THURSDAY, JULY 17
After All-Star party, baseball gets back to work
Baseball's All-Star party is over, and the real fun begins Friday night.
Heading into the second half of the season, there are all sorts of compelling stories from coast to coast.
It could be one fun summer in California, where Oakland begins the weekend with the best record in the majors, and the Giants, Angels and Dodgers in prime playoff position.
The trade deadline is in two weeks, and the recovery of several key injured players could dramatically affect a couple of divisions.
Boston pitcher Jake Peavy, Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley and San Diego closer Huston Street are thought to be on the market as contenders shop for that missing piece in a bid for to play October baseball.
Union end home winless streak; beat Red Bulls 3-1
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Conor Casey scored in the 9th minute and added an assist as the Philadelphia Union ended a 7-game, home-winless streak by beating the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Casey controlled a cross by Andrew Wenger at the top of the 18-yard box, froze rookie defender Matt Miazga, and rolled a ball to the far post. He added an assist for Philadelphia (5-8-7) in the 51st minute when he touched a cross to Fred, who slid it past goalkeeper Luis Robles.
New York (5-6-8) got one back when Bradley Wright-Phillips took Thierry Henry's pass and curved in a goal in the 60th minute.
Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute. Eric Alexander was whistled for bringing down Maurice Edu inside the penalty area on a corner kick.
Great stretch gives Tiger Woods good start
HOYLAKE, England (AP) - Tiger Woods returned to the majors for the first time in 11 months on Thursday and acted as though he had not been gone.
With a strong finish, Woods opened with a 3-under 69. He was neither pleasantly surprised nor overly disappointed on a calm morning at Royal Liverpool. It was just another round in the majors - his 251st as a professional - and it quickly put him in the mix at the British Open.
Woods opened with two straight bogeys, and then didn't make another one for 11 holes. He made five birdies in a six-hole stretch late in his round. He was three shots behind Rory McIlroy with the first round still in progress.
Woods missed the first two majors recovering from back surgery.
Jerry Sandusky's son talks of his bedtime 'ritual'
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says the former Penn State assistant football coach had a bedtime "ritual" at the family's central Pennsylvania home.
The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday released a clip of Winfrey's interview with Matt Sandusky, who says he was sexually abused by his father.
Sandusky tells Winfrey he enjoyed spending time with the family, except when it came time for bed. The full interview airs Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The network says Sandusky also describes grooming, methodical control and manipulation by his father.
Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of molesting 10 other boys. He's imprisoned but maintains his innocence.
Matt Sandusky is one of six children adopted by Jerry Sandusky and his wife. He also described abuse in a documentary called "Happy Valley."
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