• Broadcast right dispute cancels football match in Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A football match in Brazil was cancelled in front of 20,000 stunned fans because of a broadcasting rights dispute.

  • LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony miss All-Star media day

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cleveland’s LeBron James and New York’s Carmelo Anthony did not attend NBA All-Star media day events on Friday.

  • NASCAR driver Greg Biffle won’t race full time this season

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Greg Biffle won’t race full time this season.

  • Marlins SS Hechavarria admits lying in Cuban smuggling probe

    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a federal jury Friday he lied to investigators about knowing a key figure in an alleged Cuban ballplayer smuggling network linked to a Florida sports agent and a trainer.

  • Mike Walden, former voice of USC and UCLA sports, dies at 89

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Walden, the voice of Southern California and UCLA sports for decades who also broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals games, has died. He was 89.

  • NASCAR hopes for boost after big swings at spicing it up

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and welcomes back its most popular driver, all providing optimism for a series eager to halt a steady decline in attendance, ratings and sponsorship.

  • Iran allows female spectators at beach volleyball tournament

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say authorities have allowed female spectators at a beach volleyball tournament after organizers threatened to halt the event in protest.

  • Day faces big challenge to stay at No. 1

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Jason Day’s goals at the start of the year was to stay at No. 1 for the entire calendar year. The year is not even two months old, and already he is facing his first big challenge.

  • Cuban players: We paid thousands for journey to US baseball

    MIAMI (AP) — Two Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate.

  • Fired for Venus Williams remark, ex-commentator sues ESPN

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tennis commentator dropped by ESPN for a remark about Venus Williams during the Australian Open sued the sports network Tuesday for wrongful termination.