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‘Ballers’ Makes the Most of Its South Florida Location

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Miami — Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on CSI: Miami, but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the best time to be in Miami: In the winter, which is just the mildest climate,” Miller said. “They can sign me up for another 10 years of that.” Miller appears on Ballers, HBO’s new series that …

From ‘99ers’ to ‘15ers’: U.S. Women Look to Carve Own Identity

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia — There’s a shadow hanging over the U.S. team as it prepares for Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final with Japan. It’s big and it’s dark but it’s been there so long, many outsiders hardly notice it anymore. Inside the American team, however, the shadow of 1999 is inescapable. That’s the …

A-Rod Finally Receives Ball From 3,000th Hit

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New York — Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit. At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate …

Astros Sink Red Sox in Extras

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston — First baseman Mike Napoli allowed Preston Tucker’s hard grounder to bounce past him for an error, and Carlos Correa followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run 10th inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the …

Another All-Williams Showdown Is Looming

Saturday, July 4, 2015

London — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a …

England, Germany Battle for Third Place

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — Though Mark Sampson already knew what answer he’d get, England’s coach felt obligated to ask defender Laura Bassett whether she was emotionally ready for one more game at the Women’s World Cup. “She looked back in my eye, and said, ‘I’m in for the team,’ …

Argentina and Chile Trying to End Drought

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Santiago, Chile — Not just the Copa America will end when Argentina and Chile meet in the final today. So will decades of disappointment for the champion at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. Host Chile has never won the title in the Copa’s 99-year history. Argentina has gone …

From Barriers to Flags, Daytona Gets a Makeover

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Daytona Beach, Fla. — NASCAR’s most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday. Daytona International Speedway, in the final push of a $400 million renovation, has …

Chase for the Yellow Jersey Begins

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Utrecht, Netherlands — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other. That’s because Froome was a dot on the horizon. At the Criterium du Dauphine race last month, Froome sent out a major warning to …

Dempsey Scores in Return as U.S. Triumphs

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Just after …

Kyle Busch Involved in Multi-Car Crash

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Daytona Beach, Fla. — Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, where he returned Friday for the first time since he was injured at the track in February. Busch, who broke his right leg and left foot in a crash a day before …

Tigers Stifle Blue Jays

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Detroit — Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid was broken up when former Detroit teammate Ezequiel Carrera lined a single to left with one out in the eighth inning, and the Tigers held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays …

Marlins Ace Wins, Homers in Return

Friday, July 3, 2015

Miami — Jose Fernandez’s comeback required a comeback. The precocious right-hander shook off a rocky start in his return from Tommy John surgery, pitching six innings and hitting a homer Thursday to help the Miami Marlins rally past …