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The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy....

It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at Indy for record 5th time
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again....

Panthers' Hardy: 'I hate I've distracted my team'
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Convicted Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy said he wants to remain with the Carolina Panthers beyond this season....

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days....

LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs
LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland....

First-place Dodgers complete sweep of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Manager Don Mattingly hardly considers a late-July sweep in San Francisco a turning point to put his Dodgers in the driver's seat atop the NL West....

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France
PARIS (AP) -- Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner's podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

Relief roles a matter of routine
When Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez won the MVP in 1984, he pitched in 80 games. Only 33 of those appearances were save opportunities....

Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open
MONTREAL (AP) -- Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk....

Tax fraud case against Lionel Messi goes ahead
MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed....

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