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American Pharoah has final Haskell tuneup
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) -- Triple Crown winner American Pharoah had another easy gallop Saturday morning at Monmouth Park, his final serious exercise before the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational....

Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges
BEIJING (AP) -- Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate....

Judge orders Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19
NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal judge handling Tom Brady's attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August....

Mets get Cespedes at trade deadline
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets finally landed the bat they were looking for in Yoenis Cespedes just ahead of Friday's trade deadline, and Cole Hamels confirmed he blocked a trade to Houston before Philadelphia dealt its ace to Texas....

Column: Baseball plays parity game as well as any sport
The Houston Astros are loading up for a pennant race....

Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback's lawsuit against the NFL and the team's image around the league....

Take me out to the rooftop: Wrigley changes bring new looks
CHICAGO (AP) -- Top of the first, one out. It's a Friday in July, the start of a holiday weekend, and the Chicago Cubs are hosting the Miami Marlins....

WHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests....

Kennedy watches wife give birth on FaceTime, then pitches
MIAMI (AP) -- Ian Kennedy expected to miss Friday's start against the Miami Marlins to be with his wife Allison, who was in labor with their fourth child....

USOC: 3 cities being contacted to replace Boston in 2024 bid
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be "ancient history" by the time the host city is selected in 2017....

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