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.
Cat Conti is set to become the first woman to officiate a Big 12 game when she works the game between Kansas and Southeast Missouri on Sept. 6. "She is not there because she is a female," Bob Bowlsby, the league's commissioner, said Monday. "She is there because she's paid her dues and because she is a really outstanding football official. … This is a good opportunity for her and a good opportunity for us, and I don't think you'll really notice much about how the officiating is done on the game. But it's significant that she's doing it." Conti will be a full-time official in the Mountain West this season, and hopes to one day...