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‘This is really happening’: Serena reaches Wimbledon semis

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 mph service winner to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, ...

Enforced development helps give Europe a grip on World Cup

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Explaining Europe's stranglehold on the World Cup requires delving into a thick handbook of seemingly mind-numbing regulations. The eligibility requirements for clubs playing in Europe's elite club competitions go far beyond guidelines ...

Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward's tax return. Juventus said Tuesday it paid 112 million euros ($131.5 million) for Ronaldo, who signed a four-year deal with the Serie ...

Hard Rock, Bet365 plan sports betting in New Jersey

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock has signed a deal with a British online gambling company to offer sports betting as soon as the arrangement is approved by New Jersey gambling regulators. The global hospitality and gambling company owned by Florida's ...

Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press SARZEAU, France (AP) — Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan have turned the first four days of the Tour de France into an enthralling duel of rising star versus world champion. And Tour newcomer Gaviria is winning so far. Gaviria edged Sagan at the finish ...

NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on Tuesday challenging its national anthem policy. The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and ...

LEADING OFF: Red Sox, Rays look to keep surging

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SURGING SOX The major league-best Boston Red Sox look for their 15th win in 18 games as they host the Texas Rangers in the middle game of their series. The Red Sox, who lead the second-place Yankees by 2 1/2 games in ...

DeSclafani allows 1 run, Schebler homers; Reds top Indians

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani gave the Cincinnati Reds seven strong innings Monday night. Raisel Iglesias made sure they hung on in a tense ninth for a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. DeSclafani (4-1) allowed one run and Scott Schebler was 4 for ...

Polanco has 4 RBIs as Pirates top Nationals 6-3

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Looking for a spark to get his offense going, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made a change to the top of his batting order by stacking outfielders Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the first three spots for the first ...

Froome faces early challenge from BMC team at Tour de France

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer CHOLET, France (AP) — Besides still having to make up most of the 51 seconds he lost in a Stage 1 crash, Chris Froome faces another challenge as he seeks a record-tying fifth Tour de France title — Richie Porte's BMC team. BMC beat Froome's Team Sky by ...

Williams knows Wimbledon’s top-10 seeds stat needs asterisk

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams figures this statistic needs an asterisk: For the first time since Wimbledon started seeding players in the 1920s, none of the top 10 women reached the quarterfinals. It's also the only Grand Slam tournament in the ...

Ex-Detroit Lions tight end Pettigrew arrested in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a former Detroit Lions player has been arrested in Pittsburgh for punching an officer after refusing to pay a limo driver. NFL free agent Brandon Pettigrew is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of services and public drunkenness. Police say the ...

Williams, Federer reach quarterfinals at Wimbledon

By MATTIAS KAREN, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Not one top-10 seed has made the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Serena Williams will be there, though, after she moved a step closer to an eighth title at the All England Club. Williams reached her 13th Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating ...

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

MOSCOW (AP) — A look at what's coming up at the World Cup: FOREIGN OBJECTIVE Roberto Martinez is determined to end a streak of one kind for World Cup coaches. All 20 previous World Cup-winning coaches were born in the nation they led to the title. Martinez, a Spaniard, is two wins away from ...

Travis Pastrana successfully triplicates iconic jumps

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Honoring the man who paved the way for dozens of daredevils, Travis Pastrana succeeded in triplicating three of Evel Knievel's iconic motorcycle jumps Sunday night. Donning his own Knievel-like costume, Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 ...

LEADING OFF: Red Sox return home, Nola goes for 12th win

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK HOME IN BOSTON The Red Sox went 7-2 on their recent road trip against the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals. After winning six straight, they return home for a seven-game homestand ...

Wimbledon set for ‘Manic Monday’ as 4th round starts

LONDON (AP) — Wimbledon is set for its annual "Manic Monday" as the fourth round gets underway at the All England Club. All remaining men's and women's singles title challengers are in action, with a Centre Court lineup that includes Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Federer ...

Lonnie Walker IV settling in nicely with Spurs this summer

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — These are highly uncertain times for the San Antonio Spurs. That's why Lonnie Walker IV might be so valuable. This is a summer when Spurs mainstay Tony Parker has already left for Charlotte, when four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili is ...

Myers homers again, Padres top Diamondbacks 4-3 in 16

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Batting for the eighth time in the game — and facing a catcher he later called the best position player he's ever seen pitch — Wil Myers got something he liked and hammered it. Myers homered for the fourth time in two days, connecting ...

AL outfield grabs attention as All-Star rosters announced

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL. Power in the center of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game. Baseball unveiled the ...