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Was it a goal? Debate should end at World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO - Was it a goal, or wasn't it?

June 09, 2014 | By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer | Sports


King of clay -- Nadal wins another French Open

PARIS - Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.

June 08, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Not this year - Triple Crown bid falls short

NEW YORK - California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to 9-1 long shot Tonalist.

June 07, 2014 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


Tonalist takes Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK - Robert Evans knows what it feels like to fall short of the Triple Crown.

June 07, 2014 | By DOUG FEINBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


Sharapova edges Halep for 2nd French Open title

PARIS - Nothing came easily for Maria Sharapova in the French Open final.

June 07, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Chrome chasing history at Belmont

NEW YORK - California Chrome is 1 1/2 miles away from ending the longest drought in racing history - 36 years without a Triple Crown winner.

June 06, 2014 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


Crane assumes lead at St. Jude

MEMPHIS - Ben Crane's back is OK, and his putter couldn't be working much better.

June 06, 2014 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


LeBron recovering after cramps cause early Game 1 exit

SAN ANTONIO - If the NBA Finals resumed Friday, there would be no way LeBron James could play.

June 06, 2014 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Nadal breezes past Murray, will face Djokovic in final

PARIS - This is what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic wanted. It's what they expected. And now they'll meet in a French Open final with so much at stake for both.

June 06, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Brazil strikes a threat to a smooth World Cup

SAO PAULO - Brazilian police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse striking workers inside a subway station on Friday, adding to fears that labor unrest could disrupt the World Cup that opens here in six days.

June 06, 2014 | By STAN LEHMAN Associated Press | Sports


World Cup prices sky-high for fans

RIO DE JANEIRO - World Cup visitors, welcome to Brazil, land of soccer, sun and sky-high prices.

June 05, 2014 | By LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press | Sports


Mickelson opens with 67 at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS - Phil Mickelson talked about finishing off rounds coming into the St. Jude Classic, and he did just that Thursday with a 3-under 67 at TPC Southwind.

June 05, 2014 | By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer | Sports


Sharapova rallies to reach final

PARIS - Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that's carried her to a third consecutive French Open final.

June 05, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Chrome wants Crown

NEW YORK - Three races in a five-week span at varying distances on different tracks. It's so tough only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, and none in 36 years.

June 05, 2014 | By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer | Sports


Nadal, Murray to square off in semifinals

PARIS - Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.

June 04, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


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US survives, advances despite loss

RECIFE, Brazil - They heard about people back home watching during their lunch breaks, streaming on office computers or playing hooky with fellow fans. And then, as the bus pulled away from the hotel Thursday, the U.S. World Cup team was struck with an unusual sight.

June 26, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Facing friends and foes

RECIFE, Brazil - When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment.

June 25, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Messi, Neymar lead all scorers

RIO DE JANEIRO - The race for the World Cup golden boot turned into a Barcelona battle Wednesday as Lionel Messi scored twice to lead Argentina to an entertaining 3-2 win over Nigeria and match Neymar's tournament-leading four goals in three games for Brazil.

June 25, 2014 | By MIKE CORDER Associated Press | Sports


Djokovic needs four sets to advance

LONDON - Novak Djokovic held his breath. Radek Stepanek knelt on the Wimbledon turf and folded his hands in mock prayer.

June 25, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


League removes cap on damages for concussions

The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players.

June 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press | Sports


Giants' Lincecum tosses no-hitter

SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.

June 25, 2014 | By RICK EYMER Associated Press | Sports


Suarez draws more biting criticism

NATAL, Brazil - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez could once again be in trouble and facing a long ban after appearing to bite an Italian opponent Tuesday in a key World Cup group game.

June 24, 2014 | By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer | Sports


Standout results in Brazil fuel CONCACAF ambitions

RIO DE JANEIRO - Success for North and Central American teams in Brazil is fueling the region's ambitions for future World Cups.

June 24, 2014 | By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Nadal struggles, survives first round

LONDON - Chasing a shot to his right, Rafael Nadal slipped and tumbled to the Centre Court turf. He popped up, raced across the baseline to get back into the point, and later capped the 14-stroke exchange with a backhand passing winner.

June 24, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


Déjà vu all over again

MIAMI - LeBron James delivered his message loud and clear, without actually saying a word.

June 24, 2014 | By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Woods set to make return

BETHESDA, Md. - About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range Tuesday at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around.

June 24, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Outdoor Life: Summer fishing on the Georgia coast

Summer is here and there are lots of salt water options along the Georgia coast in the coming month. Whether you want to fish inshore or offshore there are plenty of charters going out every day from Savannah to St. Mary's. Got your own boat and some skills of your own? Got the itch to go it alone? June and July are great months to see what you are made of. There will be a variety of willing fish showing up in the next thirty days and there is something out there to suit every style and taste. Before ...

June 24, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports


Still in the fight

SAO PAULO - Instead of taking a breather, the U.S. created a World Cup math puzzle for its fans back in America.

June 23, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Carmelo Anthony to test free agency

NEW YORK - Carmelo Anthony "loves being a Knick" but is headed for free agency because he wants to explore his options, his agent said.

June 23, 2014 | By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer | Sports


Murray begins title defense with easy win

LONDON - It had been, famously, more than 75 years since a British man arrived at Wimbledon as the defending champion.

June 23, 2014 | By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Sports


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