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United States' Shannon Boxx and Christie Rampone celebrate their win after they defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Changes Coming for U.S. Women’s Soccer

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia — Atop BC Place’s championship stage Sunday, 21 United States women’s national team players formed a semi-circle around Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone. The squad’s longest-serving members accepted the gold-plated World Cup trophy from FIFA senior vice president Issa Hayatou and, on the count of three, hoisted it to the heavens. It was a moment 16 years …

Daytona Wreck Leading to Questions

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Austin Dillon walked away from a violent crash at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning with a bruised tailbone and forearm and a strong opinion about racing at NASCAR’s fastest tracks. Dillon’s Chevrolet careened at about 200 mph into a 22-foot high catch fence along the frontstretch of Daytona …

A Milestone For Bradley At Gold Cup

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Frisco, Texas — Michael Bradley’s 100th appearance for the U.S. national team will be in tonight’s CONCACAF Gold Cup opener against Honduras, captaining the defending champion. Not that anything is different in the 27-year-old midfielder’s mind. “I’ve said it a bunch of times and I’ll say it again: I am who I am regardless of whether I’m captain or not,” Bradley said. “Coming …

Williams Topples Williams

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

London — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from their dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena. Never a fan of losing …

Soccer Injury May Deny McIlroy Open

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

London — Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf’s No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews. Just as excitement …

Source: Giants Aware of Pierre-Paul Injury

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New York — The New York Giants are aware of an incident involving Jason Pierre-Paul and fireworks, but the team is unsure about the severity of any injuries to the star defensive end, a person with knowledge of …

Rookies Fill ASG Reserves

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New York — Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. But there was …

Without Dad’s Tosses, No Harper at Derby

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Washington — Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper won’t participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby because his father isn’t available to pitch to him. The Home Run Derby will be held Monday, the day before the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. Harper was the leading vote-getter in fan balloting …

Minnesota Wins on Dozier Doozy in 10th

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Minneapolis — Brian Dozier’s two-run home run with one out in the 10th inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Dozier lined a 2-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter (2-2) into the left field seats for his 17th home run …

Top Seeds Primed for Fourth-Round Showdowns

Monday, July 6, 2015

London — Novak Djokovic will carry his bid for a second straight Wimbledon title into the second week today as he faces the big serve of Kevin Anderson after Wimbledon’s traditional middle Sunday off. So far, the top seed from Serbia has been on song with his game, …

Murray Doing Things His Way

Monday, July 6, 2015

London — Andy Murray likes to do things his own way, and it’s costing him millions. Murray was expected to make as much as $75 million in endorsements after becoming the first British man to win the Wimbledon …

Ramirez HR Lifts Boston Past Astros

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boston — Hanley Ramirez handed the Boston Red Sox another well-timed win. Ramirez connected with a one-handed swing for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that the Red Sox over the Houston Astros 5-4 Sunday. “I …

NASCAR’s Confederate Flag Move Draws Some Resistance

Monday, July 6, 2015

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway. The Confederate flag is front and center. It’s been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans …