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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. …

Buchholz, Sox Shut Down Astros

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston — Clay Buchholz knew he had it going right away. Buchholz pitched a six-hitter to win his fourth straight start, coming within one out of a shutout as the Boston Red Sox rebounded from a tough loss …

‘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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …