PHILADELPHIA - As word spread through NBA inner circles that Kansas prospect Joel Embiid suffered a foot injury, the Philadelphia 76ers wondered if his misfortune was just the break the downtrodden franchise needed.
LONDON - Petra Kvitova plays so much better at the All England Club than anywhere else, and now she owns two championships to prove it.
HARROGATE, England - Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash. Marcel Kittel's hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed new signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world's top sprinters.
NATIONALS 13, CUBS 0
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Brazil star Neymar says his World Cup may be over because of a fractured vertebra but his World Cup dream of celebrating the title with his teammates at the Maracana Stadium next Sunday is still alive.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Argentines didn't need a late winner from Lionel Messi this time, settling in to protect a 1-0 margin against Belgium that earned them a first trip to the World Cup semifinals in 24 years.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The fireworks celebrating victory had barely subsided when the disastrous news came through for Brazil: Neymar is out. The star who lit up the World Cup with his skill and sunny temperament fractured a bone in his back. The only way for Brazil to win now will be without him.
CLEVELAND - Yordano Ventura's dominating performance Friday night produced plenty of superaltives.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the big German.
MINNEAPOLIS - Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer Thursday night, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win and helping New York end a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
RIO DE JANEIRO - One thing for certain on Friday is that a South American team and a European team will secure their spots in the World Cup semifinals.
NEW YORK - The New York Knicks plan to meet with Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night in Los Angeles, a person with knowledge of the plans said.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Kansas City Royals have played well away from home. They're consistently capable of winning with only a couple of runs.
SAO PAULO - Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup.
LONDON - The silence at Centre Court made abundantly clear that Andy Murray's time as Wimbledon champion was coming to a close.
SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker is by far the youngest of the San Antonio Spurs' Big Three, a fact that could have complicated things going forward as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili get closer to retirement.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play together in the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Eric Berry made the first trip to the injury tent. Marcus Cooper followed soon afterward.
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline.
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay's David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Stuck in limbo between contending and conceding, the perennially building Kansas City Royals opted to stand pat as baseball's non-waiver trade deadline passed Thursday.
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline.
RENTON, Wash. - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell has waited patiently for his opportunity to excel in a secondary loaded with talent.
MIAMI - One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The moment when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will no longer discuss his contract situation is rapidly approaching, even though he makes it seem as if the deadline has already passed.
PARIS - Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The presumptive favorite to win the starting right guard spot with the Kansas City Chiefs worked out with the third team on Monday. The guy who is challenging him for the spot slid over to center during another portion of the workout.
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.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn't do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City.