition was started to keep him from playing. Corabi said Bruzzese is known as an avid hunter. He called him fair, hardworking, well-liked and 'a tough son of a gun.' 'He is very intelligent, and he can cut to the chase,' Corabi said. 'He spots issues, and he resolves the issues.' Bruzzese hears general and domestic relations cases as one of two judges serving in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court. Bruzzese has served on that court since 1997. He was most recently re-elected in 2014 for another six-year term. He had likely arrived early to review his usual Monday morning batch of legal motions, Corabi said. The shooting suspect's body could be seen lying next to a car at the drive-thru of a neighboring bank. Police said a man who was in the car with him was taken into custody. The courthouse was closed for the day as local and state authorities helped secure the scene. Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham told WTOV some courthouse workers witnessed the 'tragic situation' and people would need time to process what happened. The state crime lab will help investigate the shooting, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine said. The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O'Connor, called the attack a 'cowardly ambush' and urged court personnel, especially judges, to take extra precautions. 'Violence against judges represents an attack on the Rule of Law, the foundation of our country,' O'Connor said.
  • Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son's father. The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy's father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York. 'I am sadly unable to compete in this year's U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,' Azarenka said in a statement. In last week's post, Azarenka wrote that she separated from Leo's father shortly after Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10. 'As we work to resolve some of the legal processes, the way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California,' Azarenka wrote, 'which I'm not willing to do.' Azarenka has not played since Wimbledon, and the former No. 1 player is now ranked 204th. She was the runner-up in New York in 2012 and 2013, losing in the final each year to Serena Williams. Those were also the years that Azarenka won her two Grand Slam singles titles in Australia. Williams, who is pregnant with her first child, also will not play in this year's U.S. Open. On the men's side, three top-10 players have withdrawn with season-ending injuries: defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. ___ More AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis

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  • ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia soccer defeated High Point, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon for the Bulldogs’ first win of the 2017 season.   In the 71st minute, Maddie Burdick passed to Caroline Chipman, who played the ball into the box, allowing Katie MacGinnitie to kick it into the back of the net, putting the Bulldogs up 1-0.   “We’re happy to come away with the win,” Georgia head coach Billy Lesesne said. “I think our effort was there, just as it was Friday night against Wake Forest, but today we ended up grinding it out and getting a hard-worked goal. It was not a thing of beauty but the players kept it alive until Katie was able to put it away. It was a really nice finish and a determined effort at the end of the field.”   Georgia (1-1) controlled the ball offensively throughout the first half of the game, taking nine shots to High Point’s (1-1) one, but the score remained 0-0 after the first 45 minutes of play.    The Bulldogs came out determined in the second half, continuing to control possession.    High Point’s best chance for the equalizer came seven minutes after Georgia took the 1-0 lead with a penalty kick that hit the left goal post and went wide.   Georgia hits the road for the first time this season when the team travels to take on Charlotte on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. before continuing onto Blacksburg, Virginia to play the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m.   Fans now have the opportunity to enjoy Georgia soccer games with a UGA soccer seatback. The seatbacks are thick and comfortable, and can be purchased at the Fan Info table located in the plaza of the Turner Soccer Complex for $5 per game. You can also save $15 by purchasing a soccer seatback for all nine home matches of the season for a total of $30.
  • ATHENS, Ga.--- Three members of the Georgia soccer team have been named to the Southeastern Conference Soccer Preseason Watch List announced Wednesday by the conference office. Since 2011, the SEC has named a watch list in lieu of selecting preseason all-conference teams.     Seniors Louise Hogrell and Mariel Gutierrez, as well as freshman Katie Higgins joined players from each of the other 13 member institutions on the list. Hogrell receives the honor for the third consecutive season, while this marks the second consecutive season Gutierrez was named to the list.    Hogrell returns in goal for Georgia after playing all but 15 minutes during the 2016 season. She led the SEC in saves (94) and ranked second in saves per game (5.22). The Asa, Sweden native ranks near the top in several UGA career records following her junior season, including fifth in career shutouts (14), fifth in saves (262), and fifth in wins (21).    Gutierrez is back for her senior season as Georgia’s leading returner in assists with four in 2016. The Mexico City, Mexico native started all 18 games at midfield for the Bulldogs last season and scored four goals.     Higgins kicks off her collegiate career after leading PDA O’Reilly to an ECNL U-18 Northeast Conference championship and a quarterfinals finish in the national playoffs. The Andreas, Pennsylvania native was an early enrollee who contributed in the spring in preparation for the 2017 season. She started in the exhibition game against Auburn and took one shot.   Georgia will officially kick off the 2017 season at the Turner Soccer Complex against Wake Forest on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs cap off opening weekend in Athens against High Point on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
  • 960 The Ref’s Sam Franco got the chance to tour the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta United
  • LONDON --- Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas finished third place in the 200-meter dash to earn a bronze medal and top the highlights for the current and former Bulldogs’ performances at the IAAF World Championships in London over the last week.   Miller-Uibo, who won the 2013 NCAA indoor 400m title for Georgia, secured her third-place finish in the 200m after crossing the finish line in 22.15. She was one of four competitors who finished with times between 22.05 (Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands) and 22.22. In the 200m semifinal, Miller-Uibo tied with the fastest time of 22.49 and won her heat.    In the 200m opening round, Miller-Uibo ran out of the fourth heat and topped the field with a 22.69. This was the second-fastest time of qualifying for the 2016 Rio 400m gold medalist, who is ranked second in the world in the 200m this year.     In the 400m final last Wednesday, Miller-Uibo was part of the lead back and then stormed out to the overall lead during the homestretch. She slipped to fourth in the final meters with a 50.49.   Another host of current and former Bulldogs also competed at the World Championships last week in London.   A pair of Lady Bulldogs, one current and one former, competed in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump last Thursday. Former Georgia jumper Levern Spencer of St. Lucia cleared 6 feet, 2 ¼ inches to finish one spot out of qualifying in her group while rising senior Tatiana Gusin was 13th in the same group with a 6-0.75 clearance.   Three Georgia men, two who competed in 2017 and another who finished in 2016, competed in the decathlon over this past weekend. Team USA’s Devon Williams, who completed his UGA eligibility in June, scored his fourth consecutive 8,000-point total and his fifth overall after tallying 8,088 points for 10th place. Karl Saluri of Estonia, who is a rising senior, surpassed the 8,000-point mark for the second time in his Bulldog career with a season-best score of 8,025 for 13th place.    Fellow Estonian Maicel Uibo, who won two NCAA decathlon titles before completing his Georgia career in 2016, did not reach a mark in the pole vault after coming in at 16-0.75 and retired after the eighth event.   Williams launched the javelin 190 feet to highlight his second day of action. Saluri won his group in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 16-4.75 to keep pace in the scoring. Uibo peaked on his second day in the discus with an effort of 157-1, which was first in his group and fourth overall.   After day one, Williams (4,222 points) was in 11th, Saluri (4,204) stood in 14th and Uibo (3,933) was in 25th place. Williams sister Kendell Williams, who also completed her UGA career in 2017, took 12th in the heptathlon earlier in the meet. Uibo married Miller-Uibo earlier this year after being teammates during the 2013 season.   Williams won his group in the shot put with a third try that measured a personal-best distance of 47-4.25 and then sprinted to the fastest 400m finish of his career (48.11) to stay in the mix on the first day. Saluri approached his career best in the 100m to finish third in his heat after crossing the line in 10.55 in his second decathlon of 2017. Uibo tied for ninth overall in the high jump after clearing 6-7.50 on his first attempt to pace his day one scoring.   Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson also competed last Wednesday and finished 16th in his hammer throw qualifying group with an opening toss of 225 feet, 11 inches.