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Reports: Wolves, Cavs agree to Love...

Reports: Wolves, Cavs agree to Love trade

The Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to trade Kevin Love to the Clevelad Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.
Judge rules against NCAA in O'Banno...

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case

Major college football and men's basketball student-athletes could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that might change the way the NCAA does business.
LeBron not planning to be free agen...

LeBron not planning to be free agent in '15

LeBron James signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers that is for just two years and includes a clause that could allow him to be a free agent next summer, but he said Friday he's not planning to enter free agency again next year.
Pained Tiger misses cut at PGA Cham...

Pained Tiger misses cut at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods missed the cut at a major for only the fourth time in his career, finishing Friday's second round of the PGA Championship at 6-over-par on Friday.
Stern calls NBA future 'bright' in ...

Stern calls NBA future 'bright' in entering HOF

Flanked by Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Bill Russell, David Stern entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promoting the NBA and deflecting attention from himself and his impact on the game of basketball and the league.
Bortles solid in debut as Jaguars d...

Bortles solid in debut as Jaguars down Bucs

Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday night.

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McIlroy leads PGA by a stroke; it s...

McIlroy leads PGA by a stroke; it seems like more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rory McIlroy goes to the weekend of the PGA Championship with a one-stroke lead.

It seems bigger than that.

Such is the state of McIlroy's game.

"When I'm playing like this, it's obviously very enjoyable," he said after a 4-under 67 on Friday. "I can't wait to get back out on the course again (Saturday) and do the same thing all over again."

Jason Day and Jim Furyk are right on his heels, but the Aussie acknowledged that it will be tough for anyone to beat McIlroy.

"I'm clearly not the favorite," Day said. "This whole year he's been playing great. He looks confident. He's hitting the ball longer and straighter than pretty much everyone in the field. It's going to be tough to beat him."

Here are five things to watch for in the third round of the PGA Championship:

RORY'S QUEST: Tiger Woods was the No. 1 player in the world when he won the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla for his third straight major. McIlroy isn't that far along, though he does have a small slice of history at stake if he can win the Wanamaker Trophy. McIlroy is trying to become only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year, and the first since Padraig Harrington in 2008. Woods did it twice. It would be McIlroy's fourth major. The only other players to have won four majors before age 26 were Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, Willie Anderson and Young Tom Morris.

YOUNG GUNS: Jason Day and Rickie Fowler are not yet among the best players to have never won a major. But they might be the best young players without one. And they keep giving themselves chances. Day won the Match Play Championship in February until a thumb injury derailed his year. The 26-year-old Aussie appears to be in form again after the low score of the second round, a 6-under 65 that put him in the final group. Day has been runner-up three times in a major, most recently at the U.S. Open last year. Fowler shot a 66 and was two shots behind McIlroy. He is no stranger to being in contention at the majors on the weekend. Fowler, 25, played in the final group at the last two majors and was runner-up in both. He is the first player since Woods in 2005 to finish in the top five at the first three majors of the year.

LEFTY'S SURGE: Phil Mickelson has been mired in his longest losing streak since 2003. But it looks as though he has found his game. Mickelson shot a blistering 62 in the final round at Firestone, and it has carried over to his best 36-hole start in a major since winning the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol. Mickelson opened with a 69 and eagled the final hole Friday for a 67. Lefty is looking for his first victory since capturing the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. Mickelson has several agendas this weekend, one of which includes locking up his spot on another Ryder Cup team. He already holds the record by qualifying nine times in a row, and he doesn't want captain Tom Watson to have to use a wild-card pick this time.

PART-TIME STRICKER: Steve Stricker will be an assistant captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But first, he has to take care of some business at the final major of the year. The 47-year-old Stricker, who became a part-time player last year to spend more time with his family, still has plenty of game. He shot 68 Friday and was four strokes off the lead heading to the weekend. He has been a top-10 finisher in the majors 11 times, most notably a runner-up finish to Vijay Singh at the 1998 PGA Championship. He would be one of the oldest major champions in golf history if he comes through at Valhalla.

TIGER'S FUTURE: Tiger Woods won't be at Valhalla this weekend - he missed the cut at a major championship for only the fourth time in his professional career - but there are plenty of questions about his future. Woods shot back-to-back rounds of 74, leaving him a whopping five shots below the cut line. Woods said his ailing back flared up again, and he conceded that he needs to get stronger. It looks like he'll have plenty of time to work on his game. Unless he plays next week at Greensboro, North Carolina - which he's never done - his season is effectively over. Woods failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, and there seems little chance he will be picked for the Ryder Cup by Watson. For Woods, the focus turns to 2015.

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Woods shoots another 74, fails to m...

Woods shoots another 74, fails to make cut at PGA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) For Tiger Woods, there was a familiar complaint.

Yes, his back was hurting again.

His performance at the PGA Championship is becoming more the norm, as well.

Once the game's most dominant player, Woods looked old and tired at Valhalla. He was surely overmatched Friday, shooting his second straight 3-over 74 to miss the cut at one of golf's biggest events for only the fourth time in his professional career.

Not that this was a big surprise.

Woods was playing in only his fourth tournament since back surgery in late March, and he hasn't been a factor in any of them. He failed to make the cut at the Quicken Loans National. He had his worst 72-hole showing in a major at the British Open. He had to withdraw on the final day of the World Golf Championship at Firestone after taking an awkward swing and hurting his back again. He showed up Wednesday at Valhalla, proclaimed himself fit - and flopped again.

"I tried as hard as I could. That's about all I've got," Woods said. "Unfortunately, I just didn't play well. Consequently, a pair of 74s is not very good."

With the cut at 1 over, Woods wasn't even close to playing on the weekend.

He was effectively done after shooting a 4-over 39 on the front nine, including a double bogey at No. 6 - where he three-putted from 18 feet - and a really ugly bogey at the par-5 seventh. He drove into a muddy bog far left of the fairway and had to punch out. He sailed his third shot over the green, and a sloppy chip came up short.

Woods played better on the back side - a couple of birdies, a single bogey - but he was all done at that point.

He said his chances effectively ended when the same problem that left him barely able to bend over at Firestone cropped up again on the driving range at Valhalla.

"I was sore," Woods said. "There was no doubt I was sore. It went out on me on me on the range. I just had to play through it."

There were no obvious indications of pain on the course, certainly nothing like his tortured departure from last week's tournament. He appeared to reach for his back a little after the errant tee shot on No. 7, but didn't actually touch it. There were plenty of grimaces, but those usually came after he hit another poor shot.

Woods insisted he had the "same feeling, same pain, same spasms" that forced him to drop out at Firestone, though he was encouraged that it wasn't in the same spot as his back surgery.

"It was telling me on the range that it probably wasn't a good idea (to play)," he said, referring to his back. "I couldn't make a back swing. I can't get the club back. I'm coming through fine. I just can't get the club back. That throws everything off. I can't get anywhere near the positions I'm accustomed to getting to. I just can't do it. I have to rely on my timing and my hands, and hope I time it just right."

He'll not have plenty of time to work on his game and build up his strength.

If he doesn't play next week at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, - and he never has - his season is over. Woods needed to win the PGA to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

It also seems highly unlikely that Woods will be one of the wild-card picks by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, who said over and over that he wanted to see some sign the 14-time major champion was rounding into form.

Instead, Woods can't even beat the 64-year-old captain, finishing behind him at the British Open and three shots worse at the PGA.

"I don't know," Woods said, when asked about his chances of being chosen by Watson. "He hasn't called."

Might be best if he sits out this Ryder Cup.

Woods conceded he needs to get stronger and more fit to have any chance of being close to the player he once was.

"I felt like I wasn't that far away when I came back at the Quicken Loans," Woods said. "But obviously, the more I play, I can't develop my strength while playing a lot. I need to get back in the gym and get stronger."

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LeBron tells Ohio crowd: "I love yo...

LeBron tells Ohio crowd: "I love you. I'm back."

AKRON, Ohio (AP) On a night packed with emotion and inspiration, LeBron James saved the biggest moment for last.

Surrounded by family, friends and fans in a city welcoming him home, James delivered a line he's been waiting to say for four years.

"I love you," he told the crowd of nearly 25,000. "I'm back."

James then dropped the microphone and left the stage as fireworks exploded about InfoCision Stadium, illuminating the Akron sky.

James is home, and he's not leaving again.

The NBA superstar, who re-signed with Cleveland last month, said Friday night he intends to play the rest of his career with the Cavaliers, the team he returned to after winning two NBA titles in Miami.

When he signed a two-year, $41 million contract that included an option after one year, there was speculation he would one day test free agency again. The contract made Cleveland fans nervous, but they can now relax.

"I don't plan on going nowhere," James said. "I don't have the energy to do it again."

James, who returned to Northeast Ohio after four seasons with the Heat, was welcomed back with a homecoming event fit for a King.

Fans waited in line for six hours for a prime seat for the event on the University of Akron campus, not far from where the 29-year-old James bounced his first basketball.

There were tributes during the two-hour ceremony, highlighted by recording artist Skylar Grey signing her hit "I'm Coming Home," a song that became the unofficial theme of his return to Cleveland.

"It's almost like she knew I was coming home before I knew I was coming home," he said.

James was back and the city that helped raise him welcomed him with open arms. The welcome-home party coincided with James' annual "I Promise" campaign for area children sponsored by his family foundation.

"It's pretty amazing," said James, joined at his news conference by several kids. "I'm not gonna sit up here and say it's not. To know you can do things for people, give them hope, give them inspiration. It means a lot to me. I understand I'm a role model. I understand to these kids I'm more than a role model. I'm a superhero to them. I'm a father to them. I'm a brother to them, whatever the case they want me to be on that particular day."

Although he was playing for the Heat, James said his heart was always home and he realized it was time to return.

"It just hit me," he said. "Sometimes you just have a feeling. You realize what's going on and what's happening. It just hit me."

During a 15-minute interview session - his first since announcing his return to Ohio - James touched on a number of subjects, including new Cleveland coach David Blatt, the possible addition of All-Star forward Kevin Love, who is expected to join the Cavs in a trade from Minnesota later this month, and winning Cleveland's first championship since 1964 .

James won an Olympic gold medal with Love at the London Games in 2012 and he's eager to be his teammate again.

"I'm going to be very excited to have him," James said. "I don't really care about the 26 (points) and 12 (rebounds). I care about the basketball IQ. His basketball IQ is very, very high. I had an opportunity to spend 32 days with him on the 2012 Olympic team. It's funny. I always told Kevin Love, `You're very good, man.' He always thought I was blowing smoke.

"I always told him he was going to be a reason why we won the gold medal, and he played a huge role for us. So I'm looking forward to it. He's a great piece."

As for Blatt, the former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach hired by Cleveland in June, James did some research on his offense and likes what he's seen.

"I watched all his clips form him coaching Maccabi and I kind of broke them down to see how I fit and obviously I can fit in every position on the floor," he said.

James is looking forward to playing with Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, neither of whom have played in an NBA playoff game. James knows what it takes to win a title, and he's going to have to lead the way for a team lacking postseason experience.

"I'm going to have to teach, lead and inspire those guys," he said. "But my No. 1 goal is to win the championship here. I think it would be the greatest achievement in my life as far as on the court. Hopefully it will happen. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Fans arrived before 11 a.m. to get a prime seat to see James.

"I might cry when I see him," said Rodneka Price, who drove seven hours from Muncie, Indiana.

Melissa Rumner and her son, Nick, were first in a long line which wrapped around the stadium on the University of Akron's campus.

"We had to be here to welcome him back," Rumner said as 10-year-old Nick stood by wearing one of the white No. 23 jerseys James popularized during his seven seasons with the Cavs. "We're so happy to have him back."

Nick was confident James would return to Cleveland.

"I knew he was coming back," said the red-head, who was counting down the minutes before the gates opened.

Price packed up a car of six people and drove to Ohio for the first time so she could help welcome back the four-time league MVP. She said James' poignant essay that he was returning home to try and end Cleveland's 50-year championship drought touched her.

"It all makes sense," she said, wearing a "Return Of The King" T-shirt. "He made a promise and he's going to stick to it."

US basketball team adds Rudy Gay to...

US basketball team adds Rudy Gay to roster

The U.S. national basketball team has added Rudy Gay, who helped them win a gold medal four years ago and asked to rejoin the team following a series of player withdrawals.

USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo received a call Thursday night, shortly after Kevin Durant pulled out, and was told that Gay was available if he and coach Mike Krzyzewski were interested.

"We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program," Colangelo said Friday in a statement. "Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team."

Gay, the Sacramento Kings forward, appeared in all nine games for the Americans in the 2010 world championship, averaging 7.0 points off the bench. He also was one of the last cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.

The U.S. roster is back at 16 players. The Americans resume practice Thursday in Chicago, with the World Cup of Basketball set to begin on Aug. 30 in Spain. They will have to cut to 12 before then.

"I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition," Gay said. "I can't wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain."

The 6-foot-8 Gay averaged 20 points last season for Toronto and Sacramento. He is a good fit for the Americans because he can swing between both forward spots, which would have been filled by Durant and Paul George, who broke his right leg last week.

Favre looks forward, no regrets abo...

Favre looks forward, no regrets about career

MILWAUKEE (AP) Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre says it's unfortunate the way things ended in Green Bay six years ago, but that he's proud of his 16 years with the Packers and has no regrets.

Favre, interviewed on WTMJ-AM on Friday, talked about his departure from Green Bay and recent efforts to soothe any sour feelings. The team has announced the three-time MVP quarterback will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired during the 2015 season.

Favre said he has no regrets about his football career.

"And that goes from Day 1 to the end," he said.

Fans know he played as hard as he could, Favre added.

"I laid it on the field every time," he said.

Favre retired at a tearful news conference in March 2008, only to change his mind and decide later that year that he still wanted to play, setting up an awkward showdown between him and the team he helped resurrect and lead to a Super Bowl title. He was traded to the New York Jets for what would end up being a third-round draft pick and after one year with the Jets, Favre retired a second time, only to join the rival Minnesota Vikings, for whom he played two seasons.

In 2010, the Packers beat Favre and the Vikings twice on their way to a Super Bowl title, led by Favre's successor, Aaron Rodgers. Favre retired for good following the 2010 season, while Rodgers went on to win the NFL MVP award in 2011.

Favre said he has returned to Wisconsin since leaving Green Bay, coming back about two years ago to hunt with two friends in Clintonville, which is about 40 miles west of Green Bay. He said he hunted for eight days, and wasn't recognized when he visited a local laundry.

Favre said he won't coach high school football near his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, this year in order to watch his youngest daughter play volleyball at the school. And he expects to return to Green Bay with his wife, Deanna, before next season.

"I think you will see us more in Green Bay. The ice has been broken," Favre said.

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Information from: WTMJ-AM, http://www.620wtmj.com

Kevin Durant withdraws from U.S. na...

Kevin Durant withdraws from U.S. national team

Kevin Durant withdrew Thursday from the U.S. national team, the biggest loss yet for a weakening American squad that will go to Spain without the leading scorer on its last two gold medal winners.

The NBA's MVP took part in the Americans' training camp in Las Vegas last week, but then informed team officials that he wasn't going to continue.

"Kevin reached out to Coach K and myself this afternoon and expressed that he is just physically and mentally drained from the NBA season and his attention to his many responsibilities,' USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. "He tried to give it a go at our recent Las Vegas training camp but felt coming out of camp that he was not prepared to fulfill the commitment he made to the team."

