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Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Sunday. Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, ...

Degenkolb masters cobblestones as Porte crashes out of Tour

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROUBAIX, France (AP) — John Degenkolb won a three-man sprint to conclude the action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while overall contender Richie Porte crashed out of the race. Yellow-jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet crossed ...

Kerber set for sustained success after Wimbledon title

By SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The changes Angelique Kerber has made on the court helped her win a first Wimbledon title. She believes the changes she made off the court will ensure her second coming as a dominant force in the women's game endures. The 30-year-old German ...

Pacquiao wins 60th career fight with seventh-round knockout

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao won by knockout for the first time in nine years to claim the World Boxing Association welterweight title, and made a proclamation. "This is it. I am back in boxing," the 39-year-old Pacquiao said after his ...

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 11 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the ...

LEADING OFF: Cards move on from Matheny, skidding Braves

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ST. LOUIS STUNNER The Cardinals will play their first game under interim manager Mike Shildt after firing Mike Matheny late Saturday night. Matheny's stunning dismissal comes with the team 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back ...

Truex repeats as NASCAR Cup winner at Kentucky Speedway

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — No matter which driver led Martin Truex Jr., the advantage always seemed temporary as he positioned himself to make a pivotal move. Distance usually followed his passes, particularly after his final one that sealed his dominance. Truex ...

Peraza’s 5 hits lead Reds past Cardinals, who fire Matheny

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout. Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. ...

Double trouble: Indians botch Romine’s double as Yankees win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter. "Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?" he said. Romine chuckled, too. New York's backup catcher came all the way around ...

France and Croatia to meet in World Cup final

MOSCOW (AP) — France or Croatia? One of those two teams will become World Cup champion later Sunday. The French, who won their only World Cup title at home in 1998, will be playing in their third final in 20 years. The Croats have the chance to win the biggest prize in soccer for the first ...

Djokovic eyes 4th Wimbledon title, facing Anderson in final

LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic will be trying to win his fourth Wimbledon championship when he faces Kevin Anderson in the men's singles final. Djokovic is also aiming for what would be a 13th Grand Slam trophy and his first in more than two years after dealing with an injured right elbow that ...

Indians C Yan Gomes finds out he’s an All-Star while batting

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians catcher Yan Gomes walked to the plate Saturday night and found out he was an All-Star. Gomes will replace Tampa Bay's Wilson Ramos in Tuesday's game in Washington D.C., giving Cleveland six All-Stars. Gomes said he wrestled with ...

Marte, Polanco go back-to-back as Pirates sweep doubleheader

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Once wasn't enough for Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco. They hit back-to-back home runs for the second time Saturday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the second game of a doubleheader 6-2 over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Pirates ...

Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over. The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to Atlanta, the Hawks announced Friday. The move helps clear up the Nets’ logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first ...

Here’s the catch: NFL refs thought they were right all along

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer PLANO, Texas (AP) — Walt Coleman doesn’t see the revamped catch rule as a big change for NFL game officials because the veteran referee believes they’ve already been calling catches the new way. If anything, Coleman figures there will be fewer ...

Dodgers’ Chase Utley to retire at season’s end

By Beth Harris AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder statesman role with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The six-time All-Star said ...

Marc-Andre Fleury inks 3-year extension with Golden Knights

By W.G. Ramirez Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — It didn't take long for Marc-Andre Fleury to fall in love with his new hometown during his first season with the Vegas Golden Knights. Now, it looks as though he'll spend the rest of his career here. The Golden Knights agreed to terms ...

Anderson edges Isner 26-24 in 5th for 1st Wimbledon final

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Kevin Anderson won the longest Centre Court match in history and earned a chance to try to collect his first Grand Slam championship, edging John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 at Wimbledon in a marathon between two big ...

The Open returns to the nasty links of Carnoustie

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Carnoustie is known as much for the calamity it causes as the British Open champions it crowns. Any mention of Carnoustie immediately brings back that image of Jean Van de Velde, equal parts tragedy and comedy, standing in Barry Burn on the 18th hole with ...

Police had previously responded to Bills star’s home

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Police reports show officers responded to several nonviolent disputes at the home where Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy was attempting to evict his former girlfriend before an unidentified man bloodied the 34-year-old woman in a home ...