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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

In this Aug. 15, 2014, photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) runes a route against Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh during an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans. There has been a jump in the number of penalties called for illegal contact, defensive holding and illegal use of hands in preseason games this year. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.

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Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

In this Aug. 15, 2014, photo, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) runes a route against Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh during an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans. There has been a jump in the number of penalties called for illegal contact, defensive holding and illegal use of hands in preseason games this year. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.

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What to watch at Open: Will Sharapova foe take TO?

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Maria Kirilenko, of Russia, during the opening round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NEW YORK (AP) — If Maria Sharapova’s opponent Wednesday at the U.S. Open takes a medical timeout, the five-time major champion wouldn’t mind seeing that come at a cost.

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Serena Williams beats American teen at US Open

Serena Williams, of the United States,  returns a shot to Taylor Townsend, of the United States,  during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NEW YORK (AP) — After a rough-for-her Grand Slam season, Serena Williams came into the U.S. Open with a new approach.

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