National Sports

Spieth tied with two others at top

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth has a share of the lead in the British Open and a big edge in experience. Still only 24, he already has won three majors and his name is the last one etched on the base of the silver claret jug. One name in the mix makes it all feel so new. “I’ve ...

NASCAR stars push for changes

LOUDON, N.H. — NASCAR has been reluctant to make more than modest tweaks to its schedule. That hasn’t stopped its drivers this summer from wondering about possibilities in hopes of luring more fans: n A Cup race on Eldora dirt. n More races at short tracks. n No more multiple races at ...

Tokyo preparing for 2020 Games

TOKYO — Mariko Nagai walked outside Yoyogi National Stadium — the late-architect Kenzo Tange’s masterpiece from Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics — and pictured the city in that era. She was a university student from northern Japan who landed a job as an interpreter at the dazzling swimming ...

France gets upset win

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Ellia Green walked out of a medical room in the bowels of AT&T Park and looked up at a TV screen on the wall. She couldn’t have liked what she saw. While her teammates placed their hands on their heads in disbelief, France was celebrating on the ...

Thomas, Froome helps Sky succeed

The Associated Press MENDE, France — With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, Team Sky has complete control over the Tour de France. The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central, allowing a large ...

Different is in for Dodgers’ Machado

By Jay Cohen The Associated Press It’s a whole new beginning for Manny Machado after months of uncertainty. Perfect time for a new number, too. One with an LA story and a Baltimore past. Machado joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday after being acquired in a blockbuster trade with ...

Bucs’ Rodriguez has solid return

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored a 12-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Friday night. Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 ...

Few good options on NFL anthem issue

The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn’t going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners’ efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes. The league’s attempt to turn responsibility for disciplining ...

Johnson, Kisner tied at the top

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — A light rain in the morning that gave way to soft sunlight in the afternoon took some of the sting out of Carnoustie. Just not all of it. Kevin Kisner found that out with one swing that erased his two-shot lead Friday in the British Open and left him tied with ...

Colts’ Luck will have no limitations on field

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Andrew Luck should be back in his old spot when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp next week. Yes, he’ll be behind center. Yes, he’ll take some extra days off. And, no, he may not play the usual preseason rotation. But when he’s on the field, general manager ...

Special Olympics celebrate 50 years

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Bases loaded, a gold medal on the line. Manuel Velasco Jr. stands in the batter’s box sniffling, tears streaming down his face. Seconds earlier, the 19-year-old known as Junior was behind the dugout, his coach imploring him to shake off a hard collision at third base in ...

Cousins ready to prove he’s good teammate with GS

OAKLAND, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins spent his first eight seasons in the NBA chasing two things — peace and the playoffs. After signing with Golden State as a free agent, the four-time All-Star center has no doubts he’ll finally find both, and that those will help dispel the notion that ...

Dolphins may suspend protesting players

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week. The “Proper Anthem Conduct” section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person ...

Tribe trade prized prospect for pitching

The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting top catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The ...

Elite ready to pursue playoffs

On deck Tonight: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati,7:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHPJameson Taillon (6-7) vs. Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (7-7) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for ...

New documentary explores Williams

The Associated Press ALBQUERQUE, N.M. — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe ...

Trade finally gets Carmelo out of Oklahoma City

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is done in Oklahoma City. A person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press the Thunder are sending Anthony and a 2022 protected first-round pick to Atlanta in exchange for Hawks guard Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala. ...

Several ACC QB scenarios up in air

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division has more questions than answers when it comes to the quarterback position this season. While North Carolina State, Syracuse and Boston College appear set under center, the four other teams still ...

Kisner sets early pace at Open

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Whether the turf is sun-baked or rain-soaked, brown or green, no matter if players attack with driver or proceed cautiously with irons, Carnoustie showed Thursday in the British Open that it can hold its own. In what might be the easiest conditions of the week, Kevin ...

Tiger’s comeback yet to hit overdrive

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Some clouds came in and the wind started blowing — if just a bit — as Tiger Woods played the early holes Thursday, making what had been a warm, sunny day seem a little more like a British Open. As if on cue, Woods’ game started looking a little more familiar, ...