• US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy

    ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — The men on the United States’ Davis Cup team are treading very carefully over Serena Williams’ insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final.

  • Former Nimes bosses sentenced to jail in match-fixing case

    PARIS (AP) — A French court has sentenced the former owners of Nimes to three years in jail — 18 months served and 18 months suspended — for their role in a match-fixing case.

  • Gonzalez, Reed, Fletcher, Bailey 1st-year HOF nominees

    Tony Gonzalez, the most accomplished tight end in NFL history, Ed Reed, Champ Bailey and London Fletcher are first-year eligible players among the 102 modern-era nominees for the class of 2019 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • Wallays wins stage, Yates leads Vuelta before decisive tests

    LLEIDA, Spain (AP) — Jelle Wallays won the Spanish Vuelta’s flat 18th stage on Thursday, while Simon Yates held on to the overall lead ahead of two decisive days in the Pyrenees.

  • Michigan State trustee’s son denies any Nassar cover-up

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University says it’s lining up a lawyer for trustee George Perles (PER’-lis), who’s accused of covering up a rape allegation against Larry Nassar in 1992, when Perles was the athletic director and football coach.

  • Ex-big leaguer O’Dell who won 105 games in majors dies at 85

    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Major League pitcher Billy O’Dell, who won 105 games in a 13-year career, has died. He was 85 years.

  • Red Star returns to Champions League after 26 years

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — One of the favorite cries for Red Star fans is “UEFA-mafia,” but when their team qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 26 years, all 150,000 tickets for the three home games in the group stage were sold out in an hour.

  • Texas OL Patrick Hudson out of hospital after heat illness

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from the hospital and returned to class a week after heat illness at practice sent him to intensive care.

  • Safety shortage at USC presses underclassmen into action

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s not so much “next man up” as “last man standing” at No. 22 Southern California, with three scholarship safeties available against Texas on Saturday.

  • Youth is served: Blades Jr. makes a splash for No. 21 Miami

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — There’s a large burden of expectation on Miami defensive back Al Blades Jr. Such is to be expected when one has bloodlines like he does — being the son of former Hurricanes star Al Blades, as well as the nephew of Hurricanes greats Bennie Blades and Brian Blades.