WNBA All-Stars, gathered in Minn., proud of bigger brand

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) knocks the ball away from Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart during the first half of a first-round WNBA playoff basketball game in Tempe, Ariz. The WNBA's best players still lack the compensation and exposure of their male counterparts, but they have made strides toward carving out a bigger place in the spotlight of mainstream sports. There is no better way to build their brand than at the All-Star Game, this time with teams divided by captain pick instead of conference affiliation.(AP Photo/Matt York, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore, arms outstretched and her right hand gripping a basketball, has been on billboards this summer in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. She’s in the same “wings” pose as the classic photo of Michael Jordan, whose Nike shoe line includes Moore, the Minnesota Lynx forward, as an endorser.

2 minutes, 8 barrels: Surfer takes an epic ride into history

In this image made from video provided by Chris Rogers, surfer Koa Smith rides a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the Western shore of Africa. Smith rode for nearly a mile over a 120-second span and stayed upright as he traveled through eight barrels--the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the surfer's head. (Chris Rogers via AP)

To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate.

Arenado putting on a show as Rockies remain in contention

In this Wednesday, July 25, 2018, photo, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado throws to first base for a put out against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. The Rockies All-Star received a brief taste of success last season when the team made it to the postseason as an NL wild-card. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado spends a fair amount of time watching film. Mostly Quentin Tarantino-directed movies these days, but over lunch Arenado is carving out moments to study the tendencies of a starting pitcher.

Thomas looks to cement Tour lead in final mountain leg

Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes fields of sunflowers during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 171 kilometers (106.3 miles) with start in Trie-sur-Baise and finish in Pau, France, Thursday July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

PAU, France (AP) — Arnaud Demare was rewarded Thursday for hauling his muscular frame over the Alps and through the Pyrenees.

Cubs stun Diamondbacks 7-6 with homers in 9th

Chicago Cubs celebrate after Anthony Rizzo hit a game-winning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Chicago. The Cubs won 7-6. (AP Photo/David Banks)

CHICAGO (AP) — David Bote hit a tying, two-run homer off Brad Boxberger with one out in the ninth inning, Anthony Rizzo followed two pitches later with a winning home run and the Chicago Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.

Robert Garrigus gets rocky break, leads Canadian Open

Robert Garrigus reacts to his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the the Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Robert Garrigus made a birdie after a rock saved his ball from water and had a one-stroke lead at 9-under 63 on Thursday when play in the RBC Canadian Open was suspended because of dangerous weather.

WNBA All-Stars see coming out as way to help others

FILE - In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) drives past Seattle Storm's Courtney Paris in the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. Many of the league's top players, who will be playing in the All-Star Game this weekend in Minnesota, have come out over the past few years. WNBA players’ sexual orientation was rarely discussed in public when the league first started, but now is becoming a more important part of the league. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Brittney Griner will always remember her first experience at a WNBA game.

Ledecky cruises to easy win in 800 free at Nationals

Katie Ledecky swims to a win in the women's 800-meter freestyle during the U.S. national championships swimming meet Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Katie Ledecky cruised to a nearly 11-second victory in the 800-meter freestyle Wednesday on the opening night of the U.S. national championships.

Blackmon’s homer in 9th gives Rockies 3-2 win over Astros

Houston Astros third baseman J.D. Davis ends up over the dugout railing after catching a pop foul off the bat of Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Denver. With the bases loaded, Colorado Rockies' Raimel Tapia scored the tying run. The Rockies won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies held the World Series champion Houston Astros to one hit at Coors Field in a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

Froome cracks in Pyrenees, Thomas solidifies Tour lead

Britain's Chris Froome crosses the finish line of the seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 65 kilometers (40.4 miles) with start in Bagneres-de-Luchon and finish in Saint-Lary-Soulan, Col du Portet pass, France, Wednesday July 25, 2018. The Tour de France thinks it has some solutions to liven up the action with today's shorter mountain stage with three grueling climbs, including an uphill finish, intermediate bonus sprints, and a Formula One-like grid start. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

SAINT-LARY-SOULAN, France (AP) — His tongue dangling from his mouth, his pedal stroke strained, Chris Froome’s hopes of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title slowly drifted away.

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