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  • NFL preseason games begin Sunday

     

    Sunday's Game

    Miami vs. Dallas at Canton, 8 p.m.

    All game times are EDT.

    Thursday, Aug. 8

    Baltimore at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

    Washington at Tennessee, 8 p.m.

    Cincinnati at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

    St. Louis at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

    Denver at San Francisco, 9 p.m.

    Seattle at San Diego, 10 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 9

    N.Y. Jets at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

    Miami at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m.

    New England at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

    Houston at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

    Kansas City at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

    Arizona at Green Bay, 8 p.m.

    Chicago at Carolina, 8 p.m.

    Dallas at Oakland, 10 p.m.

    Saturday, Aug. 10

    N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

  • Park looks to make Tour history

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The cheering jarred Inbee Park from her sleep.
    The 10-year-old went downstairs to find her father in front of the television in the middle of the night in Seoul as he watched Se Ri Pak become the first South Korean to win the U.S. Women’s Open.
    Within a week, Park wrapped her hands around a golf club for the first time, not knowing that it one day would lead her to the brink of history.
    “They were doing replays every day on TV, her hitting the shot out of the water with her socks off,” Park said. “It was cool to see her white feet. I didn’t know what was happening, but I thought it was really cool to be seen playing golf and being on TV. Everybody was talking about it. Golf looked really fun.”
    Fifteen years later, everyone is talking about Inbee Park.
    A win this week in the Women’s British Open — at St. Andrews, of all places — would make the 25-year-old Park the first golfer to win four majors in one season.
    Arnold Palmer created the modern Grand Slam, winning four professional majors in one year.
    Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam got halfway home before their pursuit of it ended. No one has ever had a better shot at it than Park, who has won three LPGA Tour majors this year.

  • Phelps considering possibility of return

     BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Michael Phelps walked away from swimming after the London Olympics, he was adamant about one thing: His career was over.

    Now, it sounds like he's not so sure.

    While saying he's never been happier with his life — and certainly doesn't miss the grind of what it took to become the winningest athlete in Olympic history — Phelps left the door open to change his mind before the 2016 Rio Games.

    "I don't know what's going to happen in the future," Phelps said Monday. "I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow."

    In Barcelona for the world swimming championships, Phelps spoke to The Associated Press and other international media organizations in a series of one-on-one interviews set up by his sponsor, Speedo. When asked by the AP, yes or no, whether he'll compete at the next Olympics, Phelps coyly said he hasn't planned that far ahead in his life.

    That's a striking change from his comments before and immediately after the London Games, when he insisted his retirement was set in stone and it had always been his goal to quit swimming before he turned 30.

    Phelps will be 31 at the time of the opening ceremony for the Rio Games.

  • Yankees tell A-Rod to rehab

    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating him, the Yankees are angry with him and Alex Rodriguez is miffed.
    A-Rod's strained relationship with his team hit another low on Thursday when he kept pushing to be activated from the disabled list and New York kept pushing back. He wound up having a lawyer join in when the sides discussed how to rehabilitate his slightly injured leg.
    Already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, the third baseman angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week without informing the team in writing, a step required by the sport's collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.
    "Do you trust the Yankees?" Rodriguez was asked Thursday during an interview on WFAN radio.
    A-Rod's answer was telling.
    "Um. You know, I'd rather not get into that," he responded. "I'm just frustrated that I'm not on the field tomorrow."
    Sidelined since hip surgery in January, Rodriguez issued a statement saying he wanted to be activated for Friday's homestand opener against Tampa Bay. But that wasn't in the Yankees plans.

  • Braun suspended for rest of year

     NEW YORK (AP) — The first star to fall in baseball's latest drug investigation is one of its biggest: Ryan Braun.

    The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

    The Milwaukee Brewers star accepted the 65-game ban, 15 games more than the one he avoided last year when an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.

    "I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions," he said in a statement.

    Braun, injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and more than a dozen players were targeted by MLB following a report by Miami New Times in January that they had been connected with Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.

  • Woods still in hunt at Open

    GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods plodded along most of the day. He lipped out a putt from 2½ feet. He settled for a bunch of pars.

    Then, with his final stroke, he looked like the Tiger of old.

    Woods rolled in a 15-footer for birdie on Muirfield's tough closing hole Friday, raising his putter toward the blue sky with a flourish, fully aware he was positioned again to break the longest major drought of his career.

    "It will be a fun weekend," Wood said. "This golf course is going to be difficult."

    He finished with an even-par 71 that looked pretty good under the circumstances. This was another day for surviving the perilous, rock-hard setup, and Woods walked to the clubhouse just three shots behind first-round leader Zach Johnson, one of the last guys to tee off.

    Not bad, considering Woods went through a stretch of 12 holes without a birdie before stealing one at the 18th.

    "I was kind of fighting it," he said.

    Everyone was.

    Lee Westwood was one of the few morning starters to put up a score in the 60s, but even he was staggering a bit by the end. After a brilliant front nine — he carded five birdies — the 40-year-old Englishman bogeyed three of the last six holes to finish with a 68.

  • Team USA tops Finland to finish 9th at World Games

    The USA men’s basketball team at the World University Games came back after being bounced from medal contention to pick up ninth place.
    Team USA knocked off Finland 97-70 Tuesday to earn ninth in the WUG, the best possible finish for a team not in the medal competition.
    Former Los Alamos High School standout and current New Mexico Lobo Alex Kirk scored 8 points and had 4 rebounds in 9 minutes of play Tuesday for Team USA.
    The USA held Finland to just 6 points in the second quarter en route to the win.
    To get to the final round of the WUG, which was hosted this year by the city of Kazan, Russia, the USA topped Norway 91-51 Sunday and Germany 92-70 Tuesday.
    The USA finished the WUG with a 6-2 showing. Unfortunately, the two losses would be enough to knock the Americans out of medal contention.
    After rolling over its first three opponents in pool play, the USA lost to Australia and Canada in consecutive games — only the first two teams in each pool advanced to medal-round competition.
    Australia, which finished as the runner-up in the USA’s pool, advanced to the WUG championship game Tuesday, where it met tournament host Russia. Russia jumped out to a big 25-15 lead after one quarter and cruised the rest of the way to top Australia 81-74.

  • AL tops NL in All-Star Game, Rivera named MVP

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0 Tuesday night to stop a three-year losing streak.

    Ten pitchers combined a three-hitter and the 43-year-old Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, remained unscored on in nine All-Star innings. Rivera won the MVP award.

    The only older pitcher to appear in an All-Star game was 47-year-old Satchel Paige.

    Rivera was left alone on the field for a 90-second standing ovation, waving his cap to the crowd and touching it to his heart as the other All-Stars watched from the dugout railing and applauded.

    Bautista had a sacrifice fly in the fourth off Patrick Corbin that stopped the AL's 17-inning scoreless streak. Hardy added a run-scoring grounder in the fifth against Cliff Lee and Kipnis hit an RBI double in the eighth off Craig Kimbrell.

    Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer dazzled with pitching at the start. Harvey threw two scoreless innings, striking out three, and Scherzer retired the side in order in his only frame.

  • Cespedes is surprise derby champ

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Home Run Derby champion didn’t even make the All-Star team.
    Yoenis Cespedes won baseball’s power-hitting competition with a dazzling display Monday night, becoming the first player left out of the All-Star game to take home the crown. The Oakland Athletics slugger beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round at reconfigured Citi Field, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare.
    In his second major league season, the outfielder from Cuba flipped his bat aside and raised his left arm in triumph when he sent his 32nd homer of the night some 455 feet to center field, where it caromed off the back wall of the black batter’s eye. He was swarmed by the American League All-Stars near the third base line.
    “You come for a show in New York. He put on a show,” said Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.
    The final addition to the field, Cespedes was the fourth player not selected for the All-Star game to compete in the event.
    Right off the bat, he proved he belonged. With family in the stands, Cespedes hit a whopping 17 home runs in the first round — more than any other player managed in their first two at-bats.

  • 2 Broncos execs suspended for DUI arrests

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have suspended two executives who are facing drunken driving charges.

    Director of player personnel Matt Russell was suspended indefinitely without pay Monday, and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert was suspended for a month without pay.

    Both will be provided with confidential treatment and counseling services by the team and will have to comply with those programs before being allowed to return to work, team president Joe Ellis said.

    Executive vice president John Elway's top two advisers were arrested and jailed on suspicion of drunken driving in separates incidents within a month of each other, giving the team its biggest black eye since a videotape scandal cost Josh McDaniels his job in 2010.

    Russell, Elway's right-hand man, was arrested July 6 while celebrating his 40th birthday. He hit two vehicles, including a police SUV in Breckenridge, injuring an officer, and registered a 0.246 percent breath alcohol content, three times the legal threshold for a DUI violation in Colorado, according to the arrest affidavit.

    Heckert's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.162 percent upon his release seven hours after his June 11 arrest in Parker, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Office report.