PHEONIX - Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Shane Victorino became the latest All-Star scratches, further threatening to turn baseball's big show into the All-Scar game.
SUPER-BESSE, France (AP) - Portuguese rider Rui Alberto Costa won the eighth stage of the Tour de France after withstanding a late attack from Philippe Gilbert in the final climb on Saturday, while Thor Hushovd kept the overall leader's yellow jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mobbed by his pinstriped pals after the ball sailed into the left-field seats, showered by ovations from his fans, Derek Jeter stood alone - the first New York Yankees player to reach 3,000 hits.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Max Scherzer held the Royals in check while pitching into the seventh inning, Ryan Raburn belted a two-run homer and a shaky Detroit Tigers bullpen held on for a 3-1 victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) - John Mackey, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits of retired players and struggled with dementia, has died. He was 69.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL teams owners and players' association leaders met for another long negotiating session Thursday, hoping to finally break the labor lockout that has now lasted more than 16 weeks.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Quarterback Kerry Collins is retiring from the NFL after 16 seasons in the league, his agent announced Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With the hours dwindling until the deadline for Ohio State's response to NCAA allegations of improper benefits and a cover up in the football program, athletic director Gene Smith said Thursday that he's disappointed by "where we are" even as he's encouraged by the work of the school's compliance department.
NEW YORK (AP) - George Brett predicts the 3,000th hit of Derek Jeter's career will be harder to get than the first.
LISIEUX, France (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway led a sprint to win the rain-splattered sixth stage of the Tour de France, while his countryman Thor Hushovd retained the yellow jersey on Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police say Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was ticketed for possessing marijuana and speeding in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka last week.
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA players' association maintains that there is an "adequate basis" for doubting the NBA's losses, citing the inaccurate financial projections the league made in 2009-10.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Kansas State guard Nick Russell is headed to Southern Methodist University. On Tuesday, SMU head coach Matt Doherty said Russell will join the Mustangs this fall.
HAYS - Fort Hays State University men's basketball coach Mark Johnson announced six recruits that will be joining the men's basketball team for the 2011-12 season.
It's judgment day for the Big Ten.
MANHATTAN - Tyler Lockett is the third member of his family to play wide receiver for Bill Snyder at Kansas State, so the 74-year-old coach knows what the family lineage can bring to an offense.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Salvador Perez hit a scorching liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single, allowing Jarrod Dyson to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
LAWRENCE - Kansas coach Charlie Weis says his players would be disappointed if they didn't win "significantly more games" than a year ago, when they stumbled to a 3-9 finish.
There were the expected season-opening blowout victories for Big 12 teams.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Wes Welker is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to published reports. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines.
HOUSTON - J.J. Watt couldn't sleep on Monday night after agreeing to a six-year contract extension with the Houston Texans.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David Burnett had just landed in Atlanta on a business trip when his phone buzzed with a voice mail. On the recording, breaking with emotion, was the voice of Cairo Santos.