Pats toss Tebow

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Publisher's note:  In a not really surprising move given a less than stellar performance, the New England Patriots have cut Tim Tebow from the roster.  Some say this could spell the end of his professional career, others say he'll have other opportunities down the road.  I believe that he will find his calling soon enough, whatever that might be.

Fox Sports:  Tim Tebow, who signed with the Patriots in June after a disappointing season with the New York Jets, has been cut by New England, ESPN.com reported on Saturday.  Tebow had survived the Patriots' cut to 77 players on Monday.

The report comes after Tebow tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Quentin Sims in the fourth quarter, helping Patriots down the New York Giants, 28-20, in the preseason finale for both teams at Gillette Stadium.

Tebow finished 6-of-11 passing for 91 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Ryan Mallett started under center and completed 10-of-16 passes for 117 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, said the third-string quarterback has taken positive steps in 2½ months with the team.

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East beats West in Little League World Series

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Publisher's note:  Japan bests California in the 2013 World Series of Little League Baseball.  No matter who wins such competitions, it is good to see the sportsmanship and teamwork displayed by these kids.  No one comes off that field a loser.

Fox Sports:  Ryusei Hirooka lined a decisive two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning, Shunpei Takagi hit two solo home runs, and Tokyo beat Chula Vista, Calif., 6-4 on Sunday to win the Little League World Series.

It was the 14th championship game for Japan, which was making its fourth straight appearance in the title game, and ninth title. California, making its 23rd championship game appearance, has won seven World Series titles. Giancarlo Cortez had a two-run single and Grant Holman an RBI single for Chula Vista.

 

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Dufner wins PGA Championship...first title

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Publisher's note:  Congratulations to Jason Dufner on his first major title.  

Fox News:  Jason Dufner has won his first major title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship.

Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270.

Henrik Stenson finished three shots back.

Dufner made up for the heartache of the 2011 PGA, when he went to the 15th tee with a four-stroke lead in Atlanta.  He dunked that shot in the water, squandered the advantage and lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff.

There was no such collapse on another warm, sunny day at Oak Hill.  From tee to green, Dufner was nearly perfect. If not for a bit of a shaky putter, the margin would've been even more.

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Motor Cyclist dies in 285 mph crash

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Publisher's note:  Tragedy struck the world of motorcycle speed racing over the weekend when Bill Warner lost control of his modified bike after achieving 285 mph.

Fox Sports:  A motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph died Sunday after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former air base in northern Maine.

Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Fla., was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control but it was unclear how fast the motorcycle was traveling when it veered off the paved runway and crashed, said Tim Kelly, race director the Loring Timing Association, which hosted "The Maine Event" at Loring Air Force Base.

 

Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou.

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Bartoli takes Wimbleton

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One of the strangest Wimbledons produced one of its quirkiest champions in Marion Bartoli, the winner of a final that had the overwhelmed runner-up in near tears during the match.

Bartoli, whose power game bothered Sabine Lisicki as much as any of her notable eccentricities, won 6-1, 6-4 Saturday to capture her first Grand Slam title in her 47th appearance at a major.

"I dreamed about this moment for so long," Bartoli said during her on-court interview.

She addressed Lisicki, who was shaking and in tears.

"I was there in 2007 and I missed it," said Bartoli, the runner-up to Venus Williams that year. "I know how it feels, Sabine, and I'm sure you will be there one more time. I have no doubt about it."

Indeed, the 15th-seeded Bartoli played the part of the experienced veteran. After losing serve with a pair of double-faults in the first game, she ticked off 11 of the next 12.

The 23rd-seeded Lisicki was trailing 5-1, 15-40 in the second set, then came up with a rally from out of nowhere -- unexpected considering she was almost weeping on the court minutes earlier.

"I was just overwhelmed by the whole situation, but credit to Marion," Lisicki said. "She's been in this situation before and handled it well."

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