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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 …

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 …