Mickelson doesn't need win to validate a good year

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is running out of time to validate what quietly has been a good year, minus only a victory.

He is not running out of patience.

  • Written by DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

IOC members reject 'nuclear option', bash anti-doping agency

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach lashed out Tuesday against those calling for the "nuclear option'" — a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Games — as he and other members blamed global anti-doping officials for a scandal that has rattled the Olympic movement.

  • Written by STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer

A Junior Olympics win, and a surprise, for homeless NYC kids

NEW YORK (AP) — The biggest surprise Monday for 10-year-old Rainn Sheppard, competing at the Junior Olympics in Houston and far from the New York City homeless shelter she shares with her two sisters and mother, wasn't the gold medal she won in the 3,000 meters.

It was the arrival of her mother.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LeBron tells SI he's motivated by 'ghost' of Michael Jordan

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has often avoided talking about trying to match Michael Jordan's accomplishments. Now he's chasing "the ghost" of arguably the greatest player in NBA history.

  • Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer