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August 1, 2014 - 3:51am
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods began his title defense in the Bridgestone Invitational with a perfect tee shot down the middle of the fairway and a shot that covered the flag until it settled 10 feet behind the hole. Three putts later, he walked off with a bogey.

Another day of trying to find his game? Not quite.

He followed with six birdies to atone for a few more mistakes, and wound up with a 2-under 68 that at least gave him hope that his game was...

August 1, 2014 - 3:33am
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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Commonwealth Games officials say an athlete competing at the games has been tested for the Ebola virus but the tests were negative.

Games officials said in a statement on Friday that "there is no Ebola in the athletes' village ... we can confirm an athlete was tested for a number of things when he fell ill last week, including Ebola. The tests were negative and the athlete competed in his event on Thursday."

The statement...

August 1, 2014 - 3:00am
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Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide



Dustin Johnson takes time off tour due to undisclosed "personal challenges" and will miss the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.



August 1, 2014 - 1:07am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered nine hits and struck out nine while tying his career-best winning streak of 10 games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.

Kershaw (13-2) pitched his second consecutive complete game for the second time in his career. He is unbeaten in his last 11 starts with a 10-0 record since June 2. The left-hander beat the Braves for the first time during the regular...

August 1, 2014 - 12:59am
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PHOENIX (AP) — Andy Marte hit a two-run home run and Aaron Hill added a solo shot in the sixth inning to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night.

Nick Ahmed hit the Diamondbacks' third home run, an eighth-inning solo shot that was the first of his major-league career.

Marte, called up from Triple-A Reno earlier on in the day to help fill the roster spots vacated by the trades of Gerardo Parra and Martin...

August 1, 2014 - 12:54am
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August 1, 2014 - 12:54am
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August 1, 2014 - 12:50am
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August 1, 2014 - 12:39am
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SEATTLE (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored 16 points to move into third place on the WNBA's career scoring list, Marissa Coleman had eight of her 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Fever beat the Seattle Storm 76-67 Thursday night.

Briann January scored 12 points and Shavonte Zellous had 11 for Indiana (13-14), which had lost four of six. The Fever moved into a tie with Washington for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Catchings, who now has...

August 1, 2014 - 12:29am
2 hours 7 min ago

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1).

After the 10th-ranked Azarenka, who celebrated her 25th birthday, saved three match points to force to tie it 6-6, Williams won the first five points in the tiebreaker.

Azarenka's second serve was the biggest difference between the two hard-hitting players. She won just 32 percent of her second...

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