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Djokovic defeats Nadal to reach fifth Wimbledon final

By HOWARD FENDRICH The Associated Press LONDON — From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he’s past the roughest patch of his ...

Belgium blanks England, finishes third at World Cup

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals. At least they hope. The Belgians earned their best World Cup finish by beating England 2-0 on Saturday ...

Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser, Visa

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press MOSCOW — When Lenin had a thirst for revolution, this is not what he had in mind. Fans attending today’s World Cup final between France and Croatia will pass a huge statue of the Bolshevik Revolution’s leader as they enter the Luzhniki Stadium. ...

As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy

By TATIANA TITOVA and JAMES ELLINGWORTH The Associated Press YEKATERINBURG, Russia — The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands ...

Knox in contention at Scottish Open

By STEVE DOUGLAS The Associated Press GULLANE, Scotland — An 11-hour sleep and a hearty Scottish breakfast sparked the latest impressive round in Russell Knox’s glorious summer of golf, putting him in contention to seal back-to-back wins on the European Tour at the Scottish Open on ...

Golf Roundup: Kim leads by five at John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Michael Kim took a five-shot lead Saturday at the John Deere Classic in a third round delayed twice for a total of roughly four hours because of bad weather and concerns over lightning. Kim, who has just one top-10 finish in 84 career PGA Tour starts, shot a 7-under 64 ...

All-Star Game a celebration of baseball in Washington

By STEPHEN WHYNO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mark Lerner’s first letter to then-commissioner Bud Selig after his family bought the Nationals asked to host the All-Star Game. “It’s something I’ve wanted from the moment we got the team,” Lerner said. Thirteen years after ...

Groenewegen wins second straight stage

By JOSEPH WILSON The Associated Press AMIENS, France — Dylan Groenewegen has turned the sprinting battle at the Tour de France into a three-man race. The 25-year-old Dutch rider won his second consecutive stage on Saturday, joining world champion Peter Sagan and Tour newcomer Fernando ...

Feared cobblestones up next at the Tour de France

By JOSEPH WILSON The Associated Press AMIENS, France — Every cyclist at the Tour de France, from title favorite Chris Froome to the lowliest support rider, has today circled on their calendar. That’s when the world’s greatest bike race leaves behind the smooth asphalt and hits the ...

British Open title shows Spieth can handle about anything

By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press The scenes were nothing alike and wildly memorable. Both started with a tee shot that sailed some 60 yards to the right during the final round of the British Open, and that’s where the similarities end. Seve Ballesteros didn’t have to take a ...

MLB Roundup: Wheeler finally wins, Mets beat Washington, 7-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler won for the first time since April 29, Michael Conforto homered and the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-4 on Saturday. Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes and Kevin Plawecki each had two hits as the light-hitting Mets scored seven runs for the first ...

Did S. Korea army plot coup to keep ousted leader in power?

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate ...

Truex Jr. wins Cup race at Kentucky

By GARY B. GRAVES The Associated Press SPARTA, Ky. — Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, passing Brad Keselowski and then Kurt Busch late on the way to repeating as champion on Saturday night. Truex’s No. 78 Toyota Camry appeared even more dominant ...

Tracking bobcats: Researchers need help finding GPS collars

By DAVE COLLINS The Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — In a couple of weeks, collars on cats across the state will be falling off. But it’s not some prank or devious experiment — it’s one of the largest studies of its kind on bobcats. The GPS collars were placed on 50 bobcats ...

MLS Roundup: Rzatkowski rallies Red Bulls past Sporting KC

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Marc Rzatkowski scored two goals after the 71st minute to rally the New York Red Bulls to a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Rzatkowski entered as a substitute in the 60th minute for Alejandro Romero Gamarra and made it 2-all for the Red Bulls (11-5-2) ...

As Supreme Court battle roils DC, suburban voters shrug

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It stands to shift the direction of the nation’s highest court for decades, but President Donald Trump’s move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has barely cracked the consciousness of some voters in the nation’s top political battlegrounds. Even among this year’s ...

Firefighter killed in wildfire near Yosemite

By MICHAEL BALSAMO The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A second-generation California firefighter who was using a bulldozer to prevent a wildfire from spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, state fire officials said. Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney, 36, ...

Crumbling captain’s home is being dismantled ever so slowly

SEARSPORT, Maine (AP) — A crumbling gem of a home built by a sea captain is being dismantled in slow motion, so slowly that some people wonder whether Mother Nature will raze it before the owner completes the job. Searsport officials told the owner of the 150-plus-year-old home to tear it ...

U.S. judge criticizes plan to reunify families split at border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — A federal judge, responding to a plan to reunify children separated at the border, said he was having second thoughts about his belief that the Trump administration was acting in good faith to comply with his orders. The Justice ...

NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

NEW YORK — At an unassuming storefront on a busy Brooklyn street, people sign up to use a bathroom outfitted to try to curb an overdose crisis. Waiting his turn, a man named Robert is frank about why he’s there, instead of one of the stairwells, parks, rooftops or porches where he has ...