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Last Update on September 24, 2014 00:56 GMT

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL-TEAM USA

UNDATED (AP) --Sue Bird became the first American player to make four world championship teams when USA Basketball announced its roster. Bird won gold medals in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze medal in 2006.

Joining her on the final roster were veterans Diana Taurasi (tohr-AH'-see), Candice Dupree, Tina Charles, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Seimone Augustus. All seven of them have world championship experience, with Augustus playing on the 2006 team and the other six on the 2010 team that won a gold medal in the Czech Republic.

Brittney Griner, Nneka Ogwumike (NEH'-kuh OHG'-wih-mih-kee), Odyssey Sims and Breanna Stewart will make their first appearance at the world championship, which begins Saturday in Istanbul.

GOODELL-CONDUCT MEETING

NEW YORK (AP)-- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and chief assistant Troy Vincent were told by 11 former players that the league must act immediately when someone is accused of domestic violence.

At a 3 1/2-hour meeting to discuss ways to improve the league's personal conduct policy, the former players also said teams must be held accountable when players misbehave.

Vincent, the NFL's vice president of football operations says, "One question asked around the room was, when an arrest occurs, do you take them off the field or let them play and let the due process take care of itself?" Vincent says, "To a man, they said, `Take them off the field, pay them, and let due process take care of itself."'

At the meeting were Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, plus Matt Birk, Eddie Mason, Patrick Kerney, Willie McGinest, Roman Oben, Marty Lyons, Charles Way, Tony Paige, Scott Turner and Robert Porcher. More weekly meetings are planned among league officials and former players, current players and team owners.

The NFL has faced heavy criticism of its personal conduct policy after incidents this year involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer.

NFL-CARDINALS-DWYER

PHOENIX (AP) -- Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer broke his wife's nose with a head-butt during an argument that began after she learned about his recent phone contact with another woman.

That's according to search-warrant records made public Tuesday. The police say the July 21 argument came after Dwyer's wife came to believe her husband was cheating. Dwyer was arrested last week after his wife told police her husband assaulted her on July 21 and 22 at their Phoenix apartment.

NFL-STEELERS-HARRISON

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- So much for James Harrison's retirement. The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back the volatile five-time Pro Bowler to add a veteran presence to a depleted linebacker group.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the 36-year-old Harrison about the "climate change" around domestic violence before re-signing him.

Harrison was arrested in 2008 on assault and criminal mischief charges following an altercation with his then-girlfriend. The charges were dropped after Harrison completed anger management classes. He was not suspended by the team.

Tomlin praised Harrison for his growth since the incident and said he does not anticipate "it being an issue" following Harrison's return to the team today following a brief retirement.

Steelers president Art Rooney II and Giants owner John Mara are overseeing an independent investigation into how the NFL looked into the domestic abuse case against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

The Steelers need pass rushing help after losing linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injury in Sunday night's win over Carolina.

PANTHERS-TOLBERT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert will miss at least eight games with a hairline fracture in his left leg. The bruising fullback was injured on a tackle involving ex-Panthers safety Mike Mitchell in Carolina's 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Tolbert was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list. Under that designation, Tolbert can practice after six weeks, but isn't eligible to play until Nov. 30 at Minnesota.

NCAA-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- NCAA President Mark Emmert believes it is the responsibility of individual schools to handle issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, and that a spate of recent cases reflects greater societal problems. Just this week, Tennessee dismissed a freshman running back who reportedly struck an ex-girlfriend at a party over the weekend.

Emmert also stood by his recent pronouncement to a group of Division I faculty athletic representatives that the Penn State scandal was handled as well as it could have been "under the circumstances."

MLB-ALDERSON

Mets re-up GM through 2017; Collins good for next year as well

NEW YORK (AP) -- General manager Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets have completed a contract extension that runs through 2017.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says the team has exercised Alderson's option for next season and added two years to his deal. Wilpon says ownership is pleased with the job Alderson has done over the past four years, and he will have payroll flexibility to continue to improve the club through free agency or trades.

Alderson confirmed that manager Terry Collins will return next year. Collins is under contract through next season, with an option for 2016.

New York (76-80) needs to win five of its final six games to avoid a sixth consecutive losing season since moving into Citi Field.

MO'NE-HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Philadelphia Little League sensation Mo'ne (MOH'-nay) Davis is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Davis, the first girl to win a game at the Little League Baseball World Series, will donate the jersey she wore during the game to the museum on Thursday. She'll be accompanied by teammates from both her Little League World Series team and the travel team she's played on since she was 7.

NASCAR-2015 RULES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- According to the rules package released to all teams today NASCAR will ban all private testing in 2015, including the annual Daytona 500 test.

The only testing allowed next season will be sessions conducted by NASCAR or Goodyear. The penalty for teams caught testing on their own will be a P6 -- the highest penalty on NASCAR's new punishment scale, and that carries a loss of 150 points, a minimum $150,000 fine and a six-week suspension for the crew chief and other crew members.

The qualifying formats will be tweaked everywhere, including the season-opening Daytona 500. The front row will now be set through group qualifying instead of single-car runs.

NASCAR is also reducing engine horsepower from 850 to 725 and cutting the rear spoiler to 6-inches.

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