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A day of futility ends some high hopes as Bonds remains shy

SAN FRANCISCO - The game was still an hour and a half away and the man who will be the home run king was sitting in his private enclave in the Giants' clubhouse, head in hands and watching his personal flat-panel TV.

August 13, 2007 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports


Braves lose in extras again

PHOENIX - Conor Jackson's game-winning hit went nowhere near the outfield fence on Saturday, but it counted just the same.

August 12, 2007 | The Associated Press | Sports


Will the real Mike Vick please stand up?

ATLANTA - There's more than one side to Michael Vick, the star quarterback.

August 12, 2007 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Nike dumps Mike

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick on Friday, while Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.

In another dose of bad news for the indicted quarterback, a top trading card company announced it was pulling Vick's likeness from any new packs.

August 12, 2007 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bonds hits No. 754

SAN FRANCISCO - Hammerin' Hank, he's right behind you now.

Barry Bonds hit his 754th career home run Friday night, and needed just one more to tie Hank Aaron's record.

August 12, 2007 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Clark's 11th-inning homer lifts Diamondbacks to 8-7 win over Braves

PHOENIX - Tony Clark homered to lead off the bottom of the eleventh inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 Friday night after squandering a seven-run lead.

Clark's homer followed a game-winning shot by Eric Byrnes the previous night, and is the Diamondbacks' fifth game-winner this season. Arizona has won seven straight to move within one game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

August 12, 2007 | The Associated Press | Sports


Vick pleads not guilty

RICHMOND, Va. - While his Atlanta Falcons teammates reported to training camp without him, Michael Vick declared his innocence on federal dogfighting charges Thursday and said he looked forward to ''clearing my good name.''

August 10, 2007 | By HANK KURZ JR. AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bonds sits, Giants beat Braves 2-1

SAN FRANCISCO - Rich Aurilia hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Noah Lowry held Atlanta scoreless after allowing a run in the first and the San Francisco Giants got a rare win with Barry Bonds out of the lineup, beating the Braves 2-1 Wednesday night.

August 10, 2007 | By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer | Sports


Bonds stuck at 753

SAN FRANCISCO - The closest Barry Bonds came to a home run was watching Jeff Francoeur's drive sail over his head into the left-field seats.

August 10, 2007 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


It took 13, but Braves get the win

SAN FRANCISCO - After months of questions, Bud Selig grabbed a front-row seat for Barry Bonds' chase of history. On the slugger's 43rd birthday, no less.

It might be a long wait for the commissioner and everybody else.

August 09, 2007 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


No doubt, it’s been a bleak time for sports

The bomb planted Wednesday near the Tour de France route wasn't really necessary because the doped-up cyclists have done a good enough job themselves destroying the race. By the time they ride into Paris this weekend, the only ones left pedaling will be a few French kids on Schwinns with training wheels.

August 09, 2007 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports


Harrington era begins as Falcons, Petrino try to move on without Vick

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Bobby Petrino because they thought he could turn Michael Vick into a complete quarterback. They signed Joey Harrington merely to serve as No. 7's backup.

August 09, 2007 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Braves shut down Bonds, Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' home fans might have to wait a while to celebrate history.

August 09, 2007 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Selig to attend Bonds' pursuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will try to be there when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record, saying the San Francisco Giants star was "innocent until proven guilty."

August 08, 2007 | By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer | Sports


Cards come up big in extra innings against Braves

ATLANTA - Skip Schumaker insists he's not a home run hitter. At least for one night though, he was.

Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

August 07, 2007 | By TOM SALADINO AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics

LONDON - Rejected time and again for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the IOC will soon be seeking suitors for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

October 20, 2014 | By STEPHEN WILSON Associated Press | Sports


Getting World Serious

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.

October 20, 2014 | By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer | Sports


SEC could benefit from latest upsets

The Southeastern Conference might have a trump card it can use against the Big 12 when it comes time to set the field for the College Football Playoff.

October 18, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


McDowell loses in Match Play, Stenson rallies

ASH, England - Defending champion Graeme McDowell's comeback fell short, while Henrik Stenson rallied from three holes down with success at the World Match Play Championship on Thursday.

October 16, 2014 | By BERNIE McGUIRE Associated Press | Sports


NFL Weekend Picks: Brady not who Jets need to see

In the midst of their worst slide since Rex Ryan became coach, the last thing the New York Jets need is a trip to New England.

October 15, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Royals sweep ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Crown these Royals the American League champions.

October 15, 2014 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Extra innings again

SAN FRANCISCO - Once the Giants finally got a bunt down, the rest was easy.

October 14, 2014 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer | Sports


US looks to Ryder Cup task force

After two decades of European dominance in the Ryder Cup, the Americans have created a task force to figure out why they keep losing.

October 14, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Slive to retire as SEC commissioner in July

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will retire next summer after 13 years leading the league to unprecedented success and prosperity.

October 14, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer | Sports


Psychologist says Pistorius a 'broken man'

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius is a "broken man" after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and has already suffered emotionally and financially, a psychologist called by the Olympic runner's lawyers testified Monday ahead of his sentencing.

October 13, 2014 | By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press | Sports


Playoff committee staying quiet

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck takes what he calls a lawyerly approach to talking about his involvement with the College Football Playoff selection committee.

October 13, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Royals take 2-0 series lead

BALTIMORE - The Kansas City Royals prefer to simply savor their exceptional performance at Camden Yards rather than ponder the historical ramifications of where it's gotten them.

October 12, 2014 | By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Gordon-led Royals beat Orioles 8-6 in ALCS

BALTIMORE - Alex Gordon hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning, Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Friday night in the opener of the AL Championship Series.

October 11, 2014 | By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Watching Heisman race as season nears halfway mark

The Heisman Trophy race, much like the playoff chase, took a detour last weekend. The presumptive favorite, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, was unable to prevent his team from being upset. Dak Prescott emerged as a legitimate contender for Mississippi State and a couple of guys who were trending in September - Kenny Hill of Texas A&M and Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska - cooled off.

October 10, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Martin Laird takes the lead at Silverado

NAPA, Calif. - Martin Laird wasn't sure what to expect out of his game after a seven-week break. He hasn't found too much wrong after two rounds of the Frys.com Open.

October 10, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


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