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DeAndre Jordan's short, strange trip ends back in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeAndre Jordan's first flirtation with free agency proved a brief affair, with the big man initially enchanted by the lure of a new suitor, only to waffle when confronted with the prospect of leaving the Los Angeles Clippers behind.

"He left for a moment mentally," coach Doc …

DeAndre Jordan

Report: Deron Williams seeks release from Nets to join Mavericks

One might think that the week cannot get any more full of drama, intrigue, and craziness when it comes to NBA free agency and specifically the Dallas Mavericks. One would be wrong.

ESPN reports that the Deron Williams is pursuing a release from the Brooklyn Nets under some form of buyout, at which …

Deron Williams

NASCAR dialing up new rules packages to enhance passing

NASCAR on Tuesday announced rules package changes for four of the final nine races of the Sprint Cup regular season and left open the possibility of more in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The new packages, intended to stoke passing and enliven a product the series has found at times flat this season, …

Auto Racing

For Soccer Team’s Parade, a Whirlwind of High-Level Activity in City Hall

As the United States national soccer team prepared to take the field in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, the phone of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top political fixer began to buzz.

It was Howard Wolfson, a former deputy mayor under Michael R. Bloomberg, and a more than occasional critic of his …

American Soccer

Chip Kelly: Agent requested Evan Mathis' release, team complied

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that guard Evan Mathis' release last week was in response to "multiple" requests from agent Drew Rosenhaus.

"We were asked by his agent for a release on multiple occasions," Kelly said before Tuesday's minicamp practice. "We weren't going to come …

Philadelphia

Watch this hitter, catcher and umpire all get hit by the same pitch

Being hit by a pitch is pretty much the opposite of fun. Just ask Anthony Rizzo, who currently leads the league with a ridiculous 14 plunkings. Ow, right?

But, while experiencing the collision of a small and dense sphere with one's body doesn't produce the most pleasant feeling, sometimes, it is kind

Pitt WR Tyler Boyd formally charged with DUI from Friday traffic stop

Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd was formally charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.

News of Boyd being taken into custody following a 2:35 a.m. traffic stop broke over the weekend, but Jefferson Hills police Chief Eugene …

Traffic

Boston Revises Bid in Effort to Host 2024 Olympics

BOSTON — When Boston 2024, the private group organizing the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, unveiled its plans in January, it boasted that it would put on “the most walkable Games in modern times.”

Well, spectators may find themselves on some awfully long walks.

In a striking about-face, …

Olympics

Jason Day examines Tiger Woods’ game and mental state at the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods’ struggles stem from his wayward tee shots and mental state, says Jason Day.

Questioning whether Tiger Woods has the motivation to win another grand slam event, starting this week at the U.S. Open, has become a popular parlor game among the punditry. When a playing peer questions the …

Sydney Leroux Returns to Vancouver but Says She Isn’t Looking Back

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — “Nothing better than being back in Vancouver!” Sydney Leroux wrote on her Twitter account Monday night.

On Tuesday, Leroux returned to B.C. Place Stadium with the United States national team for its final group match in the Women’s World Cup. Nigeria was the opponent, a …

Canadian Soccer

Stephen Curry may not be NBA Finals MVP, but he won't complain

CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry was never going to come out of the NBA Finals looking like the best player on the planet.

Not when he's sharing an arena with LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers star who has been a one-man wrecking crew through five games and who deemed himself "the best player in the …

LeBron on Finals MVP: 'I'm here to win a team prize not an individual prize'

LeBron James has been absolutely dominant in the NBA Finals. He already has two triple-doubles and is insanely averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the series. Without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, James is literally doing it all for the Cavs and his play has brought up the …

Lebron James

Cardinals Investigated for Hacking Into Astros’ Database

WASHINGTON — Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely …

St. Louis Cardinals

The Chicago Blackhawks Build a Better Dynasty

After winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, the Hawks have become the rarest of things: An institution

Jerry Krause once controversially remarked: "Organizations win championships." It gave Chicagoans pause to even consider the possibility. Admittedly, the guy, though not an athlete, knows …

The Kansas City Royals now have 8 players in line to start the MLB All-Star Game

With two weeks left until this year's MLB All-Star Game voting closes, MLB has released its latest update and the Kansas City Royals have continued to dominate the ballot. They now have an MLB record eight players set to start for the American League.

