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July 30, 2015 - 1:02pm
2 min 34 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man's quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands.

The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bayareane.ws/1I4DnQO ) Thursday that Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez was trying to swim about 28 miles Wednesday afternoon when his teen daughter, in a support boat, spotted a great white shark when he was just 3 1/2 miles from his goal....

July 30, 2015 - 12:51pm
2 min 34 sec ago

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been made the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for Sunday's $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

This will be American Pharoah's first race since he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and became the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years.

American Pharoah will leave from the No. 4 gate following Thursday's draw and be...

July 30, 2015 - 12:46pm
2 min 34 sec ago

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal toiled to beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach the Hamburg Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

Nadal's quarterfinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who outlasted Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Nadal appeared in trouble when he dropped his serve for 4-4 in the second set. But he broke right back and served for the match, only to commit a double fault at match point. He...

July 30, 2015 - 12:39pm
2 min 34 sec ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nicki Gross has been named an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy, making her the only female to fill that role in the NBA D-League.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Energy announced Gross' appointment Thursday. The Grizzlies are Iowa's NBA affiliate.

Gross, a former Seton Hall women's soccer player, spent the 2014-15 season as a video coordinator with the Energy. She was assistant video coordinator with the Bakersfield Jam in 2013-...

July 30, 2015 - 12:36pm
2 min 34 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In return, Cleveland will receive minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky.

The Cardinals haven't scored in 22 consecutive innings and Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps Wednesday. It's the same injury that caused the seven-time All-Star to miss 31 games. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by 4 1/2 games over Pittsburgh.

Cleveland signed Moss as...

July 30, 2015 - 12:26pm
2 min 34 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Ohio State has suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for its opening game at Virginia Tech.

In a statement released about an hour before Big Ten media days began Thursday, the Buckeyes said the players violated department of athletics policy.

The defending national champions open the season Labor Day night in Blacksburg, Virginia, against the only team to beat...

July 30, 2015 - 12:21pm
2 min 34 sec ago

OWINS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have launched their eighth training camp under John Harbaugh, hopeful it begins a journey that ends with a deep playoff run.

A year ago, the Ravens had to deal with the pending suspension of running back Ray Rice for domestic abuse. The situation worsened when a video surfaced in early September showing Rice striking his then-fiancee in an elevator.

There are no such distractions at this camp. The focus...

July 30, 2015 - 12:13pm
2 min 34 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have signed first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant.

The team announced the signings on Thursday. The 7-foot-3 Porzingis was the fourth overall selection in the recent draft and played professionally for Cajasol Seville in Spain the past three seasons. At the NBA summer league in Las Vegas this month, the 19-year-old averaged 10.5 points in four games.

Grant, a 6-4 guard, was the 19th overall...

July 30, 2015 - 11:51am
2 min 34 sec ago

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Southern California has been picked to win its first Pac-12 football title since 2008 in a preseason media poll.

The conference announced the poll results Thursday before the start of its media days.

The Trojans received 21 of 45 votes for the title, edging defending champion Oregon. The Ducks got 17 votes for the top spot and were picked to win the North division, while USC is favored to win the South.

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July 30, 2015 - 11:48am
2 min 34 sec ago

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With a multi-billion dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in for the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says "it's a very good time" for the league right now — and, he stressed, the players too.

Silver said the new agreement with ESPN and TNT will have a "significant impact on the viability" of teams. That will likely see players seek much more in their next collective bargaining opportunity, possibly in 2017.

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