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Sports on TV for July 22 - 28

Sports on TV for July 22 - 28

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

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Media picks Georgia as overwhelming SEC favorite, followed by newcomer Texas

Media picks Georgia as overwhelming SEC favorite, followed by newcomer Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

Georgia is the heavy favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title and is picked to face league newcomer Texas in the championship game. The Bulldogs received 165 votes to win the SEC title among reporters covering league media days in Dallas. Texas got 27 votes and Alabama 12. With the addition of Texas and Oklahoma to the now 16-team league, it will be the SEC's first season without divisions since 1991. The SEC Championship Game will include the two teams with the best overall league winning percentages. Georgia had six players picked as preseason first-team All-SEC, including quarterback Carson Beck.
Sports on TV for July 20 - 21

Sports on TV for July 20 - 21

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 11:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

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Chiefs' vets report to training camp, where their rookies are already trying to make an impact

Chiefs' vets report to training camp, where their rookies are already trying to make an impact

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 11:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

The veterans have arrived at training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs. But given that Travis Kelce and Co. have proven what they can do, helping the Chiefs with a third Super Bowl in five years last season, their biggest responsibility might be ushering along a bunch of rookies that have been working for a few days already. Guys such as wide receiver Xavier Worthy, their first-round pick out of Texas, and left tackle Kingsley Suamataia, their second-rounder out of BYU, have a legitimate chance to earn a starting job for the defending champions.
AP PHOTOS: The race to capture fleeting scenes from the Tour de France

AP PHOTOS: The race to capture fleeting scenes from the Tour de France

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 11:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

The three-week Tour de France goes by in the blink of an eye. The grueling race that ends Sunday covers around 3,500 kilometers and a photojournalist must capture hundreds of fleeting moments. Shooting the race is as much about getting stage winners crossing the line with arms raised in victory as finding a unique angle that captures the scenic and quirky side of one of the world's most epic competitions. It's also an endurance contest. Long days are spent snapping photos from the back of a motorcycle, or speeding ahead to find an ideal vantage point and then racing to catch up with the riders.
Alabama names Bryant-Denny Stadium field after Nick Saban

Alabama names Bryant-Denny Stadium field after Nick Saban

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 11:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

Alabama football teams will soon be playing on Saban Field. University trustees approved a resolution naming the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium after former coach Nick Saban on Friday. Saban now works for ESPN and holds an office at the stadium. He retired from coaching in January after leading Alabama to six national championships in 17 seasons. Saban called the honor "pretty special." A field-naming ceremony will be held at the South Florida game on Sept. 7. Saban collected a record seven national championships, including one at LSU.
EA Sports College Football 25, among most anticipated sports video games in history, hits the market

EA Sports College Football 25, among most anticipated sports video games in history, hits the market

Ryan Kryska, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 11:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

EA Sports College Football 25, among the most highly anticipated sports video games of all time, has flooded the market as gamers who waited more than a decade for the franchise's next installment rush to play. The game officially launched Friday, with EA Sports increasing its server capacity ahead of time to handle the crush. More than 2.2 million people had already played the game during an early-access period before launch. EA Sports has said its goal for the game was "to feel like a love letter to college football and its fans."
Joey Votto to start for Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate after rehab assignment

Joey Votto to start for Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate after rehab assignment

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 10:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Joey Votto is scheduled to start for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons after missing time with ankle and lower back injuries. The six-time All-Star will play for the Herd as they host the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRaiders. The 40-year-old Votto was the 2010 National League MVP. He has played 2,056 games during a 17-year major league career. He has a .294 career major league batting average with 356 home runs and 1,144 RBIs. He signed a minor-league deal with Toronto on March 9. He appeared in one spring training game and homered in his only at-bat. He played 13 games with the Dunedin Blue Jays, a Single-A affiliate, this season.
Rafael Nadal advances in Bastad after 4-hour quarterfinal

Rafael Nadal advances in Bastad after 4-hour quarterfinal

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 10:32 a.m.  |  Save Story

Rafael Nadal has advanced to his first semifinal in two years after a four-hour quarterfinal at the Nordea Open in Sweden. Nadal fought past 36th-ranked Mariano Navone of Argentina 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 on Friday. Nadal led 5-2 in the deciding set. The 38-year-old Nadal is playing his first tournament since losing in the French Open first round. He is preparing for the Paris Olympics on clay at Roland Garros. In his first semifinal since 2022 Wimbledon, Nadal will face Croatian qualifier Duje Ajdukovic on Saturday.
Tiger Woods ends his season by missing the cut in the British Open

