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What’s penalty for offensive tweets?

Sean Newcomb had enough problems explaining the pitch he threw to Chris Taylor when he was within a strike of throwing a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then he had to call reporters back to the locker room Sunday in Atlanta to offer something even more difficult to explain — ...

Jets’ Darnold ends holdout

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold is signed, sealed and back under center. The New York Jets inked the rookie quarterback to a fully guaranteed four-year, $30.25 million deal Monday, ending the contract holdout of the NFL’s No. 3 overall draft pick. Darnold missed the first three days of ...

‘Completely different’ Elliott preps for Cowboys, no drama

OXNARD, Calif. — Ezekiel Elliott never has offered much about his state of mind at training camp a year ago when the star running back of the Dallas Cowboys faced the possibility of a suspension over domestic violence allegations. So let his position coach explain the difference now that ...

NASCAR needs to change its tone

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The sky is not falling on NASCAR, its top executives insist, and a cheerier disposition could go a long way in lifting the black clouds surrounding the series. That is a paraphrase of the message NASCAR chief operating officer Steve Phelps delivered at Pocono Raceway ...

WR Ross hopes for 2nd shot

CINCINNATI — John Ross got up to top speed, ran past a defender and caught Andy Dalton’s long pass in stride, drawing an ovation from the approximately 950 fans watching the first practice of Bengals camp. A day later, he made another impressive catch on a deep throw and heard more ...

QB Ryan looks to regain his MVP form

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Matt Ryan is eager to regain his MVP form with the Atlanta Falcons. It sure seems possible with Julio Jones in camp, first-round pick Calvin Ridley ready to make an impact and — perhaps most important — a full season in the books with offensive coordinator Steve ...

Thomas rides through adversity to claim title

PARIS — The spits and the jeers. The eggs thrown at team cars. The attempts to unbalance riders while riding up the most grueling climbs. Geraint Thomas never flinched at whatever fans — or his rivals — threw at him or Team Sky. The Welsh rider was the steadiest rider from the start, ...

Jones highlights latest HOF class

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Chipper Jones didn’t bow to the pressure of the moment, and it was considerable. Jones was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he stood there delivering his speech with wife Taylor staring up at him, hours away from giving birth to a son to be named ...

Kyle Busch wins 6th race of year

LONG POND — Kyle Busch and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were in sync everywhere on the track but victory lane. When it was time to snap photos of the winners, some members flashed one finger, others held up six. Yes, that’s one for the win at Pocono Raceway and six for the total this ...

Moore captures third straight MVP

MINNEAPOLIS — Lynx star Maya Moore said she’s routinely asked if she has room for all of the awards she’s won in her basketball career. She’ll have to make space for another trophy after her performance on Saturday. Moore won her third straight All-Star MVP award to lead Team Parker ...

Wentz participates in full drills with no limits

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz lunged to his right and then backpedaled to avoid a rush. After darting forward again, he quickly rolled to his right and took off down the sideline at full speed. The only reminder Saturday that the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was returning from knee surgery ...

Milwaukee adds power hitter

SAN FRANCISCO — The Milwaukee Brewers found the left-handed power hitter they sought, acquiring third baseman Mike Moustakas on Friday from the Kansas City Royals to complete a second significant trade in two days as the club makes a push for its first playoff appearance since 2011. “We ...

Brady snaps at media, walks out

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady calls it “ridiculous” to suggest the suspension of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is tied to the quarterback’s personal health coach. The questions about Alex Guerrero on Saturday prompted Brady to abruptly end his first media availability of training ...

Johnson ready for 600th start

LONG POND — Jimmie Johnson had been plucked from NASCAR’s farm system to drive for owner Rick Hendrick with a resume so ordinary the team wondered if it made the right call on the California kid. Until Johnson could join Hendrick Motorsports in late 2001, he plodded along for a ...

Thomas all but seals Tour title

ESPELETTE, France — No longer merely a support rider for Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas is going to Paris in the yellow jersey. The Welshman with Team Sky effectively sealed his first Tour de France title by protecting his lead in the time trial on the penultimate stage on Saturday. Thomas ...

Cooperstown houses all phases of history

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — “The best part of baseball today is its yesterdays,” Lawrence Ritter, the author of one of the game’s finest and most celebrated books, “The Glory of Their Times,” liked to say. We hear a lot these days, from the offices of Major League Baseball on down, about ...

Jimenez maintains lead in Senior British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Miguel Angel Jimenez shot par 72 in blustery conditions to remain 9-under overall and two shots clear heading to the final round of the Senior British Open on Saturday. Tied for second were Tom Pernice (71) and Kirk Triplett (73) of the United States, defending ...

Barkley makes quick impression

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Saquon Barkley is everything the New York Giants expected, and then some. The running back from Penn State who was the second overall pick in the draft is humble, immensely skilled, inquisitive and quite possibly the most popular guy on the team in terms of fan ...

Cubs hope Hamels turns corner

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery and a pennant race will help Cole Hamels return to form. The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander from the Texas Rangers on Friday for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. The Cubs ...

Jets open camp without Darnold

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — There was no sign of Sam Darnold as the New York Jets opened training camp. The No. 3 overall draft pick officially became a contract holdout when the team began its first practice of the summer Friday without its prized rookie quarterback. “He’s not here,” ...