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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 ...

‘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 ...