Van Gaal criticises tour schedule - Houvenaghel retires from cycling - Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel retires from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury. Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings (Yahoo Sports) - PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night. Headley wins it in 14th inning of Yankees debut (Yahoo Sports) - Chase Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after both rookie starters entered with a 5.10 ERA. J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half. Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals (Yahoo Sports) - Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the Rays' season-high sixth straight win. St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL. Lucroy hits walkoff homer to give Brewers 4-3 win (Yahoo Sports) - Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure. CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays (Yahoo Sports) - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling's wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements. ''If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.'' Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union. Polanco, Walker lift Pirates over Dodgers 12-7 (Yahoo Sports) - Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Polanco, hitting just .133 in his previous 11 games, smacked a bases-loaded single with two outs in the sixth to put Pittsburgh in front for good. Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with his 15th homer and three RBIs. Ike Davis finished with three hits, including his sixth home run. Clippers' Sterling targets wife, NBA in new suit (Yahoo Sports) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to retain the team and derail a potential $2 billion sale. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. They include Sterling's assertion that he's the team's sole owner, that his wife deceived him in persuading him to get mental examinations and that the NBA and Ballmer colluded to deprive him of his rights as owner. Yankees acquire 3B Chase Headley from Padres (Yahoo Sports) - Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley was on his way to Yankee Stadium, but was not expected to arrive until just after the scheduled start of New York's game against Texas. The Yankees hoped to have him in uniform by about 7:30 p.m. and available off the bench. After that, he'll become the everyday starter at a spot that's been a question mark for New York all year following the season-long suspension of Alex Rodriguez.

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Van Gaal criticises tour schedule [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 23, 2014, 7:57 am]

Houvenaghel retires from cycling [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:57 am]
Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel retires from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury.
Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:14 am]
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.
Headley wins it in 14th inning of Yankees debut (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:33 am]
Chase Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after both rookie starters entered with a 5.10 ERA. J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half.
Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:14 am]
Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the Rays' season-high sixth straight win. St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, making his first appearance since starting for the NL in the All-Star game, gave up six runs, four earned, in 4 2-3 innings. Wainwright (12-5) was trying to become the first 13-game winner in the NL.
Lucroy hits walkoff homer to give Brewers 4-3 win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:44 am]
Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and 11th of the season. It was his second career walkoff homer and both were against the Reds. His first was last season off closer Aroldis Chapman and this one was off Sam LeCure.
CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:16 am]
The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling's wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements. ''If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.'' Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union.
Polanco, Walker lift Pirates over Dodgers 12-7 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:02 am]
Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Polanco, hitting just .133 in his previous 11 games, smacked a bases-loaded single with two outs in the sixth to put Pittsburgh in front for good. Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with his 15th homer and three RBIs. Ike Davis finished with three hits, including his sixth home run.
Clippers' Sterling targets wife, NBA in new suit (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 2:23 am]
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a new lawsuit in his attempt to retain the team and derail a potential $2 billion sale. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names estranged wife Shelly Sterling, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, saying they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. They include Sterling's assertion that he's the team's sole owner, that his wife deceived him in persuading him to get mental examinations and that the NBA and Ballmer colluded to deprive him of his rights as owner.
Yankees acquire 3B Chase Headley from Padres (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 11:14 pm]
Trying to boost one of the weakest lineups in the American League, the New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley was on his way to Yankee Stadium, but was not expected to arrive until just after the scheduled start of New York's game against Texas. The Yankees hoped to have him in uniform by about 7:30 p.m. and available off the bench. After that, he'll become the everyday starter at a spot that's been a question mark for New York all year following the season-long suspension of Alex Rodriguez.

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NBA Soccer
Cavaliers sign second-round pick Joe Harris [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:00 am]
As Cavaliers position themselves for Kevin Love trade, now was the time to sign No. 33 pick

Report: Grizzlies to hire Jeff Bzdelik as assistant coach [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:00 am]
Bzdelik, who most recently coached Wake Forest, previously served as Nuggets head coach

Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant share brunch (photo) [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:20 am]
Bieber wearing a Nets hat, so you know what that means...

CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:16 am]
The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling's wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements. ''If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.'' Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union.

McDermott named to Team USA Select team (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:08 am]
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Doug McDermott and Victor Oladipo are among the 13 players named to the USA Basketball Select team that will practice against the group headed to the World Cup in Spain.

Soccer-Ecuador sack World Cup coach Rueda, hand reins to Vizuete [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 8:57 am]
(Correcting dateline to Quito) QUITO, July 23 (Reuters) - Ecuador have sacked World Cup coach Reinaldo Rueda following the team's failure to progress beyond the group stage in Brazil. "Professor Reinaldo Rueda will go no further with the national football team," Ecuadorean Football Federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga said. Colombian Rueda, who had also been to the 2010 World Cup finals with Honduras, is being replaced by Ecuadorean Sixto Vizuete on a short contract until January 2015.

Van Gaal criticises tour schedule [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 23, 2014, 7:57 am]
Manchester United's extensive tour of the USA is "not positive for preparation", says the club's manager Louis van Gaal.

Shakhtar Donetsk to play in Lviv this season [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 7:48 am]
Shakhtar Donetsk's coach says the Ukrainian champion will play its home games this season in Lviv in western Ukraine, over 600 miles from its home city, due to ongoing conflict in the east of the country. Coach Mircea Lucescu said on the club website that ''Arena Lviv will be our home arena'' for Champions League and domestic games. He said Shakhtar will return to the Donbass Arena in Donetsk as soon as possible.

Caulker 'will learn' from Ferdinand [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:28 am]
QPR-bound Steven Caulker will benefit from playing with Rio Ferdinand, according to Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

World Cup party over but summer of soccer set to rock U.S. [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 6:19 am]
By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport's glamour clubs looking to expand their brand. From New York to Los Angeles, some of the game's brightest stars and most valuable teams will spend the next three weeks packing America's biggest stadiums with the highlight coming on Aug. 2 when a record crowd of 110,000 - the largest ever to watch a soccer game in the United States - is expected to fill Michigan Stadium to see Real Madrid take on Manchester United. European clubs big and small will cross the Atlantic looking for a piece of the American pie with giants like Real Madrid, recently rated the world's most valuable sporting franchise by Forbes at $3.44 billion, Manchester United and Bayern Munich joined by more modest outfits such as Crystal Palace and Fulham.

NFL NHL
Former Cowboys RB Newhouse dies at 64 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:01 am]
Robert Newhouse, who played running back for the Dallas Cowboys for 11 years and went to three Super Bowls, has died. Newhouse's son, Rodd Newhouse, says his father died Tuesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a battle with heart disease. The burly running back was drafted by the Cowboys in 1972 out of the University of Houston, where he ran for 1,757 yards as a senior, a school record that still stands. He retired in 1983 after playing in three Super Bowls with some of the Cowboys greatest teams, including the 1976 NFL champions.

Jaguars WR Sanders facing 4-game suspension (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 11:40 pm]
Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders said Tuesday he is facing a four-game suspension and won't be around for the majority of training camp. Sanders held a conference call with reporters to disclose his looming punishment. The Jaguars said it was Sanders' decision to reveal his issues and not pressure from anyone in the organization.

Chargers, Woodhead agree to 2-year extension (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 11:15 pm]
The San Diego Chargers agreed to a two-year contract extension with running back Danny Woodhead. Woodhead signed a two-year contract when he joined the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent from New England in March 2013. ''Danny is an integral part of our offense,'' general manager Tom Telesco said. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future.'' Woodhead is coming off a career year.

Falcons sign former Colts linebacker Pat Angerer (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 9:58 pm]
The Atlanta Falcons have added depth and experience at linebacker by signing former Colts starter Pat Angerer. Atlanta lost linebacker Sean Weatherspoon for the season with a torn Achilles in June. Angerer, a second-round pick by Indianapolis in 2010, made nine starts in 2013 and had 63 tackles with one interception. Angerer finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury.

