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  • Hamilton twice puts Texas ahead in 5-3 win over Rays

    ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton homered and delivered the tiebreaking sacrifice fly for the Texas Rangers in a 5-3 victory Friday night to snap Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.

    Hamilton's sixth homer of the season was a 437-foot blast to right-center field in the second inning for a 2-1 lead. His sac fly to deep center in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie.

  • UF’s McGee eager for sixth and final season

    GAINESVILLE — Florida tight end Jake McGee is getting ready for yet another collegiate season opener.

    His sixth, to be exact — with four head coaches, four offenses and two schools.

    This one is his most anticipated yet. And there’s little doubt it will be better than the last.

  • Minor League Update: Humphreys collects first save for Mets

    Jordan Humphreys earned his first save for the Gulf Coast Mets to secure a 6-5 win over the Gulf Coast Cardinals in Minor League action on Aug. 7.

  • Father of Billy Hurley III dies

    WASHINGTON — The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, nearly a month after he left home, Hurley announced on Thursday.

    Willard Hurley Jr., 61, killed himself Wednesday in Virginia, according to a statement released by his son’s management company. A statement from Reston Bible Church in Reston, Virginia, where the elder Hurley served as missions director, also confirmed his death.

  • Dustin Johnson sets the pace

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Rory McIlroy rolled up the right leg of his pants to take on a risky shot out of the water. Jordan Spieth, who seems to never miss putts, couldn’t make one.

    Familiarity of the final major of the year came from Dustin Johnson. He was in the lead Thursday after the opening round of the PGA Championship, a spot he already has occupied after five of 13 rounds this year in the majors — just not on the day the trophy is awarded.

  • Change on the way

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville isn’t fond of the divide that has the American Athletic Conference on the outside of the five power conferences in college football.

    Tuberville, whose Bearcats (9-4 in 2014) are favored to win the AAC this season ahead of Memphis, said there are really only a few teams in the nation that have the ability to compete for a title every year, no matter what the league.

  • Avoiding another playoff snub

    TCU coach Gary Patterson and Baylor’s Art Briles know a way for their teams and the Big 12 Conference to avoid being left out of the College Football Playoff again — go 12-0.

  • The Brady files

    NEW YORK — A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of the controversy.

  • The battle at the top

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Rory McIlroy faces a different set of questions from the last time he played, and he had answers for most of them.

  • Rays rally past Braves

    ST. PETERSBURG — Curt Casali capped a six-run seventh inning with a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

    Casali had just one hit in 26 at-bats since consecutive two-homer games against Detroit on July 27-28.

    Tampa Bay has won four in a row, including three when trailing 3-0. The Rays also had comeback wins Saturday and Sunday over the New York Mets.