Walton's World: Big Bill brings unique musings to baseball
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night.
Orange County Fair Speedway celebrates centennial
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Brett Hearn won't forget his first race at Orange County Fair Speedway. Hey, when you're a 16-year-old junior in high school, it has to be etched in the memory, even if it was in 1975.
A's edge Astros 3-2 in 13 to inch closer in playoff chase
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have been pretty good this season when hitting home runs, and added to their total with a pair of solo shots off Houston ace Justin Verlander.
Yastrzemski hits 3 HRs, Giants beat D'backs in 11 innings
PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski never experienced a night like Friday. Not in his months in the major leagues, not in the minor leagues and not in Little League.
Analysis: Toughest schedule? So. Carolina can make the claim
South Carolina has the type of brutal schedule that could help the Gamecocks be a better team that winds up with a worse record than last year.
USA tops Spain in pre-World Cup exhibition, 90-81
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team.
Bellinger hits 41st homer, Dodgers beat Braves 8-3
ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting home runs at a record pace, and manager Dave Roberts loves every minute of it.
Harper homers in third straight game to lead Phillies to win
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just like their laid-back new hitting coach, Phillies batters suddenly are relaxed. But they are doing some serious damage.
Naomi Osaka's knee injury lends uncertainty to US Open
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she'd experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she'll be in shape to defend her precious title.
NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon
BOSTON (AP) — Josh Gordon's winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever get on an NFL field again.
Matsuyama blisters Medinah with 63 for BMW Championship lead
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama has never missed the Tour Championship since his first full year on the PGA Tour. He played Friday like he doesn't want the streak to end.
Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs.
Return of the Mac-killer: Nate Diaz ends hiatus at UFC 241
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mostly empty arena rumbled with outsized excitement when Nate Diaz stepped onto the stage. The fans erupted into cheers while Diaz lit a joint and took a big drag before doing a little shadowboxing for the cameras.
Column: MLB needs to protect its fans at every ballpark
ATLANTA (AP) — There's always a surge of excitement when a foul ball comes your way, mixed with a sense of dread. It's a thrilling souvenir to take home from the ballpark.
Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR's playoffs, and as free agency hits full steam drivers are trying to secure their futures as fast as possible.
Garoppolo bounces back from 5-interception nightmare
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo relished lining up against another team Friday, and not just because his own defense intercepted five consecutive passes off him at their last practice.
AP source: Jets lose LB Williamson for season with torn ACL
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets will be without playmaking linebacker Avery Williamson for the season because of a knee injury. A person familiar with the nature of the injury told The Associated Press that Williamson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the team's 22-10 preseason win at Atlanta on Thursday night.
Investigators: Earnhardt's plane bounced, went off runway
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday.
AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion
NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.
Analysis: Arizona's Tate darkhorse contender for Heisman
Last season, Khalil Tate was on the short list of preseason favorites for the Heisman Trophy. As Arizona prepares to open this season on Aug.
In Venezuela, young baseball players still have big dreams
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — More than 100 boys train daily on a baseball field next to the biggest slum in Caracas, using old bats, balls and gloves in hopes of achieving the ultimate goal: a professional baseball career in the United States and an escape from Venezuela's hardship.
A's hold off Houston 7-6 in a home run derby with 10 homers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bob Melvin walked in after the game and had a little fun, "Coors Field tonight, huh?" Oakland's manager joked.
Ramírez, Santana power Indians to 7 HRs in 19-5 rout vs NYY
NEW YORK (AP) — By the time José Ramírez and the Cleveland Indians were finally done thrashing the Yankees on Thursday night, rookie designated hitter Mike Ford was at least enjoying a chuckle at his own expense on the mound for New York.
Harper hits grand slam in 9th, Phillies rally past Cubs 7-5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper knows everyone in the dugout and ballpark expects him to get clutch hits in moments just like this.
Ryan, Darnold both sharp as Jets beat Falcons 22-10
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan and Sam Darnold both appear ready for the regular season. Ryan looked sharp in his preseason debut for the Atlanta Falcons, completing nine straight passes, and Darnold led New York on another scoring drive in the Jets' 22-10 victory Thursday night.