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  • Orioles 3B Manny Machado to have season-ending right knee surgery
    Aug 23, 2014 12:10 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee. Dan Duquette, the vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles, says Machado told the team on Friday that his knee wasn't responding to rest. Duquette says Machado conferred with his doctors and felt surgery was the best option. Machado had a similar injury to the other knee last year, when he missed the final week of the season. He then had surgery and didn't play in a regular-season...

  • Person familiar with trade: Kevin Love dealt to Cavaliers, joins LeBron James
    Aug 23, 2014 12:08 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the trade says Kevin Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster trade, the person said Saturday on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade that's been talked about for months and on hold for 30 days. Love, arguably the game's best power forward, is headed from Minnesota to Cleveland, where he will join James and instantly make the...

  • Where have they gone? Three-down linebackers vanishing breed as offenses stress passing
    Aug 23, 2014 11:52 AM CDT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball. "Never." A slight exaggeration? Perhaps. What's certain is that an NFL linebacker's role has changed since Tippett's retirement after the 1993 season ended a 12-year career, all with the New England Patriots, in which he sacked quarterbacks, shadowed receivers, tackled rushers and tried to catch his breath. In today's NFL, few linebackers are as...

  • Some fantasy players find it's worth giving up day jobs to play in daily games
    Aug 23, 2014 11:47 AM CDT

    Cory Albertson was cruising at 30,000 feet and, like others on the plane to Detroit, taking care of some business on his laptop. His spreadsheets contained names familiar to anyone who follows baseball. Pitchers, catchers, maybe a center fielder Albertson thought might be due for a home run or two. Albertson's business on this day was trying to outsmart a few guys in one game, maybe a few thousand in another. Crunching numbers to enter some 500 fantasy sports contests before the first pitch of...

  • Dredge takes 2-shot lead after 3rd round of Czech Masters, Donaldson on course for Ryder Cup
    Aug 23, 2014 11:12 AM CDT

    VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Bradley Dredge shot a flawless 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Czech Masters. The Welshman, seeking his third European Tour victory, produced six birdies for an overall 12-under 204 at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague. "It wasn't my best ball-striking round but it was a good scoring round, that's for sure," said Dredge, who finished second last week at the Made In Denmark event. "I've had no bogeys since the first...

  • Ukranian soccer champion Shakhtar's stadium damaged by shelling in Donetsk
    Aug 23, 2014 10:39 AM CDT

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk's stadium was damaged by shelling Saturday during the conflict between government troops and pro-Russian separatists. Club chief executive Sergei Palkin said two shells struck the stadium complex early Saturday morning, one damaging the arena itself and another striking its electricity substation. Shakhtar published photos showing debris strewn around an entrance to the stadium, but said there were "no casualties among the stadium...

  • Almost no one is expecting Las Vegas to make short work of Chicago this time in LLWS US Final
    Aug 23, 2014 10:30 AM CDT

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Things have come easy at the Little League World Series for the team from Las Vegas. The West Region champions have steamrolled three opponents by a combined score of 33-5, cruising along mostly under the radar. Players expect things to get a lot tougher when they renew old acquaintances with Chicago's Jackie Robinson West in the U.S. final on Saturday. "We played them before and beat them 13-2," said Austin Kryszczuk, who had three hits in as many at-bats, scored...

  • US basketball decides bigger is better on 12-man roster that includes 6-foot-11 Drummond
    Aug 23, 2014 10:27 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose's health made Damian Lillard expendable. Those were conclusions made by U.S. team officials when they selected the 12 players who would travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. After years of ignoring size concerns by fielding teams with the best wing players in the world, the Americans decided this time around that bigger was better. That meant keeping all the big men left on their...

  • Adam Scott tied for lead, Rory McIlroy back in hunt and another cut Saturday at The Barclays
    Aug 23, 2014 10:12 AM CDT

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — In a span of two weeks, Adam Scott lost his No. 1 ranking and then ended the year without a major. He's paying close attention to Rory McIlroy, the guy responsible for both. "I'm not afraid to say that I look at the way he played and I want that to be me," Scott said Friday after a 6-under 65 that gave him a share of the lead with Cameron Tringale going into the weekend at The Barclays. "And I feel that I can play like that and have runs like that. You've got to learn from...

  • Crowds in hometown to cheer on Jackie Robinson West; mayor says young team 'pride of Chicago'
    Aug 23, 2014 10:04 AM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The success that a baseball team from Chicago's South Side has had at the Little League World Series is giving the whole city something to cheer about. Large crowds are expected at watch parties in Chicago as the 11- and 12-year-olds from the Jackie Robinson West All Stars take on a team from Las Vegas in Saturday afternoon's U.S. final in Pennsylvania. The winner will face an international team in the championship game Sunday. The Chicago team has captured the attention of politicians...

  • US picks 12-man roster for Basketball World Cup after beating Puerto Rico 112-86 in exhibition
    Aug 23, 2014 9:41 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has picked the 12 players it believes can defend its world basketball title. The Americans kept Derrick Rose and cut All-Star Damian Lillard and three others early Saturday morning, getting their roster down to the limit for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Though team officials had previously said they might carry extra players when they left for Spain on Saturday, and final rosters aren't due until next Friday, the Americans decided there was no need to wait. Kyle...

