The first stunner came when Oakland, the team the Angels are chasing in the American League West, acquired Boston ace Jon Lester for left fielder and cleanup batter Yoenis Cespedes, giving the Athletics a formidable rotation that includes Sonny Gray, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir.
Del Mar track officials announced Thursday turf racing has been suspended for this weekend after another horse was injured while racing on the new turf course. It is the second time in the 11-day meeting the track has suspended turf racing.
USC is ranked No. 15 in the coaches preseason college football poll administered by USA Today.
UCLA will open the season as the seventh-ranked team, according to the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ended his holdout on Thursday after missing the first week of training camp.
I know we're all supposed to be watching this season of "Dancing With the Stars" to see whether professional athletics or Broadway provides a better foundation for dance. But I'm pretty sure most of us are far too preoccupied with figuring out whether Priscilla Presley has had the first successful head transplant and why there wasn't a "Frontline" or at least an E! special about it. According to People magazine, she was treated by an unlicensed surgeon and is planning to undergo more surgery to correct it, which I cannot imagine is going to help. Meanwhile, whenever the woman is on screen it is virtually impossible to look anywhere else -- at once puffy...