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Mariners again waste strong pitching

SEATTLE — Erasmo Ramirez finished folding his clothes into his bags. A trip to Tacoma awaited him, but not for the reasons that have previously earned him a demotion to the minor leagues.

Rory McIlroy, in British Open victory, offers sense of history in the making

Rory McIlroy has already separated himself from the heat-wave players of his own generation, and it’s not because of his hot sleeves and pink spikes. The brilliance and audience magnetism that others strive for with their candy-colored club shafts and fluorescent shirts, McIlroy comes by easily. The golf audience long has sensed something apart about McIlroy, some elevated potential, and with his victory in the British Open, he affirmed it. The next great is crowned. He is the Boy King.

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Scioscia was behind Derby decision, Trout says

MINNEAPOLIS — The game’s best young hitter smashed 22 homers in the season’s first 90 games — more than any of the 10 sluggers who swung in Monday night’s Home Run Derby — but Mike Trout was nothing more than a spectator for it all.

Brazil takes stock after World Cup comes to an end

RIO DE JANEIRO — As the last of the World Cup visitors headed for the airports Monday, Brazilians began to reclaim the pristine beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema while traffic in Sao Paulo returned to its regular weekday snarl and the seaside hotels in Salvador, Recife and Natal emptied.