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  • Ready or not?

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the Ryder Cup, a decision that ultimately would be based on Woods’ words instead of his actions.

    Watson has said all year he wanted Woods on his team if he were healthy and playing well. Even though Woods is injured and not playing for the next month, Watson wouldn’t rule him out Monday.

  • Miami’s Tannehill, Wallace hope to click this year

    DAVIE — When it comes to taking advantage of Mike Wallace’s speed, the Miami Dolphins need to make strides.

    Little progress has been evident in training camp, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill is confident he’ll hit Wallace on long passes more often this year.

  • Boy Wonder strikes again

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.

    On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major.

  • As probe begins, Stewart steps away from the track

    CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — The collision was as common as any in racing. Kevin Ward Jr.’s car spun twice like a top, wheels hugging the wall, before it plopped backward on the dimly lit dirt track.

    In a sport steeped with bravado, what happened next was another familiar, but treacherous, move: Wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, the 20-year-old Ward unbuckled himself, climbed out of the winged car into the night and defiantly walked onto the track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

  • Rays fall short of sweep in 3-2 extra-innings loss

    CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

    The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory.

  • Monopoli continues reign in trucks

    INVERNESS — Fast-qualifier Becca Monopoli extended her points lead in the Joey Coulter Pro Truck Series, while Wayne Anderson cruised to his second Super Late Model feature win in just his fourth race of the year in Saturday’s racing action at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness.

    Kevin Harrod (Modified Mini Stocks) and points leaders Bill Ryan (Mini Stocks), Eric Sharrone (Pro Figure 8s) and Jay Witfoth (Sportsman) also added to their stack of wins in Inverness this season. 

  • ‘Finally here’

    Jake Allan’s college football career has taken a long and windy path. The 2009 Lecanto High School graduate has been through three knee surgeries, the death of his head coach Mike Wyatt at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and, after his sophomore season, a transfer from OPSU to Friends University of Kansas.

    On the cusp of his senior season, Allan is enjoying better times and gaining recognition for the work he’s put in. 

  • Leading the pack

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his first, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.

    “It’s a great position to be in,” he said.

    He’s just not used to it being so crowded at the top.

  • Rays blank Cubs

    CHICAGO — Jake Odorizzi struck out nine in six scoreless innings and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

    Evan Longoria drove in a run and scored two. Yunel Escobar added two hits and three RBIs. Ben Zobrist had two hits and scored twice for the Rays, who improved to a major league-best 15-6 since July 12. They will try to complete the three-game sweep on Sunday.

  • McIlroy in familiar spot in final major

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rory McIlroy is making this PGA Championship feel like 2000 all over again at Valhalla.

    Back then, it was Tiger Woods who was making the game look easy as he started to pile up majors. Now it’s McIlroy, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland who produced superior shots with his long game and made all the right putts Friday for a 4-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead over Jason Day and Jim Furyk.