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Former Missouri football player Aldon Smith pleads no contest to charges

San Francisco 49ers linebacker and former Missouri football player Aldon Smith was sentenced Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

Showtime Shoni shines in WNBA All-Star game victory

Shoni Schimmel, a rookie who doesn't even start for her own team, put on a record-breaking performance and scored 29 points to help the East beat the West 125-124 on Saturday in the first WNBA All-Star game to go to overtime.

Gomes' pinch HR lifts Red Sox over Royals 5-4

Jonny Gomes hit a go-ahead two-run pinch homer in the sixth after another two-run shot in the inning by Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Friday night.

Wainwright blames self for Jeter flap

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is taking the blame for the flap that ensued after he said he served up pitches to Derek Jeter during the All-Star game.

Holliday powers Cardinals past Dodgers, 3-2

ESPY Awards recognize Michael Sam with Arthur Ashe Courage Award

In his acceptance speech, Michael Sam thanked Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel for serving as a mentor to him. He thanked the entire Mizzou family and said, "you will always be home."

After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work

Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast. It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers are in prime playoff position.

Tour leader Nibali: Doping belongs to cycling past

The Italian has had a praiseworthy, almost unbreakable lock on the yellow jersey, yet he will be looking over his shoulder more on Friday. The great race enters two days in the Alps that feature uphill finishes, starting with the hardest climb that the peloton has faced so far.

Armstrong met cycling doping panel in May

The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union's handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with Armstrong.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy lead pack at British Open

On the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, Rory McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Pitcher Jake Arrieta becomes bright spot for woeful Cubs

Heading into Sunday's start at Arizona, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA and a .160 opponents' batting average during an impressive six-week run.

Lance Stephenson shuns Pacers, opts for Hornets

The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.

40-year-old woman earns spot on New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad

Kriste Lewis, a dance instructor, said she did not expect to make the Saintsations, which are comprised of mostly 18- to 28-year-olds.

NBA Commisioner says Donald Sterling saga might continue into season

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Adam Silver said after the Board of Governors' meeting Tuesday. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Kevin Love trade talks open again between Warriors, Timberwolves

Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors general manager Bob Myers at the arena on Sunday as the teams look to bridge the gap that caused discussions to stall. The Warriors have been reluctant to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package, which has been considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.

Cardinal players struggle in loss to AL All-Stars

Manager Mike Matheny, in charge of the National League team because St. Louis won the pennant last season, was on the losing side, and his pitchers, Adam Wainwright and Pat Neshak, allowed all five of the American League’s runs.

British Open: a new golf course, a new Tiger Woods

Royal Liverpool, green and thick this time around, is still a firm and bouncy test of links golf. But it's nothing as it was in 2006, when the fairways were so baked and brown that Woods hit only one driver in four rounds.

Dwyane Wade re-signs with Miami Heat

Wade signed a new contract with the Heat on Tuesday. It's a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation.

Pete Rose could play role at 2015 All-Star Game

The career hits leader generally is not allowed in any areas of major league ballparks not open to fans.

Bulls use amnesty clause to cut Carlos Boozer

Boozer had one season left on a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million. The amnesty clause allows a team to waive one player during the current labor deal and have 100 percent of his salary taken off the cap and the tax.