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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, July 25, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline. [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
Li Na of China returns to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
Brazil's soccer player Neymar poses for photographers during a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup. The 22-year-old Neymar is on promotional trip to Tokyo, where he will film a commercial for a Japanese mattress company. About 700 fans greeted [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, left, is congratulated by Lonnie Chisenhall after the Indians defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-0 in a baseball game Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Cleveland. Kluber pitched nine innings and gave up three hits. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Corey Kluber threw a three-hitter to outpitch Felix Hernandez for his first career shutout and Cleveland defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-0. ''Obviously, it's a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game,'' Kluber said. ''We all look forward to challenges so it's nice to [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp, right, celebrates with Yasiel Puig after hitting and RBI single to win the game during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Matt Kemp has suddenly found his power, and it's helping keep the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West. Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning after homering in consecutive games for the first time in over a year and the Dodgers beat [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith, left, blocks teammate defensive end Jeremy Mincey (92) during Dallas Cowboy's training camp, Friday, July 25, 2014, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo. Smith joins Romo as the only Cowboys with contracts valued at more than $100 million. Smith was just 20 when the Cowboys took him ninth [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. ''We will never raise the white flag,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that will never happen.'' Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
FILE - JULY 28, 2014: A California judge has issued a preliminary ruling against Donald Sterling that would allow his wife Shelly Sterling to sell the NBA Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, according to published reports. OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 27: Shelly Sterling, the wife of Donald Sterling owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, watches the Clippers against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 27, 2014 in Oakland, California. The players wore theirs warm up this way in protest of owner Donald Sterling's racially insensitive remarks. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Former Commissioner David Stern praised the NBA's handling of the Donald Sterling controversy and predicts it will ''end well'' for the league. Stern said his successor, Adam Silver, has been ''forceful'' but also ''demonstrated a compassionate side'' in his reaction to the racist remarks that were made by the [...]
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 12: Pat Riley president of the Miami Heat during the game against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 12, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP. Riley made that revelation Wednesday, shortly after the Heat completed the signing [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
Florida State's Jameis Winston answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Florida State teammate Chris Casher were held at gunpoint by campus police nearly two years ago while hunting squirrels with a pellet gun, police say. Officer Anthony Gioannetti responded to a call and found the pair near a campus bike path with a [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
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