SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners teammates stood and applauded and "God Bless America" played on speakers when Felix Hernandez entered Seattle's clubhouse after becoming a U.S. citizen. A native of Venezuela, the 32-year-old pitcher passed his citizenship interview Monday and was among 74 people from 36 countries who became naturalized U.S. citizens during a ceremony in downtown Seattle.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jimmy Garoppolo's addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season. The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - LeBron James realizes the size of the challenge he accepted when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. After eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances, he knows his new team isn't a true contender with Golden State and the NBA's elite just yet. The superstar welcomed every step in the process Monday as he began his next chapter in purple and gold.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Baker Mayfield's heard all about the Browns' quarterback misery, the horrid history of failures and flops since 1999. From Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Derek Anderson to Johnny Manziel and so many others, 29 quarterbacks have started in Cleveland before Mayfield, who isn't taking any pride in being No. 30. "It's 2018," he said. "Don't really care." But maybe 30's a charm for Cleveland.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta didn't waste any time telling Carmelo Anthony why he wanted him on his team. "I'll tell you exactly what I told him," Fertitta said Monday. "'We couldn't win a championship without you last year. And if we win a championship with you this year you're going to be the guy that got us over there. So, it's all up to you.'"
The leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency insisted he cares about athletes but admonished them nonetheless during a fierce, sometimes-personal defense of the decision to bring Russia's suspended drug-fighting operation back online.
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) - Already the most intense competition in golf, the Ryder Cup doesn't need help to boost the excitement. Tiger Woods managed to take it to another level. He looked like the Woods of old by leading the final 36 holes of the Tour Championship, not letting anyone near him until it was too late, a vintage performance made all the more remarkable by four back surgeries and a future that looked bleak only a year ago.
The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times Eastern): 5:05 p.m. Doc Rivers says he's always been political, he just doesn't talk about it much. But the Los Angeles Clippers coach is urging his players who are eligible to vote in next month's midterm elections to do so, saying, "It's more important now than ever."
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade doesn't know how this whole notion of his final season being called "The Last Dance" even started. Fun fact: He can't dance. But the three-time champion and 12-time All-Star can still play, and the Miami Heat are hoping - and expecting - Wade to still be extremely valuable in this, his 16th and last season in the NBA. And at Heat media day Monday, Wade said that even he doesn't know what to fully expect from what will be the last months of his playing career.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Dwayne Haskins Jr. got a phone call from coach Urban Meyer on Saturday night, hours after the quarterback bullied Tulane in a performance that turned up the volume of talk about his potential Heisman Trophy candidacy. Meyer wanted to make sure Haskins was keeping his feet on the ground as the hype around him intensifies.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Freshman Trevor Lawrence is the new starting quarterback for third-ranked Clemson, replacing senior Kelly Bryant. - for now. The move doesn't mean Bryant is being benched, or won't regain the starting spot. Though Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't saying much about the change. The team announced the decision Monday, a day after Swinney cut off potential quarterback questions on a teleconference Sunday night.