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Top Seeds Primed for Fourth-Round Showdowns

Monday, July 6, 2015

London — Novak Djokovic will carry his bid for a second straight Wimbledon title into the second week today as he faces the big serve of Kevin Anderson after Wimbledon’s traditional middle Sunday off. So far, the top seed from Serbia has been on song with his game, advancing into the fourth round without either the loss of a set or a serious test on the lawns of the All …

Murray Doing Things His Way

Monday, July 6, 2015

London — Andy Murray likes to do things his own way, and it’s costing him millions. Murray was expected to make as much as $75 million in endorsements after becoming the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. Two years after his victory over top-ranked Novak …

Ramirez HR Lifts Boston Past Astros

Monday, July 6, 2015

Boston — Hanley Ramirez handed the Boston Red Sox another well-timed win. Ramirez connected with a one-handed swing for a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that the Red Sox over the Houston Astros 5-4 Sunday. “I was sitting on a change-up. I was still in front, but put a good follow-through,” …

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 …

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 …