The Royals, who have an AL-best 35-25 record, …

Kansas City Royals

LeBron James' Great Triumph Comes During Cavaliers' Failure

The Cleveland Cavaliers will lose the 2015 NBA Finals.

While that bit of prognostication comes at a useless moment when the end result seems fairly obvious to at least half the world, it also comes during an ironic watershed moment in LeBron James’ career, because he has never been better.

Like a …

Lebron James

Mets end Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak

Wilmer Flores singled to cap a two-out, two-run rally in the 11th inning and the New York Mets ended Toronto’s team record-tying 11-game winning streak, beating the Blue Jays 4-3 Monday night.

The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the ninth before Jose Bautista tied it with his second home run of the game, …

MLB replay system botches two calls in Angels-Diamondbacks game

I'm still a fan of replay in Major League Baseball because there are obvious calls that are missed and then correctly overturned. All too often, though, it seems that they still get it wrong. We saw two examples in the same game on Monday night between the Angels and Diamondbacks.

First up, this …

Major League Baseball

Rangers feel down but say they're not out

NEW YORK – In a dressing room filled with forlorn faces coming to grips with the reality of a 0-3 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, there was some chatter about the impossible.

"I'm not going to lie to you – today, it's pretty much impossible to be upbeat," Rangers forward Brad Richards said …

Chael Sonnen fails random drug test

LAS VEGAS -- UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has failed a random drug test and will not fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 on July 5.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly tested Sonnen last month while he was in Las Vegas to attend a UFC news conference. Results confirmed the presence of two …

Chael Sonnen

Shelly Sterling lawyers to ask judge to sign off on Clippers takeover

The latest round in the contentious legal wrangling over ownership of the Clippers is scheduled for Wednesday, when Shelly Sterling’s lawyers plan to go to court to ask a judge to sign off on her takeover of a family trust, an action she used to clear the way for her sale of the NBA …

Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher -- can no experience equal great success?

Only in professional sports, and more so in the NBA than anywhere else, can two people be hired to do two jobs they've never done and be paid a combined $85 million to do them. That's where the Knicks stand, as Phil Jackson's five-year, $60 million deal combines with Derek Fisher's five-year, $25 …

Phil Jackson

Machado suspended five games for throwing bat

Orioles third baseman plans to appeal ruling resulting from incident with A's on Sunday

BALTIMORE -- In his apology following Monday night's game, Manny Machado said a suspension from Major League Baseball had crossed his mind. What the 21-year-old didn't say was that he would go along with whatever …

Oakland A's

Bob Welch dies at 57 — Cy Young Award winner for A’s in 1990

Bob Welch, a pivotal member of the A’s World Series teams of 1988, 1989 and 1990, has died at 57, the team announced today.

The cause of death was unavailable, the A’s said.

“I’m just speechless, heartbroken and sad,” Dave Stewart said of his friend and teammate.

Welch pitched for the A’s through the …

San Francisco

Will the @miamiheat even the #NBAFinals 1-1 or will the @officialspurs take 2-0 lead? Game 2, 8pm/et on ABC! @ AT&T Center

Chandler Parsons Wants to Remain with Rockets, Says 'I Love Houston'

Being surrounded by adoring fans and getting treated like a rock star suits Chandler Parsons just fine, which is probably why he'd like to stick with the Houston Rockets.

"I want to be here," Parsons told Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston while being mobbed by female fans at a Macy's fragrance …

Report: Suns want Kevin Love, could offer Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe

The Phoenix Suns are in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, and they have the assets to make the Minnesota Timberwolves quite an intriguing offer.

Goran Dragic made the All-NBA third team this season, and Eric Bledsoe is 24 years old with All-Star appearances in his …

Kevin Love

Yankees Draft Kenny Powers Look-Alike in the 14th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft

With the 422nd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, the New York Yankees selected pitcher Kenny Powers...errr, Sean Carley, out of West Virginia.

Powers is, of course, a fictional character played by actor Danny McBride in the hit HBO show Eastbound & Down, while Carley is a very real pitching prospect. He …

Best Fits for Jeff Samardzija, David Price and Top MLB Trade Candidates

The MLB trade deadline is still nearly two months away, but with the amateur draft now in the rearview mirror, the rumor mill will likely start to heat up around names like Jeff Samardzija and David Price in the days and weeks to come.

This year's trade market figures to be very pitching-heavy, with …

Russell Martin isn’t having a great day

Russell Martin isn’t having a great day.