ATLANTA - Andruw Jones and Brian McCann hit back-to-back homers to start a six-run sixth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Friday night.
Barry Bonds likely will take down the Hammer's home run record soon. The fates of the surprising Milwaukee Brewers, the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees are far murkier.
With baseball still buzzing about Ichiro Suzuki's sprint around the All-Star bases, the talk turned to the dash to October.
SAN FRANCISCO - Ichiro Suzuki sped around the bases as the ball bounced away from Ken Griffey Jr. for the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star game history. On a night of tricky hops, Suzuki and the American League rebounded to win - as usual.
Instead of a Barry Bonds splash shot, the defining hit at Tuesday's All-Star game was Suzuki's drive off the right-field wall at quirky AT&T Park.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves already have made 2007 a year of milestones.
GHENT, Belgium - Gert Steegmans won the second stage of the Tour de France on Monday with an inspirational victory in his home country, avoiding a late crash that slowed many riders and left them with scrapes and bruises.
SAN FRANCISCO - With Barry Bonds sitting out, this derby was dry - and Vladimir Guerrero was San Francisco's home run king for a day.
By BERNIE WILSON
WIMBLEDON, England - Improbable as this Wimbledon title might have seemed, Venus Williams knew it could happen.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch saw several cars clustered around the inside lane and another one crawling along in the outside lane.
SAN DIEGO - Andruw Jones seems to have a better time hitting at Petco Park than the home team does.
Jones hit another big homer at San Diego's downtown ballpark and had three RBIs, and Buddy Carlyle pitched eight strong innings against his former team as the Atlanta Braves beat the Padres 7-4 on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes when Chipper Jones hears his name mentioned alongside some of the baseball's legendary figures, he has a difficult time believing how much he's accomplished. Dale Murphy probably doesn't.
SURRY, Va. - A property owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was used as the ''main staging area for housing and training the pit bulls involved'' in an alleged dogfighting operation, according to court documents.
LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones homered, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added RBI singles and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves say the results of an examination on John Smoltz's sore right shoulder may not be known until Monday.
ATLANTA - Mary McElroy says she knows that some refer to Georgia State's opening months of its fundraising drive for a possible football program as only ''baby steps.''
DORAL, Fla. - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday - this time because of the weather, not his back.
PRETORIA, South Africa - As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner's murder trial.
Just south of Bulloch County is the second largest public fishing and hunting entity in the state of Georgia (only the Chattahoochee National Forest is bigger).
DORAL, Fla. - Steve Stricker usually doesn't show up at a tournament on Sunday. He made an exception for the Cadillac Championship, and it made perfect sense.
PRETORIA, South Africa - For two days, the witness in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius kept her composure. Then, just as her testimony was about to finish, she broke down in tears at what she said was the memory of the screams she heard on the night that the double-amputee athlete fatally shot his girlfriend in his South African home.
PRETORIA, South Africa - "Bang ... bang, bang, bang."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Challenged for the first time under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system, umpires got it right.
NEW YORK - Jason Collins spent part of his off day on Sunday shopping at Costco.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The first day of spring practice was a bit surreal for Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Rory McIlroy is 18 holes away from his first PGA Tour victory in 18 months, a chance to show the world he is back on his game.
JOHANNESBURG - With his past triumphs now tarnished because he shot to death his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius on Monday will enter court to be confronted with the jarring possibility that he will be sent to prison for at least 25 years.
ATLANTA - The Hawks should have a deeper roster for their upcoming five-game road trip even after the news of Gustavo Ayon's season-ending right shoulder surgery.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Golf is starting to feel easy again for Rory McIlroy, who bounced back from a sloppy start Friday in the Honda Classic for a 4-under 66 that gave him his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour in 18 months.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - On the course where Rory McIlroy first rose to No. 1, he looked as if he might be headed in that direction again.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The PGA Tour season began five months ago. The new year is two months old. And yet there's something about the Honda Classic that makes Tiger Woods and a collection of stars feel as though it's all about to get underway.