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Federal appeals court strikes down cash payments to college athletes for use of their images

SAN FRANCISCO A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws but struck down a plan allowing schools to pay athletes up to $5,000.

Habs edge Pens

QUEBEC CITY—The first NHL game at the new Videotron Centre was hardly a classic.

But that was to be expected when the Pittsburgh Penguins showed up to face the Montreal Canadiens in a pre-season game without big guns Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel.

Scherzer misses 2nd no-no

WASHINGTON—At the close of another eventful afternoon at Nationals Park, Washington general manager Mike Rizzo placed his hands around a microphone at the outset of an unusual post-game news conference and said, with a hint of a smile, “I was really rootin’ for a no-hitter today.”

Anything to change the subject, right?

Packers hold off Chiefs

GREEN BAY, Wis.—Green Bay Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy is running out of superlatives to describe Aaron Rodgers.

Every week, his MVP quarterback dissects defences in painstakingly methodical fashion.

Rodgers threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Randall Cobb, as Green Bay beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-28 last night.

Gamble backfires

LOUDON, N.H.—Matt Kenseth pushed Kevin Harvick down the stretch, then took the lead for good when the defending series champ ran out of gas yesterday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

Kenseth advanced to the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth-straight win.

Spieth wins FedEx Cup

ATLANTA—Jordan Spieth didn’t need the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup, or an extra $10 million to prove anything.

He just played that way.

No matter what happened yesterday at East Lake, his highlight always was going to be the green jacket he won at the Masters with a record-tying score.

The U.S. Open title he won at Chambers Bay only made it better.