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.
DENVER - Matt McBride hit his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings, helping the Colorado Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Fisher refuses to use offseason shoulder surgery as an excuse.
As good as any division a year ago, the AFC West is about to get tested.
SEATTLE - Forget about the NFC Worst. Last year proved the NFC West is the deepest division in the NFL.
LAWRENCE - Ben Heeney may know better than anybody the challenge that faces Kansas after losing its top two running backs to season-ending injuries just one day apart.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rick Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout, Victor Martinez hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 Wednesday night.
The Kansas City Royals beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Tuesday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray got a chance to showcase themselves in the Chiefs' preseason game in Carolina.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA's best argument against the Ed O'Bannon ruling may be the financial limits imposed by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken - the same ones the NCAA lauded in her decision.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Coach Kliff Kingsbury and his quarterback are in similar territory entering their second seasons at Texas Tech.
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU coach Gary Patterson had been thinking about spreading out his offense since the Horned Frogs got in the Big 12 two years ago.
LAWRENCE - The top two running backs on the Kansas depth chart will each miss their senior season after Brandon Bourbon tore his ACL and Taylor Cox tore his Achilles' tendon in separate incidents.
NEW YORK - "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn't hesitate to temporarily move TV's top-rated comedy to a different night to make room for football.
AUSTIN, Texas - New Texas coach Charlie Strong wasted no time delivering fans a bit of the honesty he demands from his players.
Baylor coach Art Briles quickly dismisses the idea of his Bears defending their Big 12 championship.