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Austin Dillon (3) goes airborne as he was involved in a multi-car crash on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla.  (Stephen M. DoweLl/The Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT NO SALES

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

Monday, July 6, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph, Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life. A wreck that began three rows ahead of him sent cars spinning all over the track. When one turned into him, the …

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 …

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 …

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: …

Phil Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed …

Kevin Love stays, Tyson Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus …

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi

Wednesday, July 1, 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 …

Rick Porcello’s struggles continue, Blue Jays rout Red Sox

Wednesday, July 1, 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 …

Defense helps US team to the Women’s World Cup final

Wednesday, July 1, 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, beleaguered at the start by new revelations in her domestic …

Pioneering 16-year-old breaking baseball barriers for women

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARIS — Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers. Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams, is just the latest trail …

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams win on Wimbledon’s hottest day

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LONDON — Down a break at 3-1 in the first set, defending champion Novak Djokovic kept his cool on the hottest day in Wimbledon history. Running off 13 points in a row, Djokovic seized command and stayed in …

Messi & Argentina shining together, closer to elusive title

Wednesday, July 1, 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 …

Tamika Catchings has 26 points and 3000th rebound in Fever win

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 10 rebounds, including the 3,000th of her career, to help the Indiana Fever held off Connecticut 92-84 on Tuesday night to snap the Sun’s seven-game winning streak. Indiana …