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European Union sets Russia ultimatum
Moscow is told to scale back on its Ukraine intervention or face more sanctions.

Fresh U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq
The attacks near Iraqs Mosul Dam significantly damage an ISIL building, Pentagon says.

Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks since Brown's death
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day. His death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, which the rallys organizers pledged to continue.

Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut
By Richard Weizel HAMDEN Conn. (Reuters) - A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, had asked state police for help in locating the car in connection with a possible threat to the president, State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said. Both the state police and the Secret Service declined to specify the nature of the threat. The Secret Service, in a statement on Saturday, said that it had investigated information about a suspicious person and vehicle and was working to determine its validity.

F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.
(Reuters) - Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. The pilot of the Cirrus SR22 propeller plane took off from Waukesha County Airport in Wisconsin and had been destined for Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. Coast Guard said in a statement. The pilot had stopped responding to radio calls.

Fighter 'War Machine' sent to Nevada to face assault charges
The professional fighter known as "War Machine" was in custody in a Las Vegas jail on Saturday after being transferred from Southern California, where he was arrested for assault stemming from an ex-girlfriend's accusation that he beat her in Nevada. Jonathan Koppenhaver, an Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor, was released from jail in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, on Wednesday to be transported to Nevada, said Captain Don Aguilar, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Koppenhaver, 32, was in custody on charges including battery resulting in substantial harm, battery by strangulation and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the website for the Clark County detention center in Las Vegas.

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.

Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains
STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) — As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.

EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation blocs top diplomat for the next five years.

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
JERUSALEM (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strips battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.

20 miners rescued, 5 still missing in Nicaragua collapse
There had been 28 "guiriseros," or informal gold miners, working in the shaft when the mouth of the mine caved.

Minister: Lesotho military seize police HQ, jam radio stations
Soldiers have seized control of police headquarters in the tiny African kingdom, a government minister says.

Palestinian president: Hamas caused prolonged war
Palestines president blames Hamas for extending fighting with Israel in Gaza.

Putin: 'Best not to mess with us'
The Russian president tells an assembly the nation is ready to meet any aggression.

Peavy takes no-hitter into 8th of Giants' 3-1 win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter over 7 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Saturday night.

Winston, FSU hold off Oklahoma St 37-31 in opener
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and No. 1 Florida State held off Oklahoma State 37-31 to begin defending its national title.

All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops remained in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

Peavy's no-hit bid for Giants broken up in 8th
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Peavys bid for a no-hitter was broken up on a one-out single in the eighth inning by Milwaukees Mark Reynolds against the San Francisco Giants.

Gordon says Stewart could run strong in Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart was cheered in practice Saturday.

Fukushima fallout: Resentment grows in nearby Japanese city
By Mari Saito and Antoni Slodkowski IWAKI Japan (Reuters) - Like many of her neighbors, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago. Property prices in Iwaki, about 60 km (36 miles) south of the wrecked nuclear plant, have jumped as evacuees forced from homes in more heavily contaminated areas snatch up apartments and land. "The situation around Iwaki is unsettled and unruly," said Ryosuke Takaki, a professor of sociology at Iwaki Meisei University, who has studied the towns developing divide. "There are many people who have evacuated to Iwaki, and there are all kinds of incidents caused by friction." HOSTS WEARY, GUESTS FRIGHTENED Residents across Fukushima prefecture hailed the first wave of workers who arrived to contain the nuclear disaster in 2011 as heroes. Cities like Iwaki also welcomed evacuees from towns closer to the meltdowns and explosions.

Todd Gurley leads Georgia past Clemson 45-21
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Todd Gurley felt strong and healthy.

Marshall, Johnson, No. 6 Auburn top Arkansas 45-21
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn offense didnt slow down a bit, even with Nick Marshall a spectator for half the game.

US OPEN SCENE: Djokovic gives singer the spotlight
NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic used some of his spotlight as the worlds top tennis player to let another light shine.

Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets outside the prime ministers official residence and the adjacent parliament building.

Bouchard reaches US Open's 4th round for 1st time
NEW YORK (AP) — Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard pulled out a suddenly tight match Saturday night, edging 30th-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to reach the U.S. Opens fourth round for the first time.

Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round
NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, John Isners trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germanys Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.

EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague
By Alastair Macdonald and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain. After a lengthy briefing by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who warned "full-scale war" was imminent if Russian troops continued an advance in support of pro-Moscow rebels, the EU leaders agreed on Sunday to have officials draw up within a week a list of new measures that could hit a range of sectors. The European Council called on Russia "to immediately withdraw all its military assets and forces from Ukraine" and urged a ceasefire.

Sims starts, No. 2 Alabama beats WVU, 33-23
ATLANTA (AP) — Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.

Made in America music festival rocks Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands flocked to downtown Los Angeles inaugural outdoor music festival Saturday despite concerns from residents about possible security and traffic issues.

Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

Murray advances to fourth round, faces Tsonga next
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andy Murray had his stamina and patience tested at Louis Armstrong Stadium in a third-round battle against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on Saturday, but came through in good shape. Hit with cramp during his first-round win, Murray double-faulted to send the match to a fourth set but then swiftly took care of business in a 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2 win. I ate properly, drank properly and I felt a lot better today." Murray had more trouble with the swirling wind around the Armstrong Stadium court and the cramped area beyond the baseline, as opposed to the center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Moonballs from qualifier doom Wimbledon champ
NEW YORK (AP) — Instead of trying to match Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitovas power, unknown Aleksandra Krunic confounded her with looping shots and frustrated her by chasing down every ball.

US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finlands players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.

Mo'Ne Davis heads to WNBA conference finals
Little League World Series sensation MoNe Davis is heading to the conference finals in Minnesota on Sunday.

With heavy heart, Kuchar hovers around the lead
NORTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Jason Day thought he might be able to pull away from the field Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Nine holes later, the second FedEx Cup playoff event was wide open.

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights
BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision' on first big trip
By Douglas Busvine NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalize on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May. Modi is one of only three people that Abe follows on Twitter, while the Indian leader admires the Japanese premiers brand of nationalist politics. "We will explore how Japan can associate itself productively with my vision of inclusive development in India," Modi said before departing on Saturday for the five-day visit. In his previous role as chief minister of Indias fast-growing western state of Gujarat Modi had actively courted Japanese investment. President Barack Obama in Washington as he seeks to carve out a stronger role for India as a global player.

Day and Palmer share halfway lead at Deutsche Bank
(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Saturday. Despite an unexpected bogey on his final hole, Day carded a three-under-par 68 in fluctuating afternoon winds while Palmer shot a 71 in the morning at the TPC Boston. They finished level at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of Americans Matt Kuchar (66) and Billy Horschel (66) on a tightly-bunched leaderboard. World number one Rory McIlroy, slowed by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th where his approach shot bounded 30 yards over the green into a hazard, fired a 69 to trail the leaders by five shots.

Reward in Oxford Circle shooting that left man paralyzed
A shooting in Philadelphias Oxford Circle neighborhood left a young man paralyzed and now a reward is being offered to find the gunman.

Booming electric car sales under fire in Norway
Ministers in Norway -- a major and rich oil-producing country -- are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales. "Its become a problem," said Erik Haugstad, a bus driver in the Oslo region who complains about the numerous electric cars clogging bus lanes, which they have the right to use in Norway. Norway brought in the generous incentives to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions from traffic, which accounts for 10 percent of total emissions in the Nordic nation. The policy has been so successful that 32,000 electric cars are now on the road -- by far the highest rate per capita in the world, in a country with a 5.1 million population.

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Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Fish and seafood recipes
How much fish and seafood should you eat each week? What are some good recipes?

Inside the new Dietary Guidelines: Fish and other seafood
Jennifer LaRue Huget explains how best to incorporate the new dietary guidelines on seafood into your diet.

Parenting an overweight child can be difficult
Should they intervene early and practice a form of benign neglect, hoping that the baby fat will melt away as a child grows?

Type 2 diabetes surges in people younger than 20
U.S. cases in those under 20 have grown from almost zero to tens of thousands in just over a decade.

Surgeon general says obesity crisis should be addressed together
Surgeon general says obesity crisis should be addressed together.

Wisconsin's health-care fight illustrates challenges as states change leadership
After President Obama signed the nation's health-care overhaul into law, Wisconsin made more headway than virtually anywhere else in the country at preparing to carry the statute out. Then a Republican governor came to power and changed all that.

Drums Alive: Feel the beat, feel the burn
Could Drums Alive be the next Zumba? Vicky Hallett explores Baltimore's latest exercise craze.

Top green vegetables for your health -- and St. Patrick's Day
Get in the spirit with these top five green vegetables.

Fear is potent risk of Japanese nuclear crisis
The psychological impact of Japanese nuclear crisis could turn out to be significant

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Radiation exposure poses range of potential health problems for Japanese
Among other things, radiation from nuclear power plants could increase cancer rates for decades.

Nurses' strike cost Washington Hospital Center $6 million
Washington Hospital Center spent about $6 million to hire 600 temporary nurses, beef up security and cover other costs during last week's nurses' strike and subsequent lockout at the region's largest hospital, hospital officials said.

Report reveals steep increase in war amputations last fall
The majority of American soldiers undergoing amputation for war wounds last fall lost more than one limb, according to data presented Tuesday to the Defense Health Board, a committee of experts that advises the Defense Department on medical matters.

More information about ranch dressing
The original, handmade batches of buttermilk dressing were made in the mid-1950s by Steve Henson at his Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttermilk is now the sixth ingredient in the Hidden Valley full-fat dressing, after soybean oil, water, egg yolk, sugar and salt; it's third on t...

March madness? A basketball league that doesn't keep score
I recently spent a couple of hours at the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax watching women in their 40s, 50s and 60s play two games of full-court basketball. These were rec-league ballplayers, but there was nothing casual about the games. They played organized zone defense. A ref in black and wh...

Ranch dressing: How good is it for you?
Is ranch dressing the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables?

Milestones in the eradication of smallpox
With officials debating whether to destroy the remaining specimens of the pathogen, here is a look at notable dates in smallpox history:

Should last remaining known smallpox virus die?
Intense debate rages over whether to destroy the remaining laboratory specimens of the smallpox virus.

Smart food choices can cut excess sugar and empty calories from your diet
The average U.S. adult consumes about a half-cup of added sugar a day, which amounts to roughly 355 nutritionally empty calories.

Paperbacks discuss antidepressants and technology's role in marriage
Irving Kirsch's describes "The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth." Spouses Edward M. Hallowell and Sue George Hallowell explain how technology leaves people "Married to Distraction."

Children seem to gain extra weight after having their tonsils removed
A study analyzes data from nine studies, involving 795 children who had a tonsillectomy, with or without adenoid removal, before they turned 18.

Vitamin D deficiency may be a factor in development of allergies
Young people low in Vitamin D may be more prone to allergies, according to a new study.

Doctor-owned centers spark criticism, scrutiny
When Kenneth Baker found out he had prostate cancer, his urologist detailed his options: The 84-year-old was too old for surgery, but he could pick from two forms of radiation or simply wait to see if he really needed treatment.

Health insurers offer patients the option of paying extra for higher-priced care
When consumers and employers pick health plans, some increasingly are being offered a trade-off these days: They can get a hefty break on their premiums if they agree to pay more out-of-pocket when they use certain high-cost providers in their network or if they cut those providers out of their n...

Hospital, union brace for nurses' strike
Managers at Washington Hospital Center and the nurses union are bracing for a planned strike Friday at the region's largest hospital, with managers flying in replacement nurses from all across the country and nurses seeking support from city officials.

Republicans shift focus to Medicaid complaints
A day after President Obama said he would support amending the health-care law so states can opt out of key provisions sooner, Republicans sought to shift the rhetorical battle back to an issue that would be largely unaffected by the president's proposal: the impact of the law's Medicaid requirem...

Can't judge an exercise book by its cover
Crack open a copy of "The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!" and you'll find a compilation of 619 moves designed to work every muscle in your body. If you thought you'd see anything all that different inside "The Women's Health Big Book of Ex...

How men and women exercise differently
No one wants to think she's a cliche. But it's time for me to recognize that when it comes to my gym behavior, that's exactly what I am: a cardio-loving woman who has to be forced to hoist a dumbbell.

