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Bulls select Denzel Valentine with 14th pick in the draft
NEW YORK — Denzel Valentine, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 14th overall by the Chicago Bulls during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
NEW YORK — Denzel Valentine, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 14th overall by the Chicago Bulls during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls found their Valentine after trading away their Rose.
Friday, June 24, 2016


2 key hits by Giancarlo Stanton help Marlins beat Cubs 4-2
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton was the target of his teammates' postgame celebration for a change Thursday, and afterward he stood at his locker with shaving cream in his hair, on the side of his face and even under his chin.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Just a kid from Akron, LeBron James honored in hometown
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — His voice hoarse from days of nearly nonstop celebrating, LeBron James waited until the end of yet another party to remind a crowd filled with family, friends and fans why they came.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Coastal Carolina capitalizes on Texas Tech errors, wins 7-5
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Coastal Carolina's incredible postseason run will continue for at least another day.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Draft over, and now the Summer of Durant has arrived
MIAMI (AP) — Draft night belonged to Ben Simmons. The summer now belongs to Kevin Durant.
Friday, June 24, 2016

White Sox miss chance for sweep, lose 8-7 in 10 innings
BOSTON (AP) — For the first time since he joined the Chicago White Sox, James Shields gave them a decent chance to win.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Phoenix Suns face multiple options with 3 first-round picks in NBA Draft
PHOENIX (AP) — After a sixth straight season of watching playoff basketball rather than playing it, the Phoenix Suns face a multitude of choices with three first-round picks in Thursday night's draft, No. 4, No. 13 and No. 28. A trade of some sort is a distinct possibility.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cabrera and Lawrie homer; White Sox rally past Red Sox 8-6
BOSTON (AP) — The White Sox came limping into Fenway Park struggling for over a month.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Feel-good story ends with Rose traded from Bulls to Knicks
CHICAGO (AP) — It was once the ultimate feel-good story, with the electrifying Derrick Rose leading his hometown Chicago Bulls to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were racking up championships.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

NHL coming to Las Vegas; team to start play in 2017
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas. The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cardinals beat Arrieta, Cubs 7-2 to complete 3-game sweep
CHICAGO (AP) — When the St. Louis Cardinals arrived at Wrigley Field for a three-game series, manager Mike Matheny shook off questions about their 12 1/2-game deficit to the surging Cubs by insisting he avoids looking at the standings.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Carpenter, Holliday homer as Cardinals beat Cubs 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Wainwright called the most recent homestand a reality check for St. Louis. He's not quite ready to call this a turning point for the Cardinals.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Abreu's double in 10th lifts White Sox over Red Sox, 3-1
BOSTON (AP) — White Sox manager Robin Ventura initially had little advice for Zach Duke when the reliever was brought into a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cardinals stop 5-game slide with 3-2 victory over Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Trevor Rosenthal was in deep trouble when Yadier Molina came up with a huge play — for the closer and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WNBA undefeated: Lynx host Sparks for 20th anniversary game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Minnesota Lynx visit the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday, it will be just another regular-season game for two undefeated teams with championship aspirations.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Disappointed Warriors vow to get back to NBA Finals
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green wants to maintain the momentum from a special season that fell short by competing in the Rio Olympics.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Seattle Seahawks give rookies extensive course in NFL transition
 RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll stood at the front of the auditorium just like he would for any other meeting as the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cardinals swept by Texas Rangers, drop 5 games in a row
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Manager Mike Matheny had a simple explanation about why the Cardinals got swept by the Texas Rangers — St. Louis' fifth straight home loss.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Willson Contreras homers in 1st at-bat, Cubs sweep Pirates
CHICAGO (AP) — Prized prospect Willson Contreras received a standing ovation as he made his way to the plate in the sixth inning for his first major league at-bat.
Monday, June 20, 2016

Wenger takes Super Race at Macon Speedway
MACON — For only the second time in a UMP Super Late Model at Macon Speedway, McKay Wenger carried the checkered flag and won the Lite Beer 50-lap event.
Monday, June 20, 2016

James and Cavaliers win thrilling NBA Finals Game 7
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago.
Monday, June 20, 2016

