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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,” ...

Thomas closing out field

By Andrew Dampf The Associated Press PAU, France — Arnaud Demare was rewarded Thursday for hauling his muscular frame over the Alps and through the Pyrenees. Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, is preparing to cement his hold on the yellow jersey in today’s final mountain test of the Tour de ...

Alabama extends Saban’s deal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban still reigns supreme over college football — in national titles and annual pay. The university announced a new eight-year deal Friday worth at least $74.4 million, which would appear to make Saban again college football’s highest-paid coach ...

Yanks add Jays’ starter

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees acquired left-hander J.A. Happ on Thursday from Toronto to bolster their starting rotation. The Yankees are sending infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Bill McKinney to the Blue Jays. Happ, who turns 36 in October, is 10-6 with a 4.18 ...

McCoy trying to talk only football

The Associated Press PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy repeatedly deflected questions regarding allegations of being involved in bloodying his ex-girlfriend, and said he was focused solely on being ready for training camp and the upcoming season. McCoy addressed ...

Two share Senior Open lead

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — American Kirk Triplett and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand shot 7-under 65s Thursday to lead the Senior British Open by one stroke after the opening round but both will be keeping a close eye on defending champion Bernhard Langer. Long the dominant figure in over-50s ...

BoSox trade for pitching

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Boston Red Sox enhanced their thin starting rotation for a playoff run, obtaining right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade for minor league lefty Jalen Beeks Wednesday. Eovaldi throws hard and can fill out a rotation that features Chris Sale, Rick ...

Six QBs in spotlight this season

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The only question about Tom Brady as quarterback in New England is when Father Time finally wins before the five-time Super Bowl champ decides he’s done with the NFL. Same for Drew Brees in New Orleans or Philip Rivers with the Chargers. Aaron ...

Buffalo signs its No. 1 pick

The Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have signed rookie quarterback Josh Allen to a four-year contract a day before opening training camp. Though Allen still requires time to develop, he is the team’s heir-apparent starter after Buffalo traded up five spots to ...

Froome cracks in Pyrenees

By Andrew Dampf The Associated Press SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France — His tongue dangling from his mouth, his pedal stroke strained, Chris Froome’s hopes of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title slowly drifted away. Up amid the thin and misty air of the Col du Portet — rated the ...

Browns’ Mayfield finally signs deal

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Quarterback Baker Mayfield has signed his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns. The top overall pick in this year’s NFL draft finalized his four-year, $32 million deal on Tuesday, a day before Cleveland’s players are scheduled to report to ...

Tour riders get sprayed with tear gas

The Associated Press BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France — After fans had caused chaos in the Alps by setting off flares, tear gas from police accidentally played havoc with Tour de France riders during the first stage in the Pyrenees on Tuesday. Four-time champion Chris Froome was among a large ...

Stanley Cup champs bring Orpik back

The Associated Press Brooks Orpik is returning to the Washington Capitals not long after the Stanley Cup champions traded him, and it’s as if he never left. The Capitals on Tuesday signed the veteran defenseman to a $1 million, one-year deal with $500,000 in performance bonuses. General ...