National Sports

Truex repeats as NASCAR Cup winner at Kentucky Speedway

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — No matter which driver led Martin Truex Jr., the advantage always seemed temporary as he positioned himself to make a pivotal move. Distance usually followed his passes, particularly after his final one that sealed his dominance. Truex ...

Peraza’s 5 hits lead Reds past Cardinals, who fire Matheny

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout. Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. ...

Double trouble: Indians botch Romine’s double as Yankees win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter. "Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?" he said. Romine chuckled, too. New York's backup catcher came all the way around ...

France and Croatia to meet in World Cup final

MOSCOW (AP) — France or Croatia? One of those two teams will become World Cup champion later Sunday. The French, who won their only World Cup title at home in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years. The Croats have the chance to win the biggest prize in soccer for the first ...

Djokovic eyes 4th Wimbledon title, facing Anderson in final

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic will be trying to win his fourth Wimbledon championship when he faces Kevin Anderson in the men's singles final. Djokovic is also aiming for what would be a 13th Grand Slam trophy and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that ...

Indians C Yan Gomes finds out he’s an All-Star while batting

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Yan Gomes walked to the plate Saturday night and found out he was an All-Star. Gomes will replace Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos in Tuesday's game in Washington D.C., giving Cleveland six All-Stars. Gomes said he wrestled with ...

Marte, Polanco go back-to-back as Pirates sweep doubleheader

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once wasn't enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates ...

Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to Atlanta, the Hawks announced Friday. The move helps clear up the Nets’ logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first ...

Here’s the catch: NFL refs thought they were right all along

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn’t see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they’ve already been calling catches the new way. If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer ...

Dodgers’ Chase Utley to retire at season’s end

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder statesman role with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The six-time All-Star said ...

Marc-Andre Fleury inks 3-year extension with Golden Knights

By W.G. Ramirez Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — It didn't take long for Marc-Andre Fleury to fall in love with his new hometown during his first season with the Vegas Golden Knights. Now, it looks as though he'll spend the rest of his career here. The Golden Knights agreed to terms ...

Anderson edges Isner 26-24 in 5th for 1st Wimbledon final

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Kevin Anderson won the longest Centre Court match in history and earned a chance to try to collect his first Grand Slam championship, edging John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 at Wimbledon in a marathon between two big ...

The Open returns to the nasty links of Carnoustie

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Carnoustie is known as much for the calamity it causes as the British Open champions it crowns. Any mention of Carnoustie immediately brings back that image of Jean Van de Velde, equal parts tragedy and comedy, standing in Barry Burn on the 18th hole with ...

Police had previously responded to Bills star’s home

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Police reports show officers responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home ...

Ex-Knicks star Charles Oakley arrested at Las Vegas casino

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley is being accused of gambling fraud after a wager at a Las Vegas casino last weekend, casino regulators said Thursday. Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las ...

New Jersey businesses get $16M in sports bets in 1st 2 weeks

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Two casinos and a racetrack in New Jersey took in $16.4 million in sports bets during the first two weeks such wagers were legal in the state. Figures released Thursday by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement show the Borgata and ...

Wimbledon glance: Nadal, Djokovic to renew rivalry in semis

LONDON (AP) — A quick look at Wimbledon: LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY: This is the first time all four male semifinalists at a Grand Slam tournament are in their 30s. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic renew their rivalry in one semifinal, while Kevin Anderson and John Isner meet in the other. This will ...

Croatia coach Dalic traveled hard path to World Cup final

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed. "I used to say, 'Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,'" Dalic recalled ...

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at what’s ahead at the World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Here's a look at what's coming up at the World Cup , which is down to its last two matches: the third-place game Saturday in St. Petersburg between Belgium and England, and the final the following day in Moscow between France and Croatia. PUMP UP THE VOLUME Will Smith, Nicky ...

Dumoulin and Bardet lose time at Tour after bikes break

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MUR DE BRETAGNE, France (AP) — Sometimes in cycling the bike can be the rider's biggest enemy. Tour de France contenders Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet both lost significant time in the overall standings after spokes on their wheels snapped near the uphill ...