The Checklist: Fitness and nutrition advice for March
March is my pudgiest month. Winter has made it challenging to get to the gym or outside for regular runs. But now spring is nigh (it officially starts March 20!), and shorts-wearing weather can't be far behind. So now's the time to start getting in shape for the warm months ahead. I will if you w...

Many Americans have poor health literacy
An elderly woman sent home from the hospital develops a life-threatening infection because she doesn't understand the warning signs listed in the discharge instructions. A man flummoxed by an intake form in a doctor's office reflexively writes "no" to every question because he doesn't understand ...

D.C. Health Department issues measles alert
A woman infected with measles, a contagious and potentially dangerous disease, traveled through the District and Maryland after flying into Dulles International Airport, it was disclosed Monday.

Obama says he will support letting states opt out of health-care law earlier
President Obama told a group of governors Monday that he would support moving up the timetable in which states can opt out of the federal health care law, making a major concession to critics of the law.

Patients find plenty of health information on line, but not all of it is reliable
The Internet has no equal as an information storehouse. The trick is to know how to get right to a source of useful information and not waste time on Web sites that are biased, trying to sell you something or just plain wrong.

Medical Mysteries: A Teen's Swollen Ankle
Shortly after Thanksgiving 2009, 14-year-old old Abby Picard began complaining that her right ankle hurt. Her parents brushed it off, believing her discomfort was the result of her fondness for fashionable thin-soled sneakers and an extremely heavy backpack. "We thought nothing of it," recalled h...

Mobile dental clinic brings care to poor children in Prince George's County
At last, dentist Belinda Carver-Taylor was sitting in the new mobile dental clinic with a child before her. She had hoped for this day so long that now she could only shake her head.

Governors differ on extent of flexibility for Medicaid
Democratic and Republican governors, burdened by crushing budget pressures from Medicaid, said Sunday that federal officials should allow them more freedom to change eligibility rules and other aspects of the public health insurance program for the poor. But they displayed sharp ideological diffe...

The Checkup: More questions about cell phone safety
Are cell phones safe? That question has gotten a lot of attention, but so far, as my colleague pointed out on Monday, there has been no convincing evidence that those ubiquitous devices actually cause health problems. However, a new federal study may stir things up further, even though the bottom...

Obama administration asks states to cut costs without dropping Medicaid coverage
The Obama administration is deploying squadrons of in-house experts to help budget-strapped states figure out how to save money on Medicaid, the health program for the poor that has been a source of rising tensions between state capitals and Washington.

Whole grain and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines
It's no secret that whole grains are good for us. They deliver way more nutrients per calorie than refined grains do, which just happens to fall in line with one of the major themes of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (published by the U.S. Agriculture and Health and Human Services d...

Hospitals aim to reduce the number of patients readmitted after discharge
"Welcome back" are two words you'd really rather not hear at a hospital, especially if you've just been discharged. Yet one in five Medicare patients found themselves back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving it in 2003 and 2004, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medi...

I cannot tell a lie: Racing Presidents tryout isn't easy
I had to be Teddy. Nothing else would make sense. This is, after all, a fitness column, and any high school history student can tell you which U.S. president is most closely linked with "the life of strenuous endeavor," as Roosevelt liked to put it himself.

Flu season heats up
Don't let the warmer, brighter days fool you. Flu season is not over.

Fiber seems to be linked to a reduced risk of disease in people older than 50
THE QUESTION: Diets high in fiber have been shown to aid weight loss and help with digestive problems. Might fiber also offer other health benefits?

'Policy Review' essay covers PTSD; veteran benefits
How could a Veterans Administration rule making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to file disability claims be a bad thing? In a "Policy Review" essay called "PTSD's Diagnostic Trap," psychiatrist and Yale University School of Medicine lecturer Sally Satel argues that ful...

Bacteria's role in colon cancer, cystic fibrosis; burning paper to measure carbon
Here's a not-so-savory news flash: There are more bacterial cells living in our bodies than human cells. Researchers are learning how the balance of these bugs affects our health, but reaping the benefits of bacteria is not quite as simple as eating probiotic yogurt. That's the gist of "The Good,...

Google, Yahoo! BabelFish use math principles to translate documents online
Early one morning in 2007, Libby Casey was trying to do her laundry in a guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland. When she couldn't figure out how to use the washing machine, she opened up the instruction manual.

An insomniac learns to make the most of getting the least sleep
In the wee hours of the morning - or is it still night? - my eyes snap open and my mind races. What do I have to do today? What didn't I get done yesterday? Why did I get into that disagreement? Other nights, I am on a high wire, hovering between sleep and wakefulness and chewing over my next mov...

Can relaxation drinks put you to sleep?
Once, "relaxation beverages" consisted of alcohol, chamomile tea and warm milk. Now, the field includes a slew of new drinks promising a better night's sleep using such ingredients as melatonin, valerian root and - think turkey - tryptophan.

Women are more likely than men to give up sleep to care for children and others
Call it the real night shift - that noctural period when bleary-eyed adults leave warm beds to tend to the needs of sick kids, elderly parents, an ailing spouse or incontinent pet. So, who takes the night shift: Mom or Dad?

Free app adjusts color on monitors to prevent disruption of sleep cycle
I stare at screens almost every waking hour. Computer monitor. Laptop. TV. Tablet. Smartphone. So I've tested a few ways to ease the strain on my eyes - and, in the process, learned about something that might be helping me in non-waking hours, too. It's about the light that these screens emit. It...

Obama administration unlikely to block Arizona plan to cut 250,000 from Medicaid rolls
The administration will probably permit the plan despite a provision in the new health-care law barring states from tightening their eligibility standards for the program, federal officials said.

The sports bra: Your No. 1 supporter
Everyone has a pair of feet, but women have an additional pair of something to worry about while exercising. And they're every bit as tricky to fit, control and protect, which is why bras are beginning to rival shoes as the most technical of all sporting apparel.

Z drugs keep sleep-aid market awake
With almost a third of Americans reporting sleep problems, it's not surprising that sales of Ambien, Sonata and similar sleep aids are high: It's a $1.8 billion market.

Study of recalled medical devices faults lax FDA testing methods
A new analysis is raising questions about how good a job the Food and Drug Administration is doing at protecting Americans from faulty medical devices.

Meditation and mindfulness may give your brain a boost
They are the simplest instructions in the world: Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, clear your mind and try to focus on the present moment. Yet I am confident that anyone who has tried meditation will agree with me that what seems so basic and easy on paper is often incredibly challe...

Humor, music and spirituality may offer physical benefits
Humor, music and spirituality can boost your mood, but growing evidence suggests that they also offer physical benefits.

Group tries to simplify drug labels to help people get the proper doses
"Take two tablets by mouth twice daily." This printed instruction, common on prescription pill bottles, might seem straightforward. Yet in a study, nearly half of patients misunderstood what it or other common label instructions meant.

Book explains allergies, asthma; magazine rates teen TV shows for safe-sex info
POZ, the lifestyle magazine for people with HIV/AIDS, evaluated a variety of teen TV shows for how often characters practiced safe sex.New book discusses allergies and asthma in children.

Apps and gadgets to track your sleep
A bunch of gadgets and apps are now on the market to help high-tech insomniacs (or just the sleep-curious) track their z's. These aren't meant to help you fall asleep, though there are plenty of other apps intended to do that. We're talking here about gizmos that claim to record your movements al...

Too little or too much sleep may take a toll on the heart
Quick Study: Too little or too much sleep may take a toll on the heart.

Tattooing outgrows its renegade image to thrive in the mainstream
It's 1945, and you want a tattoo. You drive to the part of town your mom warned you about, past scruffy bars and burlesque shows, and arrive at a tiny shop offering maybe 200 designs in three or four colors. An ex-sailor who just clocked out of his day job rinses off his tattoo machine. Five minu...

Insuring your health: Book argues against unnecessary medical intervention
In a new book, "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health," Dartmouth researchers and physicians H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin argue that the medical establishment's embrace of early diagnosis and treatment as the key to keeping people healthy actually does ...

2010 was marked by a recall of eggs, drug warnings and progress on flu vaccines
Consumer Reports Insights: 2010 was marked by a recall of eggs, drug warnings and progress on flu vaccines.

Enrollment in high-risk insurance pools lagging behind predictions
More Americans have been signing up for special health plans designed for people with medical problems that caused them to be spurned by the insurance industry, according to new government figures. But enrollment continues to lag significantly behind original predictions.

FlyScreen Lands On iPhone But Not As We Know It
FlyScreen , the lock screen replacement for Android and Symbian phones from Israeli startup Cellogic, has landed on the iPhone . But not as we know it.That's because Apple's iOS is locked down as it were (see what I did there) and doesn't allow third-party apps to take over the lock screen. This...

D.C.'s leading provider of clean needles to drug addicts to close Feb. 25
The leading provider of clean needles to drug addicts in the District to help stem the spread of AIDS plans to shut its doors by the end of the month, officials said Wednesday, in the city that has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country.

Study: Surgery in womb helps babies with spina bifida
Performing surgery on babies with the most severe form of spina bifida when they are still in the womb doubles the chance that they will be able to walk, according to a federally funded study released Wednesday.

Breast-cancer study questions lymph node removal
Many women with early breast cancer do not appear to need removal of their lymph nodes, as is often recommended, according to a federally funded study released Tuesday.

Want to be one of the Nationals' racing presidents?
Applications are due Friday for those interested in becoming one of the Washington Nationals' racing presidents: Abe, George, Tom or Teddy, right. The mascots are starting their sixth year of entertaining home crowds with a race on the field during the fourth inning.

The February wellness checklist
February's long winter slog is brightened by Valentine's Day, a good reminder to take care of our hearts. Here are some ideas for being well during this shortest, and often snowiest, of months in Washington.


When injuries interrupt exercise: Readers weigh in
I got some great feedback on my Jan. 27 column about the sudden interruption to my running regimen, "Coping with an out-of-the-routine injury." Here are edited excerpts of what two readers had to say, followed by excerpts from an online Q&A nutritional biochemist Shawn Talbott and I did with ...

'Why We Get Fat' by Gary Taubes; teen smoking prevention online
Once more, with feeling "Why We Get Fat" (Knopf, $24.95)

Health benefits of falling and staying in love
Love may make the world go 'round, but is it powerful enough to lower one's blood pressure, reduce depression and speed the healing of an injury? With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we set out to find the answer and discovered that science says yes.

Getting a tattoo is largely safe, though experts advise using a reputable shop
Dermatologists' organizations, tattoo artists and the Food and Drug Administration agree that tattooing is largely safe, but any time you stick a needle into skin there are risks. Consumers need to do their homework.

Military personnel take extreme measures to meet body-fat and weight rules
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Heather Sommerdyke spent $12,000 on two liposuction surgeries last spring. She was running eight to 10 miles, six days a week. She even switched to a starvation diet. It was all part of a last-ditch effort to trim her waistline to the 35.5-inch maximum for female airmen. She ...

Mediation can bring justice with no need for a trial
When a health-care provider harms instead of heals, patients who seek answers and redress generally face the prospect of a long and costly lawsuit. But there's another option, one that can significantly reduce the toll of a court battle while providing many of the same benefits to patients and th...

New dietary guidelines: Eat less, eat better and lose the salt
Americans need to make big changes in their eating habits to fight the obesity epidemic and a host of ailments caused by poor diets, including consuming less sugar, fat and salt and more fish, fruits and vegetables, the Obama administration recommended Monday.

Report on global cardiac risks: World gets fatter, but blood pressure goes down
The whole world is getting fatter, except perhaps for the women of Italy and Singapore. Globally, blood pressure is slowly coming down. Cholesterol is falling in rich countries and rising in developing ones.

State officials divided on meaning of judge's health-care ruling
A day after a federal judge struck down the government's plan to overhaul the health-care system, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a stern statement: "This means that, for Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead," and that his state "was relieved of any obligations or duti...

No chilling effect on donations at the Polar Bear Plunge
Much to the chagrin of the proudly purple people of Baltimore, the Ravens will not be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Super thin Super Bowl spread
Like other food-centered celebrations, Super Bowl gatherings can be both fun and fraught with apprehension for those concerned about their waistlines. Nobody wants to sit on the sidelines, skipping the traditional snacks. But who wants to deal with postgame regrets? You can work football-fan food...

Health information remains high on the list of popular uses for the Internet
Seeking health information is the third-most-prevalent activity among American Internet users, according to a report being issued Feb. 1 by the Pew Internet Project. The only things more universal were exchanging e-mail and using search engines. (Of course, if someone uses Google to look up "shin...

Liposuction can't salvage Navy career
KEY WEST, FLA. - Mick Kruger is not out of shape. The 38-year-old master-at-arms first class has never failed a physical readiness test. He routinely scores "excellent" on the mile-and-a-half run. He has run one marathon and finished three others on in-line skates. His performance evaluations du...

AnyBody: Parents are ignoring their children for their BlackBerry
Increasingly, it is adults' constant, obsessive use of these technologies that's coming under fire.

Judge strikes down entire new health-care law
A federal judge in Florida on Monday became the first to strike down the entire law to overhaul the nation's health-care system, potentially complicating implementation of the statute in the 26 states that brought the suit.

House Republicans sharpen attack on health-care reform in two Hill hearings
Republicans on Wednesday used their new majority in the House of Representatives to hold the first of what they promise will be a steady drumbeat of congressional hearings to denounce the new health-care law.

Nutritional information: Milk
Sales of whole milk in the United States made up about 70 percent of the market in the mid-1970s but have dropped dramatically since, while the sales of skim and 2 percent have risen. The most recent sales figures show:

Got milk? What kind?
After spending a day with her boyfriend's family recently, my daughter marveled, "They only drink whole milk!" That milk was delicious, she reported, even after the container had sat on the counter for a while.

U.S. recovers $4 billion from health-care fraud cases
The government recaptured a record $4 billion last year from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other providers of care that defrauded federal health-care programs, the Obama administration reported Monday.

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Lennon's killer denied parole
The bullets that killed Beatle John Lennon were given to Mark David Chapman by an Atlanta police officer who was his friend, Chapman told a parole board as he made his case -- for an eighth time -- to be freed.

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Ray J takes plea deal
Ray J Norwood pleaded no contest to trespassing to settle charges that he grabbed a woman's buttocks, smashed a police car window and spat on a cop, a prosecutor said Thursday.

'Friends' reunite on 'Kimmel'
A few "Friends" reunited with super-fan Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show Wednesday.

Producer mistakenly arrested for robbery
Beverly Hills police arrested award-winning TV producer, Charles Belk, mistaking him for a bank robbery suspect.

Summer box office winners and losers
Was it the end of the world at the summer box office? Lots of destruction, including studio profits, since grosses were down 25%.

'Downton Abbey' on error
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Jennifer Aniston's 'Life of Crime'
Jennifer Aniston's "Life of Crime" may be the worst of the Elmore Leonard adaptations.

'Star Wars VII' filming again after injury
It appears the force may be back with Harrison Ford.

Producer mistakenly arrested for robbery
Beverly Hills police arrested award-winning TV producer, Charles Belk, mistaking him for a bank robbery suspect.

Don't miss this new episode of 'Friends'
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow acted out a new episode of "Friends" with Jimmy Kimmel.

Yep, Sex Box show is real
CNN's Lisa France explains a new show called "Sex Box" that somehow is coming soon to a TV near you.

Joan Rivers' conditions 'remains serious'
Comedian Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic Thursday.

Shakira expecting baby no. 2, and more pregnant celebs

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Miley Cyrus' VMA date turns himself in
A homeless man who attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus has turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Singer Ray J takes plea deal
Ray J Norwood pleaded no contest to trespassing to settle charges that he grabbed a woman's buttocks, smashed a police car window and spat on a cop, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Lennon's killer denied parole
The bullets that killed Beatle John Lennon were given to Mark David Chapman by an Atlanta police officer who was his friend, Chapman told a parole board as he made his case -- for an eighth time -- to be freed.

Kate Bush returns to stage after 35 years
After 35 years away, British singer Kate Bush returned to the stage Tuesday night -- and the response was rapturous.

'Young Jeezy' arrested after concert shooting
Famed hip-hop rapper Jay Jenkins, known as "Young Jeezy," was arrested on Sunday in relation to a deadly shooting at a Wiz Khalifa concert, police said.

Prince releasing two new albums this fall
It's been five years since Prince put out a new record in the United States, since he limited the release of his 20Ten LP, but that will change this fall.

Video shows Knight shooting
Detectives have video that shows a man shooting former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and two other people in a West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Boa bites Nicki Minaj dancer
A 6-foot-long boa constrictor named Rocky stole the show Friday during a rehearsal for Nicki Minaj's performance of "Anaconda" at the MTV Video Music Awards when he bit a backup dancer in the arm, according to a statement from MTV.

Suge Knight shot at VMA party
Gunshots inside a celebrity-filled Sunset Strip party hosted by Chris Brown wounded three people early Sunday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Beyonce and Jay-Z heading for divorce?
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'Mad Men' vixen takes on a modern office
"Mad Men" character Joan Holloway visits a more modern office. For more go to funnyordie.com.

Why Mary Poppins is quitting for good
Mary Poppins says she is quitting for good. Here's why. For more go to funnyordie.com.

Miley's VMAs date is a wanted man
The young man Miley Cyrus chose to represent homeless youths at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday faces arrest in Oregon, a corrections official said.

Discovery cancels 'Sons of Guns' after arrest
"Sons of Guns" star Will Hayden lost his reality show, his company and his freedom when he was arrested Wednesday on rape charges.

'Pretty Little Liars,' and shocking TV deaths
"Pretty Little Liars" had a shocking death in its August 26 midseason finale. How does it rank among these other surprising TV offings?

'Chelsea Lately's' final bow
"Chelsea Lately" host Chelsea Handler made a clean break from E! with her final show on Tuesday.

Where 'Breaking Bad' is starting
Sixteen Emmy Awards.

Emmys dip in ratings, still win night
A new night proved not to be a major hindrance to the Emmys.

