Full slate of games Friday night
UNDATED (AP)— Baseball's four-day break for the All-Star Game ends Friday night with a full slate of games.
The AL East-leading Red Sox are hosting the Yankees, who start the second half of the season six games behind Boston.
The L.A. Dodgers visit Washington to play the Nationals in a matchup of two second-place teams hoping for a second-half run. Manager Davey Johnson, who's retiring after this season, says the Nationals are lucky to be only six games behind the Braves.
Pittsburgh, which is a game behind NL Central-leading St. Louis, opens its second half on the road against Cincinnati, which is five games back of the Cardinals.
And the interleague matchup this weekend has the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves in Chicago to play the White Sox, last in the AL Central.
Off the field, much of the focus as baseball heads into the second half of the season is on the possible suspensions of Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and a handful of All-Stars implicated in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal. Officials from the players union said during the All-Star break that they did not expect any suspensions to be served until the 2014 campaign.
Indiana boy dies during baseball practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy has died after a baseball hit him in the head and neck.
The Marion County Coroner's Office says Dylan Williams died of blunt force trauma Wednesday, one day after suffering the injury in Union City, about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The boy was hit by a ball that had been thrown during practice Tuesday evening.
Coroner's office manager Marchele Hall tells The Indianapolis Star an autopsy showed the injury occurred on the right side of the boy's head and neck.
Johnson tops the field
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Zach Johnson took advantage of early conditions conducive to low scores by shooting a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the British Open at Muirfield. Overall scores in the morning were much better than the ones in the afternoon when the course dried out.
Johnson holds a one-shot lead over 56-year old former British Open champ Mark O'Meara and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (kah-BREHR'-uh BEH'-oh).
Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn), Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker are in a group two shots back.
Tiger Woods was one of the few that weren't adversely affected by playing later in the day. The three-time champ shot a 2-under 69 to join a group that includes Phil Mickelson and 19-year old Jordan Spieth (speeth) who qualified for the major after scoring his first PGA Tour win last week in the John Deere Classic.
In other scores of note, defending champion Ernie Els shot a 74, Bubba Watson opened with a 70, Tom Watson and Fred Couples shot 75's, and Nick Faldo and Rory McIlroy finished with 79's.
PGA TOUR-SANDERSON FARMS
Summerhays goes low
MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Daniel Summerhays is the clubhouse leader at the Sanderson Farms Championship after firing an opening round 9-under 63. Michael Bradley, Will Claxton and Jonathan Randolph are tied for second, three shots back. Play has been suspended due to bad weather.
Summerhays has posted back-to-back top 10 finishes the last two weeks.
Sixty-six golfers did not complete their round and will get an early start Friday.
LPGA TOUR-MARATHON CLASSIC
Women's tour in Ohio
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Alison Walshe's 6-under 65 has given her the lead after the opening round of the LPGA's Marathon Classic. Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson are in a group that is tied for second, one shot back.
Walshe is looking for her first tour win in four years.
Top-ranked Inbee Park posted a 69 as she bids for her seventh win of the season. She has won the first three major championships of the year, the Kraft, the LPA Championship and the U.S. Women's Open.
Colts' Saunders suspended...Cowboys' Brent retires at 25.
UNDATED (AP) — Indianapolis Colts tight end Weslye Saunders has been suspended eight games without pay after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
League officials did not say what substance was found in Saunders' test. He can practice with the team during training camp and can play in preseason games. He won't be eligible again until Nov. 4.
In other NFL news:
— Defensive tackle Josh Brent of the Dallas Cowboys says he is retiring. The 25-year old faces trial for a fatal crash that killed a teammate. His agent says Brent is "taking care of his priorities." Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter in a December crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player and close friend. Police say Brent was driving drunk the night of the crash. Brent has since tested positive for marijuana twice while on bond. He was released from jail earlier this month.
He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxicated manslaughter, though he could also get probation.
League OKs Charlotte Hornets, after this season
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charlotte is the home of the Hornets again -- starting after the 2013-14 season.
The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte's nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets at the league's Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.
But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team's name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte.
Brooklyn welcomes new players... Mavs land big man
UNDATED (AP) —Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, have been introduced as the newest members of the Brooklyn Nets. The trio was traded from Boston last week. Pierce spent his entire career with Boston and admitted not being a Celtic any longer was still sinking in. But he said he was looking forward to starting a legacy with the Nets.
In other NBA news:
— The Dallas Mavericks have reached agreement on a deal with center Samuel Dalembert (DAL'-em-behr). Mavs owner Mark Cuban told reporters at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas that Dalembert had agreed to a contract but hadn't signed it. The 6-foot-11 Dalembert is known as a defensive-minded center with career averages of 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game.
— The Sacramento Kings have signed second-round draft pick Ray McCallum, a three-time all-Horizon League player. McCallum was drafted 36th overall last month out of the University of Detroit. The guard averaged 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists over three college seasons.
Avs agree to deal with Duchene
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a five-year extension with forward Matt Duchene (doo-SHAYN')). The deal will run through the 2018-19 season. Duchene is coming off a season in which he dished out a team-leading 26 assists and tied for the squad's top spot in scoring with 43 points.
6 current players join O'Bannon lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Six college football players have been added as plaintiffs to a high-profile lawsuit that claims the NCAA owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used without compensation.
The players are: Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham; Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson; linebacker Jake Fischer and kicker Jake Smith from Arizona; and tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise of Minnesota.
Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon is the lead plaintiff in the long-running legal battle that could fundamentally alter how the NCAA operates. A federal judge in Oakland is mulling whether to turn the lawsuit into a class action.
TENNIS-BANK OF WEST
Wimbledon champ pulls out
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli withdrew from the Bank of the West Classic because of a hamstring strain. She won this tournament in 2009.
Bartoli is the second prominent player to pull out of the tournament this week. Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) withdrew because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.
Settlements are being reached
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State trustee says the tentative settlements reached by the university so far with men who claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky total about $60 million. Trustee Ted Brown told The Associated Press that he was unsure of how many claims have been settled and how many remain in negotiations.
Sandusky is in prison after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome widens overall lead
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) — Britain's Chris Froome remains the man to beat, with three stages remaining in the 2013 Tour de France. Froome finished seventh in the 18th stage and upped his overall lead to five minutes, 11 seconds.
The winner of the 107-mile stage was Frenchman Christophe Riblon.
The Tour de France ends Sunday in Paris.