Durant was the MVP of the world championship in 2010, leading the Americans to that title for the first time since 1994. The Oklahoma City star also started on their gold medal-winning team in the 2012 Olympics and led the Americans with 19.5 points per game.

His withdrawal comes less than a week after Indiana's Paul George was lost to a broken right leg and follows previous withdrawals by All-Stars Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge, and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

"This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country," Durant said. "I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint.

"I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them."

The U.S. roster is down to 15 players. The Americans resume practicing next Thursday in Chicago and have to finalize a 12-man roster before the World Cup of Basketball begins in Spain on Aug. 30.

The Americans may still be the favorites, but are increasingly beatable with the losses of Durant and George, who were expected to fill the two starting forward spots.

Durant carried a young U.S. to the title four years ago in Turkey with a series of sensational performances, averaging 22.8 points and shattering a number of team offensive records. He set the American mark with 38 points in a semifinal victory over Lithuania.

At 6-foot-10, Durant is big enough to play as a power forward internationally, creating a matchup nightmare for opponents who can't defend him on the perimeter. He led the tournament in 3-pointers attempted and made in the 2010 worlds.

He has averaged 19.9 points in 31 games in a U.S. jersey, shooting 48 percent from 3-point range. But Colangelo said the Americans understood his need for time off.

"Coach K and I fully support Kevin," he said. "His well-being is the most important thing to us and we support him taking the time to get ready for next season. He's been part of the national team program for eight years and a big part of the success we have achieved, and we look forward to him being part of our success in the future as well.

"We are excited about the opportunity ahead of us and to getting back to work in Chicago on Aug. 14," Colangelo added. "All 15 players are committed to the USA Basketball standard, which is to come together to win gold medals."

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Rory McIlroy in a familiar spot in ...

Rory McIlroy in a familiar spot in final major (Yahoo Sports)

Ryan Palmer watches as members of the grounds crew push water off the first green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Rory McIlroy tracked the flight of his drive as long as he could against the rain clouds over Valhalla on Friday, not quite sure where it landed. Such is the state of McIlroy's game at the PGA Championship. ''I can't wait to get back out on the course again tomorrow and do the same thing all over again.'' It used to be that way for Tiger Woods.


Woods shoots another 74, fails to m...

Woods shoots another 74, fails to make cut at PGA (Yahoo Sports)

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

For Tiger Woods, there was a familiar complaint. His performance at the PGA Championship is becoming more the norm, as well. Once the game's most dominant player, Woods looked old and tired at Valhalla.


LeBron tells Ohio crowd: "I love yo...

LeBron tells Ohio crowd: "I love you. I'm back." (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 11: Billboards light up signaling the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 11, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

On a night packed with emotion and inspiration, LeBron James saved the biggest moment for last. Surrounded by family, friends and fans in a city welcoming him home, James delivered a line he's been waiting to say for four years. The NBA superstar, who re-signed with Cleveland last month, said Friday night he intends to play the rest of his career with the Cavaliers, the team he returned to after winning two NBA titles in Miami. The contract made Cleveland fans nervous, but they can now relax.


Judge rules against NCAA in O'Banno...

Judge rules against NCAA in O'Bannon case (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. A federal judge ruled Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 that the NCAA can't stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

College football and basketball players could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that may change the way the NCAA does business. A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can't stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA's regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds. In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the body that governs college athletics could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 per athlete per year of competition.


US basketball team adds Rudy Gay to...

US basketball team adds Rudy Gay to roster (Yahoo Sports)

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 29: Rudy Gay and Jim Boeheim talk before the USA Mens Basketball practice at the Mendenhall Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on July 29, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The U.S. national basketball team has added Rudy Gay, who helped them win a gold medal four years ago and asked to rejoin the team following a series of player withdrawals. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo received a call Thursday night, shortly after Kevin Durant pulled out, and was told that Gay was available if he and coach Mike Krzyzewski were interested. ''We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program,'' Colangelo said Friday in a statement. ''Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team.


Dolphins safety Reshad Jones suspen...

Dolphins safety Reshad Jones suspended for 4 games (Yahoo Sports)

Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Reshad Jones has become the second Miami Dolphins player this summer to run afoul of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Jones, a starting strong safety, was suspended Friday for the first four games of the regular season. Defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended last month for the first four games after testing positive for a prohibited stimulant. Like Jordan, Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.


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Tiger hasn't quit, but his body has

Tiger hasn't quit, but his body has

The question isn't will Tiger win a major any more. It's when will he stop trying?
     
 
 
Don?t sleep on baseball?s best divi...

Don?t sleep on baseball?s best division race

Hard to pick a favorite in a division that may have four teams going down to the wire
     
 
 
Bad time for Tiger to break down

Bad time for Tiger to break down

Tiger's Ryder Cup chances are on the line in next two weeks.
     
 
 
Rory McIlroy wins Bridgestone to re...

Rory McIlroy wins Bridgestone to return to No. 1

Rory McIlroy quickly overcame a three-shot deficit and never trailed the rest of the way.
     
 
 
Revamped Patriots D shows newfound ...

Revamped Patriots D shows newfound ferocity

A tough, revamped defense might be New England's best in the decade since its last title.
     
 
 
Grading the watchability of NFL pre...

Grading the watchability of NFL preseason games

The best regular-season matchups make the worst preseason matchups.
     
 
 

Fox Sports

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restor...

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restores natural order in baseball

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-yea...

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-year, $155 million deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, ...

Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, will face Nadal in semis

Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thu...

Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thunder past Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Browns to interview Bills' Pettine ...

Browns to interview Bills' Pettine with Broncos' Gase out of running

Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kic...

Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kicked out of MLBPA after lawsuit

Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

Reuters

Murray happy to plan ahead with Mau...

Murray happy to plan ahead with Mauresmo

(Reuters) - Andy Murray returns to action for the first time since surrendering his Wimbledon crown this week, insisting his coaching liaison with Amelie Mauresmo is long-term.
McIlroy wins Bridgestone to claim w...

McIlroy wins Bridgestone to claim world number one ranking

(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy continued his dominating form when he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two strokes on Sunday and regained the world number one ranking, replacing Australia's Adam Scott.






Giants beat Bills in Hall of Fame G...

Giants beat Bills in Hall of Fame Game

(Reuters) - Giants back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib hurled a 73 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to start the NFL preseason with a bang as New York beat the Buffalo Bills 17-13 in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Sunday.
Golf-Australian Ogilvy reels in Bar...

Golf-Australian Ogilvy reels in Barracuda title

(Reuters) - Australian Geoff Ogilvy broke out of a slump with a convincing victory at the $3 million Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada on Sunday.






Glasgow revels in Bolt buzz and war...

Glasgow revels in Bolt buzz and warm glow

GLASGOW (Reuters) - The Glasgow Commonwealth Games proved to be much more than just 'Friendly' as Scottish culture, sport and six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt combined to create a memorable 11-day event.
Major League Baseball roundup

Major League Baseball roundup

(The Sports Xchange) - Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who is sidelined with a fractured left hand, is likely finished for the season, manager Kirk Gibson revealed Sunday.






SI.com

A few words with World Cup broadcas...

A few words with World Cup broadcaster Darke

The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup, ACL recovery comes up short

Star Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup after his ACL recovery falls short.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup

Seattle rises to No. 1

Seattle rises to No. 1

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves...

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves Chelsea

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes Wor...

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes World Cup roster

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Higdon targets promotion

Higdon targets promotion

Michael Higdon is hoping to fire the goals which will get Sheffield United out of League One after joining from Dutch club NEC.
Crossley to join Castleford

Crossley to join Castleford

Castleford have made another addition to their squad for next season after signing Featherstone prop Steve Crossley on a two-year deal.
Given hails Keane impact

Given hails Keane impact

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has praised the impact Roy Keane has had on the club since being appointed assistant manager.
Crainey hails Fleetwood progress

Crainey hails Fleetwood progress

Stephen Crainey admitted he was astounded by the progress of Graham Alexander's men following their goalless draw with Partick.
England reveal WI tour plans

England reveal WI tour plans

England will return to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua to play Test cricket for the first time since the abandoned game in 2009.
Cas star Carney charged by RFL

Cas star Carney charged by RFL

Castleford’s in-form wing Justin Carney could miss his side's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final with Widnes this weekend after being charged by the Rugby Football League's Match Review Panel.

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Tiger Woods withdraws due to back

Tiger Woods withdraws due to back

AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods hurt his back during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday and withdrew after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole. Woods was in visible pain trying to pick up his tee and later at his car in the parking lot, where in brief remarks he said he "jarred it" when he jumped into a fairway bunker on the second hole after hitting a shot from an awkward stance. The 14-time major winner was in distress at his car as he attempted to take off his golf shoes and change into tennis shoes. He could barely stand, bracing himself at the back of the vehicle, unable to tie his shoes. "It happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker," Woods said. "I just jarred it, and it's been spasming ever since." The stance outside of the bunker was an awkward one, as he basically swung off his right leg -- the ball too close to the bunker to take a regular stance. He fell back...
Rory McIlroy back at No. 1 after wi...

Rory McIlroy back at No. 1 after win

AKRON, Ohio -- Winning the Open Championship wasn't enough to make Rory McIlroy want to take the rest of the year off to celebrate. Neither was the first World Golf Championship he won Sunday at Firestone. Another major awaits next week. McIlroy can't wait to get there. Two weeks after his wire-to-wire win at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy took his game from the links of Britain to the parkland of America and made the game look just as easy. With another powerful performance, he wiped out a three-shot deficit to Sergio Garcia in three holes, closed with a 4-under 66 and returned to No. 1 in the world with a two-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational. He looked just as good as the last time he reached No. 1 in the world during his torrid stretch at the end of 2012. "This is better," he said. "Mentally, I'm really sharp. I didn't start to think about score. I didn't think about where I was in the tournament. I just playing shot...
Dale Jr. caps Pocono season sweep

Dale Jr. caps Pocono season sweep

LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. traded hats, waited for his cue, and flashed three fingers for the cameras. That's one for every win. The beer baths, champagne toasts, selfies, and photo opps in Victory Lane are almost routine now for Junior. He added a new wrinkle at Pocono, a broom. Earnhardt hoisted the broom high over his head after he completed a season sweep at Pocono Raceway, the third win in a season that has served as a career renaissance for NASCAR's most popular driver. Earnhardt now holds the No. 1 seed in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Can he hold it headed into NASCAR's version of the playoffs? "You're the broadcaster," Earnhardt teased crew chief Steve Letarte about that question. "You don't," the departing Letarte said. "You're too far from the Chase." The legion of Junior Nation fans roared when Earnhardt stormed ahead of the pack off the final restart with three laps left for the...
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For Michael Phelps, There's No Plac...

For Michael Phelps, There's No Place Like Home

AP Exclusive: Michael Phelps preps for more Olympic gold in familiar surroundings of Baltimore
Woods' Future Uncertain With More B...

Woods' Future Uncertain With More Back Pain

Tiger Woods faces uncertainty as back injury forces him to withdraw at Firestone

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Bengals, Dalton agree to six-year, ...

Bengals, Dalton agree to six-year, $115M deal

Bengals, Dalton agree to six-year, $115M deal
New No. 1 McIlroy big favorite to c...

New No. 1 McIlroy big favorite to capture PGA

New No. 1 McIlroy big favorite to capture PGA
Cowboys' Romo won't play in preseas...

Cowboys' Romo won't play in preseason opener

Cowboys' Romo won't play in preseason opener
Yanks' Tanaka making progress, can ...

Yanks' Tanaka making progress, can play catch

Yanks' Tanaka making progress, can play catch
Tiger withdraws with back injury

Tiger withdraws with back injury

Tiger withdraws with back injury
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What's next?

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