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Brittany Lang leads LPGA Tour event in Alabama

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Brittany Lang birdied five of the first seven holes in windy conditions and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Added to the U.S. Solheim Cup team Monday as one of Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, Lang had a two-stroke lead over Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O’Toole. “It was just one of those days. …

Alex Morgan hopes last injury was the last

Thursday, August 27, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Alex Morgan hopes she’s emerging from her last injury layoff for a while. Morgan has returned from a minor procedure on her right knee and expects to play in what could be the Portland Thorns’ final home game of the season. The game Sunday at Providence Park against the Washington Spirit is already a sellout with more than 21,000 fans …

US OPEN 2015: Serena Williams eyes 1st Grand Slam since 1988

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she began when that question was posed, “I’m always one of my biggest competitors. I can …

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer …

AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SONOMA, Calif. — This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing. The retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number racing deaths — Justin Wilson, …

American Pharoah looks ‘super good’ at Saratoga Race Course

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — No worries, so far. American Pharoah seems to love Saratoga Race Course. After the Triple Crown winner’s first gallop around the historic track Thursday, the striking bay colt was declared “super good and very …

Jordan Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays

Thursday, August 27, 2015

EDISON, N.J. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Spieth had a pair of three-putt bogeys, …

Rick Porcello pitches Red Sox past Sale, White Sox 3-0

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CHICAGO — Rick Porcello pitched seven sparkling innings in his return from a triceps injury, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Porcello and Chris Sale had nearly …

Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person. The announcement came Wednesday, with the indictment stemming from an incident …

Hunter Mahan begins long road in the playoffs, with history on side

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

EDISON, N.J. — Recent history is what gives Hunter Mahan a level of optimism he would not ordinarily have at The Barclays. For the first time in 10 years, he is at risk of ending a PGA Tour …

Stacy Lewis shooting for another LPGA Tour win in Alabama

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Stacy Lewis is ready to finish one spot better. Lewis has been racking up second-place finishes with some regularity since her last win in June 2014. Starting Thursday, she’ll revisit the Yokohama Tire LPGA …

US OPEN 2015: Back on court, Vicky Duval still a winner in NYC

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NEW YORK — Vicky Duval suspects tennis’ locker rooms were a bit too quiet without her. “Everyone I see, I’m like, ‘Hiiii!’” the American teen said of her return to the U.S. Open, bursting into giggles. “I think …

Don Orsillo out as Red Sox’s TV announcer after season

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Don Orsillo is out as the Boston Red Sox’s television play-by-play voice after this season. Orsillo wasn’t offered a new contract with NESN, and will be replaced by Dave O’Brien. Orsillo first broadcast Red Sox games on NESN in 2001 and became the full-time play-by-play …