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.
He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized - then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential future home of theBuffalo Bills.
AUGUSTA - A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.
BALTIMORE - Nelson Cruz was branded a cheater and punished accordingly. As he waited to be introduced on his first opening day in Baltimore, the former All-Star wondered how Orioles fans would react in the aftermath of the 50-game suspension he received last year for using performance-enhancing drugs.
PRETORIA, South Africa - A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend's bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, "I don't have to look at a picture. I was there."
Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said Wednesday it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women's college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented fashion.
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AUGUSTA - One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.
ARLINGTON, Texas - No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA wouldn't have them.
AUGUSTA - The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Shabazz Napier looked up toward the Connecticut fans in the crowd at AT&T Stadium and held up one finger.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: "I believe it's in their best interests to vote no."
HUMBLE, Texas - Matt Kuchar didn't have the result he had hoped for while playing in the final pairing at last week's Texas Open.