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Mariano Rivera a fitting closer

COOPERSTOWN — For Mariano Rivera, it was the culmination of a storied career, dreams of being the next Pele long since forgotten. For Brandy Halladay, the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a tearful moment to reflect on the accomplishments of her late husband, and she handled a ...

Lowry’s triumphant return at British Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The outcome was never in doubt to just about everyone but Shane Lowry. A year ago, he sat in the parking lot at Carnoustie and cried after missing the cut in the British Open for the fourth straight year. Even with a four-shot lead Sunday at Royal ...

Heat, humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

BOSTON — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. "Sunday has been canceled," the ...

McIlroy forced to take an early bow

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open. Except this was Friday. And now McIlroy ...

‘Marylou Whitney, the Queen of Saratoga’ dies at 93

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marylou Whitney, a successful thoroughbred breeder and owner whose family helped keep Saratoga Race Course open in the 1970s, has died. She was 93. The New York Racing Association said she died Friday at her estate in Saratoga Springs, after a long illness. No further ...

Iran’s seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

LONDON — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the British tanker marked perhaps the most ...

British Open back at Royal Portrush

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to ...

Mets bash way to 4th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With one powerful swing, Pete Alonso proved for now his safety from Home Run Derby harm. Alonso and the New York Mets put quite the hurt on the Minnesota Twins to sweep this two-game series. Dominic Smith put the Mets in front with his pinch-hit, three-run homer in ...

McIlroy gets special attention at British Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — On the final day of practice for the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy ripped a shot out of the light rough and began walking toward the green when he stopped in the middle of the fairway for a quick interview with Sky Sports. That’s normal for ...

Rays-Yankees game postponed due to severe weather forecast

NEW YORK (AP) — Rain keeps interrupting the New York Yankees’ sunny season. The scheduled game between the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays was postponed Wednesday night due to a forecast of thunderstorms and severe weather. Though no showers were falling yet on a humid evening in the ...

A long wait, but finally a Tour win for sprint prodigy

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A bit more than a year ago, Caleb Ewan was devastated to be left out of the Tour de France. The Australian sprinter had to watch cycling’s biggest race on TV after finding out at the last minute that his Mitchelton-Scott team was placing all its bets on Adam ...

After teen is slain, photos of her corpse circulate online

ALBANY — A 17-year-old girl with a small social media following in upstate New York was killed by a man she’d met recently on Instagram, who then posted photos of her corpse online, police said Monday. The gory pictures were redistributed widely, including by online posters who made ...

Tiger takes laid back approach

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Tiger Woods was on the practice range when the gates at the British Open opened Tuesday, and before long he was on the tee and ready to go. He just didn’t go for very long. Woods played a full round at Royal Portrush when he arrived Sunday morning, and ...

Judge, Gregorius lift Yanks over Rays after CC starts fracas

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, Didi Gregorius followed with a grand slam and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 8-3 Tuesday night after another surly clash between CC Sabathia and the Rays. A pitch after slicing a would-be homer foul by ...

Seattle close to naming Ron Francis as GM

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s NHL expansion team is close to an agreement with Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis to become its first general manager, a person with direct knowledge tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not made an ...

Technology beating romanticism at Tour

ALBI, France — With all the technology stacked against them, the six breakaway riders at the Tour de France had no hope of making it to the finish without being caught. Race directors were watching their every move on TV screens set up in their cars, and rival competitors riding behind ...

Molinari returns claret jug, faces long odds

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Golf’s oldest championship is all about tradition, and this is one Francesco Molinari could have done without. Fifty-one weeks after he won the British Open and gazed at his name etched on the silver claret jug, he had to return it. Getting it back ...

Thomas blowing in the wind

ALBI, France (AP) — Geraint Thomas and his teammates don’t need a mountain to deliver a hammer blow on their rivals at the Tour de France. They can do it on the flat, too. With a little help from the wind. The defending champion was the big winner of a chaotic Stage 10 in southern ...

Chavis grand slam helps Red Sox beat Blue Jays

BOSTON — Rookie Michael Chavis hit a grand slam, Xander Bogaerts had three hits and Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs for Boston on Monday night to lead the Red Sox to a 10-8 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Boston batted around for five runs in the first inning against starter ...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

WASHINGTON — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president’s most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking ...