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Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had an MRI Tuesday revealing a ligament sprain in his right knee.
The 21-year-old Machado suffered the injury while taking a swing in the team’s 11-3 loss against the New York Yankees Monday night. After Machado took the swing, he fell to the ground grabbing his knee and had to be helped off the field.

The Orioles still haven’t determined whether Machado will go on the disabled list.
“I’m not going to handicap it,” Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said. “I don’t know yet, but just because someone goes on the DL doesn’t mean that he’s not going to play again this year, or he’s going to have surgery or this and that.”

This is the second time Machado suffered an injury to a knee while in the major leagues. In October 2013, Machado had reconstructive surgery on his left knee. That procedure caused the youngster to start this season on the DL.

In 82 games this season, Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .324 on-base percentage.
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Verlander Diagnosed with Shoulder Inflammation

Verlander Diagnosed with Shoulder Inflammation

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (PITTSBURGH) — Detroit Tigers starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, had an MRI Tuesday that revealed the former Cy Young Award winner has inflammation in his right shoulder but no major structural damage.
“Really, there was no major structural damage,” Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus said. “At this point, we don’t expect him to go on the DL. We’re still kind of evaluating what the treatment options are, but there’s a possibility he may only have to miss a start and be back with us.”

While it’s a relief to the Tigers that Verlander hasn’t suffered a major injury, it’s still questionable whether he will make his scheduled start Sunday against the Mariners.

Verlander felt discomfort in his shoulder while pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the team’s 11-6 loss Monday night. He lasted only one inning, allowing four earned runs, before being pulled.

The 31-year-old Verlander is having a tough season. The former American League MVP has pitched 158 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 10-11 record, 4.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 55 walks and 118 strikeouts.

Ausmus told MLB.com that he does not expect Verlander to go on the DL.
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Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Shawn Marion met with the Indiana Pacers on Monday and had a face-to-face meeting with the team president, Larry Bird. The sit downs came after Bird urged the free-agent forward to play next year in Indianapolis after losing Paul George to a compound leg fracture.
Marion had been rumored to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and play with Lebron James, which is still a possibility. The Cavaliers however are restricted to only pay the big man a league minimum salary of $1.4 million per season while the Pacers will be granted a $5.3 million disabled player exemption due to George’s injury.
The All-Star forward has said he wants to play for a contender if he does wind up leaving the Dallas Mavericks, where he has spent the last five seasons. Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.
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Orlando Scandrick Suspended Four Games

Orlando Scandrick Suspended Four Games

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) — Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended by the NFL for four games on Monday for violating it’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Sources say the violation stemmed from a supplement taking by Scandrick, which included a substance banned by the league.
“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans,” Scandrick said in a statement released by his agent, Ron Slavin. “Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance-enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It’s my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future.”
The seven-year veteran is coming off the best year of his career, recording 64 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. Scandrick beat out Morris Claiborne for the starting job last summer and was doing so again in 2014.
Slavin placed blame for the suspension on the NFL and the NFL Players Association for their failure to pass an agreement on the use of human growth hormone testing.
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Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

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(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles hammered New York in an 11-3 win at home on Saturday. However, Baltimore (68-50) may have lost third baseman Manny Machado to the disabled list.
Machado exited the game in the third i…

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Just over a week ago, Kansas City was five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Now, the Royals (64-53) won their eighth straight on Monday and overtook the Tigers in the division race with a 3-2 win over Oakland.
Kansas City jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings, but Brandon Moss singled home a pair of runs for the Athletics (72-46) in the third to tie the game.
It remained deadlocked until Alcides Escobar singled in a run in the seventh, giving the Royals a 3-2 advantage.
Yordany Ventura out dueled Sonny Gray by allowing two runs on two hits over six innings. Gray went seven strong, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out a pair.
Kansas City was able to gain the top spot in the AL Central when Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 11-3. It marks the latest point in the season since 2003 that the Royals have been in first place.
“You want to be in first place. Our goal was to get back to first place,” said Royals manager Ned Yost, who has won eight games in a row. “Now our goal is to stay in first place.”
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Bears Reinstate Suspended TE Bennett

