Venus Williams is ousted by Stephens in first round

PARIS - Sloane Stephens' 7-6 (5), 6-1 dismissal of seven-time major champion Venus Williams, who at 34 was the oldest woman in the field, as a statement about the directions their respective careers are heading.

Best & Brightest: Bernadette Hartney, Alleluia Community School

...Cumulative Grade Point Average, Academic Honors, Excellence in Athletics, Most Valuable Player, All-State Player, Rookie of the Year in basketball, Most Valuable Player, All-State Player, All-Region Player in volleyballCOMMUNITY ACTIVITIES...

Lottery gives plenty of teams hope entering the off-season

NEW YORK - Phil Jackson remembers watching old teammate Dave DeBuscherre pound his fist in triumph, when the Knicks and NBA were dual winners.

Timberwolves land No. 1 in NBA Draft

NEW YORK - The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick.

Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan in talks with the NBA's Thunder

Coach Billy Donovan's days coaching the Florida Gators could be nearing an end.

Pete Rose allowed to take part in All-Star Game activities

...teams.In 24 seasons in the majors, Rose had 4,256 hits, won three World Series titles and was voted the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1973 NL Most Valuable Player. A 17-time All-Star, Rose made the team at five different positions...

Bulls demolish Bucks to win series

MILWAUKEE - Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls came close to an NBA playoff record, finally putting away the Milwaukee Bucks.

Dee Gordon's dunk is hit with teammates

...Gordon said. "But he said, 'That was the tightest thing I've seen.'"Redmond is well aware that former NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan suffered a knee injury celebrating a Marlins victory in 2010. His career was never the same, making...

Braves trade Kimbrel, Upton to Padres in seven-player deal

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have pulled off another blockbuster trade, acquiring closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin.

Jordan Spieth leads Houston Open

...a run, it means the normal me is something less. I can't think of myself that way."Spieth won his first tour title in the John Deere Classic in July 2013, before he turned 20, and was the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year that season.