San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues.
Kansas City has lost three in a row to fall into a first-place tie with Detroit, which split a doubleheader at Chicago. Cleveland is just 3 1/2 back in the bunched AL Central.
Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.
Rookies Javier Baez and Jorge Soler had two RBIs apiece against Pat Neshek in a go-ahead eighth inning, leading the last-place Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Santana, who homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month, hit a two-run homer as the Cleveland Indians topped the Royals 6-1 Friday night.
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid are forced to consider adjustments among the team's starting lineup heading into regular season play.
Kansas City Royals are looking for their first playoff appearance in nearly 30 years. The Royals have seen recent success, despite being a smaller-market team.
Smith won't be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers' game against the New Orleans Saints.
Bruce Chen (2-4), the sixth pitcher for the American League Central-leading Royals, gave up five hits and walked two in the 10th.
"I'm very confident that I'll be playing on a NFL roster this fall," said Michael Sam, a former Missouri defensive end and the NFL's first openly gay player.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told teams to distribute his memo to all players and to post it in locker rooms. It reads in part: "Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances."
The NFL's first openly gay player is battling for a spot on St. Louis' defensive line, which just happens to be a position where the Rams are extremely deep. Sam has shown some flashes of great potential — his sacks of Johnny Manziel against Cleveland last week foremost among them — but knows those plays alone won't win him a job.
The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas Chiefs 34-14 in a preseason finale Thursday night played mostly by reserves.
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Quickly putting behind a poor-serving start, Williams dismissed 81st-ranked American Vania King 6-1, 6-0 in 56 minutes to reach the third round.
NASCAR released a statement saying that Stewart was eligible to return because he "has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities." NASCAR said it would have no further comment until President Mike Helton speaks Friday afternoon.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Wainwright's subpar pitching is showing how the grind of a long season is taking its toll.
Sam and the Rams visit the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, the last exhibition for both clubs and the last opportunity for players to state their cases before teams pare down their rosters to the NFL-mandated 53 by Saturday afternoon.
The Royals extended their lead over Detroit to 2 1/2 games in the AL Central with their 11th win in their past 13 games at Kauffman Stadium. They've won four straight over the Twins.
On Wednesday, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered by the whipping wind, her own off-target strokes and an opponent who wasn't backing down.