The drive to win: Mickelson reverses course in Open gamble
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Three days after Phil Mickelson said there was "zero chance" he would go for the 17th green at Oakmont, he went for the green Saturday.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Head coach Lovie Smith bars Illini from scooters
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — When he got to campus back in March, Lovie Smith counted 50 or 60 players who owned scooters.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks make multiple moves this past week
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have extended their affiliation deal with the Rockford IceHogs of American Hockey League through the 2021-22 season.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Major League Baseball Standings
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sports teams wrestle with getting right nickname
LAS VEGAS — What's in a name? When it comes to a pro sports team, quite a bit.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

IOC offers full support for IAAF decision to ban Russians
 LONDON (AP) — The IOC threw its support behind the decision to ban Russia's track and field team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and said Saturday it will take "further far-reaching measures" to crack down on doping ahead of the games.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

For Steph and LeBron, an ultimate game to decide NBA title
CLEVELAND (AP) — It's the two-time reigning MVP who is trying to finish off a record setting season with a second straight title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland's 52-year title drought.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Pushing the 'Restart' Button for Round 1 of US Open
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Might as well hit the "restart" button on this U.S. Open.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Cardinals' Brandon Moss homering every 11 at-bats
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Firefighting's loss is the St. Louis Cardinals' gain.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Freeman stays hot with 2-run HR as Braves beat Reds
ATLANTA (AP) — Cincinnati manager Bryan Price was worried when he saw Braves slugger Freddie Freeman hitting only .242 at the start of a four-game series.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Miller makes it clear he'll sit out 2016 if no deal is done
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos' summer break began with an ominous message from superstar Von Miller. The Super Bowl MVP suggested he'll sit out the 2016 season if general manager John Elway doesn't meet his contract demands in the next month.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Braves' Freeman hits for cycle
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman's leadoff single in the 11th inning against the Reds made him the first Braves player to hit for the cycle in eight years.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cubs fall to Washington Nationals in 12 innings, 5-4
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs has just wasted a strong start by Jason Hammel and blown two late leads in a disappointing loss to the Washington Nationals.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pirates ace Cole expects to return for 'majority of season'
NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole expects to come back from a strained right triceps in time to pitch "a majority of the season."
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sale wins MLB-best 11th as White Sox beat Tigers, 5-3
 CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale was dominant for much of Wednesday night, though the left-hander believes the key to his success was how he handled the one stretch where he struggled.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wainwright dominates Astros, but Cardinals lose 4-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — It's business as usual when Adam Wainwright dominates the Houston Astros. This time, the St. Louis Cardinals ace had nothing to show for it.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Adams, Moss homer for Cardinals in 5-2 loss to Astros
ST. LOUIS  — Both of the St. Louis Cardinals' left-handed hitting first basemen were in the lineup. Manager Mike Matheny liked what it did for the team's power profile.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Almora's double in 9th lifts Cubs over Nationals 4-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. acknowledged his former Arizona Fall League foe when he batted against him in the ninth inning Tuesday night.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jeffery's return a start for developing Bears offense
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler became reacquainted with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery when the Chicago Bears began a three-day minicamp on Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After 5 games of Finals, Love still seeking his rhythm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Numbers may not necessarily lie, though they can deceive.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

White Sox fall behind Detroit early again, can't rally this time
CHICAGO (AP) — A night after a remarkable comeback win, the Chicago White Sox couldn't overcome yet another big early deficit.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

France coach Deschamps could change tactics for Albania match
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — In a bid to add more speed and urgency to his team, France coach Didier Deschamps could make tactical changes for Wednesday's European Championship match against Albania.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Former Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson dead at age 41
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Bryan Robinson has died, the team said Monday. He was 41.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Illinois lineman Clements faces charge from altercation at a party
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois football player Jarrod "Chunky" Clements has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight at a party in March and has entered a program that could see the charge reduced or dropped, authorities said Monday.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

White Sox rally from 7 down for 10-9 victory over Tigers
CHICAGO (AP) — James Shields was shaky again. Avisail Garcia and Melky Cabrera each committed a costly error, and Todd Frazier had another rough day at the plate.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Draymond-less Warriors overwhelmed by Cavaliers in Game 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Like everyone else, Draymond Green could only watch as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sent the NBA Finals back to Cleveland.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Walters makes 1st Win Special at Coles County
CHARLESTON — Tom Walters of Monticello, IL has been racing on/off for 25 years and just last year picked the sport back up.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cubs can't solve Scherzer in 4-1 loss to Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) — There haven't been too many times this season when the Chicago Cubs found themselves flailing helplessly at pitches before walking somberly back to the dugout.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Holliday, Grichuk homer as Cardinals sweep Pirates, 8-3
PITTSBURGH — Several players who have given the Pirates trouble for years helped the St. Louis Cardinals finish a rare sweep in Pittsburgh.
Monday, June 13, 2016

With Green suspended, Cleveland must seize Finals chance
OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green and LeBron James might make up, get over this moment and become friends again one day.
Monday, June 13, 2016

TCU top Texas A&M, advances to College World Series
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — TCU has made a habit making trips to Omaha, Nebraska, at this time of year. This time, though, the Horned Frogs made it as underdogs.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Lester allows no earned runs as Cubs rout Braves 13-2
Monday, June 13, 2016

A repeat NBA title now just 1 win away for Golden State
CLEVELAND — Golden State has now won 88 games this season, when factoring in the regular season and the playoffs. That's another NBA record to add to its collection, one more than the Chicago Bulls totaled in their 1995-96 season.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thiem beats Federer to reach Mercedes Cup final
STUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer squandered two match points and lost to Dominic Thiem 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in a rain-interrupted Mercedes Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

The world watched as Ali's goodbye created many memories
LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — As Muhammad Ali's youngest son rode in his father's funeral procession through the streets of the city he adored, he noticed scores of children lining the route, pumping their fists, shouting "Ali! Ali!"
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Molina's single lets Cards take another series from Reds 3-2
CINCINNATI — A little vintage Adam Wainwright and another booed hit by Yadier Molina have the St. Louis Cardinals headed up.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Phillies draft Cal. HS outfielder Moniak at No. 1
 SECAUCUS, N.J. — After all the uncertainty surrounding the No. 1 pick, the Philadelphia Phillies think they've got themselves a sure thing.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Sharks stave off elimination, top Penguins 4-2 in Game 5
PITTSBURGH — There's very little flash to Martin Jones. The San Jose Sharks goaltender speaks in a polite monotone, only too eager to deflect attention elsewhere. Call it a reflex action honed from years spent wearing a mask while intentionally standing in the way of a puck often fired at high speed.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Merano named Softball Student Athlete of the Year
AKRON — The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced its 2016 USCAA Softball national honors on Sunday night May 15th at the USCAA Softball National Championship banquet in Akron, Ohio.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lackey goes 7 strong, Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 8-1
PHILADELPHIA — John Lackey gave the Chicago Cubs another excellent start, a common theme for baseball's best team. Lackey struck out eight in seven dominant innings, Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist hit homers and the Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

After another blowout, now Warriors' need to respond
CLEVELAND — It's been the postseason of blowouts. The NBA Finals have been no different. There was a 63-point turnaround from Game 2 to Game 3 in the span of about 72 hours.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Moss homers twice, Cardinals roll over Cincinnati Reds 12-7
CINCINNATI — Brandon Moss doesn't know if he can hit balls harder than the two he hammered at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pressure point: Irving, Cavs face crucial Game 3 in finals
CLEVELAND — One day before his first NBA Finals game at home, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spent time after practice trying out some one-on-one moves against assistant coach James Posey.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Harper drives in 3 runs, Nationals beat White Sox 10-5
CHICAGO — Mat Latos had all sorts of adjectives to describe his latest shaky start for the struggling Chicago White Sox. Few were suitable for print.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cubs squander chances, lose 3-2 to Philadelphia Phillies
PHILADELPHIA — A big lead in the standings allowed Joe Maddon to appreciate a game his team lost.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Votto's homer in 9th leads Reds over Cardinals 7-6
CINCINNATI — A clever slide into third base got overturned on review, and the St. Louis Cardinals' big comeback came up just short.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Popovich to lead Select Team training vs US Olympic squad
LAS VEGAS — Gregg Popovich will get started on his preparations for the 2020 Olympics when he oversees the Select Team of young players that will train against this year's U.S. basketball team.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cardinals could have rookie of year candidate at SS in Diaz
ST. LOUIS — Two injuries in spring training gave Aledmys Diaz an opening. Now, the St. Louis Cardinals have a rookie of the year candidate at shortstop, a player so productive that when Jhonny Peralta returns Tuesday it will be at third base.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lester pitches 8 shutout innings to lead Cubs over Phillies
PHILADELPHIA — Jon Lester dominated for eight innings, and the Chicago Cubs bullpen was just good enough in the ninth for yet another victory
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Extra rest day in NBA Finals seems timely for Cavaliers

 CLEVELAND — Under the long-used former NBA Finals format, Game 3 of this Golden State-Cleveland matchup would have been played Tuesday night.

