Falcons face scrutiny over Durkin hiring

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Looking for a positive vibe after a disappointing season, the Atlanta Falcons instead faced scrutiny Monday over a coaching decision that would normally attract scant attention.

Shortly after taking the field for their first practice, the Falcons announced former Maryland coach DJ Durkin will serve as a guest coach during training camp.

This is first official coaching job for Durkin since he was fired by the Terrapins last season amid allegations that a toxic culture within his program led to the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

NFL suspends Seahawks DL Reed 6 games

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Seahawks will be without defensive lineman Jarran Reed for the first six games of the season after he was suspended by the NFL on Monday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Reed may participate in preseason practices and games, but will not be available to the Seahawks until Oct. 14. (MORE)

Ronaldo won't face Vegas rape charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo won't face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday.

A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga's claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said. (MORE)

Duncan back with Spurs as asst. coach

Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs, this time as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich.

Duncan, the Spurs' all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots - and the only player to be on all five of San Antonio's NBA championship teams - officially returned to the franchise Monday. The Spurs, per their usual style, made the announcement in a very understated way, not even putting Duncan's name in the headline of the news release. (MORE)

Twins beat Yanks with 5 HRs, triple play

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Most of the highlights for the Minnesota Twins in this remarkable season have been home runs, putting them on pace to smash the major league record.

That mark currently belongs to the New York Yankees, who watched the Twins whittle away at it on Monday night with a powerful start to this series between AL division leaders. (MORE)

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