Bears Reinstate Suspended TE Bennett

National Football League(BOURBONNAIS, Ill.) — Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett has been reinstated following a fine and indefinite suspension. The suspension ended up lasting just six days, as Bennett rejoined his teammates on the practice field Sunday at Olivet Nazarene University. 
The punishment was a result of an altercation involving Bennett and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller that saw Bennett slam the first-year player to the ground. Bennett was initially unapologetic but has reversed course in the last couple days.
“I think I could’ve handled the situation differently,” Bennett said. “We can talk about it right now, but (I would have handled it) any way differently than I did. I think everything in life is about learning lessons.”
Bennett was unable to play in the preseason opener and said it was difficult to watch because of how much he wanted to play. The tight end also expressed how happy he was to be back with his teammates.
“They love me. I love the guys,” Bennett said. “I got a lot of hugs and high-fives, slaps on the butt, all that good stuff, a lot of jokes. The moment they saw me, most guys just started laughing because they wanted me to say something funny.”
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Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Kershaw Wins 11th-Straight Game

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run on six hits in eight innings of work, picking up his 11th consecutive win in a 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The Los Angeles (67-52) southpaw struck out six and walked two in what his manager called a “struggle”.
“It was a struggle for him all day long,” said manager Don Mattingly. “It felt like he was working hard but he kept battling and giving us chances.”
Kershaw (14-2) tied for the league lead in wins while lowering his earned run average to a National League best 1.78. He gave up the lone run in the first inning before watching his offense help avoid a sweep at the hands of the Brewers (65-53).
Adrian Gonzalez tied things up in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly, plating Kershaw, before Matt Kemp drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth. Kershaw even helped himself out, driving in a run in the eighth on a single. 
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Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MANKATO, Minn.) — One day after being struck by a stray bullet at a nightclub, Linval Joseph was back at practice on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph, who was hit in the calf, is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
“I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours. I am extremely thankful that this was a minor injury for me,” said Joseph in a statement released by the team. “My thoughts are with all of the victims at this time. I am looking forward to getting back onto the field with my teammates in the near future.”
The shooting occurred near the back of 400 Soundbar in Minneapolis where the defensive tackle and some teammates spent several hours after their first preseason game. A total of nine people were wounded when a gunman opened fire in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. 
“He’s pretty good, really, for the most part,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “He was in the meeting this morning and paying attention to what corrections he needs to make when he was playing. He’s a fairly quiet guy anyway so I’m sure it shook him up like it shook all of us up. He’s a very high-character, high-quality young man.”
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Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) — One day after the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox in 19 innings, the Toronto Blue Jays got a walk-off single from Jose Bautista in the bottom of the 19th to down Detroit, 6-5 on Sunday. It is the first time in MLB history that two 19 inning games have been played on consecutive days. 
The 6-hour, 37-minute marathon saw the Blue Jays (63-56) comeback from an early 5-0 deficit to earn a series win over the Tigers (63-52). Detroit jumped on starting pitcher Mark Buerhle, knocking him out of the game in the fourth after Ian Kinsler’s ground rule double drove in Austin Romine for the fifth run of the day.
Toronto’s bullpen then took over and held off the Tigers long enough for the comeback. Dioner Navarro opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth before Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive singles in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.
Reyes added another RBI in the ninth, scoring Anthony Gose to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Both teams’ bullpens were able to work in and out of trouble in the 12 extra frames before Munenori Kawasaki started the 19th with a single.
Reyes then reached after Ian Kinsler couldn’t handle a throw from pitcher Rick Porcello on a bunt attempt. Cabrera was then intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out, setting up Bautista’s heroics. It is only the second walk-off hit of Bautista’s career.
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Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a wreck that killed one person at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the late hours of Saturday night. While authorities have not released the name of the victim, many witnesses identified him as Kevin Ward, Jr.
Video of the crash shows Stewart and Ward colliding, spinning out the 20-year old. Ward then proceeded to get out of his car and point at Stewart. As the 42-year old came around the turn again, Ward walked closer and was then struck by Stewart’s tire and thrown 50 feet.
Stewart-Haas Racing released a statement early Sunday morning.
“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating,” the statement read. “Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”
The Ontario County Sherrif’s Department did not release the name of the victim but did confirm he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Stewart was “fully cooperative” during his questioning according to Sherrif Philip Povero. The current investigation is not a criminal one.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancelled all remaining races on Saturday as the investigation began. Stewart is still scheduled to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, about an hour away from Canandaigua.
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Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) — In the longest game of the season to date, Albert Pujols sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated Boston 5-4 early Sunday morning.
The game took a total of 6-hours and 31-minutes with 558 pitches being thrown by nine different arms. The Angels (68-48) had stranded 16 batters through the first 18 innings before the solo shot from Pujols. 
“I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn’t come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit,” said Pujols. “I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it.”
Pujols originally gave his team the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the first before the Red Sox (51-65) scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Los Angeles knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on Mike Trout’s solo homer.
Boston plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly but the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning. Trout again provided the tying run with a fielder’s choice, helping to set up Pujols’ heroics.
“A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that’s the case, it’s worth it to play 19 innings,” Pujols said.
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Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Elsa/Getty Images(DETROIT) — It wasn’t the most glamorous of debuts, but Johnny Manziel raised some eyebrows in his first NFL preseason game. The rookie quarterback played four series for Cleveland in a 13-12 loss at Detroit on Saturday night. 
While completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 63 yards, Manziel also rushed for 27 yards on six carries. His longest of the night, a 16-yard scamper, gave fans a glimpse into the possible future of “Johnny Football” in the NFL. 
“For me it was a good start,” Manziel said. “Have to start somewhere and set a foundation.”
Brian Hoyer got the starting nod for Cleveland and was 6-of-11 for 92 passing yards, leading a pair of drives that resulted in field goals. Hoyer, who was the starter last year for the Browns, has not voiced a concern about potentially losing his job to Manziel.
“That decision has not been made yet,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine. However, a source has told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman there is a “very good chance” Manziel starts next week against Washington.
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Ambrose Wins at Watkins Glen

Ambrose Wins at Watkins Glen

BananaStock(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — Marcos Ambrose competes in one Nationwide race per year, and he usually wins it. That was the story on Saturday as Ambrose took the checkered flag at Watkins Glen for a fourth time in his career.
Ambrose won the race for the fourth time in as many starts, the first since winning his third in a row in 2010. The 38-year old won three in a row from 2008-2010 before missing the last three because he failed to find a sponsor.
It was an up-and-down day for Ambrose and his crew. After starting the race in a heated battle with Kyle Busch, the No. 9 crew fell well off the pace but was able to rebound and hold off Busch for the win. The Australian’s win was his fifth Nationwide victory, all of which have been on road courses.
Joey Logano finished third behind both Ambrose and Busch while Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. Ambrose now looks for a weekend sweep as he will start second in the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 3 (62-56) – Detroit Tigers 2 (63-51) – 10 Innings
Cleveland Indians 3 (58-59) – New York Yankees 0 (61-55)
Baltimore Orioles 10 (67-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 3 (61-54)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (57-59) – Chicago Cubs 0 (49-66)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (65-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (66-52)
San Diego Padres 2 (53-62) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (62-54)
Kansas City Royals 5 (62-53) – San Francisco Giants 0 (62-55)
Miami Marlins 4 (57-59) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (59-58)
Houston Astros 8 (49-68) – Texas Rangers 3 (45-71)
Arizona Diamondbacks 14 (51-66) – Colorado Rockies 4 (45-71)
New York Mets 2 (56-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (52-65) – 11 Innings
Chicago White Sox 2 (56-62) – Seattle Mariners 1 (61-55)
Oakland Athletics 9 (72-44) – Minnesota Twins 4 (51-64)
Washington Nationals 4 (63-52) – Atlanta Braves 1 (59-57)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (68-48) – Boston Red Sox 4 (51-65)
96th PGA Championship:  (1) Rory McIlroy -13
(2) Bernd Wiesberger -12
(3) Rickie Fowler -11
(4) Phil Mickelson -10
(4) Jason Day -10
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen International
NFL Preseason: Detroit Lions 13 (1-0) – Cleveland Browns 12 (0-1)
New York Giants 20 (2-0) – Pittsburgh Steelers 16 (0-1)
Tennessee Titans 20 (1-0) – Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)
Arizona Cardinals 32 (1-0) – Houston Texans 0 (0-1)
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McIlroy Maintains Lead Heading Into Sunday at Valhalla

