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Big 8th lifts UC Urvine over Texas

OMAHA, Neb. - With the wind blowing in at 35 mph at cavernous TD Ameritrade Park, UC Irvine's Taylor Sparks hit the longest ball all day. It barely reached the warning track.

June 14, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


World Cup Notebook: Costa Rica stuns Uruguay

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil - For a second day running, this spectacular World Cup left everyone in awe. This time, it was Costa Rica which produced a huge upset.

June 14, 2014 | By RAF CASERT AP Sports Writer | Sports


Record pace: Martin Kaymer fires off another 65

PINEHURST, N.C. - Martin Kaymer set a U.S. Open record Friday with a game so dominant that he did more than just build a six-shot lead.

June 13, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


World Cup Notebook: Netherlands pounds Spain

SALVADOR, Brazil - The Netherlands thrashed Spain 5-1 Friday in the World Cup's first shocker, toying with an aging team that has dominated global football for the past six years and avenging a loss in the 2010 final.

June 13, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Kaymer on the move at US Open

PINEHURST, N.C. - There was something unusual in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

June 12, 2014 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer | Sports


Neymar leads Brazil to 3-1 win over Croatia

SAO PAULO - Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.

June 12, 2014 | By TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer | Sports


Former TV exec says college pay a dangerous path

OAKLAND, Calif. - A former president of CBS Sports says he fears the popularity of college sports would suffer if athletes receive money to play because fans enjoy the concept of young people playing sports for the love of the game.

June 12, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


US Open: No-rough Pinehurst still tough

PINEHURST, N.C. - Pinehurst No. 2 is anything but perfect for the U.S. Open, at least in the traditional sense of major championships in America.

June 11, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


New World Cup stadium a worry

SAO PAULO - The biggest question for Thursday's opening match of the World Cup isn't whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished and troublesome Itaquerao stadium will hold up in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd.

June 11, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Shelly Sterling heads to court, trying to sell Clippers

LOS ANGELES - Shelly Sterling's attorney will be in probate court Wednesday to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.

June 10, 2014 | By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | Sports


Outdoor Life: Reel advice for beginners

Got the itch to take up fishing?

June 10, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON dar8589@bellsouth.net | Sports


O'Bannon takes stand in landmark NCAA lawsuit

OAKLAND, Calif. - The battle to give top football and basketball players a cut of the billions of dollars flowing into college athletics began in earnest with former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon taking the stand in federal court to describe how he spent long hours working on his game and as few as possible on his grades.

June 09, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


NCAA reaches $20M settlement of video game claims

INDIANAPOLIS - Sam Keller and his teammates used to eagerly await the annual release of the NCAA Football video game, the popular EA Sports product featuring lifelike depictions of every major team.

June 09, 2014 | By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer | Sports


U.S. Open Notebook: Strange still the last player to win back-to-back

PINEHURST, N.C. - Justin Rose can expect a phone call of congratulations from Curtis Strange if he were to successfully defend his U.S. Open title this week.

June 09, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Was it a goal? Debate should end at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO - Was it a goal, or wasn't it?

June 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer | Sports


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Dominant pitching could lead to lower mounds once again

MINNEAPOLIS - Baseball has a problem: Clayton Kershaw, Aroldis Chapman, Felix Hernandez and all the other kings of the hill are just too good.

July 15, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Nibali now strong favorite to win Tour de France

BESANCON, France - With defending champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador out of the race, the path is wide open for Vincenzo Nibali to become the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani in 1998.

July 15, 2014 | By JEROME PUBMIRE AP Sports Writer | Sports


72-year-old driver causes crash, raises questions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's been almost two decades since Morgan Shepherd last ran a full Sprint Cup season, and his last national series victory was in 1993.

July 14, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Felix v. Wainwright

MINNEAPOLIS - Seattle's Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night's All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.

July 14, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Plenty of topics at SEC media days

There's plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference.

July 14, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Lefty confident about links

HOYLAKE, England - Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.

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


Germany wins World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.

July 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Sports


Germany seeks to become 1st Euro team to win Cup on American soil

RIO DE JANEIRO - No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday's final against Argentina.

July 12, 2014 | By NESHA STARCEVIC | Sports


Harman clinging to 1-stroke lead at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. - Brian Harman is going to play in the final pairing of a PGA Tour stop for the first time. His playing partner is one accomplished part-timer.

July 12, 2014 | By TIM CRONIN Associated Press | Sports


James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

NEW YORK - A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.

July 12, 2014 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Cubs walk off

CHICAGO - Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning Friday that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 5-4.

July 11, 2014 | By PATRICK ROSE Associated Press | Sports


Three-way tie at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."

July 11, 2014 | By TIM CRONIN Associated Press | Sports


Michael Phelps not up to speed

ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.

July 11, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Martin takes 3-shot lead in Women's British Open

SOUTHPORT, England - Mo Martin had a plan for Royal Birkdale, and it's working better than she imagined at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

July 11, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany?

RIO DE JANEIRO - The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.

July 11, 2014 | By MATTIAS KAREN AP Sports Writer | Sports


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