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2nd-round jinx strikes McIlroy again

Jul 11, 2014

ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — The second-round jinx that has afflicted Rory McIlroy this season struck once again at the Scottish Open on Friday when he followed up a course-record 64 with a 7-over 78 that left him just above the cut mark.

The former world No. 1 has failed to build on fast starts in a ...

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LeBron James says he's returning to Cavaliers

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is returning home to Ohio, reversing the decision he made four years ago that led to two NBA titles in Miami and crushed Cleveland Cavalier fans.

James told Sports Illustrated for a story published Friday that he was ...

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Wie misses the cut at Royal Birkdale

Jul 11, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Michelle Wie has gone from major champion to her first weekend off in nearly a year.

Beatriz Recari of Spain birdied her last three holes at Royal Birkdale for a 5-under 67. So Yeon Ryu fought off an early double bogey for another round par ...

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As LeBron decides, Miami and Cleveland wait

Jul 11, 2014

By TIM REYNOLDS and TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writers

When it comes to LeBron James, all that's certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.

Miami or Cleveland?

The same choice he faced four years ago is the one facing the four-time NBA MVP now. He ...

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Barcelona reach agreement for Luis Suarez

Jul 11, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over.

Barcelona made the announcement in a statement on Friday. Terms of the transfer weren't given.

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Slovenia: Violinist's pre-Sochi ski results rigged

Jul 11, 2014

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia has suspended four of its ski officials for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Competing at the Olympics for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, using the surname of her Thai father, she ...

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Your Top Plays for Today

Jul 11, 2014

By The Associated Press

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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ARGENTINA WINGER DI MARIA IN RACE AGAINST TIME TO PLAY WORLD CUP FINAL

Argentina's star winger Angel di Maria is in a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup final.

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Yankees' Tanaka has partially torn elbow ligament

Jul 11, 2014

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Allowing nine runs in the last two innings wasn't the worst thing that happened to the New York Yankees on Thursday night.

New York's 9-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians was overshadowed by the news that rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka has a ...

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Streak over, Kershaw pitches Dodgers past Pads 2-1

Jul 11, 2014

By JOE RESNICK, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Kershaw won ...

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Latin Americans reluctantly rally behind Argentina

Jul 11, 2014

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — With a reputation for arrogance and illusions of European-styled grandeur, Argentines have long been the objects of scorn and the butt of jokes across Latin America

But for at least 90 minutes on Sunday, when Argentina takes on Germany in ...

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Zico says Brazil should replace Scolari as coach

Jul 10, 2014

By LUKE NORMAN, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil football great Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance.

"We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too.

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Clippers trial put on hold past Tuesday deadline

Jul 10, 2014

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial that could determine the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers was delayed Thursday until after a deadline to conclude a $2 billion sale — and a scheduled NBA vote on the deal — but there is hope for more time.

Donald Sterling has ...

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Three-way tie for lead in John Deere Classic

Jul 10, 2014

By TIM CRONIN, Associated Press

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman

shot 8-under-par 63s Thursday to share the lead after the first

round of the John Deere Classic.

Johnson and Sabbatini played bogey-free golf, while Harman had nine

birdies and one bogey on the ...

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NBA signing day arrives, but action moves slowly

Jul 10, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

Signing day arrived Thursday in the NBA, though the biggest free agents didn't rush to grab their pens.

Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh might be waiting on LeBron James — isn't everybody? — before making their decisions.

There's been no indication ...

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Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster

Jul 10, 2014

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.

He wants to go faster — right now.

The winningest athlete in Olympic history figured he would be putting up better times by this stage of his comeback.

"That the hard part for him," his longtime ...

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Sale, Rizzo, Aybar added to All-Star rosters

Jul 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star game, and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.

Rizzo received 8.8 million votes among the 52.5 ...

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Jackson says Knicks still awaiting word from Melo

Jul 10, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

Knicks President Phil Jackson says he hasn't heard from Carmelo Anthony, though expects word from the All-Star forward soon.

Jackson says he hoped to get news Thursday, but adds that he "expected one yesterday and the day before yesterday."

Speaking to ...

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Chicago panel approves Wrigley Field upgrade

Jul 10, 2014

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Wrigley Field took a step in the direction of every major league ballpark in the country on Thursday when a city commission unanimously approved the Chicago Cubs' massive renovation project that includes a Jumbotron and six other electronic signs.

The ...

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Police hunting for Whelan in ticket scalping case

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY BROOKS and RENATA BRITO, Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A World Cup hospitality company director has been declared a fugitive by Brazilian police investigating a ticket scalping scheme.

Police have told The Associated Press the probe is set to expand to include FIFA and domestic ...

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Azinger: Swing changes making Woods worse

Jul 10, 2014

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Paul Azinger believes that a plan by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him.

Azinger said Thursday on a conference call for ESPN that Woods has made major changes to his swing in a quest to improve. He says the result is ...

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