• Sun Belt chief envisions stability despite Big 12 expansion

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson says he can’t rule out Big 12 expansion plans affecting his own conference.

  • NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall.

  • St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Mayers reacts after allowing a grand slam to Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, not seen, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 24, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)

    Cardinals’ Mayers battered in ML debut; Dodgers win 9-6

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Mike Mayers had one of the worst major league debuts ever, and did it on national TV.

  • In this Jan. 7, 2016, file photo, Ken Griffey Jr., left, poses for a photograph with Mike Piazza at a press conference announcing they are both elected into the 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame, in New York. The Seattle Mariners made Ken Griffey Jr. the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft and a year later the Dodgers selected Mike Piazza on the 62nd round with the 1,390th pick. Both left indelible imprints on the game and will be rewarded Sunday with induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    Baseball Hall revamps veterans’ committees

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball’s Hall of Fame has again revamped its veterans’ committees, attempting to increase consideration for more contemporary players, managers, umpires and executives.

  • University of Florida linebacker stops sexual assault

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a University of Florida football player helped stop the rape of an unconscious woman behind a trash bin outside a bar.

  • In this image released by Open Road Films, former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason, left, appears with his son Rivers, right, and wife Michel in a scene from the documentary "Gleason." The film follows Gleason and his wife, Michel, into the maelstrom of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, as the couple adjusts to their fluctuating reality and makes way for their son, Rivers. (Open Road Films via AP)

    In ‘Gleason,’ a football star with ALS finds a new purpose

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the opening moments of the documentary “Gleason,” the celebrated New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason talks to the camera with a not-yet-occupied crib behind him. He has just learned that he has ALS. Soon the symptoms will take over. Preparing for what’s coming, Gleason tells his unborn son that he wants to give him “as much of myself as I possibly can while I still can.”

  • Newspapers withdraw applications for Olympic accreditation

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s two largest newspaper groups are not sending journalists to cover the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of a dispute with broadcasting rights-holder Sky TV and the New Zealand Olympic Committee over accreditation terms they say will unfairly restrict coverage.

  • Stacy Lewis chips onto the 17th green during the third round of the Marathon Classic LPGA golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Saturday, July 16, 2016. (Katie Rausch/The Blade via AP)

    UL Crown first step on run-up to women’s golf at Rio Games

    GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Women’s golf gets off to a running start this week on its return to the Olympics with the UL International Crown, a 32-player, eight-team event that could provide a preview to which nation rules the upcoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

  • J-League signs $2 billion deal for online matches

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional soccer league has announced a 10-year, $2 billion deal with the British-based Perform Group for online matches.

  • Baylor's quarterback Seth Russell speaks to reporters during the Big 12 college football media days in Dallas, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Baylor players heartbroken by Pepper Hamilton report

    DALLAS (AP) — Baylor quarterback Seth Russell was on a mission trip in Brazil with other athletes from the private Baptist school when he got the text message from Art Briles saying he was no longer their football coach.