National Sports

New Camaro not doing the job

By Mark Long The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Darrell Wallace Jr. has a proposition for the two guys dominating the NASCAR Cup Series: Swap cars for a race and see what happens. Vocalizing what’s been obvious on the track all season, Wallace said Thursday the problem with ...

Vegas players look to get their money

The Associated Press Vegas forward William Karlsson is among 43 NHL players seeking salary arbitration after he finished third in the NHL in scoring with the expansion Golden Knights last season. Two more Golden Knights, defenseman Colin Miller and forward Tomas Nosek, also are on the list ...

Celtics come to terms with their No. 1 pick

The Associated Press BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have signed first-round draft pick Robert Williams. The team announced the signing Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. Williams, a forward-center out of Texas A&M, was selected 27th overall last month with the Celtics’ lone draft ...

Upsets continue to happen on women’s side

The Associated Press LONDON — Garbine Muguruza insisted she wasn’t thinking about attempting to collect a second consecutive Wimbledon championship. She was adamant that she was not focusing on defending her title. “It doesn’t really matter,” she would say, “what happened in ...

Tourists enjoying World Cup sights

The Associated Press SAMARA, Russia — Joseph Stalin’s secret bunker has become the unlikely meeting point for thousands of fans who have descended on the Russian city of Samara during the World Cup. Emerging from the underground shelter more than 120 feet (37 meters) below, Mexicans ...

Concussion keeps Holloway off card

The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway’s representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms. Holloway’s management team announced the decision in a statement ...

Sports at a glance

Kansas hires Long as AD LAWRENCE, Kan. — The major reasons the athletic director job at Kansas became available nearly two months ago are precisely the same reasons Jeff Long will be filling that seat beginning Aug. 1. He’s shown a gift for raising money and renovating facilities. ...

Rahm struggles at Irish Open

DONEGAL, Ireland — Defending champion Jon Rahm made back-to-back double bogeys around the turn in shooting a 2-over 74 in the opening round of the Irish Open on Thursday, leaving the world No. 5 seven shots behind leader Ryan Fox. One under par after his first eight holes, Rahm duffed his ...

Chestnut downs record 74 hot dogs

NEW YORK — Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time. Miki Sudo held on to her title as the ...

No. 2 seed bugged by defeat

LONDON — Caroline Wozniacki complained about the flying insects at Wimbledon, demanding that bug spray be brought to the court. She wondered aloud whether play should be halted because of a brief drizzle. And the No. 2-seeded Wozniacki was not exactly gracious in defeat after staving off ...

Cavs sign Sexton to rookie deal

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton badly wanted to play with LeBron James. His first season will be much different than he hoped. Sexton signed his rookie contract on Wednesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are taking their first steps since James ...

Champion Forum helping prepare minorities

OXON HILL, Md. — Camera lighting made beads of sweat emerge from Tony Elliott’s forehead as he fielded questions ranging from football philosophy to something he could share about his private life. The Clemson co-offensive coordinator paused, smiled and couldn’t hide his joy about ...

Miocic ready for challenge of UFC legend Cormier

LAS VEGAS — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses. Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning heavyweight champ in UFC history has embraced the ...

With Messi, Ronaldo out, Neymar could star

MOSCOW — After a decade of duopoly, the FIFA-run vote to crown soccer’s best player finally seems open to third parties after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo left the World Cup early. Neymar must help Brazil lift the trophy next week if he wants to join the greats, according to the ...

Sports at a glance

Refs picked for World Cup QFs MOSCOW — FIFA has picked European and South American referees to handle the World Cup quarterfinals that feature only teams from their regions. The Uruguay vs. France game will be refereed by Nestor Pitana of Argentina on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod. It will be ...

Help sought for players harassed online

The Associated Press LONDON — Madison Keys was the U.S. Open runner-up last year and a French Open semifinalist last month, is considered a contender at Wimbledon right now and, still, total strangers insult her, sometimes with menacing or obscene language, on a regular basis via social ...

Tavares, moves out West shift NHL balance of power

Several signings and one big trade drastically shifted the balance of power across the NHL in a matter of days. With John Tavares going home to Toronto, Paul Stastny leaving Winnipeg for Vegas, St. Louis signing three free agents and trading for Ryan O’Reilly, the landscape of the league ...

Past champions beaten on day of upsets

The Associated Press LONDON — These are not the sorts of matches Maria Sharapova is supposed to lose, letting lead after lead slip away Tuesday against a qualifier ranked 132nd — and in the first round of Wimbledon, no less. Then again, at this edition of The Championships, as they ...

Cousins joins Warriors

DeMarcus Cousins will be ready to play at some point this season. And when he is, the two-time defending NBA champions will be waiting. Adding a fifth All-Star to their already glitzy lineup, the Golden State Warriors have come to terms with Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal — not ...

For Tiger Woods, many introductions are in order

POTOMAC, Md. — Tiger Woods finished the Quicken Loans National with a 66 and was on his way to discuss his performance with the media when he was asked to stop for a few pictures. That’s not unusual. Except on this occasion, the request came from the guy who had just signed his ...