Tiger Woods ends his season by missing the cut in the British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 10:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Tiger Woods has ended his season by missing the cut at the British Open. That wasn't a big surprise after he opened with a 79. He followed with a 77 at Royal Troon on Friday. At 156, that matches the highest 36-hole score of his pro career. He set a Masters record by making the cut for the 24th straight time. But he missed the cut at the last three majors and it wasn't very close. Woods says he needs more tournaments to be sharp. But playing more risks not being ready for the majors. Woods says he won't play until December.
Sports betting roundup: Bettors favoring Angel Reese over Caitlin Clark in WNBA rookie of year race

Sports betting roundup: Bettors favoring Angel Reese over Caitlin Clark in WNBA rookie of year race

Ryan Hannable Of Betmgm Sportsbook, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 10:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

The WNBA season has reached the All-Star break, which makes it a good time to look at the season as a whole and how the championship odds and individual player awards have changed since the start. The New York Liberty have the best record in the league at 21-4, thanks to a 12-1 record at home. The Connecticut Sun are next at 18-6, followed by the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm at 17-8. Caitlin Clark's Indiana Fever are seventh at 11-15. The rookie of the year award is a two-person race between Clark and Angel Reese. Bettors are favoring Reese.
Pogacar closing in on third Tour de France title after dominant win in the Alps

Pogacar closing in on third Tour de France title after dominant win in the Alps

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 9:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

Tadej Pogacar takes a giant step closer to clinching a third Tour de France title after winning another tough mountain stage. He's pulled away from Jonas Vingegaard to be five minutes ahead of his main rival with two days left. The Slovenian looks almost certain to reclaim the Tour crown from Vingegaard, the two-time defending champion. Tour debutant Remco Evenepoel is lagging seven minutes adrift in third place. Pogacar attacked with about nine kilometers left on the final climb to the Isola 2000 ski resort. Vingegaard could not follow as Pogacar chased after the Dane's Jumbo Visma teammate Matteo Jorgenson, who finished second ahead of Simon Yates in third.
The English FA has publicly invited applications to be the next England coach

The English FA has publicly invited applications to be the next England coach

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 9:35 a.m.  |  Save Story

but said it had already identified a "number of" potential replacements. The FA laid out its high ambitions for the role, which includes ending England's decades-long wait for a first trophy since the World Cup in 1966. It said part of the job description was to lead and develop the team to "win a major tournament and be consistently ranked as one of the top teams in the world."
Former Olympic and sports official Kevan Gosper of Australia dies at 90

Former Olympic and sports official Kevan Gosper of Australia dies at 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 9:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Australian Olympic Committee says former high-ranking IOC member and Australian Olympian Kevan Gosper has died. He was 90. The AOC said in a statement that Gosper died Friday after a short illness. Gosper won an Olympic silver medal on Australia's 4-x-400-meter track relay team at the 1956 Melbourne Games before becoming more well-known as one of the country's top sports administrators. The former Australian Olympic Committee president was an IOC member from 1977 to 2013, when he was made an honorary member. Gosper served on the IOC Executive Board on two occasions from 1986-1990 and 1995-1999 and served two stints as an IOC vice-president.
South Korean FA files complaint to FIFA after Como player's alleged racist remark sparks outrage

South Korean FA files complaint to FIFA after Como player's alleged racist remark sparks outrage

Juwon Park, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 9:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Korean Football Association has filed a complaint with FIFA over an alleged racist remark toward Wolverhampton's Hwang Hee-chan during a recent preseason match against an Italian team in Spain and urged for stronger anti-racism measures. The incident involved an alleged anti-Asian comment from a Como player and sparked angry reactions both from Hwang's teammates and in South Korea. Como denies racism, claiming their player only referred to Hwang as "Jackie Chan."
Serie A newcomer Como appoints Cesc Fabregas as head coach

Serie A newcomer Como appoints Cesc Fabregas as head coach

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Serie A newcomer Como appointed Cesc Fabregas as its head coach on Friday after the former Spain midfielder helped the club earn promotion last season as an assistant. Como said Friday that Fabregas signed a four-year contract and that "the appointment comes after a successful campaign last season as interim and assistant coach culminating in the promotion back to Serie A." Fabregas and his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry are minority shareholders in the club, located in Italy's Lombardy region, and the Spaniard joined Como as a player in 2022 before becoming interim manager in November last year. He then served as an assistant to former Wales manager Osian Roberts as he did not have the required coaching license yet to take charge of the team on a permanent basis.
Durant returns to practice with US basketball team, 1 week before Paris Olympics

Durant returns to practice with US basketball team, 1 week before Paris Olympics

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

Kevin Durant practiced with the U.S. Olympic basketball team on Friday, a major step toward getting him back on track for the Paris Games that open next week. It was Durant's first time on the floor with the team this summer. He strained his calf a few days before the July 6 start of training camp in Las Vegas and missed the team's first three exhibition games. The U.S. is 3-0 in its pre-Olympic tune-ups, beating Canada in Las Vegas and then defeating Australia and Serbia at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, earlier this week before traveling to London.
Spain players Morata and Rodri face UEFA disciplinary case over Gibraltar song at Euro 2024 party

Spain players Morata and Rodri face UEFA disciplinary case over Gibraltar song at Euro 2024 party

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 8:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

UEFA has started a disciplinary process against Spain captain Alvaro Morata and European Championship player of the tournament Rodri for singing about a sovereignty claim on Gibraltar at the team's title celebration in Madrid. UEFA says a disciplinary inspector "is being appointed to evaluate a potential violation" of its rules by the two players. Morata and Rodri led thousands of fans singing "Gibraltar is Spanish" at a celebration in Madrid on Monday after the team's 2-1 win over England in the Euro 2024 final. Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain has been a British overseas territory for more than 300 years.
Verstappen's Red Bull battling three-headed threat as F1 season hits midpoint in Hungary

Verstappen's Red Bull battling three-headed threat as F1 season hits midpoint in Hungary

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 6:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes has joined the challengers in a highly competitive Formula One season, with three fast teams now putting pressure on leader Max Verstappen. Hamilton and teammate George Russell have won back-to-back races in Britain and Austria before this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen has won here the past two years and still commands a significant lead over McLaren's Lando Norris in the drivers' standings. But the poor performances of teammate Sergio Pérez has left Red Bull as a team in hard fight for the constructors' title with Ferrari not too far behind.
Playoff draw for women's Euro 2025 gives past champions Norway, Sweden path to tournament

Playoff draw for women's Euro 2025 gives past champions Norway, Sweden path to tournament

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 6:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

to play Luxembourg in the first round. The winner advances to face Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia. The first-round games will be played from Oct. 23-29. The second round is scheduled for Nov. 27-Dec. 3. Seven of the 28 teams in the playoffs will advance to complete the 16-nation tournament lineup.
AC Milan signs Spain striker Álvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid on a 4-year deal

AC Milan signs Spain striker Álvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid on a 4-year deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Italian club AC Milan says Spain striker Álvaro Morata has joined on a four-year deal with the option to extend for another year. The 31-year-old Morata captained Spain to the European Championship title last Sunday and joins from Spanish club Atletico Madrid, where he scored 21 goals last season. The Rossoneri won the last of their 19 Serie A titles in 2022 and have won the Champions League seven times. Morata has also played for Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea during a career in which he has scored over 200 club goals and 36 for Spain. He will wear the No. 7 jersey.
Lewis Hamilton applauds Ralf Schumacher after the former F1 driver reveals same-sex relationship

Lewis Hamilton applauds Ralf Schumacher after the former F1 driver reveals same-sex relationship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

Lewis Hamilton and other Formula One figures have given their support to former driver Ralf Schumacher after the German posted that he is in a same-sex relationship. The 49-year-old Schumacher is the younger brother of F1 great Michael Schumacher. He recently posted a picture of himself and his partner on social media. Hamilton is a vocal supporter of diversity in sports and LBGTQ rights, and other progressive causes. He says he hopes that Schumacher's decision will lead to more people coming forward.
Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake in Western Conference action

Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake in Western Conference action

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:15 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Colorado Rapids host Real Salt Lake in conference play.
Everton's proposed sale to Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through

Everton's proposed sale to Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 19 - 5:12 a.m.  |  Save Story

