NEW ORLEANS (AP) - She hadn't done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honors, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honoring the year's best performances Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have reopened trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Athletics owner Lew Wolff is willing to re-examine whether it would make sense to build a new ballpark at the site of Oakland Coliseum.
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Tiger Woods was an hour into his practice round Tuesday at the British Open when he stood on the fifth tee with a foreign object in his hand.
BESANCON, France (AP) - 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.
Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he's ever known some flexibility in the coming years.
MADRID (AP) - Former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador does not need surgery on his injured right leg and hopes to defy his doctors by racing in next month's Spanish Vuelta.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints on Tuesday confirmed a multiyear contract with Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout for the star tight end.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Oakland had a major league-high six players selected for the All-Star game, plus a seventh in recently acquired right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who would've been included on the NL side had he remained with the Chicago Cubs.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year's All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The burden of being gay became too great for Billy Bean to bear during his playing career, so he quit rather than seek support for his secret.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Baseball has a problem: Clayton Kershaw, Aroldis Chapman, Felix Hernandez and all the other kings of the hill are just too good.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes knew how to pace himself in this rain-delayed home run derby, drawn out further by a new format.
CLEVELAND (AP) - All things considered, the Golden State Warriors would rather have been golfing.
ALAMEDA (AP) - When the Oakland Raiders began overhauling their team after another dismal season, one position noticeably didn't get much help.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - The gray in his goatee is getting much more noticeable. Yet 49ers kicker Phil Dawson isn't yet thinking about retirement, even at a time when many of his San Francisco teammates have done just that.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The U.S. national team is dismissing critical comments that former coach Pia Sundhage made about some of the team's players.
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - Five days after beating the Netherlands for the first time, the United States defeated Germany in Germany for the first time.
CHICAGO (AP) - Brandon Saad and the Chicago Blackhawks finally broke through Tampa Bay's rookie goalie and then barely hung on to even up the Stanley Cup Final.
On another day of turmoil for FIFA and the World Cup, the bidding contest for the 2026 tournament was put on hold.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Dressed in a Bass Pro T-shirt and cap, Tony Stewart was all set to take his turn as a commercial fisherman.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - With his trademark self-deprecating humor, James Hinchcliffe jokes that he received "a complete oil change" after his accident during preparations for the Indianapolis 500.
ARCADIA (AP) - Bob Baffert's phone is ringing with calls from racetracks eager to have the trainer bring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to their places.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon Belt hit one of San Francisco's three homers off a struggling Matt Harvey, and the Giants scored five times in the sixth inning of an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Sam Fuld slid into home to just beat the throw for the winning run with one out in the ninth and the Oakland Athletics snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jarrod Parker is uncertain about the protocol for his recovery from a fractured elbow following two Tommy John surgeries, and that's probably because he might just be the new case study for a pitcher who has undergone all of those operations.
CLEVELAND (AP) - His eyes were slits, barely open. LeBron James looked as if he could nod off at any second, drop his head on the table and take a much-deserved nap.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving doesn't regret a single move. Not playing on a sore knee, and not the one that ended his season.