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Serena Williams of the United States plays a return to Margarita Gasparyan of Russia during the women's singles first round match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Serena Slow Start To a Slam Again

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

London — As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start. In her first-round match at Wimbledon on Monday, Williams dropped three of the first four games. She slipped and nearly did the splits, tumbling to the turf. She was warned for using foul language. And, as has also become customary for Williams, she wound up with a victory. The No. 1-seeded Williams extended her pursuit of a fourth consecutive major title and her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam, too, by taking 11 of the last 13 games to beat 113th-ranked qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-4, 6-1. Williams …

Ex-Champ Hewitt Begins a Farewell

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

London — The last Wimbledon singles contest of 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt’s career was a back-and-forth, four-hour tussle in which he saved three match points before finally succumbing 11-9 in the fifth set. He might have lost. He did not go gently. Felt fitting. Even to Hewitt himself. “Pretty much sums up my …

Keepers in the Spotlight

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montreal — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo. The two women will be the last line of defense tonight for their teams, which is each seeking a spot in the …

A Dallas Takes Off in Houston

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The rise of the Houston Astros to the top of the American League West has been documented as a to-hell-and-back journey in which 100-loss seasons yielded high draft picks, in which best-in-the-game prospects such as shortstop Carlos Correa …

Commentary: Time to End Boston’s Olympic Debacle

Saturday, June 27, 2015

No sooner had French Olympic Committee leaders announced Tuesday that Paris was officially a candidate to host the 2024 Summer Games than a British bookmaker established it as a 5-4 favorite. Boston was given 9-4 odds, a strong second best among the top candidates, with Rome and Hamburg …

No Doubts Now: NHL Teams Grab Former KUA Stars

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunrise, Fla. — Boston University freshman A.J. Greer wasn’t highlighted on many National Hockey League draft-eligible prospect lists 12 months ago. He was, as he later acknowledged, barely on the list of prospects ready to be taken at …

In Brief: Harman Birdies Way to Lead in Connecticut

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cromwell, Conn. — Brian Harman birdied the 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over fellow Georgia left-hander Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet on Saturday in the Travelers Championship. Looking for his second PGA Tour victory, Harman had a bogey-free round to take a …

NASCAR Head Wants Confederate Flag Gone

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sonoma, Calif. — Calling the Confederate flag an “insensitive symbol” he personally finds offensive, NASCAR chairman Brian France said the sport will be aggressive in disassociating the symbol from its events. “We want to go as far as …

U.S. Pumped for Germany

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario — Megan Rapinoe is so done with her exile to the spectators’ seats at the Women’s World Cup. Bring on Germany, said the U.S. midfielder, who had to sit out the 1-0 victory over China in …

Red Sox Thrown Back

Saturday, June 27, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Wade Miley missed with a slider and Matt Barnes missed with a couple of fastballs. The Tampa Bay Rays hit all three of them for home runs Saturday and beat the Boston Red Sox …

Marlins Slugger Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Hand

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Miami — For the second year in a row, Giancarlo Stanton’s chances of winning the major league home run title have been hurt by an injury. The Miami Marlins slugger has a broken left hand, which is expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He was placed …

Rangers Shut Out Jays

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Toronto — Yovani Gallardo extended his scoreless streak to a career-high 23 innings by pitching three-hit ball into the ninth Saturday, and the Texas Rangers snapped a season-worst six-game skid with a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Blue …

Sports World Reacts to Marriage Ruling

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Some reaction in sports on Twitter to the Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States: “Happy doesn’t even come close to how I feel! Proud of my country today …