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Oh so close, Americans wilt at end in Amazon heat

MANAUS, Brazil - Cristiano Ronaldo set up Varela for a late equalizer on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup.

June 22, 2014 | By CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer | Sports


Michelle Wie holds on to win US Women's Open

PINEHURST, N.C. - Michelle Wie finally delivered a performance worthy of the hype that has been heaped on her since she was a teenager.

June 22, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


New developmental league launching in fall

NEW YORK - Six teams, 40-man rosters, limited salaries - and perhaps no punts, kickoffs or extra-point placements.

June 21, 2014 | By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Next up: Portugal

MANAUS, Brazil - Cristiano Ronaldo will play, and Portugal needs to win.

June 21, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Moore leads by a stroke at Travelers Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. - Ryan Moore is in contention in the Travelers Championship - again.

June 21, 2014 | By NEIL OSTROUT Associated Press | Sports


Wie holds share of lead entering final round

PINEHURST, N.C. - In the midst of throwing away a four-shot lead, Michelle Wie never lost sight of the big picture at Pinehurst No. 2.

June 20, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


$4 billion collusion lawsuit kept alive in court

MINNEAPOLIS - A $4 billion lawsuit from the players union accusing NFL team owners of setting a secret salary cap in 2010 was kept alive by a federal appeals court Friday as the sniping between the two sides persists long after the end of the lockout.

June 20, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Ambrose on the hunt for 1st win at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - Marcos Ambrose wants nothing more than to break Hendrick Motorsports' four-race winning streak and his best shot comes on the road course at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.

June 20, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports


Costa Rica upsets Italy, advances to knockout stage

RIO DE JANEIRO - The World Cup of surprises is turning into a sweet samba party for teams from the Americas.

June 20, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer | Sports


World Cup Notebook: Columbia qualifies for knockouts

BRASILIA, Brazil - Colombia qualified for the World Cup's knockout stage, beating Ivory Coast after scoring twice in a six-minute spell in the second half.

June 19, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


'No pay for play'

OAKLAND, Calif. - NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

June 19, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


NCAA transfer rules changing

The leaders of big-time college sports agree that transfer rules need to better accommodate players.

June 19, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Surprising defense key to early success

SAO PAULO - After one game and one impressive win, the U.S. defense is holding its own.

June 18, 2014 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


US Patent Office finds Redskins' name offensive

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins' name is "disparaging of Native Americans" and should be stripped of trademark protection - a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.

June 18, 2014 | By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer | Sports


Women’s Open: Different game at Pinehurst, inevitable comparison

PINEHURST, N.C. - No one might be under more pressure at Pinehurst No. 2 than Mike Davis.

June 17, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


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Against Belgium, USA motivated by support

SAO PAULO - The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.

June 30, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

RECIFE, Brazil - Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.

June 29, 2014 | By GERALD IMRAY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Big 4 around Wimbledon's Week 2, not so for women

LONDON - The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer - are all around for the second week at Wimbledon, joined by the new major winner on the block, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

June 29, 2014 | By DENNIS PASSA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Rose overcomes late mistake at Congressional

BETHESDA, Md. - Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference.

June 29, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Huntelaar's late penalty gives Dutch 2-1 win

FORTALEZA, Brazil - The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.

June 29, 2014 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | Sports


Serena a step slow in 3rd-round Wimbledon loss

LONDON - As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry.

June 28, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Low profile, big accomplishment for USA's Beasley

SAO PAULO - DaMarcus Beasley is playing his latest, and likely last, World Cup with little fanfare - just the way the soft-spoken defender prefers it.

June 28, 2014 | By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Reed builds 2-shot lead at Congressional

BETHESDA, Md. - Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a two-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in an ideal position.

June 28, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


World Cup Notebook: Brazil wins, advances with shootout

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile following a tense and thrilling battle that ended 1-1 after extra time.

June 28, 2014 | By KARL RITTER Associated Press | Sports


Soccer surging in popularity among US fans

DENVER - Never mind that there were dozens of TV sets at the bar, many turned to pro wrestling, poker and bowling to provide background noise early one weekend morning. Jon Forget walked in, asked the bartender to change one set to soccer and got laughed out of the joint.

June 27, 2014 | By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer | Sports


Local Roundup: Bulloch native wins golf tourney

BATON ROUGE, La. - Bulloch County native Wendel Akins birdied the last four holes of the 36-hole Baton Rouge Open golf tournament on Sunday to finish 10-under in the event for the win, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

June 27, 2014 | From staff reports | Sports


Woods misses cut at Quicken Loans

BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods never felt so good after playing so badly.

June 27, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Venus Williams out after battle

LONDON - For 2 ½ hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment.

June 27, 2014 | By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Nadal rallies, gets revenge

LONDON - Not this time.

June 26, 2014 | By STEPHEN WILSON AP Sports Writer | Sports


A rude welcome back to action for Tiger Woods

BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than three months Thursday and said he felt "fantastic."

June 26, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


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