• In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams runs with the ball during the Rugby World Cup semifinal match between New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium in London. Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports. When he competes in rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio de Janiero next month it's likely his light, which shines brightly in Australasia, will be eclipsed by stars in sports with a more international reach.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

    Sonny Bill Williams targets an Olympic gold for New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Sonny Bill Williams passes for a superstar in this part of the world where rugby holds a rare pre-eminence over all other sports.

  • CORRECTS TO FIRST ROUND- Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns the ball against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during women's first round Rogers Cup tennis action in Montreal on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Bouchard earns 3-set victory in Montreal

    MONTREAL (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard reconnected with her hometown fans with an impressive first-round victory at the women’s Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

  • Bubba Watson practices his chip shot on the practice range during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Olympics present problem in US qualifying for Ryder Cup

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The Olympics has thrown another wrinkle into the golf schedule, this one affecting the American team for the Ryder Cup.

  • In this March 9, 2016, file photo, basketball player Elena Delle Donne poses for photo at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Americans will face France on Wednesday at the University of Delaware, play Canada on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and host Australia on Sunday in New York before heading to the Rio Olympics. The Americans will play France in the home state of Olympic rookie Elena Delle Donne.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, FIle)

    US women’s hoops team wraps up 3 exhibitions at Garden

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women’s basketball team continues its pre-Olympic tour with a three-city exhibition series that wraps up Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

  • Oklahoma’s Hield, Parker named Big 12 Athletes of the Year

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Former Oklahoma basketball player Buddy Hield and OU softball player Paige Parker have been named the Big 12 men’s and women’s athletes of the year.

  • THIS CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF THE FIRST NAME TO TAMIKA, AND NOT TANIKA AS ORIGINALLY SENT -New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony speaks with Tamika Catchings of the WNBA Indiana Fever as they spent the U.S. Olympic basketball team's precious day off running a two-hour town hall meeting at a South Los Angeles youth center Monday, July 25, 2016. Anthony gathered basketball stars, community leaders and police officers to speak with teenagers and young adults about the importance of respect, communication and safety. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)

    New WNBA format sets up playoff chase after Olympic break

    NEW YORK (AP) — The new WNBA playoff format involving the top eight teams will set up an exciting last few weeks of the season when the league returns from the monthlong Olympic break.

  • US Olympic women hold off select team 88-84

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maya Moore hit four free throws in the final 40 seconds to help the U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team survive a stiff test from a U.S. select team with an 88-84 victory on Monday night.

  • Samantha Stosur, of Australia, returns to Heather Watson, of Britain, during their first round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Monday, July 25, 2016. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Stosur defeats Watson in 1st round of Rogers Cup

    MONTREAL (AP) — Australia’s Samantha Stosur won a hard-fought opening match in the first round of the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament on Monday.

  • In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo, members of the New York Liberty basketball team await the start of a game against the Atlanta Dream in New York. The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games. WNBA President Lisa Borders said in a statement Saturday, July 23, the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts–which was a uniform violation. The players started wearing them to show solidarity after shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    WNBA president on rescinded fines: We needed to move forward

    NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA President Lisa Borders says she hopes that rescinding the fines the league imposed over black warmup shirts worn in solidarity for shooting victims will lead to a fresh start on social activism for the players and their union.

  • FILE In this Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 file photo Nadzeya Ostapchuk from Belarus makes an attempt in the final of the Women's Shot Put during the World Athletics Championships, in Osaka, Japan. While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

    Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia’s problems

    MOSCOW (AP) — While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.