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Jordan Spieth points the direction of his drive off the second tee during the final round of the 2014 John Deere Classic golf tournament at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

A Special Sister Keeps Spieth Humble

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bethesda, Md. — Her father was playing a members-only event at Congressional Country Club, but the Penn State freshman-to-be had to slip away to find her new favorite player on the PGA Tour. Jordan Spieth is No. 1 now, especially since Adam Scott’s April wedding, she said. So when Spieth posed for a picture near the putting green before the …

Judge OKs Record Sale Of Clippers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Los Angeles — A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced. “I can’t believe it’s over. I feel …

Don’t Write Him Off Just Yet

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Indianapolis — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels. He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record pace. He brought the southern sport to Madison Ave. and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in …

Hall Induction Humbles Baseball Greats

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cooperstown, n.y. — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even …

Yankee Fan Returns Red Sox Title Ring

Monday, July 28, 2014

New York (ap) — A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan. Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring …

Padres’ Kennedy to Miss Start With Oblique Strain

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Associated Press Atlanta — Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy will miss his scheduled start against the Braves tonight due to a left oblique strain. Manager Bud Black says converted outfielder Jason Lane will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso to make the fill-in start. Black says Kennedy suffered …

‘I’ve Always Known Where My Place Is’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — For some 30 glorious seconds on the afternoon of April 24, 1989, Jay Gruden — quarterback out of the University of Louisville — was a New York Giant. Or at least he was in his mind. …

Maddux Wasn’t First-Look Star

Sunday, July 27, 2014

At 20, Chicago Cubs rookie Greg Maddux had a slight frame and boyish look that hid the fierce competitor inside him. According to a Chicago Tribune report on his first day in the majors in 1986, Maddux was …

‘Big Hurt’ Never Lacked In Self-Belief

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The 1990 Chicago White Sox were challenging the World Series champion A’s in the final year of old Comiskey Park, and their Double-A first baseman was waiting to join the fun. “I’m a laid-back guy,” Birmingham’s Frank Thomas told the Chicago Tribune. “I spend most of my time …

Flood of Braves Brings Life Back to Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — Cooperstown will have a Southern accent this weekend as 40,000 people — about 16 times last year’s total — visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for its annual induction ceremony in central New York state. Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

Caution: Reconstruction Ahead

Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Francisco — The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young …

Nibali Set to Win Tour, Two Frenchmen on His Wings

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Perigueux, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks …