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Serena reaches semis at Wimbledon

LONDON — 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, “Cooome ooon!” Or when, about 10 minutes ...

Ex-sportswriter fondly remembered by family, friends, Maryland Terps

The Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. — John McNamara loved sports. Most of all, he loved watching and writing about Maryland basketball. McNamara’s passion for the Terrapins was a prominent theme during a packed memorial service Tuesday at the University of Maryland Memorial ...

Young racers still have plenty to prove

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Erik Jones created so much smoke during his burnout that he had trouble breathing afterward. His first career Cup victory Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway was a needed breath of fresh air in a sport that has failed to see a supposed bumper crop of young ...

Froome still facing more challenges

The Associated Press CHOLET, France — Besides still having to make up most of the 51 seconds he lost in a Stage 1 crash, Chris Froome faces another challenge as he seeks a record-tying fifth Tour de France title — Richie Porte’s BMC team. BMC beat Froome’s Team Sky by four seconds ...

Hinchcliffe wins in Iowa again

NEWTON, Iowa — Less than two months after failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, James Hinchcliffe roared from behind to seize one of the more satisfying victories of his IndyCar career. Hinchcliffe passed Josef Newgarden with just over 40 laps left to win at the Iowa Speedway on ...

AL will boast impressive outfield

Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield in 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 its midsummer showcase ...

Lesnar, Cormier on horizon

LAS VEGAS — Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC next year, and new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wants to fight him. UFC President Dana White confirmed the long-anticipated mixed martial arts return of the popular professional wrestler Saturday night after UFC 226. White intends ...

Belgium, France could be high scoring

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Considering the attacking strength of France and Belgium, there’s potential for a goal-fest when the European neighbors meet in the World Cup semifinals. There was less at stake the last time the teams last went head-to-head at the World Cup, a 4-2 victory for ...

Na snaps seven-year PGA winless streak

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Kevin Na rode a hot putter to halt a winless streak of nearly seven years on the PGA Tour. Na shot a 6-under-64 for a five-stroke victory at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier on Sunday. The 34-year-old Na’s only previous tour win came in Las Vegas in ...

Serena, opponent are moms

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 tennis tour. There ...

Sagan captures yellow jersey

LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France — A year after leaving the Tour de France in disgrace, Peter Sagan earned the race’s yellow jersey on Sunday after doing what he does best: Powering past the competition to reach the finish line. The three-time defending world champion took the overall lead of the ...

Sending game’s best to DC

NEW YORK — Now that fan voting is finished, it’s a good time to take a hard look at All-Star Game selections. Which players are worthy of participating July 17 in Washington, and who gets left out? Let’s touch on this topic first: Shohei Ohtani is incredibly talented and fascinating ...

Croatia knocks out underdog hosts

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 tournament ...

England controls Sweden to advance

SAMARA, Russia — England achieved something David Beckham’s generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England’s youthful team a match against Croatia for a place in ...

Winds of change blowing at World Cup

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — The mini-revolt that started eight months ago, when Sweden toppled Italy in qualifying and barred the four-time champions from the World Cup for the first time since 1958, is blowing up into a full rebellion at the tournament itself. Brazil, Argentina and Germany, ...

Unlikely names at Final Four

MOSCOW — English fish and chips against Croatia’s famous fish risotto. France’s vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles. Players nicknamed Slab Head, Rocky and 37. Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of soccer’s 21 ...

Ovechkin shows off Cup

MOSCOW — Alex Ovechkin has brought the Stanley Cup to the World Cup. The Washington Capitals captain took the NHL trophy to a fan zone in Moscow where World Cup games are screened. With the Russian National Guard providing security, Ovechkin lifted the cup above his head in front of a crowd ...

Athletes recalling stories of abuse

The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. Some former athletes recall him differently: Locker-room voyeur. Serial groper. ...

Maryland releases info for FBI probe

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Maryland has joined the list of schools to receive a grand jury subpoena seeking records in the ongoing federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school released two subpoenas to The Associated Press and other media outlets Friday ...

Three teams fail to sign their top picks

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The top draft picks of the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers failed to sign before Friday’s deadline, giving each of those teams an extra selection in the first round of next June’s amateur draft. Atlanta failed to sign the ...