The proposed sale of Premier League club Everton to the Texas-based Friedkin Group has fallen through, both parties said in a joint statement. The Friedkin Group, which has a portfolio of companies in the automotive, entertainment, hospitality, sports and adventure industries, entered into exclusive discussions to buy a majority stake in Everton last month. But the two parties said on Friday that discussions had ended and the proposed deal would not go ahead.
Judge and Ohtani are the MVP favorites, but there's plenty of time left in baseball's award races

Judge and Ohtani are the MVP favorites, but there's plenty of time left in baseball's award races

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 5:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

The oddsmakers say Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani are the front-runners for baseball's MVP awards. Judge is the favorite in the American League and Ohtani in the National League. That's according to BetMGM Sportsbook. Other favorites include Tarik Skubal of the Detroit Tigers for the AL Cy Young Award and Pittsburgh's Paul Skenes for NL Rookie of the Year. The NL Cy Young race is a bit more up in the air. Atlanta's Chris Sale is a very slight favorite at the moment.
Aston Villa completes signing of Jaden Philogene from Hull

Aston Villa completes signing of Jaden Philogene from Hull

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

Aston Villa re-signed Jaden Philogene on Friday, a year after selling the forward to Hull City. The 22-year-old Philogene graduated through Villa's academy before he was sold to second-division team Hull last year. Villa, which has qualified for this season's Champions League, quickly moved to bring him back to the club after his impressive season for Hull where he scored 12 league goals. Villa did not disclose the fee for Philogene or the length of his contract.
Olympic success or failure can hinge on the snap of a finger, a tiny wobble or even a gust of wind

Olympic success or failure can hinge on the snap of a finger, a tiny wobble or even a gust of wind

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

what toppled Conley's hopes had nothing to do with a measuring tape. The Associated Press spoke to Conley and other athletes about how they prepare to avoid those disappointments and the impact of those lifechanging finishes.
Stories on athletes and lifechanging Olympic finishes that altered the course of their careers

Stories on athletes and lifechanging Olympic finishes that altered the course of their careers

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 4:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Several athletes discuss how close finishes of races and events during the Olympics altered the course of their careers. Those athletes include Simone Manuel, Michael Phelps, Edwin Moses, Jonathan Horton, Christian Smith and Alicia Sacramone Quinn.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand steps down ahead of 2026 World Cup qualifying

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand steps down ahead of 2026 World Cup qualifying

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 19 - 3:23 a.m.  |  Save Story

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand has decided to leave the job and not take the team into qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Hjulmand says in a statement the team needs new energy after the European Championship. Denmark was eliminated in the round of 16 by Germany after a game that featured one of the tournament's most controversial refereeing decisions. Germany was awarded a penalty for handball to take the lead in a 2-0 win. The 52-year-old coach took Denmark to the semifinals of the previous Euros played in 2021, and helped the team qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Assistant coach Morten Wieghorst takes interim charge.
Former Australian IOC official and Olympian Kevan Gosper dies aged 90

Former Australian IOC official and Olympian Kevan Gosper dies aged 90

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 11:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Australian Olympic Committee says former high-ranking IOC member and Australian Olympian Kevan Gosper has died aged 90. The AOC said in a statement that Gosper died Friday after a short illness. Gosper won an Olympic silver medal on Australia's 4-x-400-meter track relay team at the 1956 Melbourne Games before becoming more well-known as one of the country's top sports administrators. The former Australian Olympic Committee president was an IOC member from 1977 to 2013, when he was made an honorary member. Gosper served on the IOC Executive Board on two occasions from 1986-1990 and 1995-1999 and served two stints as an IOC vice-president.
Utah State fires coach Blake Anderson for 'significant violations of his contractual obligations'

Utah State fires coach Blake Anderson for 'significant violations of his contractual obligations'

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 9:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah State has fired coach Blake Anderson for "significant violations of his contractual obligations." Thursday's move came 16 days after the school informed Anderson that he would be dismissed following an external review that found he failed to comply with Title IX policies regarding the reporting of sexual misconduct cases. Nate Dreiling, who had been Utah State's defensive coordinator, was elevated on July 2 to interim coach for the upcoming season. Anderson was given two weeks to respond to the university's decision. Anderson's attorney says all legal remedies will be pursued on his behalf.
Bronny James continues promising play with 13 points in Lakers' 93-89 win over Cavaliers