  • Nico Rosberg takes pole position for Belgian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton
    Aug 23, 2014 9:00 AM CDT

    SPA, Belgium (AP) — Nico Rosberg will start the Belgian Grand Prix from pole position after holding off a strong challenge from his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in qualifying on Saturday. Hamilton was ahead of Rosberg on the first two time splits of his final lap but then drifted back, allowing Rosberg to clinch a fourth straight pole and sixth in the past seven races. The German driver leads Hamilton by 11 points in the overall standings. Rosberg clocked 2 minutes, 5.591 seconds in difficult...

  • Michael Phelps wins butterfly gold at Pan Pacs; Ledecky lowers her world record in 400 free
    Aug 23, 2014 8:26 AM CDT

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The second coming of Michael Phelps gained momentum with another gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships on a night when U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky set yet another world record. The old and the new faces of world swimming delivered on expectations Saturday, with 29-year-old Phelps following up on his relay gold by winning his first individual title since returning to international competition following 1 ½ years in retirement. The most decorated Olympian in history...

  • TV SportsWatch
    Aug 23, 2014 7:24 AM CDT

    All Times EDT Sunday, Aug. 24 AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m. NBCSN — Formula One, Belgian Grand Prix, at Spa 4 p.m. FS1 — United SportsCar Championship, Oak Tree Grand Prix, at Danville, Va. NBCSN — IndyCar, Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma, Calif. 7 p.m. NBCSN — Indy Lights, at Sonoma, Calif. (same-day tape) CYCLING 2 p.m. NBCSN — USA Pro Challenge, final stage, Boulder, Colo. to Denver 4 p.m. NBC — USA Pro Challenge, final stage, Boulder, Colo. to Denver (same-day...

  • AP Sportlight
    Aug 23, 2014 7:21 AM CDT

    Aug. 24 1904 — Holcombe Ward wins the men's singles title in the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association singles title. 1908 — Tommy Burns knocks out Bill Squires in the 13th round at Sydney, Australia to retain the world heavyweight title. 1925 — Helen Wills, 19, wins her third straight U.S. Lawn Tennis Association singles title with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kathleen McKane. An hour later, Wills teams up with Mary K. Browne to win the doubles title. 1929 — Helen Wills wins her sixth U.S. Lawn...

  • This Date In Baseball
    Aug 23, 2014 7:14 AM CDT

    Aug. 24 1905 — The Chicago Cubs beat the Phillies at Philadelphia 2-1 in 20 innings behind the complete game pitching of Ed Reulbach. 1940 — Outfielder Ted Williams pitched the last two innings for the Boston Red Sox against Detroit at Fenway Park. He allowed one run on three hits, but struck out Rudy York on three pitches. The Tigers, behind Tommy Bridges, won 12-1. 1951 — St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck gave over 1,000 fans behind his dugout YES and NO placards, allowing them to have...

  • Oklahoma City police officer preyed on, assaulted women while on patrol, authorities say
    Aug 23, 2014 7:10 AM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, police documents show. Former star football player Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, investigators said Friday. He made others perform sex...

  • Katie Ledecky breaks her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle at Pan Pac championships
    Aug 23, 2014 6:09 AM CDT

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Katie Ledecky lowered her own world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle to win the Pan Pacific championships title in 3 minutes, 58.37 seconds on Saturday. Ledecky was under world-record pace for much of the race in an outdoor pool at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and finished strongly to shave almost a half-second off the mark of 3:58.86 she set at the U.S. nationals on Aug. 14. The 17-year-old Ledecky also holds the world records in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle...

  • Katie Ledecky of the United States breaks her world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle
    Aug 23, 2014 5:08 AM CDT

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Katie Ledecky of the United States breaks her world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle.

  • Escobar gets 5 hits, Twins bat around twice and pound Tigers 20-6
    Aug 23, 2014 12:25 AM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All those Cy Young awards, all that heat in their vaunted starting rotation, and there were the Detroit Tigers, staggering out to the field in the eighth inning with an infielder on the pitching mound. After Andrew Romine served up two monster home runs in the inning, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he thought Romine was one of the bright spots on the night, showing just how bad the series opener against the last-place Minnesota Twins went for the Tigers. Eduardo Escobar got...

  • Russell Wilson continues Seattle's offensive roll in 34-6 preseason rout of Chicago
    Aug 23, 2014 12:22 AM CDT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's defense is expected to among the best in the NFL again. If Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' offense can play this well in the regular season, look out. Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the Seahawks rout the Chicago Bears 34-6 on Friday night. The third preseason game was especially important for the Seahawks, who have just a week between their exhibition finale at Oakland and the season opener on Sept. 4 against Green Bay. And Pete Carroll...

  • Gray pitches into 9th, Crisp and Vogt homer as A's beat Angels 5-3
    Aug 23, 2014 12:20 AM CDT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak, pitching into the ninth inning and leading the Oakland Athletics over the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of AL West rivals. Coco Crisp hit his 15th career leadoff home run and Stephen Vogt added a solo shot for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning and the A's pulled within one game of the division-leading Angels. Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered...

  • Collmenter leads Diamondbacks to 5-1 victory against Padres
    Aug 23, 2014 12:19 AM CDT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Some extra rest seemed to be just what Josh Collmenter needed. Collmenter came two outs away from a complete game, holding the San Diego Padres without an earned run on four hits over 8 1-3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 win Friday night. Collmenter (9-7) also tied his career high for strikeouts with eight and did not walk a batter. The Diamondbacks' victory ended a six-game losing streak. "Give the arm a little break and we've been going at it quite a while now," Collmenter...

  • Haren pitches 3-hit ball over 7 innings, adds RBI single in Dodgers' 6-2 win over sloppy Mets
    Aug 23, 2014 12:05 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dan Haren overcame a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and a pair of failed sacrifice bunt attempts to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the error-prone New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night. Haren (11-10) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none. The victory was his third in four starts after going 0-5 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous five outings. The NL West-leading Dodgers maintained their 3 1-2 game lead over San Francisco. Jonathon...

  • Athletics 5, Angels 3
    Aug 23, 2014 12:05 AM CDT

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  • Dodgers 6, Mets 2
    Aug 22, 2014 11:58 PM CDT

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  • It's official: Smith named Jets' starting QB after Giants' backups rally for 35-24 win
    Aug 22, 2014 11:52 PM CDT

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan saw enough to finally reveal the New York Jets' worst-kept secret. Yes, Geno Smith — and not Michael Vick — will be the team's starting quarterback this season. "He's done everything that we've asked," Ryan said after Smith threw a touchdown pass in the Jets' 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants on Friday night. Smith had a solid preseason and took about 80 percent of the snaps with the starters over Vick during training camp, making the announcement a mere...

  • Ozuna's grand slam highlights 6-run ninth and Marlins beat Rockies 13-5
    Aug 22, 2014 11:33 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit a grand slam for his third homer in as many games, Giancarlo Stanton had three hits and three RBIs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Friday night. Henderson Alvarez (10-5) withstood a pair of homers over six innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. He was making his second start since successfully returning last week from a stint on the disabled list because of a right shoulder inflammation. Alvarez struck out five, walked none and...

  • Marlins 13, Rockies 5
    Aug 22, 2014 11:23 PM CDT

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  • Rookie Ventura gets 10th victory as AL Central-leading Royals win 6-3 at Texas
    Aug 22, 2014 11:19 PM CDT

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yordano Ventura still reverts to being the rookie pitcher he is for the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals. The hard-throwing right-hander also keeps winning. Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, he walked three and got help from inning-starting homers by Billy Butler and Josh Willingham to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Friday night. "There was kind of two Yordanos," manager Ned Yost said. "There was one that was within himself, and he was banging...

  • Lions struggle in red zone but overcome mistakes to beat Jaguars 13-12
    Aug 22, 2014 11:16 PM CDT

    DETROIT (AP) — Reggie Bush's long run was a highlight — one the Detroit Lions nearly wasted with the kinds of mistakes they can ill afford once the season starts. "The big thing that kind of hurt us tonight were penalties and turnovers," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "You have those, you make it tough on yourself. We can't do that." Bush's 86-yard touchdown gave the Lions an early lead, and they eventually came away with a 13-12 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night. But...

  • Twins 20, Tigers 6
    Aug 22, 2014 11:13 PM CDT

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  • Ryan Blaney takes lead from Kyle Busch on last restart and hangs on for Nationwide victory
    Aug 22, 2014 11:09 PM CDT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Blaney bolted past Kyle Busch on a restart with six laps remaining and won Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his second career victory. It was a surprising finish after Busch, seeking to become the first driver to win four consecutive races in the series on the 0.533-mile oval, had dominated for much of night, especially on restarts. Battling at various times against the youngest and brightest stars in the series, Busch generally made...

  • Diamondbacks 5, Padres 1
    Aug 22, 2014 11:05 PM CDT

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  • Today in History
    Aug 22, 2014 11:00 PM CDT

    Today is Saturday, August 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 23, 1914, Japan declared war against Germany in World War I. On this date: In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason. In 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of "open and avowed rebellion." In 1858, "Ten Nights in a Bar-room," a play by Timothy Shay Arthur about the...

  • Green-Beckham won't be able to play for Oklahoma this season after NCAA denies waiver request
    Aug 22, 2014 10:55 PM CDT

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dorial Green-Beckham will not be allowed to play for Oklahoma this season after the NCAA denied the school's request for a waiver that would have made the talented receiver eligible to play immediately. "The University of Oklahoma has learned that the waiver request it entered on behalf of Dorial Green-Beckham has been denied by the NCAA," the university said in a statement released Friday night. "The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate...

  • Panik attack: Nats' 10-game win streak ends as Giants rookie gets 4 hits, 1st HR in 10-3 romp
    Aug 22, 2014 10:47 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the deficit grew from two to four to eight, even the Washington Nationals — who grew so accustomed to comeback, last-at-bat heroics during their 10-game winning streak — had to admit that their good thing was coming to an end. The Nationals fell 10-3 to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, ending a streak that tied a franchise record and included seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins and five walk-offs. "When the score was 4-2, I think everybody believed...

