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Brazil court dismisses Ryan Lochte false report case

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The court confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining ...

Miazga’s late goal gives US 1st place in Gold Cup group

By Alastair Bull Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Miazga scored on a closer-range header from Graham Zusi’s corner kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday night. Panama’s 3-0 win ...

14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003. First of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the All England Club — with a shot at his ...

Source: Pelicans agree to terms with Rondo

A person with knowledge of the situation of tells The Associated Press that the New Orleans have agreed in principle on a one-year deal with Rajon Rondo. The person says Rondo is expected to sign his contract next week and the terms are still being finalized. The deal joins Rondo with fellow ...

Go West, young man: NBA stars cluster in Western Conference

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — As star after star headed West this summer either in free agency or via trade, Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers became more and more bewildered. “I think Gordon Hayward’s the smartest one. He got out of town,” Rivers ...

Rosario’s 2-run double helps Twins past Astros 4-2

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Dozier homered and Eddie Rosario’s two-run double in the sixth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. The game was tied entering the sixth when a walk by Miguel Sano and ...

Muguruza beats Williams for 1st Wimbledon title

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — As a kid, Garbine Muguruza sat in awe in front of the TV as the Williams sisters accumulated Grand Slam titles. They were her role models. Now Muguruza is all grown up, an emerging tennis star in her own right — and, as of Saturday, the ...

Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Brad Stevens was just a week or so into his new job as Butler head coach when Gordon Hayward was his first recruit to visit. A decade later, they’ve been reunited with the Boston Celtics. There was an “immediate familiarity” when the ...

Ex-player sues Ohio St. for using image in marketing program

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of Ohio State’s most famous football stars sued the university Friday over a marketing program he says used athletes’ images without permission and robbed them of compensation. Linebacker Chris Spielman filed the ...

Into 11th Wimbledon final, Federer faces Cilic for 8th title

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — They love their history around these parts and they love Roger Federer and, above all, they love watching him make history. Now he stands one victory from an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s singles championship after qualifying for ...

McCann, Gonzalez power Astros past Berrios, Twins 10-5

HOUSTON (AP) — Brian McCann hit a three-run home run to cap an eight-run second inning, Marwin Gonzalez had a solo homer and the Houston Astros opened the second half of the season with a 10-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, George Springer, Josh Reddick ...

Into 11th Wimbledon final, Federer faces Cilic for 8th title

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — They love their history around these parts and they love Roger Federer and, above all, they love watching him make history. Now he stands one victory from an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men's singles championship after qualifying for his ...

Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Brad Stevens was just a week or so into his new job as Butler head coach when he met Gordon Hayward — his first recruit to visit. A decade later, they've been reunited with the Boston Celtics. "It's really an unbelievable thing to be sitting ...

Kenseth has no regrets over end of the ride with Joe Gibbs

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Matt Kenseth knows his NASCAR career will soon fade to black. But the same week he was given a pink slip by Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth hit the road for a Metallica concert instead of pounding the pavement to find a ride in 2018. "Actually ...

Hootie Johnson, former Augusta National chairman, dies

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Hootie Johnson, the South Carolina banker who as chairman of Augusta National stood his ground on inviting female members, has died. Augusta National said Johnson died Friday morning. He was 86. Johnson served eight years as chairman of Augusta National and ...

Kittel wins Tour stage 11, Froome keeps yellow jersey

PAU, France (AP) — German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday, taking his tally to five stage wins since the start of the race. Ahead of two hard days in the Pyrenees mountains, Chris Froome finished in the main pack to retain the ...

Past, not crowd, favors Williams against Konta at Wimbledon

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — If past success were all that mattered when Venus Williams faces Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon semifinals, the matchup would be quite a mismatch. For Williams, Thursday's semifinal will be her 10th at the All England Club. For Konta, it'll ...

McIlroy recreating 2014 to find form for British Open

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy is recreating his British Open build-up from 2014 in an attempt to rediscover some form for another shot at the claret jug at Royal Birkdale next week. In the week prior to winning at Hoylake three years ago, McIlroy ...

Forbes says Cowboys most valuable sports team, worth $4.2B

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are worth $4.2 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise for the second straight year, according to Forbes . In its annual rankings, Forbes placed the New York Yankees second — up from fourth a year ago — with a value of $3.7 ...

Big 12 preseason top newcomer: WVU’s Grier

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. have been named the preseason Big 12 players of the year. The Big 12 preseason honors released Wednesday were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Mayfield was a ...