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European soccer clubs opening U.S. academies

More American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi.

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Thursday’s Sports Minute

Here are the sports headlines making news today, Thursday, Aug. 21.

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Stewart to skip third race since fatal crash

Tony Stewart will skip this weekend's NASCAR race at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Cowboys still the NFL’s ‘most valuable’

The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable team for an eighth consecutive year.

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Katy Perry, Coldplay frontrunners for Super Bowl halftime

The artists are among those being considered to perform for the halftime show of the NFL's biggest game.

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Mickelson sets sights on Olympic campaign

Five-times major winner Phil Mickelson has set his sights on a campaign to realize a golfing dream at the Rio Olympics.

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LLWS: Las Vegas spoils Mo’ne’s night, beats Philly 8-1

The win puts Las Vegas in Saturday's U.S. title game and sends Philadelphia into an elimination game on Thursday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson team.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws as Brian Hoyer, right, watches before a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Hoyer gets starting job over Manziel

Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel.

FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards, in New York. Kelly established a charitable foundation in honor of a son who died of a rare neurological disorder. Now it's the Hall of Fame quarterback who needs assistance during what's been a yearlong battle with jaw and sinus cancer.

Jim Kelly’s follow-up exam shows no sign of cancer

Jim Kelly shows no evidence of sinus cancer three months after the Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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Schilling blames chewing tobacco for mouth cancer

Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's battling mouth cancer and blames 30 years of chewing tobacco use.

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7 charged with trespassing at Ray Allen’s home

Seven people accused of walking through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen have been charged with trespassing.

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Defending champ Serena Williams top seed for U.S. Open

Serena Williams has been top-seeded for the U.S. Open where she will seek to win the women's singles title for a third consecutive year.

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Philadelphia girl pitcher becomes Little League’s new ‘phenom’

Thirteen-year-old Mo'ne Davis is a young ace pitcher exploding on the scene for "throwing like a girl."

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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Here is the latest sports news making headlines today, Wednesday, Aug. 20.

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Vikings reach settlement with former punter Kluwe

Minnesota reached a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe over his claim that he was released by the team for supporting same-sex marriage.

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Armstrong living positive life but problems not over

A cancer survivor and hero to millions, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and banned for life from racing.

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Ohio State QB Miller out for season

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be without their star quarterback in 2014.

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine watches his team during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Landover, Md.

Browns not ready to name starting quarterback

Browns coach Mike Pettine's decision became tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night.

FILE - This is an Oct. 24, 2012, file photo, showing New York Islanders owner Charles Wang addressing the media during a press conference at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor. In a statement Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, the team says a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin has reached an agreement to buy a "substantial" minority interest in the team.

NY Islanders owner announces sale

The New York Islanders have announced that the team is being sold to a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor.

FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, official Dick Bavetta watches during a free throwt during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment. NBA president Rod Thorn says Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in a statement that the league is "grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement."

Veteran NBA ref Bavetta retires after 39 years

NBA referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment.

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This weekend’s celebrity birthdays

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A look at the celebrities who will be celebrating this weekend.

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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL

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This week’s top sports shots

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A look at the biggest stories and best photography in sports this week.

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WATCH: 10 best ‘Simpsons’ episodes

In this photo released by Fox, Homer explains why he wants to bring back the annual 4th of July fireworks display, after it's cancelled for budget reasons, in the "Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Season Finale episode of "The Simpsons," in May 2014. The full 25-year run of "The Simpsons" will arrive on cable channel FXX with a summer marathon, to be paired this fall with a digital extravaganza that could turn other TV shows yellow with envy. "I'm not going to over-promise, but I think this website will provide you with affordable health care," longtime "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean told a TV critics' meeting Monday, July 21, 2014.

The recent marathon of all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons" inspired us to sit down and come up with our 10 favorite episodes. Enjoy!

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This weekend’s sports schedule

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A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.

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