  • Harrison homers and drives in 5, McCutchen also homers as Pirates beat Brewers 8-3
    Aug 22, 2014 10:43 PM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Josh Harrison homered, doubled, singled and drove in a career-high five runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Friday night. Andrew McCutchen also homered for Pittsburgh, which had lost nine of 12 going into the series against the NL Central-leading Brewers. Jeff Locke (5-3) pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs and two hits. He walked six, but was able to strand five runners. Yovani Gallardo (8-7) lasted just five innings, allowing six...

  • Rodgers throws for 2 TDs, Lacy leads Packers running attack in 31-21 victory over Raiders
    Aug 22, 2014 10:42 PM CDT

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — With a stable of running backs now complementing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers offense could be as potent as ever this season. Rodgers threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 1-yard score on the Packers' opening drive and prized free agent acquisition Julius Peppers recorded his first sack of the preseason in the Packers' 31-21 victory Friday night over the Oakland Raiders. The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after...

  • Upton's homer in 12th sends Braves over Reds 3-1 after Minor loses no-hitter in 8th inning
    Aug 22, 2014 10:41 PM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning Friday night, rallying the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds after left-hander Mike Minor came up four outs short of a no-hitter. Upton's 25th homer off Manny Parra (0-1) gave Atlanta its seventh victory in eight games. David Hale (4-4) pitched out of a two-on threat in the 11th. Craig Kimbrel got the last three outs for his 38th save in 42 chances. The Reds managed only two hits — a pair of singles...

  • Braves 3, Reds 1, 12 innings,
    Aug 22, 2014 10:38 PM CDT

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  • John Orozco takes narrow lead at US men's gymnastics championships
    Aug 22, 2014 10:33 PM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — There were times during John Orozco's grueling rehab after he tore the ACL in his left knee during a post-Olympic tour two years ago that he figured his gymnastics career was done. The good part of it anyway. "I thought I was never going to be myself again," Orozco said. "But I took the time. I sobbed a little bit and I got over it and I told myself, 'Well I'm here now, there's no sense in looking back and thinking about it anymore.'" Consider it forgotten. Orozco took the...

  • Pirates 8, Brewers 3
    Aug 22, 2014 10:30 PM CDT

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  • Royals 6, Rangers 3
    Aug 22, 2014 10:24 PM CDT

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  • Mariners rally for 5 runs with 2 outs in 9th inning, beat Red Sox 5-3
    Aug 22, 2014 10:22 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Austin Jackson's bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight loss, 5-3 on Friday night. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before the Mariners broke loose. Seattle ended a nine-game losing streak at Fenway Park. Jackson's drive down the left-field line drove in two runs, Dustin Ackley followed with a two-run single to give the...

  • Love trade to Cleveland will make Wiggins a rare No. 1 pick dealt before his rookie season
    Aug 22, 2014 10:06 PM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The wait is almost over. The blockbuster trade that will send Kevin Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland will be completed on Saturday, making the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference and turning Andrew Wiggins into something of an anomaly. When Wiggins is moved from the Cavs to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the deal, he will become just the second No. 1 overall draft pick to be traded without playing a game for the team that drafted him since the...

  • Prado has big hit in 9th, Yankees rally for 4-3 win over White Sox
    Aug 22, 2014 10:01 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Prado hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Facing a full-count pitch from Daniel Webb (5-4) with the bases loaded, Prado lined a hit up the middle to complete the Yankees' comeback from three runs for their fourth win in 11 games. Prado hit a two-run homer in the third, and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI double in the fifth off John Danks after Chicago's Jose Abreu connected...

  • Mariners 5, Red Sox 3
    Aug 22, 2014 9:55 PM CDT

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  • Arrieta shuts down his former team and helps Cubs beat streaking Orioles, 4-1
    Aug 22, 2014 9:48 PM CDT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta said he enjoyed running into some of his old Orioles teammates before Friday's game at Wrigley Field. Then he had an even better time on the mound, shutting down Baltimore in his first start against his former club. Arrieta held Baltimore to four hits in seven innings and Javier Baez homered again as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles 4-1. "There was a little more to it, being your former team," Arrieta said. "You know after the first inning, it was just kind of business...

  • Brady throws for 2 TDs, Newton struggles as Patriots shut down Panthers 30-7
    Aug 22, 2014 9:45 PM CDT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady's offense and the New England Patriots' defense dominated the Carolina Panthers. Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and the Patriots shut down Cam Newton and the Panthers 30-7 on Friday night. The third preseason game for both teams was no contest as the Patriots outgained the Panthers 405-271. Brady led the Patriots (2-1) to scores on three of his five series and completed 17 of 21 passes. Newton was...

  • Giants 10, Nationals 3
    Aug 22, 2014 9:40 PM CDT

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  • Lukas Rosol to face Jerzy Janowicz advance to Winston-Salem final with 3-set victories
    Aug 22, 2014 9:40 PM CDT

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic and Jerzy Janowicz of Poland advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final with three-set victories on Friday. The seventh-seeded Rosol edged Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, and Janowicz defeated Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the final tuneup for next week's U.S. Open. "I've been trying to get ready for the hard-court season, but the practice matches were no good for me," said Rosol, who should crack the top 30 in the world rankings for...

