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Federer, Nadal renew great rivalry in Wimbledon semifinals

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After going more than 1½ years without playing each other anywhere, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon's semifinals. Last month, Nadal got ...

Bevin withdraws from Tour de France with broken ribs

COLMAR, France (AP) — Patrick Bevin of New Zealand has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the sixth stage after breaking two ribs in a crash. Bevin is the first competitor to be forced out of this Tour. He crashed during Stage 4 on Tuesday and continued racing but his CCC team said ...

Column: Baseball has issues beyond a juiced ball

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don't know the reason why. Then again, it might be that they're just not looking hard enough. Unlike the players, the ball still looks ...

Party of 5? Competitive NL Central in for taut second half

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home-plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs' manager appeared ready to take on any and all ...

Penguins center Matt Cullen retires after 21 seasons

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins center Matt Cullen has retired after a 21-season career that included three Stanley Cup titles. The 42 year-old won a Cup with Carolina in 2006 and then consecutive titles with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. Cullen had 266 goals, 465 assists and 502 penalty minutes ...

Surging rookie Wolff headlines John Deere Classic field

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer Matthew Wolff made a name for himself by winning the 3M Open in his fourth PGA Tour start after turning pro. The 20-year-old who starred at Oklahoma State will try to make it two in a row this weekend at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Wolff ...

Brown has triple double, Pistons beat 76ers 96-81

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bruce Brown had a triple double and the Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-81 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the NBA Summer League. Brown, entering his second year with Detroit, had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Pistons improve to 4-0. The ...

Federer, Nadal to play at Wimbledon for 1st time since 2008

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All these years later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again at Wimbledon for the 40th installment of their terrific rivalry — and first at the All England Club since their memorable 2008 final. "Such a long time," ...

“Robot umpires” debut in independent Atlantic League

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer YORK, Pa. (AP) — “Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an ...

Trade deadline looms as baseball resumes after break

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down José Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, ...

Mets’ Alonso outlasts fellow rookie Vlad Jr to win Home Run Derby

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Mets rookie Pete Alonso has a million-dollar swing. New York's newest slugger outlasted a worn-down Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final round of the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night to win $1 million — nearly double his 2019 ...

Breeders’ Cup to add to safety measures at Santa Anita

By Beth Harris AP Racing Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Breeders’ Cup will increase the number of veterinarians on site during its world championships this fall at Santa Anita, where 30 horses died during the racing meet that recently concluded. That’s according to Craig Fravel, ...

Querrey’s reward for Wimbledon quarterfinal? Facing Nadal

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Sam Querrey is in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the third time in four years. His reward as he seeks to reach his first Grand Slam final? A matchup against 18-time major champion Rafael Nadal. "It's going to just get harder ...

US looks to complete its French summer with a final win

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer LYON, France (AP) — The United States is about to conclude its summer in France with an opportunity to further cement its place as the best team on the international stage. The U.S. faces the Netherlands on Sunday for the Women's World Cup championship. ...

Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes won in spectacular fashion. Jon Jones barely hung on. Both champions still emerged from UFC 239 with their belts around their waists. Nunes stopped Holly Holm late in the first round to defend her bantamweight title, and Jones ...

Deals get real: Butler joins Heat, Raptors wish Kawhi well

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Toronto said farewell to Kawhi Leonard. Miami said hello to Jimmy Butler. The Lakers finally have Anthony Davis. Free agency became real Saturday. The four-team trade that sent Butler to the Heat — with a new $142 million, four-year ...

LEADING OFF: Carrasco treated, Epstein backs Maddon

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: COOKIE HEALING Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is being treated for leukemia, and he says it's going to make him stronger than he was before. Carrasco hasn't played for Cleveland since May 30. The ...

Newman, Marte have 3 RBIs each, Pirates top Brewers 12-2

By WES CROSBY Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman had a big night at the plate for the Pirates. So did Colin Moran. Starling Marte, too. They all helped power Pittsburgh to a 12-2 thumping of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night. Newman and Moran each had four hits and three ...

Deals get real: Butler joins Heat, Raptors wish Kawhi well

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Toronto said farewell to Kawhi Leonard. Miami said hello to Jimmy Butler. The Lakers finally have Anthony Davis. Free agency became real Saturday. The four-team trade that sent Butler to the Heat — with a new $142 million, ...

Lindsey Horan hopes World Cup successes boost NWSL

By Anne M. Peterson AP Sports Writer LYON, France (AP) — Midfielder Lindsey Horan hopes the attention on women's soccer and the United States' run at the World Cup boost the professional league back home. The National Women's Soccer League is in the midst of its seventh season and has ...