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Pro Sports

Former baseball player  Steve Finley, left, coaches Melissa Mayeux at a baseball camp in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The 16-year-old player on the French U-18 junior national team, made history when she became the first woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by Major League teams. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Breaking Barriers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Paris — Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers. Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams, is just the latest trail blazed by the 16-year-old shortstop from France. Previously, she successfully got a “no-girls-allowed” rule abolished so she could keep playing baseball with …

A Rain-Soaked Pole in Daytona For Earnhardt

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for today’s race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather. Greg Ives instructed Earnhardt to go flat-out at the start of Friday’s first practice session because the rules state the field will be set by practice times if …

Blatter: Others Tried To Influence Vote

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Berlin — FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a Sunday newspaper interview that French and German presidents applied political pressure before the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively. Blatter told Welt am Sonntag that “there were two political interventions” from former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and German counterpart Christian Wulff before the hosts were announced on Dec. …

A Different Game: Women’s Soccer No Longer ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia — The taut matches and upset scares along the American team’s troublesome path to today’s World Cup championship game illustrate the evolving landscape of women’s soccer and the challenge faced by the United States to …

Women Flock to Watch Tourney

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today’s adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, …

One Writer’s All-Star Picks

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New York — Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you. Our picks for the July 14 showcase in Cincinnati — …

Fan Tries to Fix Scheduling Quirks

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Murat Kurt spent eight years at the University of Pittsburgh getting his master’s degree and doctorate in industrial engineering. He received national awards for his dissertation on health care modeling applied to Type 2 diabetes and kidney diseases. So why is he now spending his time researching scheduling …

Record-Breaker Wins First Stage of Tour de France in Style

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Utrecht, Netherlands — Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in record speed in the individual time trial on Saturday, while defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali gained some precious time on his main rivals. …

In Brief: Spurs Land Prized Free Agent Forward

Saturday, July 4, 2015

LaMarcus Aldridge is heading back home to Texas and the San Antonio Spurs are heading back to the top of the list of favorites in the Western Conference. One of the most coveted free agents on the market picked the Spurs over several suitors, including the Lakers, Heat, …

Nats Own the Fourth

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Washington — Bryce Harper homered using a patriotic bat and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday despite Stephen Strasburg exiting in the fourth inning with tightness in his left side. The bat was …

2-Time Champ Falters

Saturday, July 4, 2015

London — About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was giddy. “I cannot stop smiling. ... I was …

No Reruns, Please: Americans Hope for Happier World Cup Ending

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title match in Germany. The Americans get a rematch …

England Takes Third Place

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, helping England beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday for third place in the Women’s World Cup. It was England’s first win in 21 meetings against Germany, and secured the team’s best finish in its four …