7 ex-NFL players appeal terms of concussion deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 9:24 pm]
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Seven former professional football players are challenging a tentative class action settlement of NFL concussion claims.

Stars consider Roussel a ‘big part’ of their team [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 3:00 am]
They locked him up to a four-year deal on Tuesday.

Report: NHL return possible for Peter Mueller [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 2:15 am]
He spent last season playing in Switzerland.

Rangers, Zuccarello agree on 1-year deal (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 1:05 am]
The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with forward Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract. The 26-year-old Zuccarello had career highs of 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season to lead the team in points. In the playoffs, Zuccarello had five goals and eight assists in 25 games for the Rangers, who reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1994.

Montoya wants to do more than give Luongo ‘a night off’ in Florida [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 1:01 am]
The Cuban-American could help market the sport.

Fancy that: Reactions to Toronto hiring Dubas [NBC Sports: July 22, 2014, 11:38 pm]
Turning over a new leaf?

Baseball Golf
Schoop's 2-run HR helps O's beat Angels 4-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:26 am]
Miguel Gonzalez took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, Jonathan Schoop homered and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Gonzalez (5-5) allowed two runs and three hits in 7 2-3 innings, including a two-run homer in the eighth by All-Star game MVP Mike Trout after a walk to No. 9 hitter Hank Conger. The Angels' other hits against the right-hander were singles by Efren Navarro in the third and fifth innings. Tommy Hunter retired Albert Pujols on a grounder for the final out of the eighth and Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:14 am]
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night.

Arizona rallies for 5-4 win over Detroit (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 5:05 am]
Aaron Hill drove in three runs and made a game-ending diving stop, Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Detroit went ahead on Torii Hunter's two-run single up the middle off Brad Ziegler. Eury De la Rosa (2-0) got the final two outs in the inning and Arizona rallied when Phil Coke (1-2) walked two in the bottom half after being hit by a line drive. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on a two-out walk and Montero came through with his single up the middle off Ian Krol to put Arizona up 5-4.

Headley wins it in 14th inning of Yankees debut (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:33 am]
Chase Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig's franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after both rookie starters entered with a 5.10 ERA. J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half.

LaRoche's HR rallies Nationals past Rockies, 7-4 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:27 am]
Adam LaRoche hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh, Anthony Rendon had three hits and the Washington Nationals rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night. It was the Nationals fourth straight win and increased their NL East Division lead to two games over Atlanta, which lost to Miami on Tuesday. Ian Desmond followed Monday's 5-for-5 performance with hits in his first two at-bats Tuesday for Washington. The streak ended when he struck out in the seventh, but the Nationals had taken control on LaRoche's three-run homer off reliever Rex Brothers.

As Ryder Cup approaches, notable names not yet on U.S. team (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 4:14 pm]
The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting closer, and there are a couple of regulars still not in the team. They both have two tournaments remaining before qualifying ends at the PGA Championship. Tom Watson has three captain's picks. MORE: Updated Ryder Cup points | Video: Team USA scouts Gleneagles | Fowler makes big jump

It's crunch time for the Ryder Cup (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 3:03 pm]
HOYLAKE, England (AP) -- The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting closer, and there are a couple of regulars still not in the team.

Rory McIlroy is poised to be golf's next big thing (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 2:51 pm]
Golf has been looking for the next big star the last five years, and Rory McIlroy is the most obvious candidate. With his name on the claret jug and his Irish eyes now focused on a green jacket, McIlroy took a big step toward the career Grand Slam with four dominant days at Royal Liverpool. Boy Wonder has it all - skill, strength, shot-making. Nicklaus had the U.S. Open, Masters and PGA Championship when he was 23.

Lydia Ko sets a money milestone, the latest of her amazing achievements (PGA) [Yahoo! Sports: July 21, 2014, 8:59 pm]
She got lost a little bit in the all the hoopla over Rory McIlroy's victory in the Open Championship, but Lydia Ko enjoyed quite a memorable day on Sunday as well. The 17-year-old earned her fourth LPGA Tour victory, winning the Marathon Classic -- long known as the Jamie Farr -- by making a birdie on the last hole to win by a shot. Here are some facts and figures from her big day, as assembled by the LPGA Tour: --She becomes the youngest player in LPGA Tour history to cross the $1 million mark in career earnings at 17 years, 2 months, 26 days. The previous record holder was Lexi Thompson, who got to $1 million last year at 18 years, 7 months, 5 days.

Scottish Open 'worked' for McIlroy [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 21, 2014, 2:13 pm]
Open champion Rory McIlroy may prepare for his Claret Jug defence at Gullane, East Lothian, next July.

Motor Sports Tennis
Live chat: Indy, Eldora races (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 4:01 am]


NASCAR: Rudd, Jarrett, Bobby Labonte look back on Brickyard 400 triumphs [NBC Sports: July 23, 2014, 12:33 am]
Time has not lessened the significance of winning at Indy for these three NASCAR standouts.

NASCAR: This time at Indy, it’s just stock cars for Kurt Busch [NBC Sports: July 22, 2014, 11:13 pm]
The Outlaw returns to Indianapolis for the first time since his Indy 500-Coke 600 double back in May.

IndyCar: Want Juan Pablo Montoya’s penthouse? It’ll cost you – a lot [NBC Sports: July 22, 2014, 9:54 pm]
The Team Penske pilot is putting up his six-bedroom Miami penthouse for a cool $14 million. Better start saving up...

Dillon looks for strong NASCAR Nationwide finish (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 9:42 pm]
Chase Elliott's brilliant start in the NASCAR Nationwide series has overshadowed the steady if unspectacular debut of fellow rookie Ty Dillon. Dillon believes he's finally ready to push Elliott in the standings. Dillon scored his first top-five finish in 18 races last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Dillon, driving the No. 3 car his brother Austin piloted to the Nationwide title last season, is 30 points behind Elliott heading into this weekend's race in Indianapolis.

Sock advances in Atlanta Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 23, 2014, 1:22 am]
Jack Sock beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday. Sock and partner Vasek Popisil won the doubles title at Wimbledon earlier this month, upsetting the top-ranked team of Mike and Bob Bryan in the finals.

Rosol, Berlocq and Montanes win in Umag (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 8:27 pm]
Fifth-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic needed a late rally to beat 100th-ranked Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in the first round of the Croatia Open on Tuesday. Spaniard Albert Montanes, who has twice reached the quarterfinals in Umag, cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over teenager Alexander Zverev. Another Argentine, eighth-seeded Carlos Berlocq beat Slovakia's Andrej Martin 7-6 (4), 6-3.

2-time champ Bellucci wins 1st match at Swiss Open (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 4:31 pm]
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) -- Two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci won his first-round match at the Swiss Open on Tuesday, beating Gerald Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-4.

Top seeds Cirstea, Svitolina win openers in Baku (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: July 22, 2014, 1:12 pm]
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Top seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania struggled past wild card Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-3, 6-3 to open her account in the Baku Cup on Tuesday.

Watson out in Baku Cup first round [BBC.co.uk Sports: July 22, 2014, 9:04 am]
British number one Heather Watson is broken seven times as she is knocked out in the first round of the Baku Cup.


Pyeongchang's 2018 Olympic committee faced audit

FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2014 file photo, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics Kim Jin-sun attends a press conference during the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, Russia. Kim has resigned, saying new leadership is needed to complete preparations for the games. A former provincial governor, Kim was elected president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee (POCOG) in late 2011 after Pyeongchang won the right to host the Winter Olympics for the first time in South Korea. He was re-elected last year for another two-year term. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games, South Korean officials said.


AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them. Seahawks start atop AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. Selig still waiting on Tommy John report

Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, right, tours PNC Park with Pirates Chairman of the Board Bob Nutting, left, before a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Pittsburgh Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers.


Jets eliminating paper season tickets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders and offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly. Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Graphic shows results of a survey about teen drug use; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.


A's agree to 10-year lease to stay in Oakland

Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson (20) is welcomed after hitting the game-winning three-run home run off Baltimore Orioles' Zach Britton in the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 18, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Oakland won 5-4. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday.


Mercury win 13th straight, clinch playoff berth

SEATTLE (AP) — Diana Taurasi isn't focused on winning streaks. She's just trying to get the Phoenix Mercury to keep improving. CEO: Clippers coach to quit if Sterling stays

FILE - In this June 15, 2009, file photo, Richard Parsons, then Chairman of Citigroup, speaks at Time Warner's headquarters in New York. Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is is expected to be called as a witness Tuesday, July 22, 2014, to support Shelly Sterling's bid to sell the NBA basketball team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.


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Brazil soccer coach Dunga smiles during a press conference announcing him as the new head coach of the Brazilian national team, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Dunga returned to the post replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after Brazil failed to win the 2014 World Cup eliminated in a 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


07/23/2014 03:18 AM
Sources: Bulls join Cavs in Love trade push
The Cleveland Cavaliers are firmly in the lead to acquire Kevin Love, but the Chicago Bulls are making a renewed push to get into the trade mix for the All-Star power forward, according to sources close to the process.
07/23/2014 08:44 AM
Clips CEO: Doc wants out if Sterling stays
The interim CEO of the Clippers testified Tuesday that coach and team president Doc Rivers has told him on multiple occasions that he doesn't think he wants to continue as coach if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.
07/23/2014 07:02 AM
Sterling sues NBA, wife, others for damages
Donald Sterling filed on Tuesday afternoon a suit in Superior Court seeking damages from the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver, his wife Shelly Sterling and the Clippers.
07/23/2014 03:18 AM
Sources: Bulls join Cavs in Love trade push
The Cleveland Cavaliers are firmly in the lead to acquire Kevin Love, but the Chicago Bulls are making a renewed push to get into the trade mix for the All-Star power forward, according to sources close to the process.
07/23/2014 04:22 AM
LeBron apologizes for 'chaos' with cupcakes
LeBron James wants to make sure he's in the good graces of his neighbors now that he's back in Ohio.
07/23/2014 05:00 AM
Dungy seeks to clarify Sam comments
Tony Dungy sought to clarify remarks he made regarding Michael Sam, saying the openly gay linebacker who was drafted by the Rams "absolutely" deserves a chance to play in the NFL.
07/23/2014 06:44 AM
Ex-Baylor star Austin: NBA offered job too
With a job offer from Adam Silver, the NBA will take its affiliation with Isaiah Austin further than the ceremonial pick extended in the past month's draft if all goes according to plan.
07/23/2014 06:40 AM
Headley wins it in 14th of debut with Yanks
Chase Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
07/23/2014 04:22 AM
Rights group blasts Giants' hiring of Tyree
The Human Rights Campaign blasted the New York Giants' hiring of David Tyree in a statement Tuesday. Tyree, who was hired as the team's director of player development, has made headlines in the past for his anti-gay views.
07/22/2014 11:00 PM
Glasgow Games to be 'biggest and best'
Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
07/23/2014 07:57 AM
Van Gaal criticises tour schedule
07/17/2014 02:45 PM
Which sport are you made for? Take our test
Take our sports quiz and we'll have our best stab at suggesting which events from the Commonwealth Games could match your physical and mental abilities.
07/23/2014 08:51 AM
Queen's horse fails drugs test
07/23/2014 06:57 AM
Houvenaghel retires from cycling
Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel retires from cycling after pulling out of the Commonwealth Games with injury.
07/22/2014 10:29 PM
Man City U21s walk off in racism row
07/22/2014 08:39 PM
Celtic 4-0 KR Reykjavik (agg 5-0)
Virgil van Dijk and Teemu Pukki both hit doubles as Celtic outclass KR Reykjavik at Murrayfield in the Champions League.
07/22/2014 07:24 PM
Boxer Evans out of Glasgow Games
Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans is out of Glasgow 2014 after being refused accreditation in another major setback for Team Wales.
07/22/2014 03:52 PM
Buttler replaces Prior for England
Jos Buttler replaces Matt Prior as wicketkeeper in the England squad for the third Test against India at the Rose Bowl.
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