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Damian Lillard Reps the Bay Area in Latest Installment of '4 Bar Friday'

Damian Lillard, otherwise known as Dame DOLLA, is back at it.<p>The Portland Trail Blazers point guard represented the Bay Area in a freestyle rap via Instagram on Friday in spirit of 4 Bar Friday, a freestyle challenge he created that features various participants at the end of each week.<p>Lillard, as …

Basketball

Mission Viejo capitalizes on turnovers to pull away from Norco, 37-13

Mission Viejo Coach Bob Johnson can't really understand the lack of college attention for his quarterback, Brock, who also happens to be his grandson.<p>Bob Johnson acknowledges the family tie but called the younger Johnson "amazing, and not because he's my grandson."<p>Brock Johnson made his grandfather …

College Sports

US Open Tennis 2015: Updated World Rankings After Year's Final Grand Slam

Link to Media<p>Novak Djokovic retained his place as the No. 1 player in men's tennis following his Sunday U.S. Open victory, while Serena Williams remains atop the women's rankings despite her semi-final defeat at Flushing Meadows.<p>Williams looked to be on the verge of tennis history with a calendar …

Tennis

Serena Williams says US Open match was a win, not a loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says her recent U.S. Open defeat was not a loss, but a win and a learning experience — and that she's happy for the …

Serena Williams

Predicting How Far Novak Djokovic Will Climb Up the All-Time Major Titles List

Link to Media<p>Three Grand Slam titles in 2015 have put Novak Djokovic in a rare position of absolute dominance. Already, the thinking must be that with 10 career major championships, the durable and tough-minded Serbian is in great position to climb even further up the ladder of elite Open-era …

Tennis

Kings' Anze Kopitar says his focus is on hockey, not his contract

Anze Kopitaris on the cover of theKings' training camp guide — front and near center for the long-time Kings center.<p>Imagine the din of the rumor mill if he wasn't. There was a brief Twitter flutter about the supposed absence of Tampa Bay star<p>Steven Stamkosin a Lightning arena promotion this week. …

Ice Hockey

Tiger Woods has back surgery, out for rest of 2015 | Reuters

(Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods announced on Friday that he underwent back surgery earlier this week and will be sidelined for the rest of this year.<p>Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling …

Golf

Study: 95.6 percent of deceased NFL players tested positive for CTE

Research by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found CTE in 95.6 percent of deceased NFL players.<p>Research conducted on almost …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Seahawks, Packers square off in rematch of NFC title game

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — There is no looking back for the Green Bay Packers.<p>They're following coach Mike McCarthy's lead heading into their home opener on Sunday night, focused squarely on this year's version of the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game.<p>No use dwelling …

Morata not interested in Real return

Real Madrid can re-sign Alvaro Morata at the end of the season, after selling the striker to Juventus last year.<p>Juventus striker Alvaro Morata said there is no way he would return to Real Madrid, which has a buy-back option.<p>Morata left Real for Juventus last season but Rafael Benitez's side can …

Soccer

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke suspended amid ticket scandal

<b>(CNN) —</b> FIFA announced Thursday that Secretary General Jerome Valcke was suspended, effective immediately, while the organization investigates allegations he participated in a scheme to profit off the sale of World Cup tickets on the black market.<p>Valcke was relieved of his duties until further …

Corruption

Mediation talks set to get underway in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso it is reported that three people have died and at least 13 have been injured at the main hospital in Ouagadougou.<p>The deaths came on Friday, the second day of protests against Wednesday’s coup in the country. The leaders of the junta said they have freed interim President Michel …

Colombia says Venezuela troops crossed border illegally

Colombia's army has denounced what it called an incursion by 15 members of Venezuela's national guard whom, it said, illegally crossed the border in pursuit of a civilian.<p>The Venezuelan troops on Friday allegedly fired upon the individual while chasing him in a 4x4 vehicle nearly one kilometre deep …

Venezuela

13 arrested in prison break of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in Mexico

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mexican authorities have arrested 13 more suspects in connection with the prison break of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the country's attorney general's office said.<p>Guzman, sometimes branded as the world's biggest drug lord and who is also wanted in the United States, made a well-planned, …

Mexico

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas after rocket attacks

Overnight airstrikes hit training camp but do not cause any injuries amid ongoing violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank<p>Israel has launched airstrikes on a Hamas site in the northern Gaza Strip after two rockets were fired into southern Israel.<p>Three air strikes were carried out by the Israeli air …

Israel

Head investigator: Bergdahl shouldn't go to prison

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The officer who led the investigation of Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance and capture in Afghanistan six years ago says he doesn't …

Bowe Bergdahl

Suspect in string of Arizona freeway shootings tells judge, 'I'm the wrong guy'

The man accused in a string of freeway shootings in Phoenix appeared in court Saturday and insisted to a judge that cops have "the wrong guy."<p>Leslie Allen Merritt, 21, was arraigned on multiple charges, including four counts each of carrying out a drive- by shooting and intentional acts of …

US Open men's final features No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Federer

NEW YORK (AP) — The blockbuster U.S. Open final between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer on Sunday is tantalizing for so many …

Tennis

Giants are reportedly worried too much of Jason Pierre-Paul's hand is missing for him to play in 2015

A new ESPN report indicates that the injury to Jason Pierre-Paul's hand is far more severe than the Giants expected, and he could end up missing the entire season.<p>We still don't know exactly how much damage was done to Jason Pierre-Paul's hand, but as the regular season approaches, details are …

Football (U.S.)

Irish QB Malik Zaire suffers broken ankle in win, out for season

Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire had successful surgery on his broken right ankle Sunday and will miss the rest of the season, coach Brian Kelly …

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh loses his mind over personal foul call

The Michigan Wolverines scored their first home touchdown in the Jim Harbaugh era in the second quarter Saturday against Oregon State, but a costly personal foul late in the half allowed the Beavers a chance to score just before halftime.<p>Michigan seemed prime to receive the ball with a few minutes …

College Football

Blue Jays sweep pair from Yankees, open biggest lead of season

<b>NEW YORK</b> -- A season-high 4 1/2-game lead in the AL East came at a big price for the Toronto Blue Jays -- the loss of All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a broken shoulder blade.<p>Toronto swept a doubleheader from the sagging New York Yankees 9-5 and 10-7 on a sodden Saturday when Marcus Stroman …

Toronto Blue Jays

Floyd Mayweather Talks Legacy, Retirement and PPV Numbers After Andre Berto Win

Link to Media<p>Floyd Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing after comfortably defeating Andre Berto by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, and claimed he was never once truly challenged on his way to winning all 49 of his bouts.<p>Mayweather is retiring unbeaten …

Boxing

David Ortiz hits 500th career home run

Red Sox DH David Ortiz has joined the 500 Home Run Club. He's the 27th man in MLB history to do so.<p><b>More Papi >></b> By the numbers | HOFer? | Steroid …

David Ortiz

INVESTOR: Wall Street banks will never be as profitable as they once were

They would make billions of dollars when times were good, and then lose just as much when the market tanked.<p>Nowadays they're pretty dull.<p>They take less risk — and look more like utilities than the levered-up, proprietary trading, subprime lending banks of old.<p>And according to OppenheimerFunds chief …

China issues state-firm reform plans, expects results by 2020 | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China issued some details on Sunday on plans to reform state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including the introduction of “mixed ownership” by bringing in private investment, and said it expected decisive results by 2020.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a reception …

China

Worries over emerging markets deepening: BIS | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Concerns over the world’s major emerging economies, and in particular China, are growing as financial investors reassess the outlook for global growth, the Bank of International Settlements said on Sunday.<p>Investors look at computer screens in front of an electronic board showing …

Stock Markets