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cardinals demote Wong to make room for Peralta
ST. LOUIS  — The St. Louis Cardinals optioned second baseman Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis to open a spot for infielder Jhonny Peralta, set to come off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Street fighter and MMA pioneer Kimbo Slice dead at 42
MARGATE, FL. — Kimbo Slice, the bearded street fighter who parlayed his internet popularity into a mixed martial arts career and worldwide fame, has died. He was 42.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

As NBA Finals move to Cleveland, Warriors looking unbeatable
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When the Golden State Warriors returned to Cleveland in January for the first time since clinching the championship there last June, Stephen Curry raised a little stir when he said he hoped the visiting locker room "still smells a little bit like champagne."
Monday, June 6, 2016

Warriors whip Cavaliers 110-77 to take 2-0 NBA Finals lead
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)  Draymond Green emphatically flexed his bulging biceps with big plays on both ends of the floor, and these Golden State Warriors might just be far too strong for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Arrieta's win streak ends at 20, Diamondbacks beat Cubs 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta had been winning at such a remarkable rate it was almost jarring to see the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner lose a game.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Cubs manager Maddon ejected against Diamondbacks
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been ejected from Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Cardinals rally to beat Giants again, 6-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second straight day, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied against the hottest team in the majors.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Education, athletics at odds in debate over college grad transfers
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Meet the Trio for Rio: Triplets plan to run Olympic marathon
TALLINN, Estonia — Fans at the Rio Olympics will be seeing not just double, but triple in the women's marathon when identical triplets race together for the first time.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as 'The Greatest,' dies
PHOENIX — He was fast of fist and foot and lip, too a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Illinois Midget SPEED Week Coming To Lincoln Speedway
BELLEVILLE — The 4th Annual Illinois SPEED Week is shaping up to be one of the largest events for 2016 with a world-wide driver presence set to tackle five straight days of racing.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Hendricks sharp, Cubs break loose with 4 HRs, beat Dodgers
CHICAGO — Kyle Hendricks is suddenly pitching deep into games and dominating while he's doing it. His latest outing was about as impressive as the complete game he threw in his previous start.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Ali's hospital stay could pose serious issues
PHOENIX — Muhammad Ali is hospitalized in the Phoenix area with what two people familiar with his condition say may be more serious problems than his previous hospital stays.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Warriors' supporting cast leads Game 1 NBA Finals win
OAKLAND — Stephen Curry realizes every last man on the bench can mean so much to winning a championship.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Padres blow 10-run lead after 5, lose 16-13 to Mariners
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres just can't get out of their own way.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Oregon, Texas advance to NCAA championship final
EUGENE, Ore. — Beau Hossler overcame an injury to his left shoulder while getting up-and-down from a bunker with his putter to close out his match Tuesday and send top-seeded Texas into the NCAA championship match against Oregon.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Stringer Earns All-America Honors in Track and Field
WHITEWATER, WI — Genny Rose Stringer, a native of Assumption, IL, and member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater track and field program, was one of six Warhawks to garner All-America accolades over the weekend at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

John Legend to perform anthem at Game 1 of NBA Finals
NEW YORK — Grammy-winning singer John Legend will perform the national anthem for Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cardinals can't solve Zach Davies, lose 3-1 to Brewers
MILWAUKEE  — St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia never got comfortable on the mound. Zach Davies never let up for Milwaukee.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Penguins edge Sharks 2-1, take 2-0 lead in Stanley Cup Finals
PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby enters the faceoff circle with a plan every time, well aware it will almost certainly evaporate once the puck smacks the ice.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lester goes distance, pitches Cubs past Dodgers 2-1
CHICAGO — Jon Lester was surprised when manager Joe Maddon let him bat in the eighth inning. After the pitcher struck out swinging, the rest of the night went according to plan.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cubs dominate early National League All-Star voting
CHICAGO — Addison Russell got an update on the All-Star voting from his wife, Melisa. "She was making me blush a little bit," a grinning Russell said.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Glory Days: Bay Area plays host to NBA Finals, Stanley Cup
OAKLAND, Calif.  — Stephen Curry and LeBron James dueling on the court in the NBA Finals as the Golden State Warriors look to cap a record-breaking season with a second straight title. Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby matching up on the ice as the San Jose Sharks look to win the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Carpenter has 4 more hits to lead Cards over Brewers 10-3
MILWAUKEE — Eight hits in two days have made Matt Carpenter a happy man.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Arrieta's 7 scoreless innings not enough
CHICAGO — The last time the Chicago Cubs lost when Jake Arrieta was pitching they were no-hit.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cubs bullpen perfect for 7 innings in 1-hit win over Dodgers
CHICAGO — Jason Hammel wasn't thrilled to leave Monday's game after two innings of one-hit ball because of right hamstring cramps.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Martinez, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Brewers 6-0
MILWAUKEE — Carlos Martinez's teammates greeted the pitcher with hugs and handshakes following his eight innings of work at Miller Park.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Curry and record-setting Warriors headed back to NBA Finals
OAKLAND — Stephen Curry knocked down yet another 3-pointer in the waning moments, pulled his jersey up into his mouth and yelled to the rafters in triumph once more.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Arrieta goes for 10-0, Wright may face DL stint
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Swingin' in the rain: Radwanska, Halep lose at French Open
PARIS (AP)  — Yes, they actually managed to complete a match on this wettest of weeks at the French Open. Two, even. And both involved surprises: Two of the top half-dozen seeded women lost within minutes of each other, No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Simona Halep.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

White Sox don't blow late lead, but still lose
NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago White Sox did not blow another late lead.

They never were ahead of the New York Mets.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Warriors know Game 7 back home for Finals trip won't be easy
OAKLAND, Calif.  — After a record 73 wins and a memorable Game 6 comeback on the road, the Golden State Warriors' goal of getting back to the NBA Finals and defending their title comes down to Game 7 at home against the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder.
Monday, May 30, 2016

For Cubs' Bryant, level approach paying off at plate
CHICAGO (AP) — For all the towering home runs he hit in his NL Rookie of the Year season, something else stood out to the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Looking ahead to 100 more years at the Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ray Harroun never could have envisioned the speed, science and styling behind the cars on the starting grid for the 100th Indy 500, not when he was piloting the Marmon Wasp to victory in the inaugural race back in 1911.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cubs pound Phillies 6-2 on Friday
CHICAGO (AP) — In a game where the Cubs hit several mammoth drives, David Ross' smash against an advertising sign beyond the left-field bleachers stood out.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

UN health agency rejects call to postpone Rio Olympics
BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or canceling the Rio Summer Olympics because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Patience pays off for Polish-born kayaker competing for US
(AP) — Rather than chasing gold, silver or bronze at the last Olympics, Michal Smolen decided he'd rather wait for the red, white and blue.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

8 Russian athletes test positive in 2012 doping retests
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Olympic Committee said Saturday that eight of the country's athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Harper, Espinosa HRs carry Nationals over Cardinals 2-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the fourth straight start, Mike Leake was extremely effective on the mound.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Curry scores 31 points, defending champion Warriors reach Game 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — "We ain't going home! We're not going home!" Stephen Curry screamed at the top of his lungs.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Arrieta moves to 9-0, Cubs edge Cardinals 9-8
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Arrieta got some help from the Cubs' offense to stay perfect.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hammel stars on mound, plate in Cubs' rout of Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Hammel had a lot to do with the early six-run cushion.

The pitcher went above and beyond in helping end the Chicago Cubs' first three-game losing streak of the season with a 12-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Westbrook, Thunder put Warriors on brink of elimination
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LEADING OFF: Arrieta aims for 20; Bradley halfway to Joe D
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crosby helps Penguins beat Lightning to force Game 7
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors to 105-99 win over Cav
TORONTO — A series that once looked lopsided is now even.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Grichuk's homer in 9th lifts Cardinals to win over Cubs
ST. LOUIS — Randal Grichuk told reporters Monday afternoon that his sore back was OK. A few hours later, Grichuk proved it with his first career walk-off home run.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Golf Updates
Monday, May 23, 2016

Today In Baseball - May 22
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA
Saturday, May 21, 2016