  • Yankees 4, White Sox 3
    Aug 22, 2014 9:36 PM CDT

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  • Singleton HR, Indians errors send Astros to 5-1 victory
    Aug 22, 2014 9:32 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Jon Singleton's homer capped a four-run ninth inning and the Houston Astros took advantage of Cleveland's sloppy defense to defeat the Indians 5-1 on Friday night. Singleton hit a three-run drive off Cody Allen (4-3) after a pair of throwing errors by the worst defensive team in the majors. Catcher Roberto Perez's wild throw let the go-ahead run score. A throwing error by first baseman Carlos Santana set up Houston's big inning. Tony Sipp (4-2) pitched the eighth. The Indians...

  • Howard has 2 RBIs and Phillies earn 5-4 victory over Cardinals
    Aug 22, 2014 9:15 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Ben Revere, who entered the day second in the NL in batting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315. Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd also drove in runs for Philadelphia, which won its third in four games. Matt Adams homered and Matt Holliday drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who lost for just...

  • Smyly pitches 2-hitter for 1st career complete game, Rays beat Blue Jays 8-0
    Aug 22, 2014 9:13 PM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Friday night. Evan Longoria homered, doubled, singled and drove in three runs, and Wil Myers also homered as the Rays began a stretch of 26 straight games against AL East opponents with a comfortable win. Smyly (8-10) allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes, who was promptly erased on a double play. After...

  • Astros 5, Indians 1
    Aug 22, 2014 9:11 PM CDT

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  • Mike Goodes shoots 64 to lead Boeing Classic on Champions Tour by 1 stroke
    Aug 22, 2014 9:08 PM CDT

    SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Mike Goodes shot an 8-under 64 on Friday for a one-stroke lead in the Boeing Classic. Goodes, 57, got off to a fast start with an eagle on the first hole, knocking it in from a bunker. He then had six birdies in the first round of the Champions Tour stop at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Goodes, who maintained his amateur status until joining the Champions Tour in 2007, is looking for his second career win to go with the 2009 Allianz Championship. The last time he led any round...

  • Phillies 5, Cardinals 4
    Aug 22, 2014 9:01 PM CDT

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  • Rays 8, Blue Jays 0
    Aug 22, 2014 8:58 PM CDT

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  • Person familiar with situation: Orioles' Machado 'probably' to get season-ending knee surgery
    Aug 22, 2014 8:55 PM CDT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will "probably" have season-ending surgery on his injured right knee. The person spoke to the AP on Friday under condition of anonymity because there was no official confirmation of Machado's plans. A decision was expected this weekend. Yahoo! Sports first reported earlier in the day that the 22-year-old All-Star was likely done for the year. The Orioles began the...

  • Kvitova beats Stosur, will play Rybarikova in Connecticut Open final
    Aug 22, 2014 8:52 PM CDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday. She will face a close friend, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, for the title. The 68th-ranked Rybarikova beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal. Kvitova, ranked No. 4, bombarded Stosur with 11 aces, nine in the first set, improving to 5-0 against the Australian in hard-court matches. "It was hard to...

  • US pulls away in second half, beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in basketball exhibition
    Aug 22, 2014 8:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Derrick Rose came off the bench for the Americans, who used 12 of their 16 players and are expected to cut at least a couple of them on Saturday before departing for Spain. They will play a final exhibition game there against Slovenia and will need to have their final 12-man roster...

  • US pulls away in second half, beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in basketball exhibition
    Aug 22, 2014 8:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Derrick Rose came off the bench for the Americans, who used 12 of their 16 players and are expected to cut at least a couple of them on Saturday before departing for Spain. They will play a final exhibition game there against Slovenia and will need to have their final 12-man roster...

  • US pulls away in second half, beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in basketball exhibition
    Aug 22, 2014 8:14 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 17 points and the U.S. national team pulled away in the second half to beat Puerto Rico 112-86 on Friday night in its final home exhibition game before the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Derrick Rose came off the bench for the Americans, who used 12 of their 16 players and are expected to cut at least a couple of them on Saturday before departing for Spain. They will play a final exhibition game there against Slovenia and will need to have their final 12-man roster...

  • Harvick knocks red-hot Gordon from top spot to win pole at Bristol, his fifth this season
    Aug 22, 2014 7:34 PM CDT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has become the best qualifier in NASCAR's top series, at least for this season. The veteran driver won the pole position for Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night. It's his series-high fifth top starting spot of the season, and just the 11th in 490 starts in his career. The secret? "Faster cars," Harvick said with a wide grin. "That's it.'" Harvick, in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, set a track record...

  • New Mexico women's soccer coach is suspended for 1 week without pay over hazing incident
    Aug 22, 2014 7:31 PM CDT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico women's soccer coach Kit Vela has been suspended for a week without pay and 22 players will be suspended for one game over a hazing incident. Athletic director Paul Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1BLWw77) he expects Vela's suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal. Krebs says assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo will receive letters of reprimand. School officials say last...

