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Jordan Spieth of the United States kisses the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England on Sunday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Jordan’s wild journey: Spieth wins British Open

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — During one of Jordan Spieth's many low points Sunday in the British Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan. The message: "You belong in ...

Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras, right, celebrates with Kris Bryant, left, after hitting a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha during the sixth inning on Sunday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Cubs beat Cardinals, tie Brewers for 1st in NL Central

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras yelled as he rounded first base and the ball landed in the bleachers at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs are having fun again, led by their exuberant catcher. Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, handing another victory to Jose Quintana, and the Cubs ...

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Jordan Spieth prepares to play a shot on the 7th hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale on Friday.

Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day in England

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the golf course. He spent Friday morning at his rented house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast ...

Detroit Tigers celebrate after a 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Tigers trade Martinez to Dbacks; beat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers got along just fine without J.D. Martinez in their lineup. For one night, at least. After trading their star outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Tigers pounded out 16 hits in a 9-3 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Nicholas ...

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, left, and the Brewers find themselves leading the NL Central just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. The Brewers' surprise success has them weighing options for a playoff push. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Surprising Brewers weigh options at trade deadline

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' biggest fan calls team owner Mark Attanasio regularly and wonders occasionally what moves one of baseball's most surprising teams might make at the trade deadline. Former team owner and baseball commissioner Bud Selig is getting inducted into the ...

Driver Denny Hamlin (11) and the pack race during the NASCAR Cup Series 301 auto race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. on Sunday. Hamlin won the race. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Hamlin wins at New Hampshire, ends JGR’s winless streak

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing has undergone an unexpected upheaval that forced the organization into a youth movement. The biggest surprise, though, was going 0 for 2017. Denny Hamlin ended that rut with the kind of finish down the stretch that showed that — yes, the new ...

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell celebrates after the Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in 2010, in Philadelphia. Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Campbell announced his retirement Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Campbell announces his retirement after 17 NHL seasons

CHICAGO (AP) — Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Campbell announced his retirement Monday. The Blackhawks say he'll join their business operations department, assisting with community ...

LA Kings re-sign Gravel for one year

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings re-signed Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension Friday, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent defenseman. The Kings also signed restricted free agents Justin Auger, Andrew Crescenzi, Zachary Leslie, Kurtis ...

Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain's Johanna Konta during their Women's Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Venus Williams gains 9th Wimbledon final, awaits Muguruza

LONDON (AP) — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams. With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009. At 37, ...

Relocation fees boost Packers in another strong year

NFL relocation fees helped boost the bottom line for the Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL. The league's only publicly owned team released its 2017 statement on Wednesday, reporting net income of $72.8 million. About $27.1 million is part of the team's share of the fees that the ...

Marin Cilic, of Croatia, celebrates winning the third set against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Querrey stuns Murray

LONDON (AP) — The first portentous sign of trouble for Andy Murray, surprisingly enough, came right as the two-time Wimbledon champion constructed an ample lead over Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals Wednesday. The top-seeded Murray flicked a cross-court backhand passing shot so forcefully, ...

Aaron Rodgers, of the Green Bay Packers, accepts the award for best play at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Westbrook, Biles win athlete of year honors at The ESPYS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Russell Westbrook won best male athlete at The ESPYS, while Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete honors Wednesday night. The 25th annual show honoring the past year's top athletes and sports moments was hosted by Peyton Manning, who humorously mocked ...

Ryan Lochte is returning to USA Swimming competition this week for the first time since his 10-month suspension for his behavior at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended. He will compete at the L.A. Invitational, which begins Thursday  on the Southern California campus where he trains and now represents Trojan Swim Club. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Suspension over, Lochte returns to competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan Lochte is returning to USA Swimming competition this week for the first time since his 10-month suspension for his behavior at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended. The 32-year-old new father will compete at the L.A. Invitational, which begins Thursday on the Southern ...

American League's Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano (22), rounds the bases after hitting a homerun in the tenth inning during the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Cano’s HR in 10th gives AL All-Star win

MIAMI (AP) — Robinson Cano hugged Francisco Lindor after the final out, exchanged high-fives with his American League teammates and put an arm around the shoulder of designated hitter/photographer Nelson Cruz. Winning the All-Star Game still seemed to matter, even if it didn't mean World ...

Lakers sign Caldwell-Pope for 1 year, $18 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal hasn't ...

New Minnesota Timberwolves team members Taj Gibson, left, and Jeff Teague, right, sit together in Minneapolis on Monday. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Timberwolves sign Gibson, Teague as Minnesota becomes ‘it’ destination

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have suddenly become one of the "it" destinations for NBA free agents. Potential and reputation are beating out palm trees and postseason history. After finalizing contracts Monday with power forward Taj Gibson and point guard Jeff Teague, two ...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge smiles as he competes during the MLB baseball All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

All rise as Judge smashes his way to Home Run Derby title

MIAMI (AP) — Aaron Judge hit the glass behind left field that supports the retractable roof at Marlins Park. He drove balls over the Red Grooms home run sculpture in left-center, over the batter's eye in center and — unusually for a Home Run Derby, to the opposite field, too. He even hit ...

Detroit Tigers' Jose Iglesias, right, throws out Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, left, at second base and Lonnie Chisenhall at first base in the second inning on Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

All-Star Fulmer, Tigers beat Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Fulmer won't pitch in his first All-Star Game, not because he isn't worthy. Under the bright lights and on a big stage Sunday night, Fulmer again showed why he's Miami-bound. Fulmer outlasted All-Star teammate Corey Kluber, Alex Presley hit a tiebreaking, two-run ...

Bryant homers boost Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — No matter how easy they made it look a year ago, Anthony Rizzo insisted the Chicago Cubs in no way expected to breeze through another season. If this is a turning point, well, there still is plenty of room for improvement. Kris Bryant hit two homers and drove in four runs, ...

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villa, right, throws to first after forcing out Chicago Cubs' Jon Jay at second during the third inning Thursday in Chicago. Kris Bryant was safe at first. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Brewers beat up on Cubs, 11-2

CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers weren't happy when the Chicago Cubs decided to postpone a game in May on what turned out to be a totally dry afternoon — especially since the decision cost them a day off. The Brewers also weren't pleased the makeup game was scheduled for a 1:20 p.m. ...