Sports: Professional

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 07:56 AM

Costa Rica follows Uruguay win with 1-0 upset of Italy

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another upset World Cup victory on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Friday, Day 12 at the U.S. Open

Australian amateur Minjee Lee shot 69 Thursday and 71 Friday to stand at even-par and tied for third through two rounds.

Jun. 21, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Saturday at the U.S. Women's Open

- The third round of the championship begins at approximately 8 a.m.

- Gates open at 6 a.m.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

From the gallery to the course

Camelia Adel hadn't seen a U.S. Open, or any golf tournament, or played the sport, until this past Sunday.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:10 PM

Wie gives herself major shot at first U.S. Open

After the 68 she shot on Thursday, Michelle Wie was thinking it would be nice if she could do it again.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Wie and Thompson 1-2 going into today

While most players went down, Michelle Wie went up on a hot, humid, tough day of golf.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 09:06 PM

Staying near the top

Stacy Lewis, the top-ranked golfer in the world, led a round into the U.S. Women's Open. On Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, she had to grind and hold on to stay in contention.

After an up-and-down, mostly down, first 13 holes, she did just that playing the last 

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

Indians win with slam in the 10th

CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Swisher's two-out grand slam off Ernesto Frieri in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

Thursday, day 11 at the U.S. Open


11-year-old Lucy Li shot an 8-over 78 in her first U.S. Women's Open round. Li is the youngest player ever to reach an Open through qualifying. 

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

IN THE DRAFT: Team works in racing, golf and hoops

Oh well! Here we go again. Just like six championships aren't enough? Or is it seven? Or eight? Who knows where it will end but one thing's for sure, it appears the best team in NASCAR is poised to win it all again.

Jun. 20, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Know before you go

- The second round of the championship begins at 6:45 a.m.

- Gates open at 6 a.m.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 08:45 PM

Teachers bring STEM lessons to the golf galleries

Fun, hands-on activities often trump sitting at a desk or reading a thick textbook when it comes to learning. The same applies to teachers as students. The same even applies at the U.S. Open.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 08:44 PM

The men’s Open may be more popular, but women’s event is more accessible

On Thursday morning, just like I did on Thursday of last week, I made the right turn off Plank Road in the southwestern corner of Lee County to drive to Pinehurst and watch a few holes of the U.S. Open. 

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 08:42 PM

U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: World No. 1 leads after long day for most

It was a pretty day on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2. The sun was shining. There wasn't much cloud cover. It was a nice, hot North Carolina summer day.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 08:40 PM

Defending champ struggles in opening round

Donald Ross, designer of Pinehurst No. 2, said a true championship golf course should "present competitors with a variety of problems that will test every type of shot which a golfer of championship ability should be qualified to play."

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

Chile boots Spain from World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, was eliminated from World Cup contention Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Chile.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

Kershaw fires no-hitter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:59 AM

Know before you go

- The first round of the championship begins at 6:45 a.m.

- Gates open at 6 a.m.

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

Inkster says 35th US Women's Open will be her last

Juli Inkster made the cut in her first U.S. Women's Open when she was an 18-year-old amateur. She finished 10 shots behind Hollis Stacy. JoAnne Carner was a runner-up. That was in 1978, back when Willie McCovey was still playing first base for the San Francisco Giants.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 08:19 PM

USGA says No. 2 is set for week two

In the months, even years, leading up to Pinehurst No. 2 welcoming both U.S. Opens on consecutive weeks, the survival and playability of the course for the second week - the U.S. Women's Open - has been a constant topic and concern.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 08:18 PM

Ladies take differing approaches to scouting No. 2

Scouting a golf course usually involves going out and playing practice rounds, trying different shots and putts.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 08:11 PM

Wednesday, day 10 at the U.S. Open


The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

Defending champ has regained her stroke

Inbee Park has taken the biggest strength of her game - her putting - back to how it was when she won last year's U.S. Women's Open.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Tanaka goes to 11-1 as Yanks beat Blue Jays

NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Jose Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 Tuesday night for their 14th straight home win over the Blue Jays.

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 10:28 AM

Mexico battles Brazil to scoreless draw

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help Mexico hold Brazil to a thrilling 0-0 draw at the World Cup on Tuesday.