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Suns’ Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix's rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself smiling as he signed the contract Saturday night, moments ...

Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track. Maybe these so-called "Young Guns" do know how to find victory ...

After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — So often the source of letdowns and embarrassments, England's soccer team is a unifying force among players and the nation. At least in some sections of the country riven by economic, political and social divisions that led to ...

Slab Head, Rocky and 37 headline unlikely World Cup final 4

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — English fish and chips against Croatia's famous fish risotto. France's vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles. Players nicknamed Slab Head, Rocky and 37. Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of ...

Dana White confirms Brock Lesnar will make UFC comeback soon

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC next year, and new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wants to fight him. UFC President Dana White confirmed the long-anticipated mixed martial arts return of the popular professional wrestler ...

Alessandrini scores twice, Galaxy rout Crew 4-0

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Romain Alessandrini scored two goals as a substitute to help the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Columbus Crew 4-0 on Saturday night. Ola Kamara opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, making a run through the middle of the area to finish Ashley Cole's low cross. Zlatan ...

Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nyet this time. Although Russia made it further at this year’s World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the ...

Djokovic slams Wimbledon crowd after being booed

By Mattias Karen Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic shrugged off a bad call by the chair umpire that cost him a break in his Wimbledon win over home favorite Kyle Edmund on Saturday. He was less forgiving when it came to the way he was treated by the crowd at the All England ...

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

By Steve Douglas AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a ...

LaVine signs $80 million offer from Kings

By The Associated Press Zach LaVine has signed a four-year, $80 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Kings nor the ...

Hey, Serena, you’ve won 7 Wimbledon titles; could 8 be next?

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — It’s hard to blame Serena Williams for having some trouble keeping track of all of her many titles at the All England Club. “I don’t necessarily have to win another Wimbledon in my career,” she was saying Friday, making a point ...

Belgium eliminates Brazil, advances to World Cup semifinals

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Neymar used Brazil’s famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn’t hide their relief. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years, holding off five-time champion ...

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Antoine Griezmann’s fluke goal helped France earn a place in the World Cup semifinals. Griezmann scored with a shot that bounced off the hands of the opposing goalkeeper and into the net, giving France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. The 1998 champions ...

MMA legends Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz to end retirements for 3rd fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz say they are coming out of retirement for a third fight in their mixed martial arts rivalry. Liddell and Ortiz confirmed Thursday they plan to meet in the cage later this year. The 48-year-old Liddell and 43-year-old Ortiz are among the most ...

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 ...

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