LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Ernie Els plucked the ball from the hole after one last birdie and heaved it into the grandstand. At the time, it looked like nothing more than a classy gesture by a former British Open champion - not the next one.
PARIS (AP) - Twenty-three years ago, Bradley Wiggins marveled as Greg LeMond blazed a trail as America's first Tour de France winner. Now, he has blazed his own.
OAKLAND (AP) - Seth Smith hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 12th and the surging Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to stun the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday and complete a four-game sweep.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, and Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each had three hits and two RBIs as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 to split a four-game series between the top two teams in the NL East.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has hit his 300th homer, becoming the second Venezuela-born player to reach that mark.
CARLSBAD (AP) - Second-seeded Dominique Cibulkova used her powerful ground strokes to defeat No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli 6-1, 7-5 and win the Mercury Insurance Open title on Sunday.
BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France (AP) - For Bradley Wiggins, it's time to bestow gifts at the Tour de France.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami coach Al Golden's second season at the school is beginning much like his first one, with new accusations of rule breaking, the looming threat of serious NCAA sanctions and no apparent end in sight for the long probe into the Hurricanes' compliance practices.
Brett Favre is returning to football - as an assistant high school coach in Mississippi.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has apologized following his arrest last weekend on charges of driving under the influence in Northern California.
OAKLAND (AP) - Game-ending hits are becoming so routine these days in Oakland that concession workers have the celebratory whipped-cream pies waiting near the dugout whenever the Athletics are in position for another walk-off win.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Starts like this used to be common for Tim Lincecum.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) - Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship and looked like he was bent on running away from the field at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday urged a federal appeals court to uphold former major league slugger Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction.
PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
SANTA CLARA . (AP) - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday that he expects the NFL's decision on a possible suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith to be announced soon, perhaps even before the preseason begins Aug. 7.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Their bond goes far beyond their designation as teammates, and as a whole they are far more than merely a quartet of players thrown together to represent Spain.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish.
NAPA (AP) - Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Brad Keselowski and Juan Pablo Montoya came to Indianapolis trying to send Roger Penske back to Victory Lane.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yasiel Puig tied a franchise record with three triples and added a double and two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers moved within a half-game of NL West-leading San Francisco by beating the Giants 8-1 on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Texas Rangers, and they beat AL West-leading Oakland 4-1 on Friday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.
NAPA (AP) - The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL - even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season.
SANTA CLARA (AP) - Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce.