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Royals rout Diamondbacks 12-2

Billy Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, Nori Aoki hit a grand slam and the Kansas City Royals gave Danny Duffy some rare run support by bashing the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Woods ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship

Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.

Dalton, Smith in spotlight as Bengals visit Chiefs

Quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Alex Smith will both be in the spotlight Thursday night — for as long as they play — when the Bengals visit the Chiefs in the preseason opener of both teams.

Rams tackle trying to stay patient as he heals

St. Louis Rams left tackle Jake Long has sat around longer than he's wanted. He is going to have to wait a little more before he gets to play in a football game.

Tebow embracing analyst job while waiting on NFL

Tim Tebow still wants — and trains for — another NFL opportunity, but Tebow is embracing his latest passion: working as a football analyst for ESPN's new SEC Network, which debuts Aug. 14.

Basketball Hall of Fame welcomes Alonzo Mourning

After a career where he averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots, Alonzo Mourning will be part of the class enshrined in Springfield, Mass., on Friday.

Injuries at receiver don't faze Georgia's Richt

Coach Mark Richt isn't sure when Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley will be cleared medically to play, so he's counting on Georgia's entire group of receivers to fill the void.

Vote would let big conferences set their own rules

The NCAA board of directors is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposal that would give the five wealthiest college football conferences the ability to make rules and pass legislation without the approval of the rest of Division I schools.

Jay lifts Cardinals to 3-2 win over Red Sox

Jon Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Phelps signs with new suit company

Michael Phelps has been linked with Speedo throughout his swimming career, most notably collecting a $1 million bonus after he won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Games. Now, as he comes back from retirement, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history will have a different look.

Special teams take the forefront at Rams practice

More than half of the roster was involved in the first St. Louis Rams special teams-only practice of training camp.

Flowers' return provides boost for Arkansas

Trey Flowers chose Arkansas when he was in high school because he wanted the chance to win a national championship. The Razorbacks' defensive end chose to return for his senior season because he wasn't ready to leave a program that had fallen so far from those championship expectations.

U.S. men's basketball chooses 16 roster finalists

The U.S. national team has 16 players left in their roster pool after cutting three Tuesday.

Clinic owner tied to MLB scandal to plead guilty

The former clinic owner accused of selling performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez has agreed to plead guilty in what prosecutors called a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute steroids to both major league ballplayers and high school athletes.

Vanderbilt ready to tighten up quarterback pool

The Vanderbilt Commodores have been doing their best to give all six quarterbacks a chance to make a good impression in the opening days of camp. The competition now is tightening up.

Missouri Rattlers place 2nd in tournament

Missouri Rattlers get second place in the United States Specialty Sports Association World Series in Kansas City

Spurs hire WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant

The San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff.

Just like that, Mickelson part of the mix at PGA

Phil Mickelson is being mentioned as one of the favorites at the PGA Championship. Can he keep it up? Mickelson has no idea.

Franklin, Phelps, Lochte with something to prove at U.S. nationals

Before she begins her sophomore year at Berkeley, Missy Franklin is competing in her biggest meet of the year starting Wednesday. She is set to swim four events at U.S. nationals in Irvine, California, where berths on the American team for the Pan Pacific Championships later this month and next year's world championships are at stake.

Columbia track team grabs Junior Olympics awards

Three members of Columbia's Blue Thunder Track Club won four national championships at the Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.

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