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.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league.
AKRON, Ohio - Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.
AKRON, Ohio - The landmark at Firestone Country Club is among the most popular in America, a massive water tower in the shape of a golf ball on a tee.
Two down, one big one to go.
If I ever write a book I'll call it "Truths, Half Truths and Downright Lies," mainly because I can't remember which category all my little adventures fall under.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Derek Jeter remembers the playoff games in Texas - the good and the bad. Now the Yankees captain has another milestone to go with them there.
TIFTON - The Statesboro-Bulloch County Sharks swim team sent 25 swimmers to the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state swim meet on July 18 and 19.
MONTREAL - Two-time winner Jim Furyk birdied two of his last four holes Friday in the Canadian Open to match the Royal Montreal record at 7-under 63 and tie Tim Petrovic atop the leaderboard.
DALLAS - Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.
INDIANAPOLIS - Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. He still believes his team is getting the job done.
LOS ANGELES - Coach Doc Rivers has said he'll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains owner, the team's interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a "disaster" for the franchise.
LOS ANGELES - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
ST. LOUIS - Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Welcome to the new Atlantic Coast Conference.
My best fishing buddy is Coach Steve Cisson. He's a machine when it comes to finding and landing all kinds of creatures from the deep. Most of the things I know about the sport, I learned from him including the fact that you should never go out in a small boat on a big lake when there is a storm brewing. I wish to convey that message to you today so that you will not blunder into the trap he led me into one day on Clarks Hill Lake.