USOC: Flawd anti-doping system needs attention
(AP) — The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says the latest anti-doping headlines make it "increasingly difficult to defend the current system."
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jones' 2nd shutout gives Sharks 2-1 lead over Blues
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For a San Jose team whose playoff struggles have often come down to running into a streaky goaltender at the wrong time, it must be nice to have the goalie making all the stops.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Perfect 10: Cavaliers stay unbeaten in postseason, downing Raptors
CLEVELAND (AP) — Overshadowed as Golden State shot down history during the regular season, the Cavaliers are making this postseason their own.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Bonds tells Harper to run, Scherzer faces Thor
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

31 caught in retests of Beijing Olympic samples
LONDON (AP) — In a major doping crackdown stretching back eight years, 31 athletes in six sports could be barred from competing in this year's Olympics after they were caught in retesting of drug samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, and other positive cases could emerge from the 2012 London Games.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Molina's pinch-hit double lifts Cardinals over Dodgers; Cubs drop to Pirates
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, Yadier Molina managed to be a problem for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Elliott leads way, Blues beat Sharks 2-1 in Game 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Once again, Brian Elliott was the star of the show. His latest performance gave his St. Louis Blues teammates plenty of comfort knowing he had their back.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Holliday homers twice, Cardinals complete sweep of Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals couldn't touch Jered Weaver and his low-80s fastball the first time through the order Thursday night.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Olympic gold medalists from Russia deny doping claims
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Olympic gold medalists from Russia denied doping Friday, a day after they were named in a newspaper report detailing state-sponsored cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Cubs swept by Padres for 1st consecutive losses this season
CHICAGO (AP) — For the first 37 days of the season, the Chicago Cubs avoided losing back-to-back games. Then, they dropped two on Wednesday.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Scherzer has 20 Ks, ties MLB record as Nats top Tigers 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters, come within one strike of a perfect game and met just about every expectation that accompanied the $210 million contract he signed with Washington.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

MVP Curry and teammates move closer to goal
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry stopped just before leaving his postgame press conference with one final, important thought.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cubs beat Padres 8-7 for 8th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Looking quite comfortable in the middle of the order, Ben Zobrist is benefiting from the relentless approach by the Cubs' dangerous lineup.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Granderson's HR helps Mets beat Dodgers 4-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The moment of truth for the New York Mets came in the eighth inning, when reliever Jim Henderson did what he was called on to do — pitch out of a jam with a two-run lead.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Nationals announce 7-year extension for Stephen Strasburg
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after Stephen Strasburg deflected questions about a new contract, the Washington Nationals announced that they had, indeed, agreed to a seven-year extension with the right-hander.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wade gets 30, Heat rally and beat Raptors 94-87 in OT
MIAMI (AP) — Just about everyone struggled to score, with one very notable exception.

Dwyane Wade was rolling.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Curry returns with 40 points in 132-125 OT win
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Curry nailed a 3-pointer in overtime and gestured to the crowd, exclaiming over and over: "I'm back! I'm back!"
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Allen Wins Street Fighter at Coles County Dragway
CHARLESTON — Mother Nature hasn’t been kind to Coles County Dragway this racing season with Saturday’s racing action stopped after the 3rd round where most of the classes & racers split the purse, but not in Street Fighter or Novice Street. 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cubs walk Harper 6 times, Baez homers in 13th to beat Nats
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez got the pitch he wanted and propelled the Cubs to yet another victory on a day when it looked like Jake Arrieta might finally pick up a loss.

Baez homered in the 13th inning after Chicago walked Washington star Bryce Harper a record-tying six times, giving the Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Nationals and four-game sweep on Sunday.

Monday, May 9, 2016

On This Date In Baseball - May 8
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Garcia goes 7, Moss hits long HR as Cardinals blank Phillies
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia watched in wonder as teammate Brandon Moss launched a moonshot at Busch Stadium.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Hendricks, Zobrist lead Cubs past Nationals 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist had a piece of confetti stuck to his back as he stood in front of his locker, and there were a few more in the hallway outside of the lavish home clubhouse.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Beast Mode goes silent as Seattle puts Lynch on retired list
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Beast Mode is in retirement mode.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Cardinals hit 5 home runs in 10-3 win over Phillies
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright knew his mammoth home run changed the complexion of Monday night's game.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Hammel goes to 4-0, Rizzo hits 2 doubles in Cubs' win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bad blood from October carried over into May.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It's back to the drawing board for Thunder against Spurs tonight
(AP) — There was a possession where LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed a defensive rebound, outlet-passed to Manu Ginobili, who then turned and fired a 70-foot strike to Kawhi Leonard for a dunk.
Monday, May 2, 2016

