JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Athletes from Kuwait will be able to compete under their own flag in the Asian Games after the International Olympic Committee provisionally lifted the country's suspension, which had been in place for nearly three years. The Asian Games open on Saturday in Jakarta. The Olympic Council of Asia, the governing body of Olympic sports for the region, said in a statement Friday it was "delighted with today's decision" taken by the IOC's executive board.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The ovation moved Aaron Rodgers to tears. The Green Bay Packers fans showed their appreciation with the two-time NFL MVP about to take his first snaps at Lambeau Field in almost a year. Once he got behind center, Rodgers needed just one drive to look right at home back in Titletown.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Novak Djokovic's quest for his first Western & Southern Open title ran into a different obstacle Thursday night, with batches of rain forcing his match against defending champion Grigor Dimitrov to be suspended overnight. Roger Federer's match against Leonardo Mayer was postponed until Friday as well, along with several others pushed back by day-long rain that made a mess of the brackets.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles left Thursday's exhibition game against the New England Patriots with a shoulder strain. His return was questionable, the team said. The Super Bowl MVP appeared to be in pain when he was hit by Patriots defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn in the right arm as he reared back to throw in the first half. The ball popped loose, and linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley scooped it up and ran it back for a 54-yard touchdown.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Odell Beckham Jr. looks as if he has fully recovered from ankle surgery. The New York Giants star receiver sounds like it, too. "Just to be back in the swing of things, I just feel like I'm back in love with what I've always loved," he said Thursday. Giants coach Pat Shurmur declined to say if Beckham would play in his first preseason game Friday night against the Detroit Lions . "I've got a plan," he said. "It will get revealed."
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Kasey Kahne announced Thursday that he will retire from full-time racing in NASCAR and plans to focus on the sprint car team he owns. Kahne said in a Twitter post that he is at ease with the decision after 15 years racing in NASCAR. Kahne, from Enumclaw, Washington, made it to NASCAR via sprint car racing and his Kasey Kahne Racing team competes in the World of Outlaws series.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Brandt Snedeker predicted low scores at the Wyndham Championship - but not this low. Snedeker shot an 11-under 59 on Thursday, falling one shot shy of matching the PGA Tour record. He made a 20-foot putt on his final hole to become the 10th player in tour history to break 60. Jim Furyk set the record with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship in 2016. "I better be smiling," Snedeker said. "I don't do this every day."
HOUSTON (AP) - Throughout their five-game losing streak, the Houston Astros failed time and again to get a big hit when they needed it. They didn't have that problem Wednesday night. Evan Gattis and Tyler White hit two homers each, Yuli Gurriel added a two-run shot and the Astros broke out of their offensive slump in a huge way with a 12-1 win over the Colorado Rockies to end their skid.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Wilson Ramos became an instant favorite with his new team. Ramos had three extra-base hits and three RBIs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night in his first game wearing red pinstripes. The Phillies, who remained two games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, split a two-game interleague series with the major league-leading Red Sox for the second time in three weeks.
The reigning Olympic champion understands how bumpy of a ride it has been for her sport's national governing body since she stepped off the podium in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, a fourth Olympic gold medal around her neck and the world at her feet.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Dee Gordon doesn't have many home runs this season. Two to be exact. So when Seattle's light-hitting utility player muscled up in the 12th inning, he celebrated by kissing both biceps as he stood in the dugout after crossing home plate.