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FILE - In this May 10, 2015, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, makes a speech after losing to Andy Murray of Britain during the men's final at the Madrid Open Tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain. For years and years _ a full decade, in fact _ Nadal has dominated the French Open the way no one has ever dominated a Grand Slam tennis tournament. Despite the way he's ruled Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic is considered the man to beat, (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

A n Era Could End

Sunday, May 24, 2015

For years and years — a full decade, in fact — Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row. This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay and acknowledged crisis of confidence are generating …

Nationals Star Always Center of Attention

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Washington — There’s rarely a dull moment when it comes to Bryce Harper. Been that way pretty much ever since the Washington Nationals brought him to the majors at age 19. He’ll hit six home runs in a span of three games. He’ll get ejected twice in the span of seven games. He’ll …

A Royal Gathering: Kansas City Player Draws a Crowd in Brazil

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sao Paulo — On a recent Friday night in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian megalopolis where soccer is king, the 20 or so patrons crowded into a small hamburger joint in the Carandiru neighborhood offered a scene seldom witnessed here: fans intently watching a video feed of what in Brazil is definitely a minor …

Brickyard Wipeouts Leaving IndyCar in Crisis

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Indianapolis — IndyCar had a crisis looming well before James Hinchcliffe was injured in another spectacular accident during preparations for the most esteemed race in motorsports. Three cars have gone airborne, and one of the series’ most popular …

Lightning Buzzes Rangers, Ties Series

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — Tyler Johnson is carrying the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoff and making more than a name for himself. The 24-year-old is becoming one of the front-runners to be the postseason MVP. Johnson scored shorthanded, even strength and on the power play in tallying the …

Kraft’s Relationship With Goodell on Rocks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner’s high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice …

Miami Falls in 13 for New Manager

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Miami — David Peralta hit a two-out RBI double in the 13th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks spoiled Dan Jennings’ managerial debut by beating the Miami Marlins 3-2 Monday night. Jennings gave up his job as Marlins general …

U.S. Imports Helping Mexican Team Grow

Monday, May 18, 2015

Los Angeles — There was a time when Veronica Perez’s soccer career, like her citizenship status, was split between two countries. Born in the U.S. to Mexican parents, Perez could play for either side. So in 2009, she …

Wasn’t That Easy?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Baltimore — Bob Baffert worried about his horse in the days after the Kentucky Derby. American Pharoah had won, yes, but he hadn’t seemed himself on race day. The madhouse scene at Churchill Downs had worn him out. …

Clean Air Pushed Hamlin to All-Star Victory

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concord, n.c. — Denny Hamlin intently watched the qualifying event for NASCAR’s annual All-Star race and noticed, as has been the case in recent years, the driver out front in the waning laps was almost certainly guaranteed the win. As Greg Biffle led all 20 laps of the …

Houston Launches Into Semis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Houston — The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s the ultimate confidence-booster,” James Harden said. …

Ducks Roll Hawks in West Opener

Monday, May 18, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. — Hampus Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the …

Barcelona Secures Spanish Title; Arsenal Holds Man U to Tie

Monday, May 18, 2015

Madrid — Barcelona clinched its 23rd Spanish league title on Sunday thanks to Lionel Messi. Messi scored the winning goal in the 65th minute as Barcelona beat beat dethroned champion Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Spanish capital. Messi slotted in a low shot after exchanging passes with Pedro …