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Koepka returns to top spot at US Open

SOUTHAMPTON — One was about power. The other was about patience. Brooks Koepka has a game for the U.S. Open no matter the course, no matter the test, no matter the circumstances. He never lost hope when he began his title defense with a 75 and was 7-over par midway through the ...

Mexico beats defending champion Germany

MOSCOW (AP) — Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception. The 2014 champions, ranked No. 1 in the world, were exposed defensively and surprisingly beaten by Mexico 1-0 on Sunday, putting its hopes of ...

Long ball carries Red Sox to rout over Mariners, Yanks lose

SEATTLE — Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered to help Boston rout Seattle, 9-3. Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4). The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against ...

Stylish attacking moves take backseat

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals. Against strong defenses and world-class goalkeepers, sometimes you need to go back to basics. This World Cup has started with a spate of goals off ...

NIH to end industry-funded study of alcohol’s benefits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned and funded undermine its credibility. The National Institutes of Health used money from the ...

Last steel girder set on new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

ALBANY (AP) — The final steel girder on the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge spanning the Hudson River has been set in place. The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the twin span linking Westchester and Rockland counties was fully connected with structural steel on Friday, which ...

Optimism on rail bridge project

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Transit officials in New Jersey are praising an agreement to put $600 million toward the replacement of a century-old rail bridge. But the project still needs federal dollars to go forward. The state approved the agreement this week for the estimated $1.5 billion ...

Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust economy

WASHINGTON — “The economy,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared this week, “is doing very well.” And it is. Steady hiring has shrunk unemployment to 3.8 percent — the lowest since the 1960s. Consumers are spending. Taxes are down. Inflation is tame. Factories are ...

Johnson storms into weekend with a four-stroke lead

SOUTHAMPTON — Dustin Johnson handled the worst of the weather and wound up as the sole survivor to par at the U.S. Open, taking a four-shot lead into the weekend at Shinnecock Hills with plenty of reminders of how it can all go wrong. Some of them from Johnson’s own ...

World Cup reality beckons Iceland

BURNLEY, England — Around the turn of the century, when Iceland was a punching bag in European soccer and its aspiring young players mostly had to settle for gravel fields, Johann Berg Gudmundsson was a fully fledged England supporter when it was time for the World Cup. His first World ...

Ronaldo scores three in 3-3 draw

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo used the World Cup to show everyone he’s the GOAT. Ronaldo rubbed his chin after scoring minutes into Portugal’s opener against Spain, implying he is the Greatest of All Time. Then he scored two more goals, including a perfectly placed ...

Syracuse QB back in action after cancer-free diagnosis

SYRACUSE (AP) — Rex Culpepper is back. The smile on his face said it all. The redshirt sophomore quarterback had his first full workout with Syracuse on Friday after overcoming testicular cancer. He said he broke down and cried when he was told he was cancer-free a week ago at Moffitt ...

Eric Trump’s charity remains under investigation

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general isn’t done taking on Trump family charities after suing the president over allegations he treated his nonprofit like a personal piggy bank. Barbara Underwood’s spokeswoman said Friday that a separate investigation remains open into the Eric ...

Johnson shares lead in classic US Open

SOUTHAMPTON — The U.S. Open lived up to its reputation in the return to Shinnecock Hills. So did Dustin Johnson. Fresh off a six-shot victory last week, Johnson managed all aspects of his game Thursday on a classic U.S. Open course that required nothing less. He wasn’t perfect, ...

Mickelson gives silent treatment

Phil Mickelson almost won the U.S. Open once while wearing a beeper — yes, a beeper — in case he had to be summoned for the birth of his daughter. He skipped another one because the same daughter was graduating from high school. If it seems like Mickelson has been chasing Open titles ...

Youngsters come through for Yankees

NEW YORK — For a team with some of the biggest stars in baseball, the New York Yankees are getting many of their most critical contributions from a remarkable group of unflappable youngsters. Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer, fellow rookie Domingo German struck out a career-high ...

Benjamin eagerly catching up in 2nd season with Bills

ORCHARD PARK (AP) — Kelvin Benjamin burst up the right sideline, timed his turn some 20 yards upfield, and made a leaping catch by using his imposing 6-foot-5 frame to box-out cornerback Tre’Davious White on the opening day of the Bills’ mandatory minicamp. It wasn’t so much the ...

Putin enjoys luck of the draw

When Yuri Gazinsky headed in the first goal of the 2018 World Cup, giving host Russia early joy in what developed into a 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin leaned across to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with his hand outstretched. No hard feelings, the ...

Sale helps Red Sox complete sweep

BALTIMORE — Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Wednesday. After issuing two walks to open the seventh in a 5-0 game, Sale (6-4) was lifted by manager ...

Steinbrenner says Yankees exploring rotation upgrade

NEW YORK (AP) — Hal Steinbrenner says his New York Yankees may need a starting pitching upgrade if they’re going to reach their first World Series since 2009. Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner, said Wednesday the club will explore the trade market for an arm, especially ...