SPARTA, Ky. (AP) - NASCAR chairman Brian France said Speedway Motorsports Inc. has submitted a scheduling request for 2011, and it's no secret the company has coveted a Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. France said Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla., that track operators SMI and International Speedway Corp. ...Read more
Alabama's 2009 National Football Championship brought joy to many people including Baltimore Ravens General Manager and former Crimson Tide All-American Ozzie Newsome. But for Newsome, the trip to Pasadena wasn't just for pleasure. He was also working and from a Baltimore organization standpoint, the National Championship Game was fruitful.
ATLANTA (AP) - Injured Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward says he won't try to play in the All-Star game. Heyward is second among NL outfielders in the fan voting results that were released on Tuesday. The right fielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday night with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb. He was wearing a new cast on his thumb Tuesday. ...Read more
ATLANTA (AP) - Craig Stammen, called up from the minors earlier in the day, pitched 7 1-3 strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals past the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Tuesday night. ...Read more
ATLANTA (AP) - Braves rookie Jason Heyward has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a deep bone bruise in his left thumb. The injury was disclosed in an MRI on Monday. The Braves announced the move following their 5-0 win over the Washington Nationals. Heyward was held out of the Braves' starting lineup for the third straight game. ...Read more
ATLANTA (AP) - Stephen Strasburg's fifth big league start was by far his toughest. The Atlanta Braves scored four runs in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals' star rookie, and Tim Hudson threw seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory Monday night. ...Read more
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - John Isner has won the longest match in tennis history, taking the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut 70-68. The first-round match at Wimbledon took 11 hours, 5 minutes over three days. Isner closed out the victory Thursday with a backhand winner, then collapsed to his back as he tossed his racket in jubilation and relief. ...Read more
CHICAGO (AP) - Paul Konerko homered with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday, lifting the Chicago White Sox to their ninth straight victory, 2-0 over the Atlanta Braves. Gavin Floyd, J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks combined on a two-hitter for the White Sox, who have their longest winning streak since 2006 and have won 13 of their last 14 games. ...Read more
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria. With the U.S. perhaps three minutes from elimination, Jozy Altidore was stopped on a breakaway by goalkeeper Rais Bolihi. Donovan hustled in and kicked in the rebound to win Group C Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Carlos Quentin homered twice off Tim Hudson, and Mark Buehrle pitched out of numerous jams Wednesday night as the Chicago White Sox extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The White Sox have won 12 of 13 to move within 3½ games of AL Central-leading Minnesota. Just two weeks ago, they were 9½ games back. Despite allowing nine hits in six innings, Buehrle earned his major league-record 23rd interleague victory. Buehrle (6-6) is 9-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last 12 starts against NL teams. ...Read more
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - The longest match in tennis history has been suspended for darkness at 59-59 in the fifth set at Wimbledon. The first-round match between 23rd-seeded John Isner of Tampa, Fla., and qualifier Nicolas Mahut of France was halted at dusk Wednesday. ...Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stephen Strasburg showed off his high heat in the high humidity of a sweaty summer afternoon, setting yet another strikeout record. He also suffered his first major league defeat. ...Read more
CHICAGO (AP) - John Danks settled down after a shaky start to outpitch a Tommy Hanson as the Chicago White Sox won their seventh straight game, 9-6 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. In snapping Atlanta's five-game winning streak, the White Sox won for the 11th time in 12 games. ...Read more
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Six-time champion Roger Federer escaped a monumental first-round upset at Wimbledon, overcoming a two-set deficit to beat Alejandro Falla 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-0. Federer, who has reached the tournament final each of the past seven years, barely survived the ceremonial opening match on Centre Court as defending champion. ...Read more