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Pirates Snap 4-Game Skid

ST. LOUIS — Colin Moran drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored twice in the ninth for a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Francisco Liriano (4-1) pitched the eighth and earned the victory. Felipe Vazquez pitched a 1-2-3 ...

Big 12 Media Days Conclude

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tom Herman knows that Texas is probably a bit ahead of schedule after 10 wins in his second season that included making the Big 12 championship game and a Sugar Bowl victory. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Longhorns are back just yet. “We weren’t here to just ...

Woods Trying to Get Up To Speed for Final Major of Year

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Tiger Woods was on the practice range when the gates at the British Open opened Tuesday, and before long he was on the tee and ready to go. He just didn’t go for very long. Woods played a full round at Royal Portrush when he arrived Sunday morning, and then ...

Furyk Still Going Strong

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Nothing short of an eagle on the 592-yard seventh hole at Royal Portrush was going to win the hole in a friendly fourballs match during practice for the British Open. Leave it to 49-year-old Jim Furyk to have the best chance. “Don’t do anything crazy ...

KU’s Miles Figures He’s Back Where he Belongs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Les Miles sat for more than hour, a Kansas pin on his left lapel and his LSU national championship ring on his right hand, answering wave after wave of often repetitive questions as he closes in on his return to coaching — and the Big 12 — with the long-suffering ...

Oklahoma City’s Rebuild Will Take Some Time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident planned to make the two-hour drive ...

Bowlsby Says No Talk of Expanding Big 12

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bob Bowlsby sat on the podium at midfield of the massive NFL stadium where the Big 12 plays its championship game, talking about the successes of the smallest Power Five conference before getting a familiar question about the possibility of expansion. The commissioner ...

Pirates Drop 4th Straight

ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas pitched an eight-hitter and Tyler O’Neill hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. It was the first complete game this season and second overall for Mikolas (6-9), who lasted just four ...

Molinari Returns Claret Jug

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Golf’s oldest championship is all about tradition, and this is one Francesco Molinari could have done without. Fifty-one weeks after he won the British Open and gazed at his name etched on the silver claret jug, he had to return it. Getting it back won’t ...

Boxing Champ Whitaker Dies

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four-division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a ...

Thomas Blowing in The Wind at Tour de France

ALBI, France (AP) — Geraint Thomas and his teammates don’t need a mountain to deliver a hammer blow on their rivals at the Tour de France. They can do it on the flat, too. With a little help from the wind. The defending champion was the big winner of a chaotic Stage 10 in southern ...

Cavaliers Waive Smith

CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith’s never-a-dull-moment run with the Cavaliers is over. Cleveland released the colorful shooting guard Monday before his $15.6 million contract for next season became guaranteed. The Cavs had been trying to trade Smith for months, but the team was unable to find ...

Chicago Completes Sweep of Pittsburgh

CHICAGO — After struggling prior to the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have started the second half clicking on all cylinders. Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. The NL Central ...

Indians Take Down Twins

CLEVELAND — With the AL Central in danger of slipping away for the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana delivered. Santana, coming off his first career All-Star appearance, hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win over the first-place ...

Djokovic Defeats Federer in Historic Final

WIMBLEDON, England — For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final. In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged ...

British Open Returns to Portrush

Graeme McDowell winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was a source of pride for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Congressional the following year with a record score was a source of hope. And then a month later, Darren Clarke became the first Ulsterman in 64 years ...

Solid Pitching, Hitting Lifts Toronto Over Weirton in Legion Play

TORONTO — Good hitting and good pitching is a good recipe for success. The Toronto Post 86 Legion baseball team has received both in the last few games, and it has paid off as Post 86 is playing its best ball of the season. Toronto jumped out to an early lead against Weirton Post 10 en ...