National Sports

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 ...

Wrecks highlight of stage

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 ...

Oklahoma aiming for fourth straight title

FRISCO, Texas — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without ...

Truex Jr. thrilled with team

SPARTA, Ky. — Martin Truex Jr. is feeling confident after his most dominant performance this season. That’s understandable, considering the defending Cup Series champion and his Furniture Row Racing team are slightly ahead of last season’s pace, with signs of even better things to ...

Romo rallies for Lake Tahoe victory in Nevada

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday. Romo, who retired after the 2016 NFL season and is now an NFL analyst, had 27 points on the day to beat three-time ...

France has youth as its weapon

By Graham Dunbar The Associated Press MOSCOW — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out. The two sides will meet today in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title ...

No title for Serena this time out

The Associated Press LONDON — Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. She knew exactly what to expect — and what to do — against Serena Williams. Two years after losing to Williams with a title on the line at Centre Court ...

Djokovic makes it to mens’ final

The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — 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 career. Djokovic sent ...