Brad Keselowski wins crazy crash-fest at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Two cars went airborne, 35 were involved in an accident of some kind, and Danica Patrick had the wind knocked out of her in a vicious crash into the wall.
Monday, May 2, 2016

This week in baseball: Gordon's suspension defied PED stereotypes
Monday, May 2, 2016

Bears trade up 2 spots, take LB Floyd with 9th pick in draft
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were looking for playmakers on defense and someone who could take down quarterbacks.
Friday, April 29, 2016

LEADING OFF: Arrieta chases Vander Meer, Maeda vs Ichiro?
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cardinals bash past Diamondbacks 11-4
PHOENIX (AP) — The pitcher's spot in the order came up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, a critical juncture in what had been a close game.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hornets stun Heat with 90-88 win, take 3-2 series lead
MIAMI (AP) — Courtney Lee was steaming after missing a layup that would have given Charlotte the lead heading into the final minute.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Warriors reach second round with Curry sidelined
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Perhaps a corny catchphrase to some, those three words really resonate with the Golden State Warriors: "Strength in Numbers." They are bought into this mantra, all right.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

After 7-year wait, 'Sid vs. Ovi' is back on
(AP) — The two faces most responsible for bringing the NHL full-throttle into the 21st century are inextricably linked. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin get it, even if they'd rather not talk about it.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Saints' Drew Brees: Pace of contract talks not hurting team
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees asserts that his contract talks with the Saints hasn't hampered the club's ability to acquire top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints' financial flexibility.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Illinois RB Brown tears ACL, will miss another season
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois running back Dre Brown says he has torn the ACL in his left knee and will miss a second straight season.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hardy Nickerson Jr. leaving Cal to join father at Ill.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Cal linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. plans to transfer for his final season to play for his father at Illinois.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Martinez wins 4th, Cardinals rout Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Martinez came out of spring training as the St. Louis Cardinals' No. 5 starter.

Through 20 games, no pitcher on the team has been better.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cubs hold off Brewers 4-3 for best 20-game start since 1907
CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell knew he was coming up in a key situation. His approach exemplified the overflowing confidence engulfing the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wimbledon prize money increased by 5%
LONDON (AP) — This year's men's and women's singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive nearly $3 million, as the Grand Slam tournament increases overall prize money by 5 percent.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rizzo's 2 homers, 4 RBIs lead Cubs to 9-0 rout of Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo's sessions with Chicago Cubs assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske are starting to pay off.
Monday, April 25, 2016

April 24 This Date In Baseball
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Harden's late shot lifts Rockets over Warriors 97-96
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were down by one point with no timeouts and mere seconds remaining Thursday night.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Arrieta throws 2nd career no-hitter as Cubs beat Reds 16-0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Arrieta's first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.
Friday, April 22, 2016

After delay, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3 to avoid sweep
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez is ready to show his appreciation to outfielder Randal Grichuk.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clippers dominate 4th to beat Blazers 102-81, take 2-0 lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were in no hurry to go back into the game. The reserves were rolling and again creating some breathing room.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

LeBron scores 27, Cavs make 20 3s in Game 2 win
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith looked down at the postgame box score and couldn't believe his eyes.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Curry feeling better but isn't sure if he'll play in Game 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle is feeling better but he isn't sure if he will be able to play on Thursday night in Game 3 of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hammel leads Cubs past Cardinals with arm, bat
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Hammel has three RBIs compared to two runs allowed through three starts. And even though Jason Heyward isn't getting hits, he's impacting the game on defense.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Leonard repeats as defensive player of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard has won his second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after helping the San Antonio Spurs have the league's best defense.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Blowouts everywhere Sunday in playoffs
(AP) — Sunday was a truly rare day in NBA history. That's a great thing for Miami, San Antonio and Los Angeles Clippers. Not so much for Charlotte, Memphis and Portland.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Warriors, Thunder seek 2-0 leads, Raptors try to come back
(AP) — Golden State's Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court tonight.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Big deal! Rams grab No. 1 overall draft pick from Titans
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Rams are tired of waiting to get a franchise quarterback, and they want to make a splash in their return to Los Angeles.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Cubs Sweep Reds for Best Start Since 1969
CHICAGO (AP)  — Some longtime Chicago Cubs fans still haven't gotten over the epic collapse of 1969, but their team isn't into black cats or goats or any other excuse at the moment.
Friday, April 15, 2016

What a Night! Golden State Wins 73, Kobe Scores 60 in Finale
(AP) — The stars did not disappoint.

