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Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, hits a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Rookies Bryant, Pederson make All-Star team; A-Rod left out

Monday, July 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Less than three months after making his major league debut, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is an All-Star, one of two rookies selected along with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. But there was no room on the roster for Alex Rodriguez, enjoying a renaissance in his return to the New York Yankees following a season-long …

Serena Williams tops Venus at Wimbledon; Federer, Murray advance

Monday, July 6, 2015

LONDON — Decades ago, when the Williams sisters were kids in California, taking tennis lessons from Dad on a municipal court and imagining playing at Grand Slam tournaments one day, it was Venus — older, taller, stronger — who usually beat Serena. Never a fan of losing to her sibling — who would …

Rory McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer, doubtful for British Open

Monday, July 6, 2015

LONDON — Rory McIlroy was on crutches Monday with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf’s No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews. Just as excitement was building toward a potential clash at the Old Course between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, …

Nibali hopes to stick closer to Froome at the Tour de France

Friday, July 3, 2015

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other. That’s because Froome was a dot on the horizon. At the Criterium du Dauphine …

Serena avoids upset at Wimbledon; sister Venus next

Friday, July 3, 2015

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a …

Red Sox use 8-run first to beat Jays 12-6

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 …

World Cup field puts haves and have-nots on display

Thursday, July 2, 2015

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — One of the benefits of an expanded field of 24 teams at the Women’s World Cup this year was that there were lots of fresh faces playing in Canada, teams like Ivory Coast, Ecuador …

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind …

New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls in Minnesota

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and …

Rafael Nadal makes another early exit at Wimbledon

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing …

England wakes to more heartbreak for national soccer team

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MANCHESTER, England — England’s national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments. Penalty-shootout defeats? There have been six of those by England’s men alone since the World Cup semifinals in 1990. Refereeing injustices? …

US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GENEVA — The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice …

Bruins busy on first day of free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team’s feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league. Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution next season: …