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.''
LOS ANGELES - Matt Kemp drove in the go-ahead run for the second game in a row, pulling the Los Angeles Dodgers back into a virtual tie for first place in the NL West.
ATLANTA - John Smoltz and Brian McCann are heading back to the All-Star game. The Atlanta Braves player who may be having the best season of all was left out Sunday.
ATLANTA - More time-management issues. A blown lead in the fourth quarter. Another loss outside the NFC South.
Ohio State finally took control of its game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State.
The Atlanta Falcons won't apologize for somehow being in first place with a losing record.
ATHENS - Nick Chubb and Georgia took care of Charleston Southern early, looking to carry the momentum into next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech.
The Oakland Raiders have gone a calendar year without a victory.
PHILADELPHIA - The NFL on Wednesday urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion lawsuits despite concerns raised by former players or survivors who feel left out.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M, LSU and Kentucky are off this week and five other teams in the Southeastern Conference get a respite from the rigors of league play with nonconference games.
Fifteen years ago I decided to start keeping a fishing logbook. As I look back on it today I'm amazed at the number of times I've been and the number and variety of fish that have been caught over that time. It is something that I often refer to because I'm always looking for an edge on the fish, but more importantly for me it has become a way to remember people, events and treasured moments. In essence, each entry is a snapshot of a day spent on the water.
With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.
MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further Tuesday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.
Georgia tailback Todd Gurley's season has ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
In college football, it's not just about whether you win or lose. It's about the final score, too - and how much of a bump a comfortable margin of victory gives a team in the eyes of playoff judges.
NEW YORK - Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday.
NEW YORK - Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous winner for his third NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors in victories and ERA and throwing a no-hitter.