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South Korean teen Hyo-Joo Kim made history look easy, with barely a glitch as she posted the lowest score ever in a major with a 10-under 61 to open the Evian Championship on Thursday.

Taysom Hill threw for 200 yards and a touchdown while running for 160 yards and another score, and No. 25 BYU beat Houston 33-25 on Thursday. Jamaal Williams rushed for 139 yards and two TDs for BYU (3-0).

Michelle Wie returns to action at the Evian Championship eyeing both a second career major title and an inaugural award named after retired Swedish great Annika Sorenstam.

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

Lithuania lined up to observe the Tall Blacks' ceremonial "haka," and then went to work overpowering New Zealand with its taller inside players at the Basketball World Cup on Sunday.

Joe Philbin prefers simple messages. Not even trailing New England by 10 points at halftime of the season opener could get the Miami coach to change his tone. "The plays are there," Philbin simply said.

Trailing Michigan State 27-18 in the third quarter and facing a third-and-10, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota found himself confronting a decision while on the run: pitch the ball to freshman Royce Freeman, or try a keeper.

The U.S. national team finished pool play unbeaten, getting 17 points from James Harden and 14 from Stephen Curry in a 95-71 victory over Ukraine Thursday at the Basketball World Cup.

American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge.

The New Orleans Saints included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts Saturday.

A change of scenery has done Jerome Williams well. Jimmy Rollins homered and Williams tossed eight strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Nick Davila threw for 237 yards and eight touchdowns and the Arizona Rattlers won their third consecutive ArenaBowl title with a 72-32 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday night.

Peyton Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, leading the Denver Broncos past the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium.

Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason college football poll. The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999, when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.

Hawaii was ranked No. 17 in Monday's AVCA Coaches Top 25 preseason volleyball poll, one place higher than the Rainbow Wahine's ranking at the end of last season. It came as no surprise to coach Dave Shoji, who lost eight players — including four starters — from last season's 25-5 squad.

Michelle Wie has a finger injury that forced her to withdraw from next week's LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club and will sideline her at least three to five weeks.

Heavy rain, strong wind and the threat of power outages will not prevent the University of Hawaii football team from practicing Friday. "We'll find a place to practice," head coach Norm Chow said. "If we have to go inside, we'll go inside. We have to do something."

Usually during the first week of football season, much of the talk is on how the top teams will fare. Not so, this year. Because of the two hurricanes, all high school football games statewide scheduled for the weekend have been canceled or postponed.

When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came to the mound in the seventh inning, Adam Wainwright focused on recording another out. Matheny left his ace in for one more hitter with two on and Wainwright responded with one more big pitch.

Mindful that playing for the Miami Dolphins has its ups and downs, center Samson Satele is back. Satele was a rookie starter with the Dolphins in 2007, when they went 1-15.

Greg Salas almost seemed surprised by all the fuss. Sure, the former University of Hawaii receiver was perhaps the biggest star of the New York Jets' scrimmage Saturday night. But as far as he was concerned, there was nothing unusual about his performance.

Former Turtle Bay representative Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a three-stroke victory. "I'm overwhelmed," the long-hitting Finau said.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny decided at the last minute against giving slumping infielder Kolten Wong the day off on Saturday. It proved to be a smart move.

A year into his major league career Lance Lynn stood at a crossroad in his life. He was a daily user of smokeless tobacco dating back to his minor league days, a tasty time-killer and social stress reliever.

Keenan Allen really did think about quitting last summer. "It was just a thought," the San Diego Chargers' top wide receiver said. "But it was tough." Allen was referring to his initial training camp, when the third-round pick from California could do little right.

With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he were 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Robbie Lawler withstood a flurry of stinging punches by Matt Brown in the fifth round and held on for a unanimous decision Saturday night, setting up a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

The Packers signed receiver Jordy Nelson immediately after their first training camp practice Saturday morning.

The Lakers have started negotiating with Byron Scott to become their next head coach, according to a person familiar with the situation.

He was the big prize, the sparkling centerpiece in the overhaul, except Jared Allen wasn't really interested in shining the spotlight on himself on Friday.

Waipahu product Jerome Williams became the record 31st pitcher for Texas this season, Neftali Feliz was back in a familiar finishing role and the Rangers finally got a home victory in July.

After 4 hours, 23 minutes and a dozen pitchers combining to throw 397 pitches, Nori Aoki gave the Kansas City Royals a win. Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland.

Geno Smith is a changed quarterback. Puzzled pauses in the New York Jets' huddle have been replaced by commanding playcalls. He's also barking out audibles at the line of scrimmage and reading defenses unlike he did at any point during his rookie season.

The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug. McIlroy was upstairs in the clubhouse at Royal Liverpool for the traditional toast with the R&A, unable to ignore the chants below from club members waiting for a glimpse of the British Open champion.

Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA’s best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey. It’s a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division that might be the toughest in basketball.

As he made his way to the 18th green, Sergio Garcia experienced a sensation that had eluded him in his 17 previous British Opens. He felt no despair, no devastation, no defensiveness. Garcia had been defeated, but en route to losing to Rory McIlroy, he had won a hard-earned prize: contentment.

By the standards of final British Open chapters, this was no major thriller, but it was not the relaxed Sunday stroll around Royal Liverpool that it might have been for Rory McIlroy.

With his thinning hair and his thickening waistline, Butch Harmon has a way of blending into the crowd when he follows his players' competitive rounds on foot. On Saturday at the British Open, though, there was no missing him.

Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday.

The University of Hawaii athletic department has been warned to expect more drastic budget cuts for the next two years, likely $2 million — or more — each year, in the wake of a newly announced campus-wide austerity plan.

Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

Eight years after the San Francisco football team announced its plans to move an hour's drive south to Santa Clara, the Niners officially opened their $1.2 billion "sports and entertainment cathedral" during a show-stopping ceremony on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool.

Laura Diaz got off to a surprising start at the Marathon Classic. Diaz shot a 9-under 62 for a four-stroke lead in Thursday's opening round.

Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.

Derek Jeter was an elite shortstop winning World Series championships not long after many of baseball's current greats were born. Jeter's 14th All-Star Game will be his last.

At a World Cup where substitutes have made more impact than ever, it was fitting that Mario Goetze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross.

With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.

Carmelo Anthony wanted to be a Knick a few years ago, and nothing has changed now. Anthony is staying in New York, announcing his decision Sunday in a posting titled "My City, My Heart" on his website.

Regulation and overtime brought 120 minutes of scoreless exasperation in a World Cup semifinal on Wednesday that was by turns tense, cautious, clumsy, gripping and stubbornly unyielding.

Lance Lynn reached double figures in wins before the All-Star break for the third straight year and the St. Louis Cardinals are charging hard in the NL Central.

Kolten Wong was sitting on a fastball, hoping for extra bases to get something going in the ninth inning. The rookie downplayed his power after giving the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight game-winning, ninth-inning home run on a two-out, full-count drive that soared well beyond the right-field wall.

The fireworks began at dawn. All around this city, loud pops and bangs rang out as men and women and children, so many dressed in yellow, set off flares and beeped car horns.

The friendly matches in South Florida can involve as many as eight players, with teams decided by drawing names from a hat. Michelle Wie would seem to be a great pick, except for the timing.

A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages.

There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter. It was an intense standoff, awkward and seemingly irreparable.

Louis van Gaal made the call, and Tim Krul made the saves. In another move that will only add to his reputation as a tactical mastermind, the Netherlands coach led his team into the World Cup semifinals after bringing on Krul with seconds remaining in extra time.

For once Lionel Messi didn't carry Argentina on his shoulders. He didn't have to. Gonzalo Higuain ended a four-game scoreless streak with an early winner as Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 and reached a World Cup semifinal match for the first time since 1990.

Colombia will mark two soccer milestones this week. One is happy, the other tragic. And chances are one doesn't happen without the other. On Friday, Colombia plays in a World Cup quarterfinal for the first time.

Underneath the jingoistic backlash that engulfed Jurgen Klinsmann last month when he dared to say that the United States national team was not currently capable of winning the World Cup was an actual question that is genuinely confusing -- particularly to casual soccer fans.

It felt as if Tim Howard would never go down. As if the United States would never go down, standing there, taking shots like an undersized fighter clinging to a puncher's chance.

Jason Kidd had a seat in the coaching box and a jersey in the rafters. He wanted more. And now his celebrated return to the Nets has turned into yet another ugly exit.

They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready. The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.

Stacy Lewis has worked tirelessly over her career to embrace the overwhelming support in her adopted state of Arkansas. The recovering introvert finally found a way to do so while overcoming her self-imposed pressure Sunday.

With his team down to 10 men for nearly an hour, Keylor Navas made sure Costa Rica's last line of defense held firm. The goalkeeper came through with a string of stops in regulation.

Wie continued her seasonlong surge on the LPGA Tour on Saturday, shooting her second straight 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead in the suspended second round of the NW Arkansas Championship.

Michelle Wie didn't let a hectic national media tour slow the momentum following her U.S. Women's Open victory last week at Pinehurst. She shot a 5-under 66 to finish a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp after the first round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.

Forward Jozy Altidore, who left early in the United States' opening match of the World Cup with a strained hamstring, should be available to face Belgium in the second round, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Friday.

Novak Djokovic lay crumpled on Centre Court, clutching his upper left arm and grimacing. He felt something pop and feared the worst.

As the college basketball season hummed along, speculation of who would be the top pick in the NBA Draft shifted from Andrew Wiggins to Jabari Parker to Joel Embiid.

About 10 minutes before the end of the United States' game against Germany on Thursday, a U.S. Soccer staff member sidled up to one of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's assistants and informed him that Portugal had taken a one-goal lead against Ghana.

Michelle Wie has enjoyed a week full of celebration and national attention since finally winning her first major championship in the U.S. Women's Open. The most recognizable name in women's golf danced with her trophy and appeared on the morning television circuit.

When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment. Jones, like four American teammates and his coach, will be familiar with both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the “Deutschlandlied” before the United States’ World Cup game against Germany.

FIFA has officially charged Uruguay's Luis Suarez with biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the teams' World Cup match, a process that could lead to a suspension for Uruguay's best offensive player.

With or without Luis Suarez, Uruguay faces a serious challenge keeping the Colombia juggernaut at bay in the last 16 of the World Cup. Inspired by a brilliant cameo performance off the bench from James Rodriguez, the Colombians completed a near-perfect group-stage campaign with a 4-1 win over Japan on Tuesday that eliminated the Asian champions.

Chasing a shot to his right, Rafael Nadal slipped and tumbled to the Centre Court turf. He popped up, raced across the baseline to get back into the point, and later capped the 14-stroke exchange with a backhand passing winner.

Neymar knew the responsibility was his. An increasingly anxious host nation was relying on him to ensure Brazil avoided the almost inconceivable prospect of going out in the group stage of a World Cup on its own soil.

The history-making men's and women's U.S. Opens, held back-to-back at Pinehurst No. 2, could not have produced a more fitting finale. After Martin Kaymer won the men's title, the last woman standing was Michelle Wie.

The road Michelle Wie took to a U.S. Women's Open title was unlike any other, and suddenly insignificant. Whether this was a long time coming was the least of her cares. She never looked happier.

Cristiano Ronaldo rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Silvestre Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugal's 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup.

People flocked to Lucy Li like kids to the neighborhood ice cream truck during the first two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open. Michelle Wie, the 36-hole leader, was fine with that.

Moths and mosquitoes circled when the United States took the field for practice Saturday evening at Arena da Amazonia, a 40,000-seat stadium built in a remote area of the rainforest where the Rio Negro meets the Amazon.

Michelle Wie is becoming a regular contender in major championships, only now as an adult. She captivated women’s golf as a teenager, contending in three straight LPGA Tour majors when she was 16.

France is striking at the World Cup again, this time in a way the fans back home will approve of. Four years ago to the day, France’s players shamed the nation by going on strike at the last World Cup.

Edwin Encarnacion started Toronto's big comeback with a three-run homer. Many hours and momentum shifts later, he finished it with yet another. With those two bookend swings, he played the role of comeback kid.

Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday to revive Uruguay's World Cup campaign.

Comparisons were inevitable by hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open on the game golf course in consecutive weeks. Only these had nothing to do with numbers. Stacy Lewis found comfort in comparisons with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer.

With its superstars aging and its loyal coach slow to blend in young talent, Spain's glorious reign as the superpower of world football was bound to end.

The sandy soil of this part of the state is famous for the amount of water it can absorb. A cloudburst last Thursday night barely registered by the time the U.S. Open resumed on Pinehurst's No. 2 course Friday morning.

The Washington Redskins once wore a circled R on their helmets. Now they could become the first NFL team without a circled R -- as in registered trademark -- on their logo.

NEW YORK >> Once Masahiro Tanaka overcame that early jolt from Jose Reyes, the Japanese rookie did just fine. Tanaka gave up a home run to Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 Tuesday night for their 14th straight home win over the Blue Jays.

PINEHURST, N.C. >> With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl. Except that she's playing the biggest event in women's golf.

FORTALEZA, Brazil >> He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the one responsible for spoiling Brazil's hopes of another World Cup victory at its home tournament.

John Brooks, a 21-year-old German-American who was playing in his first competitive game for the United States and who was on the field only because a starting fullback was hurt, powered a fierce header into the net in the 86th minute Monday.

About an hour after the season ended, Chris Bosh was standing near the bus ramp from where the Miami Heat would soon depart for the airport and the offseason. Miami's two-year reign was over. And Bosh almost sounded relieved.

With their 104-87 win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Spurs celebrated their fifth championship in 16 seasons. San Antonio turned the series into a coronation by winning four of five games.

Switzerland grabbed a winner with virtually the final kick to earn a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the World Cup on Sunday, extending a run of come-from-behind wins that are becoming a theme of the tournament.

Matt Adams homered for the third straight game and Matt Holliday also went deep, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory and series sweep Sunday over the Washington Nationals.

Early Sunday evening, LeBron James will gather his Miami Heat teammates around him and offer a few final words of wisdom before they try to extend their reign as NBA champions.

Costa Rica came from behind to stun Uruguay 3-1 Saturday at the World Cup, opening the tough Group D with a major upset. Costa Rica entered the tournament as one of the biggest underdogs to make it out of the group stage.


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