• In this Dec. 31, 2015, file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) poses with the Orange Bowl trophy following an NCAA college football semifinal playoff game against Oklahoma, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play its semifinals on most New Year's Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a Saturday or a holiday.
The changes will start with the 2018 season.  (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)

    CFP abandons plan to play most of its semifinals on Dec. 31

    The College Football Playoff has abandoned a plan to play most of its semifinals on New Year’s Eves after television ratings tumbled last year, moving the dates of future games to ensure they will be played either on a weekend or a holiday.

  • Members of the Baton Rouge Police Department salute as a member of the Louisiana State Police Honor Guard, left, plays "Taps" through driving rain during funeral services for Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 25, 2016. Jackson, slain by a gunman who authorities said targeted law enforcement, is the last of the three Louisiana law enforcement officers killed in last week's ambush to be buried. (Hilary Scheinuk/Baton Rouge Advocate via AP)

    Hundreds gather at vigil for slain Baton Rouge officers

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The gunman’s bullets that killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge also targeted the country and “touched the soul of an entire nation,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at a memorial service for the fallen officers.

    Updated: 5:24 pm

  • Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina, hits from a sand trap on the third hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Grillo continues strong play with 66 in PGA Championship

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — For some professional golfers this year, there are five majors.

  • In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, a woman wears a shirt reading 'Trump Putin '16' while waiting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a campaign event at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H. Donald Trump just keeps giving Russian President Vladimir Putin more reasons to hope he wins the U.S. election, while raising serious questions about the Republican candidate’s intentions toward the Kremlin. In his most recent outreach to Putin, Trump not only refused to condemn Russia’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula but said, if elected, he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory and lifting sanctions against Moscow. “We'll be looking at that. Yeah, we'll be looking,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    Trump has a record of siding with Putin on key issues

    MOSCOW (AP) — Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate’s intentions toward the Kremlin.

    Updated: 6:57 pm

  • File-This June 13, 2016, file photo shows Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) reacting to a call during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.  Jefferson has re-signed with the NBA champion Cavaliers for two seasons after saying he would retire. Jefferson announced his return earlier this month on his Snapchat account, and the team made it official Thursday, July 28, 2016.
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    Cavaliers re-sign veteran forward Richard Jefferson

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Richard Jefferson’s planned retirement didn’t last long.

    Updated: 12:49 pm

  • Soldiers take part in an exercise drill, simulating their reaction to a chemical attack outside the National Stadium, which will host 2016 Summer Olympics soccer matches in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 28, 2016. Double the number of military and police are expected to patrol during the games, compared to London in 2012, and while most will be concentrated at sporting venues, tourist landmarks will also be heavily patrolled. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Rio readies for worst as terror threat hangs over Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world’s media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it’s the Olympics.

  • Former DNC chairman predicts new Clinton focus on economy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former chairman of the Democratic National Committee expects the Hillary Clinton campaign to pivot toward economic issues of employment and income inequality in the final hours of the national convention and coming weeks.

    Updated: 3:28 pm

  • Members of the Italian olympic team arrive at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Olympic organizers suspect ‘isolated’ sabotage at village

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sabotage by unhappy workers may have caused water and gas leaks, blocked toilets and electrical faults that slowed teams from moving into the athletes’ village, Rio Olympic organizers said Thursday.

    Updated: 12:39 pm

  • Members of the Italian olympic team arrive at the Rio de Janeiro International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    The Latest: Cycling body approves 11 Russians, 6 to miss out

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

  • AP NewsAlert

    NEW YORK (AP) — College Football Playoff adjusts semifinal schedule; will only play on holidays and weekends.