Phil Mickelson confident — at least about links golf

He has missed three cuts. He withdrew twice after narrowly making the cut because of injuries. At the Masters, where he is a three-time champion, he missed the cut for the first time in 17 years. But Lefty's still smiling.

Brazil rethinks future after World Cup failure

The Cup was widely seen as Brazil's for the taking. They finished in fourth place with their star badly injured and the brutal memory of a 7-1 rout by the Germans in front of a global audience.

United Germany stands at the top of the world

Germany proved it had the best team in the world, and won its fourth World Cup with a win against Argentina.

72-year-old driver causes crash, raises questions

Morgan Shepherd can still probably wheel a race car better than you and most of your friends, but that doesn't mean the 72-year-old should be racing against the very best drivers in NASCAR.


Nibali excels at Tour de France as Contador crashes out

Alberto Contador's mishap has given this 101st edition of cycling's greatest event a dubious distinction of being the first in recent memory to force out its two top stars to crash injuries.

Basketball entrepreneur Louis 'Red' Klotz dies

Klotz formed a working relationship with the Globetrotters in 1952, putting together the opposing teams that almost always lost. In 1971, he hit the game-winner in a rare Globetrotter loss as a 50-year-old player/coach.

NCAA, quarterbacks shift among topics at SEC media days

The league opened its annual media days — four days instead of three now — on Monday in Hoover, Ala., with radical change in the college athletic model appearing imminent and the SEC Network soon to take the airwaves.

Brewers get to Martinez, rout Cardinals 11-2

Manager Mike Matheny chalked up Sunday's 11-2 loss to Milwaukee as a learning experience for his 22-year-old pitcher, who allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings. St. Louis fell a game behind of the Brewers in the NL Central at the All-Star break.

Germany wins terrifically entertaining World Cup

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, sat in the VIP section with other world leaders, waved a clenched fist as Goetze celebrated.

Tigers drop series finale, 5-2 to Royals

A five-run seventh inning keyed by Omar Infante's two-run single and an RBI double from Eric Hosmer prevented the Tigers from pulling off the four-game sweep.

Keselowski dominates in New Hampshire victory

After the last caution came with four laps left, Keselowski pulled away on the final restart to become the first driver to sweep the weekend in track history. He had the fastest car most of the weekend.

Mo Martin, with eagle on 18, wins Women's British Open

Americans now have won the first three majors of the LPGA Tour season for the first time since 1999, with Martin following Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Michelle Wie at the U.S. Women's Open.

Cardinals tied for 1st place after 10-2 win

The Cardinals moved into a tie for first place in the NL Central.

AP Source: LeBron James signs 2-year contract

LeBron James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs on Saturday, a day after he announced he was returning to play in Cleveland and try to end the city's 50-year championship drought.

Porcello outduels Shields, Tigers beat Royals

Rick Porcello outdueled James Shields and the Detroit Tigers won their fifth in a row, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday night.

Marc Burns named cross country coach

Marc Burns, who has coached Division I for 18 years, will take over the Missouri program this fall.

Missouri's Gadbois wins 'Golden Shoe' award

The award is given to the nation's most outstanding base stealer in each respective division.

Netherlands beats host Brazil 3-0 to finish 3rd

Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday.

James makes Cavs better, now East more wide open

LeBron James' move to the Cavaliers shakes up an Eastern Conference that's now without a true favorite.

Loew needs a title to prove he is a winner

Germany needs to beat Argentina in Sunday's World Cup decider to finally make Joachim Loew a winner.