Augustan impresses McIlroy

British Open champion Rory McIlroy was so impressed with Augustan Jeff Knox's putting in the third round of April's Masters Tournament that he sent him a letter saying he'd like to play "a couple of practice rounds" with him at Augusta National Golf Club before the 2015 event.
By David Westin

Turner lifts Marlins over Braves

ATLANTA - Jacob Turner allowed two runs in his bid for a return to Miami's rotation, and the Marlins knocked Mike Minor out of the game early.

Rams' Sam 'excited' to start next phase of career

ST. LOUIS - Now it starts to get intense for Michael Sam and the rest of the St. Louis Rams rookies.
By From Wire Reports

Big names running out of time to lock up spots in Ryder Cup

HOYLAKE, England - The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting closer and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are still not in the team. 

Paine tournament might have date change

The Paine College Golf Tournament, which has raised more than $150,000 for the school's golf program in its five years, might have an 11th-hour date change.
By David Westin

Georgia Southern draws attention at Sun Belt media day

A new era in Georgia Southern football began spectacularly in the Big Easy on Tuesday during the Sun Belt Conference media day
By Donald Heath

Former Gamecock facing four-game NFL suspension

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars receiverAce Sanders said Tuesday night "personal issues" will keep him away from the team when training camp opens.

Brewers pitcher gets clean, second chance

MILWAUKEE - Hat turned backward, Jeremy Jeffress, the former first-round pick is relishing a chance to stick in the majors with the team that drafted him in 2006.

Aussie wins Stage 16; leader maintains tight hold

Riding in his 10th Tour de France, three-time world champion Michael Rogers, of Australia, finally got his first stage victory in the Tour de France.
By Jamey Keaten

Ukraine club's missing players 'afraid' for lives

Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who are refusing to return to Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk are doing so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk.

Martinez-Evans team advances in state tournament

The Martinez-Evans Little League 11-12 year-old Americans hopped into the driver's seat with a 9-1 win over host Warner Robins on Monday night.
By Scott Rouch


In Eatonton, Ga., former Greenbrier golfer Austin Vick won a seven-man playoff Tuesday to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur.

Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract

CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

Giants head into camp with questions on offensive line

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nothing is more important to the New York Giants' championship than protecting Eli Manning. Nothing is more jumbled than the offensive line.

Texas coach isn't interested in discussing national championships

Charlie Strong riled up plenty of Texas fans during a statewide spring tour by saying the Longhorns wouldn't be in the national championship game.
By Stephen Hawkins

Clippers CEO says coach will quit if Sterling stays

LOS ANGELES - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner.

Michaux: McIlroy finds what once was lost

Walking away prematurely from the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, Rory McIlroy was about a million miles away from ever hoisting a claret jug. Whatever was lost was found when he returned to Hoylake last week.
By Scott Michaux

Martin embarks on community outreach to increase ticket sales

COLUMBIA - South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin has beefed up the Gamecocks' schedule, and now he hopes to improve the team's attendance.

New ACC settles into era of stability

Stability finally has arrived in the Atlantic Coast Conference - with its status as a power conference secure entering the College Football Playoff era - leaving its members optimistic about its future.

Baseball, then business, for Jeter

Derek Jeter announced the launch of Jeter Publishing, a partnership with Simon & Schuster, last November and became a partner of a company encouraging healthy nutrition.
By Ronald Blum

Alliance could end disconnect between NASCAR, teams

The Race Team Alliance, at its core, hopes to prevent fights with NASCAR going forward.
By Jenna Fryer

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