LAS VEGAS (AP) – Last night’s 113-59 romp over the Dominican Republic in their first exhibition game was a bittersweet victory for the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team. They also learned that star forward Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers won’t be making the trip to London after tests revealed he has a torn meniscus in his left knee that requires arthroscopic surgery.
UNDATED (AP) – The wait is almost over for baseball fans. The American and National leagues return from the All-Star break with full schedules. The Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks are first up this afternoon in Chicago’s Wrigley Field (2:20 p.m. Eastern).
NEW YORK (AP) – The team with the best record in baseball brings the largest division lead into the second half of the season. The 52-33 New York Yankees are seven games clear of Baltimore headed into tonight’s home outing against an L.A. Angels club that is four back of Texas in the West. The Rangers are at Seattle.
LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) – Tom Kite teed it up for today’s second round of the U.S. Senior Open with a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Lance Ten Broeck. Kite carded a 5-under-par 65 yesterday and tied a USGA nine-hole record with a 28 on the front side.
SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AP) – Riders are on the road for the longest stage of the Tour de France, a 140.4-mile trek in the Alps that features two big climbs. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins still has the yellow jersey.