Professional Sports

Johnson thrills kids during visit to his hometown

October 5, 2010 - 8:00pm

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson is taking a break from his chase for a fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship to visit a middle school in his hometown. Johnson dazzled several hundred students at Emerald STEM Magnet Middle School when he pulled up in a replica of his No. 48 car. ...Read more

2010 Postseason Baseball Glance

October 5, 2010 - 7:43pm

American League
Tampa Bay vs. Texas

Wednesday, Oct. 6
 Texas (Lee 12-9) at Tampa Bay (Price 19-6), 1:37 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7
 Texas (Wilson 15-8) at Tampa Bay (Shields 13-15), 2:37 p.m.
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Top teams in SEC have dominant defense in common

September 29, 2010 - 10:46pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU, Alabama and Florida have more than their unbeaten records in common. They're also the top three defensive teams in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC has long had a reputation for teams that win championships with defense. Numbers bear out the popular idea that the conference produces many of the best defensive players in the country. ...Read more

Halladay earns 20th win for Phillies

September 21, 2010 - 10:00pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Roy Halladay became Philadelphia's first 20-game winner in 28 years, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and the Phillies increased their lead in the NL East to five games with their ninth straight win, 5-3 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. ...Read more

Charlotte to build world's largest video board

September 21, 2010 - 9:57pm

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Motor Speedway plans to install the world's largest HD video board in time for next year's Coca-Cola 600. The screen will be 200 feet wide, 80 feet tall and weigh more than 165,000 pounds. That size will make it larger than the $40 million screen at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, which is currently billed as the world's largest. ...Read more

AP Source: Torrance collapses, hospitalized

August 20, 2010 - 8:39pm

A person familiar with the situation says former Alabama standout point guard Mikhail Torrance collapsed after a workout in Bradenton, Fla. on Friday and is hospitalized in critical condition. ...Read more

Harvick passes Hamlin, holds on to win at Michigan

August 15, 2010 - 10:15pm

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin with 11 laps to go, then held on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick's No. 29 team gambled by staying on the track instead of making a pit stop during a late caution. It paid off with a momentum-building victory Sunday for the series points leader. ...Read more

Kaymer wins PGA in playoff; Johnson out on penalty

August 15, 2010 - 10:13pm

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - Martin Kaymer has won the PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff that did not include Dustin Johnson, who was penalized two strokes for grounding his club in a bunker on the last hole. ...Read more

Francoeur, Mets rally to beat Braves 3-2

August 3, 2010 - 8:29pm

ATLANTA (AP) - Jeff Francoeur hit a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning off Braves closer Billy Wagner and the New York Mets snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night. The Braves have lost three of four and now lead second-place Philadelphia, a 6-1 winner at Florida, by two games in the NL East. ...Read more

Favre tells Vikings he will retire

August 3, 2010 - 8:21pm

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Vikings player says Brett Favre has texted his teammates and told them he plans to retire. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said he learned of the messages by talking to several teammates on Tuesday. He said he had not received any direct messages from Favre. ...Read more

Biffle wins Pocono

August 2, 2010 - 1:52pm

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Greg Biffle has won an often-delayed NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway to snap a 64-race winless streak and take the checkered flag for injured owner Jack Roush. Biffle hadn't won since he took the first two races in the 2008 Chase for the Cup championship. ...Read more

Stewart takes Pocono poles

July 30, 2010 - 10:00pm

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Tony Stewart likes to start up front at Pocono Raceway. Stewart had a lap Friday at 171.393 mph to top of the field for Sunday's Pennsylvania 500. He was awarded the pole in two of his previous three starts at Pocono after rainouts washed out qualifying. This time, Stewart sped his way to the top. ...Read more

Tim Tebow gets head-start on training camp

July 30, 2010 - 9:57pm

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Tim Tebow is working out with the Denverv Broncos for the first time since signing his contract. The two-time national champion from Florida who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft in April is getting in an hour's worth of field work with other rookies before the veterans report Saturday. The first full-squad workout is Sunday. ...Read more

Ravens' Cody flunks conditioning test

July 27, 2010 - 10:56am

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens second-round draft pick Terrence Cody has failed his conditioning test and was not permitted to participate in the team's first training camp practice. The 360-pound defensive tackle out of Alabama signed a three-year contract Monday and arrived at McDaniel College eager to launch his NFL career. ...Read more

Hot-hitting Diaz leads Braves past Padres, 4-1

July 20, 2010 - 8:38pm

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Diaz homered in his third straight game, Jair Jurrjens gave up only one run in seven innings, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Tuesday night in a matchup of first-place teams. ...Read more

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