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Cardinals’ rookie just misses history

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — St. Louis starter Daniel Poncedeleon made a sensational debut 14 months after suffering a severe head injury, throwing no-hit ball for seven innings Monday night before Eugenio Suarez led the Cincinnati Reds’ two-out rally in the ninth for a 2-1 victory ...

Frosty feeling comfy in Nebraska

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Scott Frost talks to Tom Osborne almost every week. He welcomes his college coach into his office at Nebraska, or they go turkey hunting or fishing. Hard at work at rebuilding his storied alma mater, Frost is keeping his friends as close as possible. The ...

Buckeyes cut ties with coach

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State has fired receivers coach Zach Smith, who was charged last week with misdemeanor criminal trespass after a dispute with his ex-wife. Coach Urban Meyer announced Smith’s dismissal on Monday. The move came after multiple media outlets ...

Furyk won’t commit to Tiger

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says it was fun to watch Tiger Woods contend at the British Open and briefly take the lead in the final round. Whether that means Woods is a lock for the U.S. team is still to be ...

Thomas keeps lead before Pyrenees

CARCASSONNE, France — With the Pyrenees looming, Geraint Thomas had his last calm ride wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday. The Welshman’s rivals for cycling’s most prestigious prize, which include teammate Chris Froome in second place, mostly held back over the ...

Ex-Lady Lion basketball coach dead at 65

The Associated Press Rene Portland, who built Penn State into a women’s basketball powerhouse during a 27-year tenure, has died after a three-year fight with cancer. She was 65. D’Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall in Pennsylvania confirmed her death Sunday. Portland coached the Lady ...

Molinari survives wild day

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Francesco Molinari didn’t get the loudest cheers for the best golf at British Open. He was overlooked for so much of Sunday playing alongside Tiger Woods, who caused pure pandemonium at Carnoustie by taking the lead in the ...

Harvick roughs his way to ‘W’

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press LOUDON, N.H. — Kevin Harvick warned he was charging for the lead with taps on Kyle Busch’s rear bumper over the waning laps. Harvick had failed to methodically work his way around the race leader with a clean pass, so he set aim with his Ford on ...

Barkley signs Giants’ contract

The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have signed rookie first-round pick running back Saquon Barkley to a contract. The No. 2 overall selection from Penn State rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns and caught 102 passes, eight for scores, in three seasons ...

New Zealand women capture title

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The Black Ferns stood shoulder to shoulder late Saturday night as their national anthem played and day turned to dusk by the San Francisco Bay. About 30 minutes later they stood shoulder to shoulder again, this time atop a podium with gold medals draped ...

Wind bothers Spieth

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Defending champion Jordan Spieth wasn’t the only one struggling to gain traction on the wind-swept final day at Carnoustie. But he was one of just two in the 79-player field who failed to make birdie, shooting 76 and sliding from a three-way tie atop the leaderboard ...

Tiger letdowns now norm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — All around him on a windy summer day on the links of Carnoustie, the leaders were imploding as Tiger Woods moved into the lead at the turn. It felt like old times at the British Open, as familiar as his Sunday red shirt and the swarm of fans that cheered his every ...

Virus part of unlucky Mets season

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest bizarre medical development for the baffling New York Mets, ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard is headed back to the disabled list after contracting hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The team figures it’s likely Syndergaard caught the contagious ...

Thomas ready to face challenge

CARCASSONNE, France — With the Pyrenees looming, Geraint Thomas had his last calm ride wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Sunday. The Welshman’s rivals for cycling’s most prestigious prize, which include teammate Chris Froome in second place, mostly held back over the ...

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 ...