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Judge jails Kentucky clerk for refusing marriage licensesJudge sides with Brady, NFL promises 'Deflategate' appeal (Yahoo Sports)

Jonathan Beebe-Franqui, left, and his husband Dwayne D. Beebe-Franqui embrace as they wait for the arrival of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis at the Carl D. Perkins Federal Building in Ashland, Ky., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Davis has been ordered to appear in Federal Court to explain why she is refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a federal order to do so. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.


At least Tom Brady sees the humor in the Deflategate scandal.

A judge let the air out of ''Deflategate'' Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to appeal. The Super Bowl winner has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.


Judge rules for Tom Brady, overturns four-game deflate-gate suspension; Goodell to appealOhio State: QB Jones 'doing fine' after hospital examination (Yahoo Sports)

No settlement: Goodell, Brady await 'Deflategate' rulingJudge Richard M. Berman offered his ruling of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal in the deflate-gate controversy.


FILE - In this Jan. 12 2015, file photo, Ohio State's Cardale Jones warms up for the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. Jones was taken to the hospital Wednesday night, Sept. 2, because of a headache, his mother told The Toledo Blade. Florence Jones told the newspaper her son was taken to an emergency room in Columbus, Ohio, and that he should be fine. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Ohio State says quarterback Cardale Jones is ''doing fine'' after he was examined at a hospital Wednesday night. Jones' mother, Florence, told The Toledo Blade on Wednesday night that her son went to the emergency room for a headache. Ohio State released a statement Thursday saying Jones was examined at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, but did not say for what.


Tragic image of drowned Syrian toddler highlights human cost of refugee crisisHighest ranking, early opener push No. 2 TCU past 2014 snub (Yahoo Sports)

Aylan KurdiPictures of a 3-year-old Syrian boy’s body washed up on a Turkish beach is bringing attention to the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn home.


TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) throws to a open receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State at Amon G. Carter Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won 55-3. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Trevone Boykin and his buddies at TCU have grown tired of hearing about last season, when the Horned Frogs shared the Big 12 title but were left out of the first College Football Playoff. The second-ranked Horned Frogs finally get to start fresh with an early opener. ''The talk is cheap and I'm ready to just go out there and play the game,'' said Boykin, considered an early Heisman Trophy front-runner after finishing fourth in the voting last season.


Kentucky clerk in same-sex marriage dispute found in contemptKershaw's 15 Ks lead Dodgers over Giants 2-1 (Yahoo Sports)
A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was found in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Thursday and taken into custody. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was led away by U.S. marshals. "The court doesn't do this lightly," District Court Judge David Bunning said in ordering she be taken into custody.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, right, and catcher Yasmani Grandal celebrate their team's 2-1 win against the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Once Dodgers manager Don Mattingly crossed the foul line without signaling the bullpen in the ninth inning, Clayton Kershaw knew he was safe to finish off the San Francisco Giants. Kershaw assured Mattingly he was just fine and he proved it, striking out Marlon Byrd to close out a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that increased the Dodgers' NL West lead to 6 1/2 games. ''These guys are great hitters,'' Kershaw said.


South Carolina to seek death penalty in Charleston church massacreFeeling 'tight,' Serena Williams moves forward in Slam bid (Yahoo Sports)

A sign is pictured at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting, outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonCHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina will seek the death penalty against the man charged in the June massacre of nine people at a Charleston church, court documents showed on Thursday. Dylann Roof, 21, faces charges of murdering nine members of the Emanuel AME Church during a Bible study session. Roof is white and the nine slain people were black. Roof faces additional federal hate-crime charges that also raise the possibility of a death sentence. (Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by David Adams and Will Dunham)


Serena Williams walks off the court after beating Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open - the first true Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter of a century - hit her Wednesday. ''Today, I was a little tight,'' Williams said. Williams trailed 5-3 in the first set, finally broke for 5-all, but then needed to erase a 4-0 deficit in the tiebreaker.




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Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

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