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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. …

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 …

Ex-UVM Standout Hangs Up Skates

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis, a star at the University of Vermont …

U.S. Soccer Veteran Under Control Amid Star Turn

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd’s soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios …

Another Year, and Nadal’s Finished Early

Thursday, July 2, 2015

London — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing …

Astros Star Out With Broken Wrist

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Houston — Houston Astros outfielder George Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist. Springer was injured when he was hit on the wrist by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez …

In Brief: Several NFL Standouts Hit With Suspensions

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies. Gates’ suspension is over the league’s ban on performance-enhancing …

Charlie Sanders, Lions Stalwart, Dies at 68

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Detroit — Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit’s blue-collar roots. Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be a prized pupil and a talented teacher. And when Detroit’s …