And the most-celebrated closing night in NBA regular-season history not only lived up to expectations, it might have exceeded them with a pair of performances that will be talked about for years to come.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On This Day In Baseball - April 13
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Panarin tops players to watch in 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs
(AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov considers the KHL playoffs in Russia to be just as intense as the spotlight for the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Kuznetsov has experienced both, thanks to two rounds with the Washington Capitals last season.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Clarke has spring in step to start Ryder Cup trophy tour
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Darren Clarke launched the Ryder Cup trophy tour from Royal Portrush Golf Club in his native Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and the European captain had a spring in his step.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Durant leads Thunder past Lakers in Bryant's last road game
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder fans flocked to Chesapeake Energy Arena to see Kobe Bryant one last time.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wacha, Cardinals offense have big day against Brewers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jeremy Hazelbaker was starting to wonder whether he ever would get a shot in the major leagues.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Finnegan loses no-hit bid in 7th, Reds fall to Cubs 5-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Not long after his first close encounter with a big league no-hitter, Brandon Finnegan was already looking forward to his next bid.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cardinals set MLB record in Braves game
ATLANTA (AP) — Greg Garcia couldn't believe his pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning set a major league record.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Maeda homers in Dodgers' win; Padres set mark for futility
SAN DIEGO (AP) — So much joy and so much agony in one game.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Castro, Teixeira power Yankees to 16-6 win over Astros
NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro looks perfectly comfortable in pinstripes.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Miller plays hurt, baseball in Montreal
A look at what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Friday:
Friday, April 1, 2016

Before Syracuse, 3 other double-digits seeds in Final Four
HOUSTON (AP) — Like the three double-digit seeds that made it to the Final Four before them, the Syracuse Orange had to beat a No. 1 seed in the regional final to advance.
Friday, April 1, 2016

The stars are aligned as anticipation builds for the Masters
(AP) — The opening line in a book David Owen wrote 17 years ago about the Masters captures why the anticipation for the first major at Augusta National.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Rats! Panthers get penalized twice after toy rats hit ice
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Giving away 10,000 toy rats to fans as they arrived at the arena was supposed to be a promotion for the Florida Panthers.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Oregon State, Syracuse, Washington ready for 1st Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Geno Auriemma marvels at what his colleagues accomplished this season.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

A guide to the Final Four in Houston
(AP) — March Madness lived up to its billing with all those upsets, crazy finishes and memorable performances.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Curry scores 31, Warriors beat Jazz 103-96 in OT for No. 68
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Warriors' countdown to become the winningest team in NBA history is down to five.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quiet, unassuming Osahor becoming star for Washington women
SEATTLE (AP) — Chantel Osahor would like to make sure this much is clear about her unique shot that has become a signature of this NCAA Tournament:
Thursday, March 31, 2016

NCAA title on cable for 1st time
NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA Tournament's semifinals moved to cable for the first time in 2014, and viewership was down 11 percent from the season before.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Oregon St to women's Final Four after 60-57 win over Baylor
DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Weisner carried the trophy, and Ruth Hamblin had a net draped over her shoulders.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jazz hand Kobe worst loss ever, 123-75 in last visit to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rodney Hood will never forget the night Kobe Bryant requested to guard the second-year player because he was virtually unstoppable. That's a huge compliment from the future Hall of Famer.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

US likely would miss World Cup if it loses to Guatemala
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If the United States loses to Guatemala on Tuesday, the Americans almost certainly would fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Harvey on track for opener after passing bladder blood clot
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets ace Matt Harvey remains on track to start Sunday night's opener at Kansas City after passing a blood clot in his bladder.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Richardson, Syracuse rally for spot in Final Four
CHICAGO (AP) — Malachi Richardson smiled as he ran up the court while making circles around his eyes with his hands. Houston was right there in front of him.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Jason Day on a roll heading to the Masters
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fortunes of Jason Day turned as quickly as the biggest match he faced in winning the Dell Match Play.
Monday, March 28, 2016

N Carolina races to another Final Four, beats Notre Dame
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Williams will take his postgame injuries as long as he and the North Carolina Tar Heels are headed to the Final Four.
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