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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. …

Big Inning Sends Sox Past Blue Jays

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Toronto — David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez had consecutive homers in an eight-run first inning, Xander Bogaerts had four hits and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Thursday night. Brock Holt also had …

Time for NASCAR To Silence Racist Past

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Banning the Confederate flag from NASCAR tracks needs to start now. As in right now. As in this weekend in Daytona at the Coke Zero 400. What better place than the birthplace of NASCAR to sound the death knell of a racist symbol that has littered NASCAR tracks …

Porcello, Red Sox Shellacked in Toronto

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Toronto — Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue …

Industry Gives Trump a DQ

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because “they know I’m right.” Four leading golf organizations said he’s wrong. The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday — but only briefly — to say that Trump’s views on Mexican immigrants and …

This Defense Never Rests: Once an Offensive Juggernaut, U.S. Stopping Its Way to the Top

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Montreal — It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense. Goalkeeper Hope Solo, …

V. Williams on Fire at Toasty Tournament

Thursday, July 2, 2015

London — Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition. At age 35, 21 years removed from her first …

Blatter: My Conscience Is Clear

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Berlin — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said in a magazine interview that he is not corrupt and that he has a “clear conscience” despite corruption investigations into world soccer’s governing body. “Whoever accuses me of being corrupt has to prove it to me first. But nobody can …

Japan Advances on Injury-Time Own Goal

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Edmonton, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up …

Messi, Argentina Close to Elusive Copa America Win

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Concepcion, Chile — Lionel Messi is a step closer to finally breaking through with Argentina. The Barcelona star heads into the Copa America final with a chance to end his nation’s 22-year title drought, and prove that he can replicate his club-level success with the national team. Messi …

Free Agency Starts With Kessel-to-Pens Blockbuster

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed …