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Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Yes, this will be Serena Williams' 10th Wimbledon final. Yes, it's her 30th title match at any major. And, well, sure, she's widely regarded as not just the best of her era, but any era. Let others shrug at this latest accomplishment, as if ...

Famous dive in last France-Croatia World Cup match

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — One of the most notorious dives in soccer history took pace the last time France played Croatia in the World Cup. Les Bleus led Croatia by a goal in their 1998 semifinal at Stade de France when French defender Laurent Blanc gave Slaven Bilic a ...

Harper headlines Home Run Derby field, will face Freeman

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night. The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers ...

Croatia reaches World Cup for 1st time, beats England 2-1

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their jumping and cheering fans in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys. Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the ...

Red Wings agree with Mantha on 2-year deal

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings announced the move with the restricted free agent Wednesday, keeping the 23-year-old wing after he led the team with 24 goals last season. Mantha had 48 points in 80 ...

Federer wastes match point, loses to Anderson at Wimbledon

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point. And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the ...

Croatia into World Cup final with win over England

Croatia is going to the World Cup final for the first time after beating England 2-1 in extra time. Mario Mandzukic scored the clincher in the second half of extra time in the semifinal to secure a spot in Sunday's final against France. The Croatians rallied from a goal down for the third ...

Federer wastes match point, loses to Anderson at Wimbledon

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point. And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the ...

Marte lead Pirates to 2-0 victory over Nationals

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Wednesday. Marte homered to center field with two outs in the third off ...

Goerges, Kerber aim for all-German Wimbledon final

By MATTIAS KAREN, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — It's been 87 years since two German women played in a Wimbledon final. Julia Goerges likes the sound of a repeat, though. "It sounds crazy to maybe have the chance to share a German final in Wimbledon," Goerges said after she and Angelique ...

Lawyer: NFL star LeSean McCoy orchestrated assault of woman

ATLANTA (AP) — The lawyer for the ex-girlfriend of NFL star LeSean McCoy says the Buffalo Bills running back orchestrated an attack that left her bloody amid attempts to get her to leave his suburban Atlanta mansion. Attorney Tanya Mitchell Graham says in a statement to news outlets that her ...

Organizers of 2020, 2024 Olympics sign cooperative agreement

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have signed a cooperative agreement with their counterparts from the 2024 Paris Olympics. The two organizing committees signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Tokyo on Wednesday. The agreement covers areas such as exchange of personnel, ...

Astros beat A’s 6-5 on bizarre play in 11th inning

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman agreed when someone called the final play on Tuesday night in Houston a circus. Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy described it as "a big zoo." Both descriptions could work for the wild way this one ended. Bregman homered twice ...

LEADING OFF: Bryant returns to Cubs, Indians seek relief

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday: BRYANT BACK WITH CUBBIES Kris Bryant flew to the Bay Area on Tuesday night and is hoping to play in the Cubs' series finale against the Giants. Bryant has been out since June 23 with inflammation in his left ...

Pro wrestlers discuss price for life on road in documentary

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer Bret "The Hitman" Hart could take his shots in the ring. His face was a crimson mask during bloody bouts against The British Bulldog and Roddy Piper, he broke his sternum in one match, and roughed it up nightly with some of the baddest wrestlers in the WWE. ...

Column: With World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty

By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Columnist ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It's good the French make lots of Champagne, because with the trophy-winning potential of its team that will play in the World Cup final on Sunday, they could be bathing in the stuff for years to come. Like Spain's team ...

Indians allow 7 in 9th, lose to Reds 7-4 after Bauer’s gem

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Joey Votto hit a go-ahead three-run double during a seven-run ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians bullpen wasted a gem from Trevor Bauer in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Indians closer Cody Allen (2-4) allowed six runs after ...

Royals snap 10-game skid with 9-4 win over Twins

By TYLER MASON, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Kansas City Royals finally bunched together some runs to end a lengthy losing streak. Adalberto Mondesi had a three-run homer and a career-high four RBIs, and Kansas City snapped a 10-game skid with a 9-4 win over Minnesota on Tuesday ...

Fowler, Wong, Mikolas lead Cards to 14-2 rout of White Sox

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler broke out of his funk in grand style. The slumping outfielder hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday ...

Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in 2006. Twelve years after one of soccer's most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st ...