Jacksonville to play four games in London
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars said they will play one regular-season home game in London each season from 2013-16.
The Jaguars will be taking the place of the St. Louis Rams, who had agreed to play a series of games in London but recently withdrew due to issues regarding the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The Rams will play the New England Patriots Oct. 28 in London's Wembley Stadium but pulled out of overseas games in 2013 and 2014.
Jaguars officials said they'd take the NFL's London games in 2013-16.
"The Jacksonville Jaguars will be a bold and ambitious NFL franchise," Jaguars Owner Shad Khan said. "Playing a home game in London over four seasons is consistent with our vision to introduce and grow the Jaguars brand globally.
"This is a priceless opportunity to share the business, tourism and lifestyle story of Jacksonville with international audiences, and I know it will give the Jaguars a unique and powerful identity within the league and beyond."
Armstrong suit denied against doping group
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit by cyclist Lance Armstrong seeking a permanent injunction against a group that accused him of doping.
The ruling means that Armstrong will have to decide whether to accept arbitration with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency or face the possibility of a strict punishment, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said Monday in a 30-page opinion that "the deficiency of USADA's charging document is of serious constitutional concern." However, he ruled that his court didn't have jurisdiction in determining whether Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs.
Sparks said federal courts shouldn't interfere with disciplinary procedures of an amateur sports organization "unless the organization shows wanton disregard for its rules, to the immediate and irreparable harm of a plaintiff, where the plaintiff has no other available remedy."
USADA sent Armstrong, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, a letter in June accusing him and five people not involved in racing of a conspiracy to hide Armstrong's illegal use of drugs.
Armstrong contended the organization had no jurisdiction and that USADA had violated his right to due process.
USADA could issue a lifetime ban against Armstrong and strip him of his Tour de France titles.
McIlroy tops rankings; Woods leads FedEx
VIRGINIA WATER, England, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy is ranked No. 1 but Tiger Woods has the most FedEx Cup points as the PGA Tour heads into its playoff season.
McIlroy is ranked first for an eighth week overall. He has a pair of wins this year, including the recent PGA Championship, but Woods has more wins (three) this year in the PGA Tour than any other player.
They will be among the most watched players as the FedEx Cup series of tournaments begins Thursday with The Barclays in Farmingdale, N.Y.
McIlroy has a ranking points average of 10.421 while Luke Donald remains second at 9.613 and Woods is third with 8.630. Lee Westwood is No. 4 at 7.229 and Webb Simpson (6.199) takes fifth and Adam Scott (6.185) is No. 6.
Bubba Watson (6.139) moves to No. 7, switching places with eighth-ranked Justin Rose (6.053) in the only change in the world rankings Top 10 this week. Jason Dufner (5.997) is ninth and Steve Stricker has an average of 5.831 for 10th.
Sergio Garcia won the rain-delayed Wyndham Championship and jumps from 29th to No. 17 in the world rankings.
Woods leads the FedEx Cup standings, which are calculated by using results only from 2012 tournaments, with 2,269.24 points while Dufner (2,110.3) is second, just ahead of McIlroy (2.091.5).
The top 125 players in the FedEx Cp standings qualify for The Barclays but only the Top 100 after that tournament move to the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Kerber withdraws from Texas Open
DALLAS, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Top seed Angelique Kerber of Germany withdrew from the Texas Open with a left-shoulder injury, one day after falling to Li Na in the finals at Cincinnati.
Kerber has been scheduled to play Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic. She withdrew from the event to prepare for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 27.
Lucic eliminated Britain's Emily Webley-Smith 6-1, 6-2 in 46 minutes.
Second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic had to stage a comeback to get past Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
No. 3 seed Roberta Vinci of Italy dropped Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2 and No. 6 seed Peng Shuai of China eliminated Ayumi Morita of Japan 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
French qualifier Pauline Parmentier, New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and qualifier Casey Dellacqua of Australia also advanced Monday.
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