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Williams, Rodina is match of moms at Wimbledon

The Associated Press LONDON — When Serena Williams steps out on Centre Court to play Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon’s fourth round today, it will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom. Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s ...

Major League Baseball announces 2018 All-Star teams

The Associated Press 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 rosters for ...

Can would-be leaders pass the Disraeli test?

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man’s game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives. Whether ...

Trump lawyers attack Comey in letter

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as “Machiavellian,” dishonest and “unbounded by law and regulation” as they sought to undermine the ...

Croatia ousts Russia in penalty-kick shootout

SOCHI, Russia — Nyet this time. Although Russia made it further at this year’s World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the ...

Cormier stops heavyweight Miocic to win 2nd UFC title belt

LAS VEGAS — Daniel Cormier knocked out the UFC heavyweight champion, argued with a professional wrestler and left the octagon dancing with glee and perfect balance, thanks to one championship belt on each arm. There will never be another Saturday night like it for the 39-year-old former ...

U.S.-China trade war elevates risks to the global economy

WASHINGTON — The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy. The opening shots were fired just after midnight, when the Trump ...

Pompeo seeks progress on N. Korea nuke commitment

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for nearly three hours Friday with a top North Korean official in Pyongyang to nail down specifics of commitments on denuclearization made at President Donald Trump’s summit with leader Kim Jong Un last month. Pompeo has the ...

Williams looks to win eighth Wimbledon

LONDON — It’s hard to blame Serena Williams for having some trouble keeping track of all of her many titles at the All England Club. “I don’t necessarily have to win another Wimbledon in my career,” she was saying Friday, making a point about not having anything left to prove, ...

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann. The France striker scored the second goal in his team’s 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on Friday, sending a seemingly easy-to-save shot at ...

EPA chief resigns after months of scandals

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease. With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator ...

Muguruza stunned in second round

The Associated Press LONDON — Garbine Muguruza insisted she wasn’t thinking about attempting to collect a second consecutive Wimbledon championship. She was adamant that she was not focusing on defending her title. “It doesn’t really matter,” she would say, “what happened in ...

Holloway’s health scare underlines MMA’s inherent risks

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Max Griffin isn't proud of his reaction after he heard UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway dropped out of his fight against Brian Ortega with apparent symptoms of a concussion. “To me, we're fighters,” said Griffin, a UFC welterweight. “We ...

Webb Simpson’s 9-under 61 leads the field at Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Webb Simpson ran out of sensational shots in the end to keep him from joining an elite group. Simpson shot a 9-under-par 61 for a one-stroke lead over Whee Kim after the first round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on ...

Protester’s climb shuts down Statue of Liberty

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A protest against U.S. immigration policy forced the evacuation of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July, with a group unfurling a banner from the pedestal and a woman holding police at bay for hours after she climbed the base and sat by the statue’s ...

Wozniacki eliminated in second round

The Associated Press LONDON — Caroline Wozniacki complained about the flying insects at Wimbledon, demanding that bug spray be brought to the court. She wondered aloud whether play should be halted because of a brief drizzle. And the No. 2-seeded Wozniacki was not exactly gracious in ...

Hill pitches Dodgers past Pirates 6-4 for 3-game sweep

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Rich Hill earned his first win in three months, Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor drove in three runs apiece, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh 6-4 on Wednesday night to sweep the Pirates for the second straight year. The Dodgers outscored the ...

US Rep. Jordan denies claims he knew of Ohio State sex abuse

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan said on Wednesday he never knew of sexual abuse by a now-dead doctor who examined wrestlers Jordan helped coach decades ago at Ohio State University. Jordan, speaking to reporters at a July Fourth rally in Fremont, repeatedly denied claims by ...

Social issues in the U.S. weigh heavy on Independence Day

The Associated Press BOSTON — In these complex times, a simple question about the quintessential American holiday of fireworks, cookouts and parades isn’t always so simple. As Americans prepare to celebrate the nation’s 242nd birthday, some feel a deeper sense of patriotism. For ...

NBA: Silver says 16-team playoff structure would add more travel

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The NBA estimates an increase of about 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams. Calls to change the system were renewed this week when LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles ...