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This photo provided by Equi-Photo, shows American Pharoah #4 with Victor Espinoza riding, winning the $1,750,000 Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO via AP)

Pharoah Phestival as Triple Crown winner cruises in Haskell

Sunday, August 2, 2015

OCEANPORT, N.J. — A slight nudge was all it took for American Pharoah to seize control of the Haskell Invitational. And when Victor Espinoza asked, the majestic colt delivered an encore performance in his first race since winning the Triple Crown. “This horse, he just keeps bringing it,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He’s just a great horse.” With a record …

Merritt shoots 67 to win PGA Quicken Loans National by 3 shots

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Troy Merritt walked to the final tee with a three-shot lead and slapped hands with fans on both sides of the ropes, knowing he had all but wrapped up his first PGA Tour title and wanting to show his appreciation for the fans cheering him on. Not a bad turnaround …

Matt Kenseth stretches his fuel and steals a win at Pocono

Sunday, August 2, 2015

LONG POND, Pa. — Joey Logano was the first leader to fade, his tank empty with three laps left. Martin Truex Jr. struck E with two laps to go. Kyle Busch knew his Toyota was about out, too, his shot at a fourth straight win tapped out on the last lap. One by …

New Texan Vince Wilfork looks to learn from J.J. Watt

Sunday, August 2, 2015

HOUSTON — Vince Wilfork bristled when asked what he could teach J.J. Watt. Then the 12-year veteran and first-year Houston Texan let out a hearty chuckle. “Teach him what?” he bellowed. “What am I going to teach J.J.?” …

Plan to limit Manning’s snaps will also benefit Broncos backup

Sunday, August 2, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The plan to give Peyton Manning a breather at training camp is designed to pay dividends not only for the five-time MVP but also his backup. Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Brock …

Bus stop: Steelers great Jerome Bettis bulled way into Football Hall

Sunday, August 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH — By the end of 2004, Jerome Bettis was done. Finished. Burned out. A dozen years in the NFL, most of them as the perpetually smiling blue-collared soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers, left him spent. The Steelers had just watched a 15-1 season evaporate a win shy …

GM Reese says Giants defense can surprise people without JPP

Sunday, August 2, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants’ revamped defense is going to surprise people this season, even without injured star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, general manager Jerry Reese said Sunday. Speaking to reporters for the first time since players reported, Reese refused to say much about Pierre-Paul, …

Tazawa falters in 8th, Red Sox fail to sweep Rays

Sunday, August 2, 2015

BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa showed Asdrubal Cabrera the same pitch once too often. Cabrera had a game-tying RBI double and scored on James Loney’s single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep …

Fired-up Tom Brady talks trash, celebrates at Patriots camp

Sunday, August 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady trash-talked to Super Bowl star Malcolm Butler. He celebrated a second-team touchdown on a goal-line drill by raising his arms and hollering. Sure, Brady’s impending four-game suspension and upcoming court case continue to dominate …

Inbee Park wins Women’s British Open, captures 4th different major

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland — As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another …

Former linebacker with ALS helps revive Ice Bucket Challenge

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Over the past year, Tim Shaw has bungee-jumped off a bridge in New Zealand, visited Australia and helped drill a well in the Amazon. The former NFL linebacker also has talked with congressmen in Washington D.C. and Tennessee lawmakers. “People ask me all the time, …

Mike Napoli home run helps Red Sox beat Rays 7-5

Friday, July 31, 2015

BOSTON — No wonder Mike Napoli wanted to stay with the Red Sox: That home run he hit off the top of the Green Monster would not have been out of any ballpark but Boston’s. “It was a …

Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football

Friday, July 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback’s lawsuit against the NFL and the team’s image around the league. The defending Super Bowl …