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Already No. 1, French Open champ Halep knew she needed Slam

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — It was the end of a long and rewarding day, one she'll likely never forget, and new French Open champion Simona Halep harbored a couple of overriding concerns. "I'm tired," she said. "I'm hungry. I didn't eat since 9 a.m." It was getting ...

Nadal bids for 11th French Open title, facing Thiem in final

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal bids for his record-extending 11th French Open championship when he faces Dominic Thiem in the final. The top-seeded Nadal enters Sunday with a 10-0 record in title matches at Roland Garros and an overall career mark of 85-2 at the clay-court Grand Slam ...

Rutschman, Oregon St. beat Minnesota, punch ticket to CWS

By JOSEPH HENDERSON, Associated Press CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Adley Rutschman hit a two-out, two-RBI single in the ninth inning to lead No. 3 national seed Oregon State to a 6-3 win in the second game of the NCAA Tournament super regional Saturday. The win sends the Beavers (49-10-1) to ...

Morton plunks AL record 4, but Astros beat Rangers 4-3

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Morton couldn't do much to correct an erratic outing that the Houston right-hander ripped as "bordering on embarrassing." George Springer and the Astros found a way to beat the Rangers anyway for a shot at a four-game road ...

Whittaker defeats Romero in rematch at UFC 225

By PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Robert Whittaker barely got the fight to the judges before they handed him a win in a grueling rematch. Whittaker survived a staggering blow in the fifth round to beat Yoel Romero in a split decision at UFC 225 on Saturday night. Whittaker ...

Putin-led Russian World Cup vote win investigated 8 years on

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — Speaking in English with a beaming smile, Vladimir Putin put his seal on Russia's World Cup hosting vote victory that eight years later is still under criminal investigation. "From bottom of my heart, thank you," Putin said , a comment ...

Crawford scores TKO over Horn, wins WBO welterweight title

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — With a bevy of punches in the ninth round, Terence Crawford solidified his case as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. Crawford dropped Jeff Horn with 50 seconds left in the ninth and sent him into the ropes with a slew of ...

Pujols ties Musial on RBI list; Angels beat Twins 2-1

By BRIAN HALL, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Albert Pujols met Hall of Famer Stan Musial during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals and grew to appreciate Musial and his legacy. For now, the pair is sharing a place in baseball's record books. Pujols hit his 623rd career homer and ...

Baffert has winning day, 3 times over, at Belmont Stakes

By VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert made himself right at home at Belmont Park again. Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race ...

Justifiable! Racing gets 13th Triple Crown with Justify

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in ...

Cavaliers let chances slip away — again — in NBA Finals

CLEVELAND (AP) — They had their chances. All of these events were downright ideal for the Cleveland Cavaliers: Stephen Curry’s shooting game was awful for most of the night, Klay Thompson’s wasn’t much better, the Cavs led by as many as 13 in the first half and some non-producers from ...

Heimlich goes undrafted again as teams pass on troubled past

NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old relative, was not selected in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year. Heimlich is a two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year and is regarded as one of college ...

Witten retirement leaves Cowboys with unproven replacements

By Schuyler Dixon AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When Geoff Swaim glances around the film room at his fellow tight ends with the Dallas Cowboys, he doesn’t see Jason Witten anymore. As for what’s showing on the screen, Swaim can’t help but see familiar No. 82 because ...

Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of finals

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Golden State Warriors expect Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. Iguodala has been dealing with a bone bruise around his left knee. He has not played since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals ...

Missing in action at World Cup: a plethora of club standouts

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — The man who scored the winning goal in the last World Cup. The best young player in the English Premier League. A striker who scored a total of 53 goals in Serie A the last two seasons. Mario Goetze, Leroy Sane and Mauro Icardi have achieved ...

Missy Franklin to return to swimming at European meets

By The Associated Press Five-time Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin is planning to return from double shoulder surgery at upcoming meets in France and Spain. It will mark the first time that the American competes since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Franklin is entered in the 50-, 100- ...

Beilein staying at Michigan after interviewing with Pistons

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — John Beilein is staying at Michigan after talking with the Detroit Pistons about their coaching vacancy. Beilein announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he's excited about coaching the Wolverines next season and in the years to come. A ...

Muguruza, Halep move into French Open semifinals

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — After Angelique Kerber's final backhand bounced out of bounds on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Simona Halep turned to her box and pointed to her head. Coming from a player whose mental strength has often been questioned, the gesture spoke ...

Masters of rock: Yosemite climbers smash El Cap climb record

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after two of the world's most celebrated rock climbers twice set astonishingly fast records on the biggest wall in Yosemite National Park, they did it again Wednesday, breaking a mark compared with track's four-minute mile. Alex ...

Warriors, Cavs stars say they’re not going to White House

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon. On the day when the ...