McIlroy Maintains Lead Heading Into Sunday at Valhalla

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy birdied three of the last four holes to shoot a 4-under 67 Saturday and maintain a one-stroke lead at the PGA Championship. 
“It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had, but I’m still in control of this golf tournament,” McIlroy said “It’s a great position to be in.”
McIlroy holds a one-stroke lead over 28-year-old Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who tied Hunter Mahan for the low round of the day with a 6-under 65 and is 12-under for the tournament. 
“This is a dream come true,” said Wiesberger, who is heading into only his second Sunday at a major. “I’m very proud of myself, the way I played today. This is a completely new situation for me.”
Rickie Fowler is in third, two strokes off the lead, while Phil Mickelson and Jason Day both are three strokes back heading into Sunday at Valhalla. 
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ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Guard Ray Allen has told people close to him that he willl play next season instead of retiring, according to ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard.
Broussard also reports that while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to land Allen, the 39-year-old hasn’t made up his mind on where he’ll play.
Allen, the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made, played the last two seasons with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. During that time he averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds while connecting on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Allen has won two championships in his 19 NBA seasons and will only play for teams he considers title contenders.
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Rory Seizes Lead, Tiger Misses Cut at Valhalla

Rory Seizes Lead, Tiger Misses Cut at Valhalla

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy continued his impressive play by shooting a 4-under 67 en route to taking over the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. His birdie on the final hole put him one shot ahead of both Jim Furyk and Jason Day.
“I scored well, but the golf wasn’t quite as pretty as yesterday at times, neither was the weather, obviously,” said McIlroy after rain delayed day two for almost an hour. “Played well for the most part. There were some key up-and-downs to keep the momentum going in the round.”
The top golfer in the world recorded an eagle, four birdies, and two bogeys in his second round. McIlroy has won each of his last two tournaments, including the British Open, and is a combined 41 under par in his last 10 rounds.
Day had the best Friday round of anyone, posting a 6-under 65 to close to within a stroke of the leader. Furyk also shot well while Ryan Palmer, Rickie Fowler, and Mikko Ilonen all sit at 7-under after two days.
One week after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone, Tiger Woods struggled with back pain and recorded his second straight 3-over to miss the cut at 6-over for the tournament. It is just the fourth time that Woods has missed the cut in a Major.
“It was sore. No doubt about it,” Woods said after totaling a 6-over 148 to miss the cut by five strokes. “It went out on me on the range. Just had to play through it.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) – Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings
Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)
New York Mets 5 (55-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) – San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)
Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)
Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)
New York Yankees 10 (61-54) – Cleveland Indians 6 (57-59) 
Kansas City Royals 4 (61-53) – San Francisco Giants 2 (62-54)
Milwaukee Brewers 9 (64-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (66-51)
Atlanta Braves 7 (59-56) – Washington Nationals 6 (62-52)
Houston Astros 4 (48-68) – Texas Rangers 3 (45-70)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (50-66) – Colorado Rockies 3 (45-70)
Oakland Athletics 6 (71-44) – Minnesota Twins 5 (51-63)
Seattle Mariners 4 (61-54) – Chicago White Sox 1 (55-62)
Boston Red Sox 4 (51-64) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (67-48)
NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars 16 (1-0) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 (0-1)
Buffalo Bills 20 (1-0) – Carolina Panthers 18 (0-1)
Minnesota Vikings 10 (1-0) – Oakland Raiders 6 (0-1)
New Orleans Saints 26 (1-0) – St. Louis Rams 24 (0-1) 
Chicago Bears 34 (1-0) – Philadelphia Eagles 28 (0-1)
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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men’s basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics’ governing body was in violation of the nation’s antitrust laws. 
“The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools,” Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision. 
Wilken went on to say that the NCAA’s defense “do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means”.
There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.
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