NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was back with the Trenton Thunder and hit what might be his last home run for a while.
With a lengthy suspension looming, the New York Yankees star hit a two-run homer to left in the third inning of a 6-2 win over the Reading Fightin Phils.
Rodriguez is among 14 players facing discipline in Major League Baseball's Biogenesis investigation, and suspensions are expected on Monday — with Rodriguez facing the longest penalty.
Coming back from hip surgery and a quadriceps injury, A-Rod hopes to rejoin the Yankees for Monday's series opener at the Chicago White Sox, what would be his first time back in the major leagues since last October.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods had a shot at making history with a magical 59. He swore he wasn't disappointed to come up short. Woods could console himself by tying his career best and building a seven-shot lead through 36 holes at the Bridgestone Invitational.
Needing to go only 2 under over his last five holes, he missed birdie putts inside 10 feet at 15 and 17. He saved par on the last with a 25-footer after an errant drive and a shot that hit into the trees and ended up in a bare spot short and right of the green.
The 61 — matching his career best at the 1999 Byron Nelson, 2005 Buick Open and on the same Firestone course back in 2000 — left him at 13-under 127.
Defending champion Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood both shot 68 and were tied for second.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Before she can think of four in a row, Inbee Park first has to make up an eight-shot deficit at the Women's British Open.
Playing in the strongest wind this week, she had a pair of three-putt bogeys in a round of 1-over 73 that left her closer to the cut line than the lead. The 25-year-old South Korean is trying to become the first golfer to win four professional majors in one year.
South Korea's Na Yeon Choi had a second straight 5-under 67 — nearly nine shots lower than the field average for the afternoon — for a 134 total and had a one-shot lead over Miki Saiki of Japan. Saiki set the Old Course record for the Women's British Open at 6-under 66 in the morning, which featured bursts of showers but very little wind until late in the round.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities as the wide receiver deals with repercussions after a video surfaced earlier this week of him making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert last month.
Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something the player and the team agreed upon. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he's ready.
Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult and he will step away to seek counseling.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Jackson received a four-game suspension as a rookie last season for the same reason. This suspension is for eight games because it's his second violation.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed kicker Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension, ensuring the franchise's leading scorer will remain with the team through at least 2017.
Janikowski is coming off the best season of his career when he converted a career-best 91.2 percent (31 of 34) of his field goal attempts. The only misses came from 51, 61 and 64 yards.
The 17th overall pick in 2000, Janikowski has led the Raiders in scoring in each of his 13 seasons. The 35-year-old kicker has made 42 field goals from 50 yards or longer and needs only 11 more to break Jason Hanson's NFL record of 52.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — On a night when Missy Franklin finally lost, Ryan Lochte turned in an epic performance at the pool.
Lochte swam three races in less than two hours at the world championships, coming away with two gold medals and the top time in an event he's competing in for the first time at a major international meet. He won the 200-meter backstroke, posted the fastest time in the semifinals of the 100 butterfly, and put the Americans ahead to stay with a strong leg in the 800 freestyle relay.
Franklin also had a busy night. The 18-year-old American finished fourth in the 100 free behind gold medalist Cate Campbell of Australia, ending a run of four straight victories in Barcelona. However, Franklin came back about 25 minutes later to easily post the top qualifying time in the semifinals of the 200 back.
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Isner pounding balls at up to 142 mph, hit 18 aces and never faced a break point during a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus that put the 6-foot-9 American in the Citi Open semifinals.
Isner won for the 10th time in his last 11 matches as he gets ready for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 26 on hard courts similar to those used in Washington. The 20th-ranked and eighth-seeded Isner will next face unseeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia for a berth in Sunday's final.
The other semifinal pits top-seeded and two-time champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina against No. 3-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany.
MONTREAL (AP) — After three consecutive tournament exits against low-ranked opponents, Roger Federer pulled out of next week's Rogers Cup without giving a reason.
The owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles did recently complain about a bad back, however.
Federer, who turns 32 next Thursday, made the unusual move of participating in a pair of minor clay-court tournaments in the period between playing on Wimbledon's grass and shifting to the North American summer hard-court season.