National Sports

Extra games can help some teams in the NBA summer grind

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Summer play is a grind for the Miami Heat. They like it that way. Miami is one of eight teams doubling up on summer leagues this year, and when the biggest one in NBA history opens on Friday in Las Vegas — all 30 franchises are ...

Bjelica agrees to 1-year deal with Philadelphia

By The Associated Press Nemanja Bjelica is moving from Minnesota to Philadelphia. A person familiar with the negotiations says Bjelica has agreed to a one-year contract with the 76ers worth nearly $4.5 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday ...

Isner hits 64 aces, saves 2 match points, in Wimbledon win

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — John Isner hit 64 aces — 64! — and saved 2 match points while winning a five-setter at Wimbledon for only the second time in six tries. You might have heard of the other such victory: It ended 70-68 in the final set. In this much ...

Joshua lines up Wembley for fights in September and April

LONDON (AP) — World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's next two fights are at Wembley Stadium in September and April. Joshua will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts there on Sept. 22, and return to Wembley on April 13. His promoter Matchroom was in negotiations with WBA mandatory ...

Russians advised to shower in pairs because of World Cup

MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting strain on water supplies. The Samara Communal Systems utility company says the combination of a heatwave and "thousands of guests" have meant its ...

Djokovic, Nadal try to reach 3rd round on Day 4 at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Three-time champion Novak Djokovic will be in slightly unfamiliar surroundings as he tries to reach the third round at Wimbledon. The 12th-seeded Serb is scheduled to play on No. 2 Court when he faces Horacio Zeballos of Argentina on Thursday, having grown more accustomed to ...

Eriksson: England has better chance vs Brazil than Sweden

By The Associated Press Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says the team would have a better chance of beating Brazil than Sweden in their World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday. Eriksson told The Mirror that England face another loss comparable to falling to Iceland at the 2016 European ...

Red Sox sweep slumping Nationals with 3-0 win

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out six in six innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Rodriguez (10-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Craig ...

LEADING OFF: Nationals, Verlander look to end skids

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: MIDSUMMER SKID The Nationals open a series against Miami hoping to end a five-game skid and get back to .500. Washington fell to 42-43 with a loss to Boston on Wednesday, the first time the preseason NL East ...

Bauer, Indians beat Royals 3-2 for 3-game sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Trevor Bauer made plenty of quality pitches, but it was Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez who made the best throw of the night. Bauer pitched effectively into the eighth inning as the Indians beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday for a three-game ...

Max Holloway out of UFC 226 title bout with concussion woes

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway's representatives say he is dropping out of his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 this weekend due to apparent concussion symptoms. Holloway's management team announced the decision in a ...

Romano squeeze highlights big inning, Reds beat ChiSox

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fitting for Independence Day, the Cincinnati Reds saved all their fireworks for the fourth. Starting pitcher Sal Romano's suicide squeeze capped Cincinnati's six-run fourth inning, and the Reds rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night. "It was nice to ...

Red Sox sweep slumping Nationals with 3-0 win; Yankees top Braves 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out six in six innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Rodriguez (10-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for ...

Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

NEW YORK (AP)  Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time. Miki Sudo held on to her title as the ...

Superfight won’t uproot grounded UFC heavyweight star Miocic

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses. Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning ...

35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP)  As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, "PeRFect." The Swiss great comes ...

England could end run of knockout futility against Colombia

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — A mostly meaningless final group game could end up defining England's World Cup. With two very different paths through the draw on offer and qualification in the bag, England coach Gareth Southgate rested players for the match against ...

AP source: LeBron speaks with Cavs as free agency opens

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Before any decision, LeBron James had a discussion with the Cavaliers. James was in contact with the team when NBA free agency opened on Sunday, a person familiar with the contact told The Associated Press. Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. ...

LEADING OFF: Steamy starts, Price-Severino at Yankee Stadium

By The Associated Press Here's a look at what's happening around the majors today: HIGH HEAT It's expected to be a hot box at many ballparks, with game-time temperatures likely to climb over 100 degrees in Texas for White Sox-Rangers, near triple digits in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Yankee ...

Myers, Lucchesi lead Padres over Pirates, 4-3

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers helped give the San Diego Padres an early lead and closer Brad Hand barely held onto it. Myers homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and rookie Joey Lucchesi threw five scoreless innings to lead San Diego to a 4-3 victory ...