REIMS, France (AP) — Andre Greipel of Germany won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as the pack entered Champagne country, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.
The German champion collected his sixth career Tour stage victory by outpacing Norway's Alexander Kristoff in second and France's Samuel Dumoulin in third at the end of the 194-kilometer (120-mile) ride from Arras to Reims.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Thursday that the hour of the final is late for Francis' routine, and acknowledged with a chuckle that Benedict wasn't known as an avid sports fan. Still, he didn't rule anything out, saying, "we'll see in the coming days...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Neymar is progressing "very well" from the back injury that caused the Brazil striker to exit the World Cup.
Officials of the Spanish league club have visited Neymar at his home in Brazil where he will remain until returning to Barcelona on Aug. 5 to continue the final phase of his recovery from a fractured vertebra.
Neymar sustained the back injury in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Colombia, leaving Brazil...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Like many young baseball players, Aaron Senne dreamed of fame and fortune when he signed his first contract as a Miami Marlins draft choice after a record-breaking college career at Missouri.
Reality as a low-level minor leaguer was far different: vending machine dinners, bug-infested apartments and a salary with an equivalent hourly wage less than what fast-food workers make
Senne and former minor-league players in each of the 30...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have taken a step toward getting the city's permission for a Wrigley Field renovation project that is much bigger than one approved last year.
The city's landmarks commission on Thursday signed off on a project that includes a second video board, outfield signs as big as 650 square feet, light standards in the outfield and seats replacing the current bullpens down the foul lines. Those changes are in addition to a $500 million plan...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.
When Lionel Messi's Argentina takes on Germany in Sunday's World Cup final, it looks at first glance like a meeting between brilliant individual scoring talent and the tight discipline of a collective unit.
SEATTLE (AP) — Kendrys Morales knocked in three runs and Kyle Gibson pitched six shutout innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-1 rout of the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Chris Colabello hit a two-run double, Brian Dozier scored twice and the Twins put up eight runs in the first four innings to chase an ineffective Roenis Elias (7-8). The rookie lasted a career-low 3 1-3 innings, yielding seven runs — six earned — and seven hits with three walks....
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hunter Pence homered and drove in two runs, Matt Cain tossed six strong innings and the San Francisco Giants spoiled Jason Hammel's debut for Oakland with a 5-2 victory over the Athletics on Wednesday night.
Cain (2-7) allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since May 15 against the Miami Marlins. He struck out four and walked two to help the Giants snap Oakland's six-game winning streak.