  • Ryu shoots another bogey-free round to extend lead at Canadian Women's Open
    Aug 22, 2014 7:14 PM CDT

    LONDON, Ontario (AP) — So Yeon Ryu used a second straight bogey-free round to pull away at the Canadian Women's Open. Ryu shot a 6-under 66 Friday at the London Hunt and Country Club to get to 15 under, the best two-round start in the tournament's history. She was five strokes ahead of fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi, playing partner Anna Nordqvist and Danielle Kang. "A lot of birdies is still a good sign, but no bogeys is more (of) a great sign because it means I play really consistent and...

  • Washington Post to stop using 'Redskins' on editorial page; name remains in sports coverage
    Aug 22, 2014 7:09 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the "Redskins" on its editorial page. The paper's editorial board announced Friday that it will refrain from using the term that it says "unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too." The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. The Post will continue to use "Redskins" in the news and sports sections. The board noted that it has been speaking...

  • Commissioner Bud Selig hasn't changed outlook on Pete Rose's ban for gambling
    Aug 22, 2014 7:07 PM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — As his term winds down, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig hasn't changed his outlook on Pete Rose's lifetime ban for gambling. Selig visited Cincinnati on Friday for the opening of an urban youth academy, and then drove down Pete Rose Way to visit Great American Ball Park and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum that contains many references to baseball's hits leader. He declined to talk about Rose's case directly, but gave no indication that he's inclined to change his...

  • Cuban OF Rusney Castillo praised by Boston manager Farrell amid reports of deal with Red Sox
    Aug 22, 2014 6:43 PM CDT

    BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo "an exciting, athletic player." The Cuban defector is expected to show off those talents for Boston soon, perhaps within the next week. Farrell spoke Friday amid multiple media reports that the Red Sox had agreed with Castillo on a $72.5 million, seven-year contract. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino declined to comment. Farrell was aware of Boston's pursuit of the 27-year-old Castillo and discussed him before the opener...

  • Mets minor leaguer airlifted from field after injury, game suspended
    Aug 22, 2014 6:24 PM CDT

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A minor league player in the New York Mets' organization could soon be released from the hospital after he was airlifted from the field Friday because of a head injury. The Mets said 22-year-old first baseman Manuel Hilario "began to experience seizures and remained unresponsive" after his head hit the knee of the Nationals second baseman while trying to break up a double play in the rookie Gulf Coast League game. Hilario was treated on the field and then taken by helicopter...

  • AP PHOTOS: A look back at 13-year-old pitcher Mo'ne Davis at the Little League World Series
    Aug 22, 2014 5:56 PM CDT

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mo'ne Davis' moment is over. Her legacy may just be beginning. The 13-year-old star pitcher from Philadelphia wowed the world at the Little League World Series. She was the 18th girl to play in the event, and the only one to win a game on the mound. Her stunning run was stopped Thursday night by Chicago in a 6-5 loss. But she'll go home as the darling of the tournament. Most of America — and parts of the world — were on a first-name basis with the pitcher. She was...

  • Chevrolet clinches 3rd straight IndyCar manufacturers championship with 2 races left
    Aug 22, 2014 5:54 PM CDT

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Chevrolet has clinched its third straight IndyCar manufacturers championship with two races left in the series' season. Chevrolet has won all three manufacturers titles since returning to the series in 2012. Its IndyCar V6 engine program has won 10 of the first 16 races of the season heading into the weekend's event at Sonoma Raceway. Chevrolet supplies Team Penske, which has three of the top five drivers in the overall standings with Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Juan...

  • Mo'ne Davis steps out of the spotlight after capturing the world's attention for past 2 weeks
    Aug 22, 2014 5:52 PM CDT

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mo'ne Davis will look like a typical eighth-grader when she begins classes at Philadelphia's Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in a couple of weeks. Thick braids? Check. Bright smile? Yep. But Davis is anything but your average 13-year-old. None of the other kids in her class have ever been on the cover of Sports Illustrated or have had Lil' Wayne and Ellen DeGeneres gush over them. The right-handed pitcher and infielder captured a lot of hearts while leading the...

  • Adam Scott, with the majors over, goes after consolation prize; McIlroy rallies at Barclays
    Aug 22, 2014 5:52 PM CDT

    PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year — a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title. Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, and then closed with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a 6-under 65. That gave him a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays. Three dozen players were within five shots of the lead, a group that includes British...

  • Column: While everyone focuses on teams at the top, let's give a shoutout to the Bottom 10
    Aug 22, 2014 5:47 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — This isn't another column about Florida State or Alabama. They get enough attention. With the start of college football right around the corner, we'd like to give a shoutout to the Bottom 10, those schools where optimism is about as appropriate as refusing to dump a bucket of ice water on your head. Schools such as Georgia State, losers of 16 in a row and one of only two FBS teams that failed to win a game, any game, in 2013. When the Panthers take the field in the very first...

  • Oklahoma City policeman accused of serial sexual assault while on patrol
    Aug 22, 2014 5:41 PM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol — picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, according to an affidavit released Friday. Former star football player Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, investigators said. He made others...