Bronny James continues promising play with 13 points in Lakers' 93-89 win over Cavaliers

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 9:24 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lakers rookie Bronny James put together his second promising Summer League performance in a row Thursday night, scoring 13 points in Los Angeles' 93-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The son NBA career scoring leader LeBron James had eight first-half points on 3-of-5 shooting. He ended the game by making 5 of 10 shots, including 1 of 3 from 3-point range. James also had five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. James, taken 55th in this year's draft, had struggled throughout summer league until he scored 12 points Wednesday night in an 87-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Until then, James was 7 for 31 from the field this summer and 4 for 19 in two games at Las Vegas.
Patrick Vieira leaves Strasbourg ahead of French season, becomes candidate for US job

Patrick Vieira leaves Strasbourg ahead of French season, becomes candidate for US job

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 8:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Patrick Vieira left as coach of the French club Strasbourg less than one month before the Ligue 1 season starts, making him a candidate to succeed Gregg Berhalter as U.S. national team coach. Strasburg, owned by the parent company of England's Chelsea, said in a statement Vieira left by mutual agreement. He was one year into a three-year contract. The French league season opens Aug. 16. Berhalter was fired last week as U.S. coach after the team's first-round elimination in the Copa America. Vieira previously coached Major League Soccer's New York City, Nice and Crystal Palace.
Canadian Ben Silverman leads PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

Canadian Ben Silverman leads PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 8:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

had 10 birdies and a bogey on Tahoe Mountain Club's tree-lined Old Greenwood layout for a two-point lead over Kelly Kraft. Players receive eight points for a double eagle, five for eagle and two for birdie. A point is deducted for bogey and three for double bogey. Kraft eagled the par-5 third and had seven birdies and two bogeys. Nate Lashley was third with 15 points, and Sam Ryder and S.H. Kim had 14.
Clippers trade Russell Westbrook to Jazz. He's expected to join the Nuggets after a buyout

Clippers trade Russell Westbrook to Jazz. He's expected to join the Nuggets after a buyout

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Los Angeles Clippers have sent Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz in a sign-and-trade deal for point guard Kris Dunn. ESPN reports that the Jazz are expected to buy out the former NBA MVP's contract so Westbrook can sign with the Denver Nuggets. Utah also got the right to swap second-round draft picks in 2030, the draft rights to center Balsa Koprivica and cash. Westbrook is a nine-time All-Star and the 2017 MVP with Oklahoma City. He was traded for the fifth time in his career.
Paris police are sealing off the Seine River ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

Paris police are sealing off the Seine River ahead of the Olympics opening ceremony

John Leicester And Tom Nouvian, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 7:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

A special kind of iron curtain has come down across central Paris. Police have set up the beginning of an anti-terrorism perimeter along the banks of the Seine River before it hosts the Olympics opening ceremony next week. Parisians and tourists can only pass through if they apply in advance for a pass. Those with the precious QR code passed smoothly past police checkpoints at gaps in the barriers taller than most people. Those without got mostly turned away. The perimeter went into effect early Thursday morning, and will last through the ceremony. As an exception, Paris has decided to hold the opening ceremony on the river rather than in a stadium.
A's exec tells Las Vegas officials the club plans to leave $30 million in public money on the table

A's exec tells Las Vegas officials the club plans to leave $30 million in public money on the table

Mark Anderson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 6:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Oakland Athletics executive Sandy Dean has told the Las Vegas Stadium Authority that the club does not expect to spend the entire $380 million in public money allocated to build a new stadium in Las Vegas. Dean said Thursday the A's plan to spend $350 million of those funds, leaving $30 million on the table. He also told the authority that the club plans to finance $300 million of the stadium cost, but no lenders have been secured. The other $850 million needed to build the $1.5 billion stadium would come from private equity. The A's hope to open the ballpark for the 2028 season.
Dodgers and Cubs open 2025 MLB season in Tokyo March 18, rest of league starts March 27

Dodgers and Cubs open 2025 MLB season in Tokyo March 18, rest of league starts March 27

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 6:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Shohei Ohtani will open the 2025 season in Tokyo against the Chicago Cubs on March 18 and the Athletics will start the home portion of their first season in Sacramento against the Cubs on March 31. All 30 teams are scheduled for March 27, marking the earliest opening day other than international games. Each team will play six games against its prime interleague rival instead of four, increasing matchups between the New York Yankees and Mets, the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels, Cubs and Chicago White Sox and Athletics and San Francisco Giants. The 2025 schedule was released Thursday.
Daniel Brown makes late birdies for a 1-shot lead over Shane Lowry in wind-challenged British Open

Daniel Brown makes late birdies for a 1-shot lead over Shane Lowry in wind-challenged British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 5:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Daniel Brown delivered the biggest surprise of them all at the British Open. The wind changed direction at Royal Troon and seemed to fool everyone except Shane Lowry. He played the links a few weeks ago and knew how to handle the wind from the opposite direction. Lowry had a 66 for his best start ever in a major. And then came Brown, a 29-year-old from England. Playing in the second-to-last group, he birdied two of the last three holes for a 65 to lead in his major championship debut. Tiger Woods had a 79. Rory McIlroy shot 78.
Sam Pittman is on the hot seat at Arkansas, and he brought in former Hogs coach Bobby Petrino as OC

Sam Pittman is on the hot seat at Arkansas, and he brought in former Hogs coach Bobby Petrino as OC

Ralph D. Russo And Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 5:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Arkansas coach Sam Pittman knows he's on the hot seat after going 4-8 last season. He made a headline-grabbing hire during the offseason when he brought Bobby Petrino back to Fayetteville as offensive coordinator. Petrino was Arkansas' head coach from 2008-11 before being fired after a scandal. Petrino has bounced around a lot since, including last season at Texas A&M. Pittman says Petrino has been a great resource, and will have the full responsibility for the Razorbacks' offense. Arkansas also has a new quarterback in dual threat Taylen Green after he transferred from Boise State.
Colts' Anthony Richardson surprises Speedway High School players with donation of football helmets

Colts' Anthony Richardson surprises Speedway High School players with donation of football helmets

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 5:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson learned one lesson about concussions the hard way last season when he sat out six quarters after taking an unnecessary shot at Houston. Now the 22-year-old Richardson wants to help a local high school football program do a better job avoiding head injuries. On Thursday, Richardson surprised the Speedway Sparkplugs by partnering with VICIS and Certor Sports to donate dozens of helmets to the school's football program. Richardson spoke briefly to the athletes, then greeted the lines running three deep before posing for photos.
Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to miss at least first 4 regular-season games

Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to miss at least first 4 regular-season games

Brett Martel, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New Orleans Saints have placed right tackle Ryan Ramczyk on the reserve/physically unable to perform list that will cause him to miss at least the first four games of the regular season. It comes after Ramczyk spent the offseason trying to rehabilitate from a knee procedure. The Saints also placed tight end Juwan Johnson, defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon, linebacker Nephi Sewell and defensive end Chase Young on the active/physically unable to perform list. They could return at any time during the preseason. Receiver Chris Olave was placed on the non-football injury list. The Saints' first training camp practices are Wednesday in Irvine, California.
Hye-Jin Choi shoots 7-under 64 to take a 1-shot lead in the LPGA Tour's Dana Open

Hye-Jin Choi shoots 7-under 64 to take a 1-shot lead in the LPGA Tour's Dana Open

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:43 p.m.  |  Save Story

and also birdied the par-4 fifth. Xiyu "Janet" Lin of China, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 15, was tied for second with Aditi Ashok of India. They played in the same afternoon group with defending champion Linn Grant.
Israel clear to play in Olympic soccer tournament after FIFA postpones decision on possible ban

Israel clear to play in Olympic soccer tournament after FIFA postpones decision on possible ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

FIFA has postponed a decision on a Palestinian proposal to suspend Israel from international soccer because of the conflict with Hamas, clearing the way for the Israeli men's national team to play at the Paris Olympics. Soccer's world governing body had been set to make a decision Saturday at an extraordinary council meeting after asking for an independent legal assessment of the Palestinian proposal two months ago. That decision would have come just four days before the start of the Olympic soccer tournament, where Israel has been drawn into a group with Japan, Mali and Paraguay. However, FIFA said Thursday that it had pushed back the timeline because "more time is needed to conclude this process with due care and completeness."
Randall Cobb joins SEC Network as an analyst but says he's 'not officially retired' from the NFL

Randall Cobb joins SEC Network as an analyst but says he's 'not officially retired' from the NFL

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Pro Bowl receiver Randall Cobb will join the SEC Network as a college football studio analyst, but the 13-year NFL veteran says he's "not officially retired" from a standout career spent mostly with the Green Bay Packers. ESPN announced the hiring of the 33-year-old Cobb in a news release on Thursday. Although the release posted online did not mention retirement, ESPN reported on its website that an initial announcement said Cobb had retired. Cobb clarified his status in a social media post. Cobb has 630 receptions for 7,624 yards and 54 touchdowns for four teams.
Former Bengals running back Corey Dillon, nose tackle Tim Krumrie voted into team's Ring of Honor

Former Bengals running back Corey Dillon, nose tackle Tim Krumrie voted into team's Ring of Honor

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 4:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon and nose tackle Tim Krumrie were voted into the team's Ring of Honor. The team announced the additions Thursday. The two were voted in by season ticket holders from a group of 11 nominees. Dillon played in Cincinnati from 1997-2003 and holds career marks with 8,061 yards and 28 games with at least 100 yards. Krumrie spent his entire NFL career with the Bengals from 1983-94. He helped Cincinnati to a Super Bowl appearance after the 1988 season. The ceremony will take place on Sept. 23 at halftime against Washington.
British Open at a glance

British Open at a glance

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Facts and figures from the opening round of the British Open
Hutsby goes from working in a pro shop to a dream start in British Open

Hutsby goes from working in a pro shop to a dream start in British Open

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sam Hutsby felt he was dreaming when his name was announced on the first tee at the British Open. He was working in a golf shop just a few years ago when he thought it was worth one more try at tournament golf. He qualified for Royal Troon and was briefly leading after just eight holes until posting a 74. Henrik Stenson played the Postage Stamp par 3 in even par when he won at Troon in 2016. In the opening round, he took a triple bogey. The real rough start belonged to Cameron Smith. He shot an 80.
Texas A&M not as noisy, which is good for the Aggies since Mike Elko replaced Jimbo Fisher

Texas A&M not as noisy, which is good for the Aggies since Mike Elko replaced Jimbo Fisher

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

There is already a much different feel around Texas A&M with new coach Mike Elko. The focus is back on football, without all of the noise that surrounded the program last year. Elko was hired away from Duke after Texas A&M paid $75 million to fire Jimbo Fisher and bring some stability to the program. Elko said when he was hired that it was time for the Aggies to do the work and start to fulfill their potential. Ther former defensive coordinator says that's what they have done the past seven months, and that he is proud of how quiet the offseason has been.
Sports on TV for Friday, July 19

Sports on TV for Friday, July 19

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 3:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

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Cheryl Reeve is enjoying and fueling the good vibes with the Lynx as the Olympic break arrives

Cheryl Reeve is enjoying and fueling the good vibes with the Lynx as the Olympic break arrives

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

This season with the Minnesota Lynx has been as enjoyable as ever for Cheryl Reeve. That's high praise from a coach with four WNBA championships and the longest continuous tenure in league history. Reeve's loaded resume added more heft when she was picked to lead the U.S. national team through the current Olympiad. The Lynx are 17-8 at the All-Star break and tied for the third-best record in the WNBA. They led the league and defense, assists, 3-point shooting and maybe even team chemistry. Reeve's frankness, intelligence and intensity have shaped one of the most influential careers in the sport.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel reunites with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel reunites with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 3:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scottish club Celtic has signed Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel on a one-year deal. The 37-year-old Schmeichel helped Leicester win the 2016 Premier League title and also the FA Cup in 2021, when current Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was manager. He left for French club Nice in 2022 and spent last season at Anderlecht. Rodgers said Schmeichel will bring a positive mindset to the squad.
Beleaguered Olympic boxing has a new look in Paris: Gender parity, but the smallest field in decades

Beleaguered Olympic boxing has a new look in Paris: Gender parity, but the smallest field in decades

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 3:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Olympic boxing in Paris will see big changes to the sport's traditional structure. Give or take a few last-minute additions or dropouts, half of the 248 boxers in Paris will be women. That's a milestone justly heralded across the sport, but the Olympics got there by sharply cutting the number of male boxers to make an overall field that will be the smallest in Olympic boxing since 1956. While there will be 23 more women fighting in Paris than in Tokyo three years ago, there will also be 63 fewer men fighting in only seven weight classes. That's the fewest since 1908.
Kyle Larson makes another trip to Indianapolis as Brickyard 400 returns to speedway's oval

Kyle Larson makes another trip to Indianapolis as Brickyard 400 returns to speedway's oval

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 2:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

back on the historic 2.5-mile oval. Yes, less than two months after becoming the fifth driver to attempt the sport's version of a single-day marathon, the 2021 NASCAR champ hopes to put his season back on track at the 30th Brickyard 400. Larson enters the weekend ranked second in the Cup standings, trailing Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott by three points. But he only has one win since competing in May's Indianapolis 500 and one top-five finish over the last five weeks.
DirecTV signs multiyear deal as kit sponsor for the MLS expansion San Diego FC

DirecTV signs multiyear deal as kit sponsor for the MLS expansion San Diego FC

Bernie Wilson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 2:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

DirecTV has signed a multiyear deal to become the jersey partner of the San Diego FC, its first foray into kit sponsorship in MLS while expanding its presence in the local sports market. DirecTV will appear across the front of SDFC's primary and secondary jerseys when the expansion club begins play in February. CEO Tom Penn says the kit sponsorship is the most important commercial partnership a club can have. The announcement comes about five weeks after SDFC signed Mexican star Chucky Lozano to a four-year contract.
Tiger Woods in danger of missing cut at British Open again after 8-over 79 at Royal Troon

Tiger Woods in danger of missing cut at British Open again after 8-over 79 at Royal Troon

Ken Maguire, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 2:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tiger Woods had another disappointing round at a major championship. Woods' 8-over 79 on Thursday at Royal Troon left him in danger of missing the cut for a third straight time at the British Open. Woods says "I need to shoot something in the mid-60s tomorrow to get something going on the weekend." Woods now has 14 consecutive rounds in the majors without breaking par dating to a 69 in the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship. It's his highest score to start a major since an 80 in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.
City council approves a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark — and the existing site's transformation

City council approves a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark — and the existing site's transformation

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 1:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

A key city council vote is paving the way to give the Tampa Bay Rays a new 30,000-seat ballpark as part of a $6.5 billion redevelopment project in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new park would guarantee the team stays for at least 30 years. Supporters say the overall project would transform an 86-acre tract in the city's downtown to include a Black history museum, affordable housing, a hotel, green space, entertainment venues, and office and retail space. The site, where the Rays' domed Tropicana Field now sits, was once a thriving Black community driven out by construction of the ballpark and an interstate highway. The plan still requires approval from the Pinellas County Commission.
Texans open camp aware of high expectations for 2024 season

Texans open camp aware of high expectations for 2024 season

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 1:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Coming off a 10-win regular season and an appearance in the divisional round of the playoffs, expectations are high for the Houston Texans in 2024. The day before starting his second training camp as Texans head coach, DeMeco Ryans told his players they should expect more from themselves than anyone else. After combining for just 11 wins from 2020-2022, Houston surprised many to win the AFC South before beating the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card round. The Texans likely won't catch anyone by surprise this season.
Mason Greenwood, once considered a top prospect at Man United, joins Marseille

Mason Greenwood, once considered a top prospect at Man United, joins Marseille

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 1:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mason Greenwood has left Manchester United to join Marseille in a move that brought an end to his troubled spell at the Premier League team where he was once considered one of the club's most promising prospects Marseille paid a reported 31.6 million euros ($34.5 million) for the 22-year-old forward but did not disclose details of his contract. The move could see him eventually fulfil his potential as one of the top talents in European soccer after he was compared to United great Wayne Rooney when bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old. His promising career was brought to a sudden halt when he was arrested in 2022 and later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault. The case was dropped last year.
18-year-old defender Leny Yoro joins Man United from Lille

18-year-old defender Leny Yoro joins Man United from Lille

James Robson, Associated Press  |  Posted July 18 - 1:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Manchester United announced the signing of 18-year-old defender Leny Yoro from Lille on Thursday. The France under 21 centre back cost a reported 62 million euros ($68 million) and signed a five-year deal. He is United's second signing of the transfer window after Netherlands forward Joshua Zirkzee joined from Bologna. United manager Erik ten Hag made defense one of the key areas he wanted to strengthen during the offseason following the departure of France World Cup winner Raphael Varane. Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has also been targeted, while Bayern Munich's Matthijs de Ligt is reportedly of interest.