Irish take part in first day of full-pads practice

Saturday morning marked the first day area GHSA programs could practice in full pads. Every player must first complete five conditioning practices before moving on to full-pads practice.
By Wayne Staats

Phillies rout slumping Braves

PHILADELPHIA - Odubel Herrera, Freddy Galvis and Cameron Rupp all homered as the surging Philadelphia Phillies set a season high for scoring in a 12-2 victory over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
By Aaron Bracy

Expectations are high for Georgia Tech's football team

ATLANTA - There are high hopes for Georgia Tech, which held its first practice on Saturday.
By Matt Winkeljohn

Ko is surprise co-leader in Women's British Open

TURNBERRY, Scotland - Jin-Young Ko, a 20-year-old South Korean with no links experience and playing in her first major championship, shot 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to share the lead with Taiwan's Teresa Lu.
By Steve Douglas

Kyle Busch wins in return to Truck Series

LONG POND, Pa. - Kyle Busch's return to the Truck Series was a triumphant one, pulling away on the final laps Saturday to win at Pocono Raceway.

Merritt, Chappell share Quicken Loans lead

GAINESVILLE, Va. Troy Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under-par 61 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National and share the lead with Kevin Chappell.
By HANK KURZ Jr.

American Pharaoh gears up for Haskell

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had another easy gallop Saturday morning at Monmouth Park, his final serious exercise before the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational.

Italian wins swimming marathon in Russia

KAZAN, Russia - Simone Ruffini's victory in swimming's version of the marathon at the world championships involved a parade of emotions on Saturday.
By Andrew Dampf

NBA holds exhibition game in Africa

JOHANNESBURG - The NBA put on a show in its first exhibition game in Africa on Saturday - starting with a dunk straight from the tip-off by Luc Mbah a Moute.
By Gerald Imray

Breeland to miss time with Redskins

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said cornerback Bashaud Breeland, a former Clemson star, is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with an MCL problem in his right knee.

Cycling's attention turns to North America

Now that the Tour de France is over, the spotlight in cycling is shifting to North America.
By Dave Skretta
Scott Michaux

SEC schedule has wrong mix again

With unquestionably the lamest non-conference football schedule of any major league, the SEC will rely on its reputation to impress the playoff selection committee.

Perry leads Champions Tour event by four shots

BLAINE, Minn. - Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one and matched the tournament record with an 11-under-par 61 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the 3M Championship.

Gordon out to end winless streak at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon would love to wave to the zero in the win column that would force him to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup on points.
By Dan Gelston

USOC contacts other cities about 2024 bid

U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games.

Panthers' secondary is no longer defense's weak link

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Carolina Panthers' secondary is eager to finally break out from the shadows of the perennially strong front seven this season.
By Steve Reed

Braves add flexibility in Olivera deal

The Atlanta Braves gave up a hefty package to acquire Hector Olivera on Thursday, but they also showed creativity with an underrated financial component to the trade.
By David Lee

Braves' Bird has stuff for majors

The prospect added to the Atlanta Braves system in Thursday's trade was almost considered an afterthought, but Zachary Bird shows the arm strength and stuff to be a major leaguer.
By David Lee
Outdoors

Lion's death puts hunters in crosshairs

The malice and hatred toward hunters – and all things hunting – has spread into late-night comedy monologues, CNN and National Public Radio. It has “trended” across Twitter and Facebook, becoming one of the biggest news stories in the world.

NFL's woes continued through off-season

The NFL's endless aggravation raged through an off-season marked by more crime and punishment, rules violations by owners, and the never-ending "Deflategate" saga.
By Arnie Stapleton

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