MOTHERWELL, Scotland (AP) The hottest day of the year in Scotland was no match for the Brownlee brothers, the most dominant family in triathlon over the past three years.
With temperatures reaching 29 Celsius (84 F) at the start of the run leg, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee pulled away to an 11-second win over his younger brother Jonathan, the London bronze medalist, at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
As well as their Olympic successes, the English brothers - Alistair is 26, Jonathan 24 - have shared world triathlon series titles - the equivalent of world championships - since 2011 and have dozens of individual race victories on the circuit.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) It wasn't a golden return to track cycling after a six-year absence, and the top Commonwealth Games prize continues to elude Bradley Wiggins.
But despite having to settle for silver in the team pursuit on Thursday after losing out to the Australians in Glasgow, the 2012 Tour de France champion seemed certain that it's time to leave the road racing to others. (MORE)
ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.
On the big, final climb of Stage 18, the Italian broke out of the peloton, chased down breakaway riders, and rode solo in front for the last eight kilometers (five miles) uphill. (MORE)
MADRID (AP) Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in October.
The Spanish league announced its schedule for the 2014-15 season on Thursday, and the first "clasico" is due to take place on the weekend when Suarez's four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup is to end. (MORE)
BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.
Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31. (MORE)
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) The Loch Ness Monster, tartan-clad bagpipers and giant pieces of shortbread took the place of footballers on the Celtic Park pitch as the Commonwealth Games began with a celebration of Scottish mythology and exports on Wednesday.
Scotland is hosting the 20th edition of the games for former British colonies as its own future as part of Britain could be coming to an end. With an independence referendum coming on Sept. 18, the issue of Scotland's national identity is in sharp focus, and organizers made light of perceptions of the country with a self-deprecating start to the games opened by Queen Elizabeth II. (MORE)
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games because he has not recovered fully from a recent stomach ailment.
Team England said Thursday, on the opening day of the games, that Farah, who had planned to run the 5,000 and 10,000 meters - the same distances he won gold at during the London Games in 2012 - would remain at his training base in France. (MORE)
PASADENA, California (AP) Manchester United made an impressive debut under coach Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice late in the first half of a 7-0 friendly victory over the LA Galaxy.
Ashley Young and defender Reece James scored two second-half goals each as United opened its summer tour with a surprisingly polished win. (MORE)