July 17, 2014
Instructor Matt Epstein leads a group guitar lesson for Lauren VerBrugge, center, Jacob Shabaka and Marissa Edmiston during Compass Music Camp on Thursday. Epstein worked with them on scales and solo improvisation skills to get ready for their Saturday performance.
Ronald Franklin, 14, presents his business pitch to a panel of judges on the last day of the Build-a-Business Camp in Columbia on Thursday. Franklin, who hopes to be a motivational speaker when he gets older, proposed an after-school program for children.
From left: Taylor Plunkett, 15, describes her idea for a charitable custom T-shirt company to judges Pete Beard, Nestor Santos and Luis Jimenez during the Build-a-Business Camp in Columbia on Thursday. Plunkett saw her experience at the camp as a stepping stone to one day owning her own business. "I want to be able to take my ideas and turn them into something," she said.
Tiger Woods collects his ball after putting out on the 11th hole at the British Open on Thursday.
Rory McIlroy plays out of a bunker on the 16th hole during the first day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club in Hoylake, England on Thursday. McIlroy shot a 6-under 66 to take the early lead.
Media members surround Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace during the Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday in Hoover, Ala. Wallace passed for more than 3,000 yards last season and 18 touchdowns, but was voted to the third team on All-Southeastern Conference ballots Thursday. "I'm not happy about it," said Wallace, who was topped by Auburn's Nick Marshall on the first team and Mississippi State's Derek Prescott.
Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams is interviewed in his office in Nashville, Tenn., on July 16. Vanderbilt has set the bar at a new height by winning the school's second national title last month at the College World Series. Now Williams says the challenge is what team comes next, and he includes the football team as having a chance too with its recent success.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday. Stoops will try to guide the Wildcats to conference victories after an 0-8 record in the SEC during his first season at the helm.
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, talks with Oprah Winfrey during an interview airing on OWN on Thursday night. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home – except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father.
Alabama coach Nick Saban discusses his team with media at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Ala. The Crimson Tide hopes to bounce back from a stellar season that ended in surprising losses to both Auburn and Oklahoma.
American League shortstop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waves as he is taken out of the game Tuesday in the top of the fourth inning of the All-Star baseball game. Tuesday's All-Star game was Jeter's last as the Yankee star will retire after this season.
Norway's Alexander Kristoff, left, crosses the finish line Thursday ahead of Peter Sagan of Slovakia to win the twelfth stage of the Tour de France.
Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III speaks to media at SEC media days on Monday in Hoover, Ala. "I think it's a job to play college football," Hargreaves told The Associated Press, "but I can't really concern myself with it because I can't do anything about it."
Lance Armstrong pauses during an interview in Austin, Texas in February 2011. Lance Armstrong met in May with the panel investigating cycling’s doping past in a meeting set up by the cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life over his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong attorney Elliot Peters declined to reveal specifics of what was discussed in the seven-hour meeting on May 22 at a hotel outside Dulles Airport in Washington. Peters told The Associated Press on Thursday: “Lance answered all their questions.”
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was carrying 295 people when it was shot down, Ukrainian officials said.
People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on Thursday.
People walk amid the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on Thursday. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
A woman reacts Friday to news regarding a Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
Marsha Knudsen sits among a trunk from her parents and its contents in her home. Knudsen finished her book, Sailor's Mail, about her parents' love story this year after she began writing five years ago.
Letters from Homer Norris sit in the trunk of his belongings. Norris' daughter, Marsha Knudsen, wrote Sailor's Mail about her father's experience in World War II. More than 200 letters to his wife, Ruth, survived. She wrote him every day and sent more than 600 letters, but those were lost.