Watch the new 'Gone Girl' teaser
Right in the midst of Monday night's Emmy pandemonium, 20th Century Fox dropped a new TV teaser for "Gone Girl," David Fincher's upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel.

'The Wizard of Oz' at 75: Did you know...?
"The Wizard of Oz," one of the most beloved movies of all time, celebrates the 75th anniversary of its release this month. Here are some things you may not have known about the film:

Richard Attenborough dies
Acclaimed actor-director Richard Attenborough has died, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported Sunday, citing his son. Attenborough was 90.

What makes a movie quote so quotable?
Screenwriter William Goldman has written some of the most famous lines in movie history.

Emma Stone to make Broadway debut
It's official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of "Cabaret."

Paul Rudd's 'Ant-Man' sneak peek
Look! Out by the bridge! It's ... it's ... Ant-Man? Yes, and a photo of Paul Rudd as the Marvel superhero just hit the Web.

More join cast of Marvel's 'Ant-Man'
The Ant-Man now has some company: Judy Greer, John Slattery, and T.I. will all appear in Marvel's upcoming "Ant-Man," which started filming in San Francisco Monday.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry in France
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie married over the weekend in France, a spokesperson for the couple confirmed Thursday.

About that 'Sopranos' ending
Thank you, David Chase, for not changing the ending. The "Sopranos" creator was getting at larger things in an interview in which he said that Tony's still alive.

FX orders clown comedy from Galifianakis and Louis C.K.
FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a half-hour comedy starring "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis and hailing from recent Emmy winner Louis C.K.

Vanessa Williams owes IRS big
The IRS filed a tax lien against Vanessa Williams, saying the singer-actress owes the federal government $369,249 for her 2011 earnings.

A few 'Friends' reunite on 'Kimmel'
A few "Friends" reunited with super-fan Jimmy Kimmel on his late night show Wednesday.

Neil Young files for divorce after 36 years
Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years and frequent musical collaborator.

Pamela Anderson calls off divorce

'Full House:' A reboot may be coming

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Can you believe they dated?
Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have ended their relationship after three years of dating, reports say.

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Gamers prove their metal as rock stars
Jess Hu is a child care provider from Brooklyn, New York, but for 20 hours a week, she's a rock star. That's how much she estimates she plays the video game "Rock Band."

Comedian is living in an Ikea store
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Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot

Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
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Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
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Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling miniature theater is inscribed with the words "glory, wealth, wisdom, victory, triumph, hero, labor" — and it is where visiting Olympic officials planted an olive sapling that would bear their names for posterity.

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network
The Southeastern Conferences new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.

FCC's Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns.

Mixed martial arts fighter accused of attacking ex
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police are looking for a mixed martial arts fighter and porn actor after his girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and said the man, known as War Machine, beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.

Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer officially became the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods words instead of his actions.

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.

ITF rules on Israel and Ukraine Davis Cup venues
LONDON (AP) — The International Tennis Federation ruled Tuesday that Davis Cup matches will be moved out of Ukraine and Israel because of security issues in both countries.

FCC chief supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission says it's time to repeal NFL television blackout rules.

First openly gay NFL draftee Sam released by Rams
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League, was cut from the St. Louis Rams but said hes confident hell have another shot at making a pro football roster this season. Sam was released Saturday by the Rams, as NFL teams make their final cuts before the season begins in a few days time. All NFL teams had to reach the 53-man NFL limit by Saturday ahead of next weeks season openers, and the 24-year-old defensive ends fate came down to the Rams having too much talent on the defensive line. "It was not a difficult decision," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.

South Korea's Hur shares lead at Portland Classic golf
Hur Mi-Jung led a Korean assault on the leaderboard with a two-under 70 to grab a share of the lead after the third round of the LPGA Tours Portland Classic. Hur reached 11-under 205 after 54 holes on Saturday, making her the co-leader along with defending champ Suzann Pettersen (67) and Spains Carlota Ciganda (70). Ryu So-Yeon also shot a 70 and is tied for fourth just one stroke back of Hur as three of the top six and five of the top 13 players are from South Korea. Second round leader Kim In-Kyung, of South Korea, and Chinas Lin Xi Yu (70) are tied with Ryu for fourth.

Ex-Steeler Harrison announces retirement
Former star linebacker James Harrison has announced his retirement from the National Football League, saying he wants to spend more time with his family. Harrison, who won a pair of Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, made the announcement on his Facebook page. "I have made the difficult decision to retire," Harrison wrote. Harrison spent 10 years playing with the Steelers, who first signed him as an undrafted rookie in 2002.

Day, Palmer share PGA playoff event midway lead
Australias Jason Day fired a three-under par 68 to match American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the US PGA Deutsche Bank Championship. Day and Palmer, who fired a par 71, stood on eight-under par 134 after 36 holes Saturday with Americans Matt Kuchar and Billy Horschel on 135 and Americans Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Russell Henley and Keegan Bradley on 136. Only the 70 points leaders after this weeks second event of the US tours season-ending playoffs with advance to next weeks BMW Championship in Denver, which will decide the 30 qualifiers for the Tour Championship in two weeks.

Day and Palmer share halfway lead at Deutsche Bank
(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Saturday. Despite an unexpected bogey on his final hole, Day carded a three-under-par 68 in fluctuating afternoon winds while Palmer shot a 71 in the morning at the TPC Boston. They finished level at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of Americans Matt Kuchar (66) and Billy Horschel (66) on a tightly-bunched leaderboard. World number one Rory McIlroy, slowed by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th where his approach shot bounded 30 yards over the green into a hazard, fired a 69 to trail the leaders by five shots.

U.S. rout Finland, Spain's Gasol shines
European champions France slipped to a 65-63 defeat by Brazil while Croatia had a close shave against the Philippines, scratching out an 81-78 win in overtime. The United States, with their top players from the NBA declining to play in the 24-nation event, struggled early on to impose themselves on the Finns, who were roared on by some 8,000 of their noisy fans at Bilbao’s Bizkaia Arena. The Americans confined Finland to a handful of free throws from late in the first quarter until early in the third, while hitting three-pointers and converting fast breaks at the other end almost at will.

Golf-Day and Palmer share halfway lead at Deutsche Bank
* Day soars into a tie at the top with a 68 * Joins Palmer, who carded a second-round 71 * McIlroy trails by five strokes (Updates at end of round) Aug 30 (Reuters) - Australian Jason Day continued his sizzling form to tie American Ryan Palmer for the lead after the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Massachusetts on Saturday. They finished level at eight-under 134, one stroke ahead of Americans Matt Kuchar (66) and Billy Horschel (66) on a tightly-bunched leaderboard. World number one Rory McIlroy, slowed by a double-bogey at the par-four 14th where his approach shot bounded 30 yards over the green into a hazard, fired a 69 to trail the leaders by five shots.

Sam's bid to be first openly gay NFL player on hold
(Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sams dream of becoming the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold on Saturday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season. The 24-year-old, a standout with the University of Missouri who had announced he was gay in February, was one of 22 players cut in final roster moves by the Rams to reach the limit before the NFLs 4 p.m. ET deadline on Saturday. The journey continues." Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who spoke to Sam by phone before the final roster moves were announced, said it had simply been "a football decision" to cut the defensive end.

Factbox: Defensive end Michael Sam
(Reuters) - Factbox on defensive end Michael Sam, whose bid to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season on Saturday. EARLY PROMISE Attended Hitchcock High School in Hitchcock, Texas where he played football, both as a defensive end and offensive tackle. Recruited by a number of colleges, he accepted a scholarship with the University of Missouri where he became a consensus All-American and co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference as a senior in 2013.

USA, Spain open World Cup with comfortable wins
Seville (Spain) (AFP) - Defending champions United States and hosts Spain both breezed to comfortable victories on Saturday during the first day of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Spieth confirms Australian Open appearance
Ultra-talented American teenager Jordan Spieth is the latest big name to confirm participation in Novembers Australian Open in Sydney. Spieth, who has never previously travelled to Australia, will join World No.1 and defending champion, Rory McIlroy along with Australian and former Masters champion Adam Scott at the event taking place from November 27-30 at The Australian Club. The 21-year old Dallas-born golfer confirmed his participation in the event ahead of teeing up on day two of the second of the PGA Tours Play-Off Series events in Boston. "Im extremely excited to be going to Australia as Ive always wanted to go given my instructor comes from Melbourne, plus theres a lot of Australian players on Tour saying how great their country is," said Spieth.

Suspended 49ers linebacker apologizes for actions
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith apologized Saturday for actions that led to a nine-game suspension from the National Football League. A day after being hit with the ban, Smith released a statement through the NFL Players Association expressing regret for substance abuse and personal conduct policy violations. Smith has been one of the NFLs top pass rushers over the past three seasons, making 42 quarterback sacks in that span, the second-most of any player. In July, Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and placed on three years of probation on weapons and drink driving charges from a 2013 incident.

Gallacher still hopes for Ryder Cup slot
Scotlands Stephen Gallacher kept alive his hopes of automatic selection for the European Ryder Cup team by firing a 69 in the third round of the Italian Open in Turin on Saturday. Austrias Bernd Wiesberger is third on 13 under after following consecutive rounds of 66 with a 71, with English duo Lee Slattery and Ross Fisher sharing fourth on 11 under. The 39-year-old Gallacher arrived in Italy knowing that he needed to place first or second in the final qualifying tournament for the Ryder Cup, being held at Gleneagles near his home in late September, to dislodge Graeme McDowell from the ninth and final automatic spot in Paul McGinleys 12-strong team.

Ryder Cup-dreaming Gallacher faces nervous finale in Italy
(Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher's attempt to secure a last-gasp place in Europe's Ryder Cup team will go right down to the wire after he moved within six strokes of the lead in the Italian Open third round in Turin on Saturday. The Scot, who needs to finish in the top two this week to displace Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell in the nine qualifying positions for next month's matches at Gleneagles, stayed in touching distance of pacesetting South African Hennie Otto with a 69. "The worst thing I could have done was allow a big gap to open that was insurmountable," Gallacher told reporters after finishing with a 10-under total of 206. Second will do me fine." Otto, who had problems with the back he has twice had surgery on this year, posted a 71 for 200 to go two strokes clear of second-placed Scot Richie Ramsay (66).

Spain out to upset under-manned US in Basketball World Cup
Hosts Spain and the rest of the field must believe they finally have a decent shot at knocking off the mighty United States as the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off on Saturday. The United States were clearly the better team at the 2012 Olympics when LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and company knocked off Spain in the final in London.

South Korea's Kim extends lead at Portland Classic golf
South Koreas Kim In-Kyung fired a five-under 67 to stretch her lead to three shots after the second round of the LPGA Tours Portland Classic. The last of Kims three career wins on the USLPGA Tour came in the 2010 season. Carlota Ciganda and Hur Mi-Jung both fired seven-under 65s in the second round at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club. She was joined there by Mina Harigae (69), Chinas Lin Xi Yu (68) and Paula Reto (69).

Palmer leads at Deutsche Bank golf championship
Ryan Palmer rolled in nine birdies en route to a 63 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Palmers American compatriot Keegan Bradley is in sole possession of second after firing a bogey-free 65 at the TPC Boston. Day is tied with Americans Webb Simpson and Chesson Hadley.

Bradley gets closer to Cup dream with an opening 65
Ryder Cup selection is a top priority for Keegan Bradley and he gave his prospects of a late call-up a timely boost by charging into contention for the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday. Bradley, who has made no secret of his desire to be one of three wildcard picks by United States captain Tom Watson next week, fired a flawless six-under-par 65 at the TPC Boston to end the opening round two shots off the pace. A three-time winner on the PGA Tour who clinched his first major title at the 2011 PGA Championship, the 28-year-old has set his sights on making the Ryder Cup team for a second time.

Red-hot putting helps Palmer set Boston pace
American Ryan Palmer, whose putting has been razor sharp for the past six weeks, upstaged some of golfs biggest names as he surged into a two-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday. The 37-year-old Texan, seeking a fourth PGA Tour victory, reeled off four successive birdies midway through the opening round and signed off by sinking an 18-foot putt on his final hole for an eight-under-par 63 at the TPC Boston. While world number one Rory McIlroy squandered a red-hot start with a messy finish to card a 70, Palmer mixed nine birdies with a lone bogey to seize control in the second of the PGA Tours four lucrative FedExCup playoff events. Keegan Bradley gave his Ryder Cup prospects a timely boost as he fired an opening 65 to finish a stroke in front of fellow Americans Webb Simpson and Chesson Hadley and Australian Jason Day.

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Deutsche Bank Championship scores
Aug 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Deutsche Bank Championship at the par-71 course on Friday in Norton, Massachusetts 63 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 63 65 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 65 66 Jason Day (Australia) 66 Webb Simpson (U.S.) 66 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 66 67 Russell Knox (Britain) 67 Bill Haas (U.S.) 67 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 67 Ian Poulter (Britain) 67 Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 67 68 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 68 Matt Every (U.S.) 68 Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 68 Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 68 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 68 Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 68 69 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 69 Matt Kuchar (U.S. ...

Sam confident of making a team as last cuts loom
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by the National Football League, is confident he will play for a team this season, although maybe not the St. Louis Rams. Sam, a defensive end, led St. Louis with six tackles Thursday in a 14-13 loss at Miami in the Rams final pre-season game ahead of Saturdays deadline to trim the roster from 75 players to a final 53-man lineup. "Im very confident I will be playing on an NFL roster this fall," Sam said. It might not be with the Rams, however, who boast a strong selection of veteran defensive lineman and two strong rookies in Sam and Ethan Westbrooks, the newcomers likely fighting for one spot.

Yankees shut down Tanaka over sore right arm
Masahiro Tanaka is out indefinitely after suffering soreness in his right arm following a simulated game exercise, the New York Yankees announced Friday. The 25-year-old Japanese right-hander who signed a seven-year Major League Baseball contract worth $155 million with the Yankees in January, was placed on the disabled list last month due to a torn right elbow ligament. The Yankees described this latest development as a minor setback.

Niners' defender Smith suspended for nine games
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game ban without pay Friday from the National Football League for substance abuse and personal conduct violations. Smith has 42 sacks since making his NFL debut in 2011, the second-most of any player in the league over that span, but has multiple incidents involving police as well. Last season, Smith missed five games during a voluntary leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse issues.

Otto moves into Italian lead as Gallacher battles
Hennie Otto took a three-shot lead in the Italian Open in Turin following Fridays second round. The 38-year-old South African carded an incredible 10-under-par 62 to surge into the lead having started the day a shot behind Italian Francesco Molinari and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria. He needs to finish in the top two in order to overtake Graeme McDowell and earn an automatic spot on the European team at Gleneagles next month. The South African was 15 under par with Wiesberger at 12-under and Gallacher sitting on par.

49ers linebacker Smith suspended for nine games
(Reuters) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended without pay for the first nine games of the 2014 regular season for violating the National Football League's policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct. "Smith will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster on Monday, November 10 following the team's November 9 game against the New Orleans Saints," an NFL spokesman said in a statement on Friday. Smith, 24, a Pro Bowl selection in 2012, missed five games during the 2013 season after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and then voluntarily checking himself into a rehabilitation facility. "Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement on Friday.

Otto leads way in Italy as Gallacher revives Ryder Cup hopes
(Reuters) - Stephen Gallacher produced a sparkling late rush of birdies on Friday to resuscitate his chances of earning an automatic Ryder Cup place at the final points-counting event, the Italian Open in Turin. The 39-year-old Scot was one of the late starters and began the second round trailing South African pacesetter Hennie Otto, who was already in the clubhouse, by 15 strokes. Gallacher, who can displace world number 16 Graeme McDowell in the top nine automatic qualifying spots for Europe's Ryder Cup team by finishing in the top two in Turin, opened up with an eagle at the first hole and a birdie at the fifth.

Golf-Otto leads way in Italy as Gallacher revives Ryder Cup hopes
Stephen Gallacher produced a sparkling late rush of birdies on Friday to resuscitate his chances of earning an automatic Ryder Cup place at the final points-counting event, the Italian Open in Turin. The 39-year-old Scot was one of the late starters and began the second round trailing South African pacesetter Hennie Otto, who was already in the clubhouse, by 15 strokes. Gallacher, who can displace world number 16 Graeme McDowell in the top nine automatic qualifying spots for Europe's Ryder Cup team by finishing in the top two in Turin, opened up with an eagle at the first hole and a birdie at the fifth.

Man charged with wire fraud in $1 million Miami Heat ticket scam
By Daniel Wallis MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami man has been charged with wire fraud in connection with a scam that yielded millions of dollars from investors and a premium ticket package for the Miami Heat NBA basketball team, prosecutors said on Friday. An indictment said Haider Zafar, 36, portrayed himself as a member of a wealthy Pakistani family that operates several luxury hotels, including the Marriott in Islamabad, which was bombed in 2008, and other businesses. It said Zafar claimed he lived in a penthouse in the Essex House in New York City, as well as having residences in other high-end buildings there and in Miami. Zafar faces up to 20 years in prison on each of five counts of wire fraud in the case, the U.S.

Mismatch fears over McGinley dispelled: Price
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Phillip Price feared a mismatch when Europe chose Paul McGinley as captain to take on U.S. McGinleys modest playing record, and his overall standing in the sport, cannot compare to that of eight-times major winner Watson. Hes very thoughtful, he seems to have thought about the Ryder Cup an awful lot and every question thats thrown at him, hes always got a good answer." Four-times European Tour winner McGinley holed the putt that won the Ryder Cup in 2002 but Price says next months matches against the Americans at Gleneagles in Scotland could end up defining his career.

Golf-Mismatch fears over McGinley dispelled - Price
By Tony Jimenez LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Phillip Price feared a mismatch when Europe chose Paul McGinley as captain to take on U.S. McGinley's modest playing record, and his overall standing in the sport, cannot compare to that of eight-times major winner Watson. He's very thoughtful, he seems to have thought about the Ryder Cup an awful lot and every question that's thrown at him, he's always got a good answer." Four-times European Tour winner McGinley holed the putt that won the Ryder Cup in 2002 but Price says next month's matches against the Americans at Gleneagles in Scotland could end up defining his career.