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.
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - Gone are the days when Bruce Ellington would rush from a basketball workout with South Carolina teammates to a football meeting room to learn the complex schemes of coach Steve Spurrier. Ellington's only focus is the San Francisco 49ers and making an impact on the NFL.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix Suns agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings for point guard Isaiah Thomas, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors have signed guard Warriors officially sign guard Shaun Livingston to the contract agreed to last week.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - David Blatt was running a summer league practice with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday morning, and the sound of someone shrieking suddenly filled the gym.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - All-Star Scott Kazmir capped the best first-half of his career with one of his best starts yet.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.
Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.
SAN JOSE (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year contract.
REIMS, France (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali is growing comfortable in his yellow jersey.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Paul Azinger said Thursday that a quest by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women's British Open. And the best she could manage was a 4-under 68.
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight a rematch Sept. 13 with Marcos Maidana, the Argentinian who gave him a tougher battle than expected when they met in May.