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Jeter, Trout lead AL over NL 5-3 in All-Star game
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:24 PM

By RONALD BLUM

Associated Press

 

MINNEAPOLIS — 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.

Mike Trout, perhaps the top candidate to succeed the 40-year-old Yankees captain as the face of the game, seemed ready to assume the role with a tie-breaking triple and later a go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors.

On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the AL kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 Tuesday for its 13th win in 17 years.

 
British Open at Hoylake is all about the par 5s
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:00 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

 

HOYLAKE, England — Memories from the last British Open at Royal Liverpool mainly involve Tiger Woods hitting only one driver over 72 holes on his way to an 18-under 270 and a 2-shot victory. The links course was brown, fiery and fast.

Overlooked by his club selection was the real secret to Hoylake — it is the only links course in the rotation with four par 5s.

“I think that’s the one thing we’re all looking at — if we can take advantage of the par 5s,” Adam Scott said Tuesday. “There’s a real opportunity for a low score out there with some good golf on the other 14 holes. And it’s going to be a big part of the strategy of how we’re playing, I think. If you’re swinging well and you can get a driver in the fairway down the par 5s, they’re almost par 4s.”

The fifth hole played into the wind Tuesday at 528 yards. Woods hit driver — yes, driver — and a fairway metal into the front bunker. Hunter Mahan reached in two. The 10th hole (532 yards) was played with a right-to-left wind, while the 16th (577 yards) and the 18th (551 yards) were downwind.

“I think the par 5s are a big key this week,” Rory McIlroy said. “There are four really good opportunities to make birdies out here. Par 5s are going to be crucial. And then there’s a couple of tough holes on the back nine, if you can just sort of make par there you’re going to do well. Yeah, par-5s. There’s a few birdie opportunities on this course, and you want to try to make as many birdies as you can on those holes.”

 
Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

LAS VEGAS — Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees.

So when Silver was asked Tuesday if he could say Sterling would not own the Los Angeles Clippers by the time next season comes around, he replied he could not.

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Sterling told reporters after the Board of Governors' meeting. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Sterling, who was banned by the NBA for life for making racist remarks, is challenging his wife Shelly's planned sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in court. A judge recently delayed the next hearing until July 21 and closing arguments are scheduled for July 28.

 
Rio Olympic golf rankings start this week
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Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

 

HOYLAKE, England — If the world ranking looks just like this in two years, Adam Scott would be headed to Rio for the Olympics as the No. 1 player in the world and so would Roope Kakko of Finland at No. 287.

The ranking is certain to change next week, let alone two years from now.

But starting this week, the International Golf Federation will be publishing a weekly "Olympic ranking" to show movement as players try to make the team. The 60-player field for men and women will be based entirely on the world ranking, with the cutoff on July 11, 2016.

 
72-year-old driver causes crash, raises questions
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Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Monday, July 14, 2014 4:21 PM )

By JENNA FRYER

Associated Press

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It's been almost two decades since Morgan Shepherd last ran a full Sprint Cup season and his last national series victory was in 1993.

He can still probably wheel a race car better than you and most of your friends. That doesn't mean the 72-year-old should be racing against the very best drivers in NASCAR.

Shepherd drew scrutiny Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he caused Joey Logano to crash.

 

 
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