National Sports

Surging Aces have won 5 straight, sit atop power poll

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kayla McBride’s eyes light up when talking about the Las Vegas offense. With the addition of 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage in the offseason to join 6-5 A’ja Wilson in the Aces’ frontcourt, her life on the court as a shooter has gotten ...

A capsule look at top contenders for British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played Thursday-Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland (listed in predicted order of finish): RORY MCILROY Age: 30. Country: Northern Ireland. World ranking: 3. Worldwide victories: ...

Mickelson awarded for 25 straight years in top 50

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Phil Mickelson received a crystal award Tuesday at the British Open. No, it wasn't for most days without eating. One of the hallmarks of Mickelson's career is playing for so long at a consistently high level, and the ...

Column: Open returns, but only after ‘The Troubles’ subside

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Darren Clarke was a teenager working at a bar in his hometown of Dungannon when the call came in. The message was simple: Get out or get killed. It was a few days before Christmas in 1986 and Northern Ireland was at war ...

LEADING OFF: Cashner makes Boston debut, Bellinger’s bash

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEW SOX Andrew Cashner makes his Boston Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays. Cashner was acquired Saturday from Baltimore for two 17-year-old prospects. The 32-year-old ...

Big 12’s 2nd day features 2 new coaches, 2 QBs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The second day of Big 12 football media days will feature two new coaches and the only two quarterbacks who are appearing at the conference's two-day kickoff event. While new Kansas coach Les Miles is the only Big 12 head coach with a national championship at college ...

Federer, Nadal renew great rivalry in Wimbledon semifinals

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After going more than 1½ years without playing each other anywhere, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon's semifinals. Last month, Nadal got ...

Bevin withdraws from Tour de France with broken ribs

COLMAR, France (AP) — Patrick Bevin of New Zealand has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the sixth stage after breaking two ribs in a crash. Bevin is the first competitor to be forced out of this Tour. He crashed during Stage 4 on Tuesday and continued racing but his CCC team said ...

Column: Baseball has issues beyond a juiced ball

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don't know the reason why. Then again, it might be that they're just not looking hard enough. Unlike the players, the ball still looks ...

Party of 5? Competitive NL Central in for taut second half

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home-plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs' manager appeared ready to take on any and all ...