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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 …

Phils Manager Sandberg Resigns

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Philadelphia — An emotional Ryne Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues. Sandberg quit Friday with a 119-159 career record over parts of three seasons leading Philadelphia. His only full season was in 2014, when …

In Brief: Watsons Lead Tourneys; Bradley Slips Back

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cromwell, Conn. — Bubba Watson shot a 3-under 67 on Friday to maintain a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Travelers Championship. After opening with a 62 on Thursday, Watson had three birdies in a bogey-free round to enter weekend play at 11-under par. Watson said …

Big Markets Grab the Headlines at NBA Draft

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New York — From coast to coast, the NBA draft was a big night for the biggest markets. The Los Angeles Lakers tabbed their next potential superstar in D’Angelo Russell. The New York Knicks landed a pair of players in the first round, selecting Kristaps Porzingis and later …

Bruins Hit Reset Button

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Boston — The Boston Bruins’ makeover that began in the front office has reached the front line on offense and the top pairing on defense. The Bruins traded left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings and …

On to the Semis: Revitalized U.S. Knocks Out China

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario — Carli Lloyd scored on a header in the 51st minute, and the United States beat China 1-0 Friday night to reach a semifinal against Germany at the Women’s World Cup. Hope Solo had her fourth …

No Shock: McDavid No. 1

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sunrise, Fla. — Connor McDavid’s favorite hockey player is Sidney Crosby. His favorite non-skating athlete is LeBron James. He’s now in their club, forever to be known as a No. 1 pick. McDavid’s journey toward widely expected NHL …

Scherzer Rules Again

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Philadelphia — Max Scherzer took a perfect game into the sixth inning in his bid to become the second pitcher in major league history to throw two consecutive no-hitters and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 …

Sox Pull It Off in Extras

Saturday, June 27, 2015

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Mookie Betts doubled to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games and scored on Brock Holt’s 10th-inning single to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on …

In Brief: Bradley Just Two Shots Back in Connecticut

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cromwell, Conn. — Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship. Watson has a two-stroke lead in the event he won in 2010 for his first PGA …

Party Like It’s 1999? U.S. Hopes to Repeat Past Success Against China

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ottawa, Ontario — The last time the United States played China in the Women’s World Cup was in the 1999 final at the Rose Bowl, when the Americans won on penalty kicks for their second title and Brandi …