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July 22, 2014 - 5:27am
8 min 41 sec ago

CARCASSONNE, France (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali is in the yellow jersey as the Tour de France peloton set off on the longest stage, into the Pyrenees.

The Italian holds a lead of more than 4½ minutes over second-place Alejandro Valverde of Spain.

The 237.5-kilometer (147-mile) Stage 16 from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon features an ascent up the super-tough Port de Bales.

Valverde won a stage in the 2012 Tour that had a similar...

July 22, 2014 - 5:09am
8 min 40 sec ago
Putin's Games end under a Crimean cloud
July 22, 2014 - 5:09am
8 min 40 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials say the organizing committee for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has been under investigation over its preparations for the games.

Tuesday's confirmation by the Seoul-based Audit and Inspection came one day after the resignation of organizing committee chief Kim Jin-sun.

Kim stepped down Monday, saying new leadership is needed to complete preparation for the Olympics. South Korean media have...

July 22, 2014 - 4:05am
8 min 40 sec ago

DENVER (AP) — Broncos safety T.J. Ward is scheduled to be in court for charges stemming from an incident at a strip club.

Ward faces misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender May 10 at PT's All Nude Club. Ward's hearing in Denver County Court is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is coming off a Pro...

July 22, 2014 - 3:14am
8 min 40 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Brooklyn Nets director Sergei Kushchenko is talking up the chances of the NBA club playing pre-season exhibitions against teams from the Russia-based VTB United League.

Kushchenko, who is also the VTB league president, suggests he could use his dual role to set up games.

NBA exhibitions against VTB teams are "possible," especially if "those Brooklyn Nets" are involved, he told Russia's Itar-TASS news agency.

The...

July 22, 2014 - 3:03am
8 min 40 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who refused to return to the Ukrainian champion did so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk.

Costa and five other South American players refused to travel with the rest of the team to Ukraine for Tuesday's first match of the season.

The players "all run a deadly risk if we are in the region," Costa said on his Instagram page. He said he...

July 22, 2014 - 1:27am
8 min 40 sec ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adam Jones hit a pair of two-run homers, including a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 Monday night.

Bud Norris (8-6) won for the fifth time in his last six starts, allowing two runs — one earned — and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. The Orioles increased their AL East lead to four games over the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays....

July 22, 2014 - 1:14am
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July 22, 2014 - 1:14am
8 min 40 sec ago
East Division
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Washington3420.630
Evansville3221.604
Southern Illinois3223.582
Lake Erie2926.527
Florence2230.42311
Traverse City...
July 22, 2014 - 1:12am
8 min 40 sec ago

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager drove in two runs, Mike Zunino homered into the second deck at Safeco Field and Dustin Ackley stole a home run with a leaping catch at the wall in the Seattle Mariners' 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Monday night.

After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets.

Elias (8-8) threw 5 1-3 innings before leaving with...

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