National Sports

Back-to-back homers help AL stars

WASHINGTON — A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become. Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches to begin the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 ...

Mantle Topps card goes on display in Colorado

DENVER — The “Holy Grail” of baseball cards, a pristine 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle valued at several million dollars, was delivered to the History Colorado Center on Monday via armored truck for a 72-hour public display. “I want the community to enjoy looking at the card,” said its ...

Sports at a glance

Cambage scores record 53 pts DALLAS — Elizabeth Cambage scored 53 points to set a WNBA record Tuesday, leading the Dallas Wings to a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty. The 6-foot-8 Australian reached 50 points on a three-point play with 2:19 remaining and broke Riquna Williams’ ...

Van Avermaet maintains jersey hold

By Joseph Wilson The Associated Press LE GRAND-BORNAND, France — Facing the climbing prowess of Chris Froome’s Team Sky, Greg Van Avermaet expected to lose his lead of the Tour de France on the first day in the mountains. Instead, the Olympic champion managed to strengthen his hold on ...

Lawsuit, ex-student focus on complaints

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four former wrestlers say in a new lawsuit that Ohio State University officials ignored repeated complaints about “rampant sexual misconduct” by a now-dead team doctor, and a former student confirmed Tuesday that investigators have documentation about at least one ...

Texas goes from compliant to committed under Herman

FRISCO, Texas — Texas has gone from compliant to committed under coach Tom Herman, and is winning again. When Herman appeared at Big 12 media days for the first time last summer, the Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons and he had yet to coach a game in Austin. “We ...

Bulldogs reload for another title run

ATLANTA — Even six months later, there was no way for Kirby Smart to dodge the question. The Georgia coach just knew he’d be asked if he has recovered from the Bulldogs’ loss to Alabama in the national championship game. “Everybody wants to ask that question,” Smart said Tuesday ...

Shifting culture will be on display in big game

By Ben Walker The Associated Press WASHINGTON — David Ortiz can now laugh, sort of, at the shifting culture of baseball. For Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and most every other All-Star hitter, dealing with different defensive alignments is just part of the game. Tune in ...

French celebrate unifying Cup victory

PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 ...

Harper treats Nats’ fans to a title

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The ball cleared the center field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698. It could have been a scene ...

Machado downplays trade deadline rumors

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — On the night of the All-Star Game, Manny Machado will proudly represent the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he’s played for in the big leagues. It just might be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline ...

Fisher wants tougher Aggies team

ATLANTA — Jimbo Fisher introduced himself to his new Texas A&M team with some insults and frank challenges. Right off the bat, the new coach told the Aggies they were soft in 2017, according to one of his players. Fisher also told his new players they better do things his way, or ...

Degenkolb masters cobblestones

ROUBAIX, France — Richie Porte sat on the pavement grasping his right shoulder and grimacing in pain. A fan helped Chris Froome get going after he tumbled onto grass lining the road. Romain Bardet recovered from three punctured tires. And they were only the highest-profile riders to face ...

Winning cures it all for France

The Associated Press PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked ...

Washington ready to celebrate in the spotlight

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 ...

New league putting time limit on baseball

By Noah Trister The Associated Press Limiting mound visits is one thing. But if you really want to control the length of a baseball game, there are other, more direct ways of doing it. One small league in Michigan is taking an unusual step. The United Shore Professional Baseball League ...

Cards look for spark after firing

The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — As the St. Louis Cardinals took stock of their situation a day after the firing of manager Mike Matheny, some players said they bear some responsibility for Matheny’s sudden dismissal. Matheny was fired late Saturday night after an 8-2 loss to the ...

Djokovic returns to the top of tennis world

LONDON — Novak Djokovic acknowledged that he was worried. His coach was, too. Could Djokovic ever return to the top of tennis? To the heights he’d already reached? Could he put aside the time lost to a painful right elbow that required surgery and the disappointment of poor-for-him ...

Cynn goes the distance

LAS VEGAS — The 2018 World Series of Poker champion is an Indiana resident and professional player who barely missed the cut for the final table two years ago. John Cynn won the series’ marquee no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event Sunday in Las Vegas, surrounded by a cheering crowd that ...

Croatia upset by protest distraction

MOSCOW — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards ...