GAP, France (AP) - Hurtling too fast for comfort down a twisty, turning foothill of the Alps, Tour de France leader Chris Froome faced a high-speed choice between risk and reward.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - British Open champions at Muirfield are more likely to be found on a ballot for the Hall of Fame than the bottom of a betting sheet. It has never been known as a haven for long shots, which would seem to bode well for someone like Tiger Woods.
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay next year.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Davis knows power surges lead to suspicion in the 21st century. The debate has even trickled down to clubhouse banter.
NEW YORK (AP) - The baseball players' association says any suspensions resulting from the sport's latest drug investigation likely won't be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds will wear home uniforms and bat last, if needed, in the first game of a July 23 doubleheader at San Francisco.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed undrafted punter and kickoff specialist Colton Schmidt to a three-year contract.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Home Run Derby champion didn't even make the All-Star team.
NEW YORK (AP) - Flip on any highlight show and you're almost sure to see them, with those peach-fuzz faces and boyish features beneath their big league caps.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - If given the option, Nick Faldo would prefer not to be standing over a putt to win the British Open.
NEW YORK (AP) - Real Madrid tops Forbes' list of 50 most valuable sports teams, with Manchester United and Barcelona holding the next two spots.
ENTRECHAUX, France (AP) - There appears to be little to stop Chris Froome from reaching the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in the yellow jersey and becoming the second straight British cyclist to win the Tour de France.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Major League Soccer team that will face Roma in the league's All-Star game will have an international flavor.
ROME (AP) - Italian police confiscated unidentified substances Monday in a raid on the hotel where Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were staying after each tested positive for banned stimulants.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Metta World Peace is coming home to play for the New York Knicks.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - So many drivers studied NASCAR's new championship Chase format and singled out the second round as the one they feared the most.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Oliver Wilson held off Rory McIlroy to capture his first European Tour title with a one-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 99-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night in their preseason opener, as the NBA returned to Vancouver for a day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Never much of a postseason performer, Jake Peavy sure outpitched Stephen Strasburg in the former No. 1 pick's playoff debut.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Alex Smith was booed so many times on his home field at Candlestick Park, he has no idea how he might be received by the old fans when he runs out with the Chiefs to face the 49ers on Sunday.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - San Francisco's once-dominant defense is beginning to rediscover the swagger that has defined this unit in recent years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals both missed the postseason last year. That's pretty much where the similarities end heading into Friday's NL Division Series opener.
SAN JOSE (AP) - As much as the San Jose Sharks may try to put last season's playoff collapse behind them, there will be constant reminders all season long.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The way Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles are hitting this season, it may not matter much who pitches for the other guys.
ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' Rod Streater will miss at least the next eight weeks after being placed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw had a terrible outing and the Dodgers were bounced out of the postseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers kept scoring on a rainy Thursday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Andrew Bogut saw Marreese Speights driving to the rim during a pickup game at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility a couple weeks ago and never second-guessed what to do next.
ISTANBUL (AP) - Maya Moore and her U.S. teammates know what's at stake now. A loss and their world championship run would be over.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered leading off the 11th inning, and the Kansas City Royals kept rolling in their first postseason in 29 years with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the AL Division Series opener Thursday night.