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LONG POND, Pa. — The black clouds that enveloped Pocono and officially brought the IndyCar race to a premature end didn’t appear until the halfway point. But they’ve really been hanging over the track since the series returned to the mountains in 2013.

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ANAHEIM — Griffin Canning had never been caught by fellow rookie Anthony Bemboom.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. and backup wide receiver Brandon Zylstra each had touchdown receptions for Minnesota and the Vikings displayed depth and versatility in their passing game in a 25-19 exhibition victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.

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MEDINAH, Ill. — Staked to a six-shot lead, Justin Thomas spent more time Sunday worrying about what could go wrong than ending 12 months without winning.

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Diaz’s single leads JetHawks over Nuts

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MEDINAH, Ill. — Winless over the last 12 months, Justin Thomas knew he was playing well and he was due for a low round.

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LONG POND, Pa. — His social media post shows a digital image of legs walking in perfect stride superimposed over his own. The emoji, however, hides the delicate steps Robert Wickens takes while clutching the bars of a treadmill.

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South Carolina has the type of brutal schedule that could help the Gamecocks be a better team that winds up with a worse record than last year.

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CARSON — Three days of joint practices with the New Orleans Saints culminated with the third annual “Quarterback Challenge” for Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers.

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MASON, Ohio — Ashleigh Barty’s chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. At the end of an up-and-down week, she didn’t have another comeback left.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his oh-so-close effort.

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ATLANTA — Braves reliever Luke Jackson summed up his team’s mindset against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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ANAHEIM —  The Angels have done it to themselves so many times, turnabout was more than fair play.

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MEDINAH, Ill. — Hideki Matsuyama has never missed the Tour Championship since his first full year on the PGA Tour. He played Friday like he doesn’t want the streak to end.

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MODESTO — Julio Rodriguez hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, leading the Modesto Nuts to a 13-1 win over the Lancaster JetHawks on Friday.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs.

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ANAHEIM — Lucas Giolito struck out 11 over six innings, James McCann hit his second grand slam in three games and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Friday night.

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NEW YORK — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late.

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ANAHEIM — Much got made earlier this week after USA Basketball’s national team was soundly beaten by a bunch of G League players during a scrimmage in practice.

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COSTA MESA — The Los Angeles Chargers will likely go into the regular season without one of their top defensive players for the second straight year.

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The fish report is weekly. Its accuracy depends on marina operators, tackle shops, and local fishermen we contact. Anglers catching large fish should send the information to Outdoor News Service, P.O. Box 9007, San Bernardino, CA 92427, or telephone 909-887-3444, so it can be included in thi…

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MASON, Ohio — For Roger Federer, it was one big blur. The seven-time champion was ousted from one of his favorite tournaments in barely over an hour, falling in straight sets to a 21-year-old qualifier he’d never faced.

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DENVER — Now this was a sweet idea: Candy hearts with Jordan Love’s name and number stamped on them to hype the Heisman Trophy campaign of the Utah State quarterback.

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Question: I read your recent news release about stocking salmon into California reservoirs. It states that Kokanee were released into New Melones Reservoir. However, I never see salmon plants on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) online Fishing Guide. Can you tell me why t…

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Central Florida again shapes up as the nation’s top Group of Five program heading into the season. Just not by nearly as wide a margin as the last couple of years.

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EL SEGUNDO — The U.S. and Spain are facing off Friday night, a matchup of the two top-ranked basketball teams in the world and a possible precursor to a medal-round meeting next month at the World Cup.

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MIAMI — The rout-filled Dodgers-Marlins season series ended Thursday afternoon, and look who’s laughing now.

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ANAHEIM — Mike Trout went 4-for-4, scored four runs and hit his AL-leading 40th homer, and Andrew Heaney pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

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MEDINAH, Ill. — On the range, Justin Thomas had no idea where the ball was going. Some five hours later, he had a share of the course record at Medinah.

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EL SEGUNDO — DeMarcus Cousins is facing rehab from another major injury, and the Los Angeles Lakers have endured their first big problem of a season with championship expectations.