  • Brazil's World Cup revenue from tourists boomed _ but Brazilians spent even more abroad
    Aug 22, 2014 5:35 PM CDT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Central Bank says spending by foreign tourists shot up 60 percent during the two months overlapped by its hosting of the World Cup, reaching nearly $1.59 billion. But the bank's Friday report says Brazilians themselves spent even more abroad — $4.4 billion during June and July. The bank says tourists in Brazil spent $797 million in June and $789 million in July. Bank economic department chief Tulio Maciel he expects tourists will spend $100 million in August. The $2.41...

  • South Carolina trooper who arrested NFL lineman Sam Montgomery during traffic stop is fired
    Aug 22, 2014 5:23 PM CDT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina state trooper who arrested NFL defensive lineman Sam Montgomery at a traffic stop last June has been fired, state officials said Friday. The Department of Public Safety said in a news release that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. Salter stopped Montgomery in June when the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman was returning to his home in Greenwood. Montgomery was arrested...

  • Jonathan Martin keeps moving forward, shows 49ers his versatility while trying for roster spot
    Aug 22, 2014 5:14 PM CDT

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Early in his career, Jonathan Martin had a harder time keeping plays straight while shifting from one side of the offensive line to the other. That ability and versatility now might help earn him a job with the San Francisco 49ers after what coach Jim Harbaugh considers an impressive first training camp with the team. Martin feels fit and well adapted in the offense and his new surroundings, having moved past a three-week bout with mononucleosis this spring and his...

  • Bristol gets date change for spring race after appeals following frigid night in March
    Aug 22, 2014 5:07 PM CDT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Bristol Motor Speedway is getting its wish — a later race date in the spring. NASCAR says the schedules for all three top series will be announced on Tuesday night, but the sport's governing body did share the news about a new date at the track hosting this weekend's races. BMS will host a NASCAR weekend next April 17-19, instead of mid-March like this year. Rain has often been an issue in mid-March at Bristol, and this year's Sprint Cup race day was marred by rain delays...

  • With 3 Sprint Cup races left, and 4 Chase spots up for grabs, Bristol beckons as a wild card
    Aug 22, 2014 5:03 PM CDT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — It's the kind of jumble that can make even the most seasoned driver nervous. Matt Kenseth stands fifth in the points standings and seems a lock to make in into NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when the 10-race playoffs begin in three weeks at Chicagoland Speedway. But the 2003 series champion is still winless this season. With three races remaining in the regular-season, including two on unpredictable short tracks, he's not banking on anything just yet. "I...

  • NFL, MIA reach confidential settlement over rapper's use of middle finger during Super Bowl
    Aug 22, 2014 5:00 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for M.I.A. says his client and the NFL have reached a settlement ending their multimillion dollar dispute over the Sri Lankan rapper's flash of the middle finger during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance with Madonna. Attorney Howard E. King said in a statement Friday that the two had reached a confidential settlement, but offered no further details. The Hollywood Reporter reported last year that the NFL took action with the American Arbitration Association for...

  • New high-tech College Football Hall of Fame displays game's history in interactive exhibits
    Aug 22, 2014 4:58 PM CDT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age. When entering the three-story facility, fans will immediately face a giant wall of 768 helmets — one for every program at every level in the nation. The new high-tech hall opens Saturday in downtown Atlanta, not far from the Georgia Dome, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and other attractions. It features an interactive experience that begins when the...

  • South Carolina trooper who arrested NFL lineman Sam Montgomery during traffic stop fired
    Aug 22, 2014 4:54 PM CDT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina state trooper who arrested NFL defensive lineman Sam Montgomery at a traffic stop last June has been fired. The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that Lance Cpl. R.S. Salter was terminated for violating agency policies including conduct unbecoming a state employee. Salter stopped Montgomery in June when the Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman was returning to his Greenwood home. Montgomery was arrested and spent a night in jail after Salter...

  • 1 of 3 New Mexico teens struck by lightning out of hospital; others' conditions improve
    Aug 22, 2014 4:52 PM CDT

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — One of three eighth-grade football players hit by lightning during practice in a southern New Mexico town is out of the hospital. His father says 13-year-old Demetrius Aguilera was released Thursday afternoon from a children's hospital in Texas. Kenndre Aguilera tells the Las Cruces Sun-News his son wanted to see his teammates at Picacho Middle School in Las Cruces right away. El Paso Children's Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Badr (BAY-der) said Friday that the most badly...

  • Tom Hanks says women deserve grass fields at World Cup; actor wants artificial turf cast away
    Aug 22, 2014 4:16 PM CDT

    TORONTO (AP) — Tom Hanks takes his soccer seriously. And when the Women's World Cup comes to Canada in 2015, he wants the games played on grass fields. The actor is adding his voice to those protesting the use of artificial turf for the six Canadian venues. On Friday, Hanks tweeted: "Opinion: Women's World Cup is the best Soccer of the year. Hey FIFA, they deserve real grass. Put in sod." Forty international players recently wrote to FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association threatening legal...

