CINCINNATI (AP) - Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double on Friday night, and Mike Leake got the better of left-hander Francisco Liriano for the third time this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that tightened the NL Central.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum's no-hitter last weekend at San Diego provided a rare first-half highlight for the stumbling San Francisco Giants. The coaching staff received a short reprieve from all the problems facing the club as the National League All-Star staff in New York.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said Thursday it won't pursue assault charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks because of insufficient evidence in the case.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - A blue sky and a gentle breeze usually means ripe scoring conditions at the British Open. Just not on the brown links of Muirfield.
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) - After five grueling hours of riding, as he strained and sweated to victory in an eye-popping Tour de France stage with crowds that turned cycling's most famous climb into a huge and raucous high-mountain party, Christophe Riblon didn't want it to stop.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Emirates Team New Zealand set another top speed for America's Cup 72-foot catamarans, hitting 44.15 knots, or 50.8 mph, Thursday on San Francisco Bay.
Much of the focus as baseball heads into the second half is on the possible suspensions of Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and a handful of All-Stars implicated in the Biogenesis performance enhancing drug scandal.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Toney Douglas to a contract.
STANFORD (AP) - Hall of Fame Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has received a new long-term contract.
LORTON, Va. (AP) - Joshua Stone beat qualifying medalist Garrett Rank on Wednesday in the first round of match play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links, topping the Canadian with a bogey on the first extra hole.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland Athletics are hardly accustomed to playing in first place at the All-Star break.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hang on to NCAA Football 2014, all you video game fans. It will be a collector's edition.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - LeBron James padded his trophy collection, receiving three at the ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year for helping the Miami Heat win a second straight NBA championship.
Keith Olbermann dreaded that he'd be remembered as the guy who rose to stardom at ESPN then left less than amicably.
CHORGES, France (AP) - Even when he expects to lose, Tour de France champion-in-the-making Chris Froome cannot help but win. He's that strong and he's making it look easy.
OAKLAND (AP) - Scott Kazmir faced the minimum through six innings before running into trouble, Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night for their 11th straight win in the series.
BALTIMORE (AP) - As first impressions go, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn't care much for what he saw from his football team in its preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sure, this is only the preseason.
LeBron James and Kevin Love won Olympic gold medals together. They're about to team up again, this time to try and end Cleveland's 50-year championship drought.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started. Momentum was a big theme Thursday in the opening round of the PGA Championship, and it even applied to Tiger Woods.
CARSON (AP) - A year after Landon Donovan returned to soccer, he realized he had lost his passion for the sport again. This time, the best player in American history decided to walk away for good.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - This summer showed Major League Soccer that attracting U.S. fans to the game is no longer an issue. It's engaging them that the league sees as its next step.
IRVINE (AP) - Katie Ledecky beat defending champion Missy Franklin to win the 200-meter freestyle in a showdown of teen swimming queens at the U.S. national championships on Thursday night.
Kevin Durant withdrew Thursday from the U.S. national team, the biggest loss yet for a weakening American squad that will go to Spain without the leading scorer on its last two gold medal winners.
TORONTO (AP) - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday in the Rogers Cup, falling 6-2, 6-2 in only 63 minutes in the third round.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Former NBA Commissioner David Stern prefers to look at the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion and not the decades of Donald Sterling's "interesting" ownership that came before it.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The San Francisco Giants were just a key hit or two from another victory on the road.
OAKLAND (AP) - Jon Lester pitched a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Thursday night.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Kayla Roncin and Mo'ne Davis are competing to make it to the Little League World Series, a rare feat for girls. But to get there, one girl's team may have to knock off the other's team.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Tom Brady took the night off, and Robert Griffin III played one series Thursday night as the Washington Redskins beat the New England Patriots 23-6 in the teams' preseason opener.