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  • Golf: Woods says he's ready for Ryder Cup challenge

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — The Ryder Cup is getting personal for Tiger Woods.

    Interrupting an otherwise dull press conference Tuesday, Woods fired back at a comment Rory McIlroy made six weeks ago that "I would love to face" the world's No. 1 player in the Ryder Cup unless his game rapidly improved.

  • Football: Late figgie lifts Bears over flag-prone Pack

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears were going nowhere and hearing it from the crowd. Good thing the Green Bay Packers were intent on giving this one away.

    "I'd rather have an ugly win than an ugly loss," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said.

    This one certainly wasn't pretty, even if the Bears remained unbeaten and established themselves as NFC contenders.

  • Auto racing: Bowyer's car fails inspection, driver docked 150 pts.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clint Bowyer's NASCAR championship chances were crippled Wednesday when his car failed a follow-up inspection and he was penalized 150 points after winning last weekend's first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

  • Baseball: Twins clinch AL Central with Chicago's loss

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins arrived at Target Field on Tuesday night with a magic number of two, a day game on Wednesday and their AL Central rivals from Chicago playing late into the night on the West Coast.

    Even if they beat the Indians, the Twins said, they wouldn't be sticking around to see how the White Sox fared. They all planned to return to their homes and check the scores. If the Sox lost and the Twins clinched the division, so be it. There would be time to celebrate another day.

  • Football: McKinley found dead, police suspect suicide

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — For the third time in four years, the Denver Broncos are dealing with the death of a teammate.

    Wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home Monday in an apparent suicide.

    Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said authorities were called to McKinley's home in Centennial at 3:35 p.m. local time and found McKinley's body in the second-floor master bedroom. He said detectives believe McKinley, 23, was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

  • Peyton wins Manning bowl, Colts beat Giants

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning showed some compassion for his little brother. It didn't help — the Indianapolis Colts pummeled Eli anyway.

    Big brother Peyton dispensed with his usual encouragement for his defense to get after the opposing quarterback. No matter: Peyton proved he still rules America's first family of quarterbacks and the Colts dominated Eli's New York Giants 38-14 Sunday night.

    Manning Matchup II was no contest.

  • Basketball: Seattle sweeps Atlanta to win WNBA title

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Seattle Storm made a sweeping claim to be considered one of the top teams in WNBA history.

    Even if the Atlanta Dream were difficult to convince.

    Seattle, which matched the league record for regular-season wins, completed the WNBA's first undefeated postseason in eight years, beating the Dream 87-84 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep of the finals.

  • Football: Boise St. no longer sneaking up on anyone

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It's been four years now, and Travis Hawkes is still amazed each day when he sees the pile of Boise State merchandise waiting to be shipped out.

    When he was a kid, nobody wore Boise State gear. Even at Broncos games, maybe half the stadium would be dressed in blue and orange — and some of that was folks simply pulling out their blaze orange hunting jackets and calling it team spirit.

  • Football: Bush forfeits Heisman Trophy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reggie Bush is giving back the trophy. To many, though, he'll always be a Heisman winner.

    "Everyone still knows Reggie Bush was the best player that year. Look at the runs. He was clearly the best player," said Johnny Rodgers, the 1972 Heisman winner from Nebraska. "O.J. Simpson got accused of a murder and they didn't take his back. That was a far greater allegation, and they didn't find O.J. guilty on that."

  • Tennis: Nadal breaks through to win US Open

    NEW YORK (AP) — For seven years, Rafael Nadal deposited his share of skin and blood and sweat and effort on the imposing blue court in the middle of the biggest tennis stadium in the world.

    At the end of the eighth year, he collapsed and rolled over, his face to the ground, exhausted while he celebrated — knowing that finally, he would take something away from the court where he'd left so much.