  • Cubs 4, Orioles 1
    Aug 22, 2014 4:15 PM CDT

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  • Senators request investigation of how Air Force Academy handles sexual assault cases
    Aug 22, 2014 4:10 PM CDT

    DENVER (AP) — Two U.S. senators called for an outside investigation of how the Air Force Academy handles sexual assaults, including an allegation that agents were blocked from speaking to football coaches. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. John Thune of South Dakota asked the Defense Department inspector general and the civilian U.S. Office of Special Counsel on Wednesday to look into claims by a former Air Force criminal investigator, Staff Sgt. Brandon Enos. In a 12-page memo to...

  • Hang time: Browns star receiver Josh Gordon awaiting league ruling on possible suspension
    Aug 22, 2014 4:07 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon smiled as he walked off the field on an insufferably muggy day. Nothing, it seemed, was bothering him. He peeled off his jersey, sweat streaking his face. The star receiver soon posted a photo on Instagram of him catching a pass from rookie Johnny Manziel. "Only place I can find peace," Gordon captioned the picture. The football field is giving Gordon serenity. His time there be could be running out. Gordon is still awaiting word from the NFL on whether he'll be...

  • Chief suspect pleads guilty in Cuban human trafficking group that included Rangers OF Martin
    Aug 22, 2014 3:57 PM CDT

    MIAMI (AP) — A man accused of masterminding a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty Friday to U.S. extortion charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. Eliezer Lazo, 41, entered the plea Friday in Miami federal court. Lazo is already serving a five-year prison sentence for money laundering in a Medicare fraud case and now faces up to 20 additional years behind bars. Lazo agreed to cooperate with investigators,...

  • Cleveland to celebrate reopening of historic home to 2 championship baseball teams
    Aug 22, 2014 3:18 PM CDT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Even in Cleveland, League Park probably doesn't mean much to a casual baseball fan. The former home of the Cleveland Indians sat neglected and largely forgotten for decades in a not-so-well-traveled east side neighborhood. But the persistence and, after her death, the memories of a longtime Cleveland councilwoman kept her dream alive to restore the park where Cy Young threw the first pitch in 1891 and where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run. And on Saturday, the city and baseball...

  • Minnesota Vikings adding $19 million to stadium project to guarantee features
    Aug 22, 2014 2:38 PM CDT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are kicking in another $19.7 million for their new stadium to make sure it has the features they want. Rising steel prices and refined cost estimates for the stadium's massive pivoting glass doors created a budget shortfall and left the Vikings with a choice: Scrap certain features to cut costs or increase their share of the project. Steve Poppen, the Vikings' chief financial officer, said scaling back stadium design was "never an option." The Minnesota...

  • Chiefs OT Donald Stephenson suspended 4 games for performance-enhancing substance violation
    Aug 22, 2014 2:37 PM CDT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season Friday for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, a massive blow to an already unsteady offensive line. Stephenson remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's contest against Minnesota. He will miss games against Tennessee, Denver, Miami and New England and be eligible to return to...

  • Magdalena Rybarikova beats Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-4 to earn 1st berth in Connecticut Open final
    Aug 22, 2014 1:46 PM CDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 Friday to earn a berth into the finals of the Connecticut Open, the final tune-up for the women before next week's U.S. Open. Rybarikova broke Giorgi in the first game of the match and breezed through the first set in 34 minutes, earning another service break to go up 5-1. The Italian could not solve Rybarikova's serve, failing to convert on 11 break points. The hard-serving Giorgi, ranked 38th in the...

  • Magdalena Rybarikova beats Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-4 to earn 1st berth in Connecticut Open final
    Aug 22, 2014 1:46 PM CDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4 Friday to earn a berth into the finals of the Connecticut Open, the final tune-up for the women before next week's U.S. Open. Rybarikova broke Giorgi in the first game of the match and breezed through the first set in 34 minutes, earning another service break to go up 5-1. The Italian could not solve Rybarikova's serve, failing to convert on 11 break points. The hard-serving Giorgi, ranked 38th in the...

  • With 3M going away as sponsor, Ortho to sponsor Biffle for "roughly half" of 2015
    Aug 22, 2014 1:17 PM CDT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Roush Fenway Racing has landed Ortho as a sponsor for "roughly half" of Greg Biffle's races next season. Biffle's team is losing sponsor 3M after this season. It will run under the Ortho colors beginning next week in Atlanta. Roush Fenway Racing President Steve Newmark said Friday it was unclear which races will run with Ortho as the primary sponsor. The new paint scheme features images of red fire ants and the words "fire ant killer." Biffle stands 16th in the point standings...

  • Just 17: Verstappen will share cockpit with classroom as youngest ever F1 driver next season
    Aug 22, 2014 1:08 PM CDT

    SPA, Belgium (AP) — Max Verstappen will find himself in a unique position next year: fitting school exams around his debut as the youngest ever Formula One driver. When the 2015 F1 championship starts in Australia in March, Verstappen will be only 17. It will also be his final year of school, as he shares the cockpit with the classroom. The Dutch teen, who competes in this year's European Formula Three title, has been signed by Toro Rosso — Red Bull's feeder club — in a move that divides F1 opinion....

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