FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:44:02 -0400
GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."
With Nibali in command, Tour is about 2nd place
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:37:39 -0400
BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling's great showcase is reduced to this — the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali.
Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:02:05 -0400
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.
Mercedes drivers fastest in Hungarian GP practice
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:34:15 -0400
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first and second practices for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg second.
Navardauskas wins Stage 19 of Tour de France
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:29:14 -0400
BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania led a late breakaway in a downpour to win the 19th Stage of the Tour de France on Friday after hitching a ride with his Garmin-Sharp teammates.
AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:20:28 -0400
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.
Stage 19 for sprinters has begun on Tour de France
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:49:19 -0400
MAUBOURGUET, France (AP) — Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint.
Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:17:47 -0400
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:58:18 -0400
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The un-Armstrong? Tour 'boss' Nibali wins Stage 18
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:38:23 -0400
ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he's the "boss" of the Tour de France. Just don't compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling's greatest race, Lance Armstrong.
Furyk seizes share of Canadian Open lead
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:54:31 -0400
US veteran Jim Furyk fired a bogey-free seven-under 63 on Friday to seize a share of the Canadian Open second-round lead alongside Tim Petrovic with home hope Graham DeLaet lurking. Petrovic joined Furyk on 10-under 130 with a four-under par 66, while DeLaet, like Furyk, matched the Royal Montreal Golf Club's Blue Course record with a 63 for 132. DeLaet shared third place on eight-under with American Kyle Stanley, who posted a 67. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell carded a 65 for 133, heading a group that also included American Justin Hicks (67), Scott Brown (66) and Andrew Svoboda (66).
US LPGA stars hope Phelps' golden touch rubs off
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:44:56 -0400
For America's team of LPGA stars at the International Crown, winning twice Friday after a humbling start was nice, but handshakes with US Olympic swim star Michael Phelps were priceless. Phelps, whose record haul of 22 Olympic medals includes 18 golds, greeted Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis at the eighth hole of their 2-up triumph over Spain's Azahara Munoz and Carlotta Ciganda in the eight-team global match-play event. "I have to say that the highlight of the day was shaking Michael Phelps's hand," Creamer said. "Yeah, Michael Phelps, I almost fell over."
DeLaet well placed to end Canadian title drought
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:39:05 -0400
(Reuters) - Canada's Graham DeLaet has his sights set on ending one of golf's oldest title droughts, and was in "a great position" just two shots behind leaders Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic after the Canadian Open second round in Montreal. No Canadian has won the country's national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954, and DeLaet will start the weekend within striking distance after reeling off nine birdies in a seven-under-par 63 on Royal Montreal's Blue Course on Friday. Not since Mike Weir led at the halfway mark 10 years ago has a Canadian been so well-placed after two rounds. Left-hander Weir went on to lose to Vijay Singh in a playoff.
Lakers close to naming Scott as coach: reports
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:56:31 -0400
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three months after coach Mike D'Antoni resigned, the struggling Los Angeles Lakers are expected to offer former player Byron Scott the job, multiple media outlets reported on Friday. According to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers have begun contract negotiations with Scott and are likely to reach an agreement within the next few days. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant 'Showtime' era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers.