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Chicago Completes Sweep of Pittsburgh

CHICAGO — After struggling prior to the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have started the second half clicking on all cylinders. Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. The NL Central ...

Indians Take Down Twins

CLEVELAND — With the AL Central in danger of slipping away for the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana delivered. Santana, coming off his first career All-Star appearance, hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win over the first-place ...

Djokovic Defeats Federer in Historic Final

WIMBLEDON, England — For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final. In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged ...

British Open Returns to Portrush

Graeme McDowell winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was a source of pride for Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy winning the U.S. Open at Congressional the following year with a record score was a source of hope. And then a month later, Darren Clarke became the first Ulsterman in 64 years ...

Solid Pitching, Hitting Lifts Toronto Over Weirton in Legion Play

TORONTO — Good hitting and good pitching is a good recipe for success. The Toronto Post 86 Legion baseball team has received both in the last few games, and it has paid off as Post 86 is playing its best ball of the season. Toronto jumped out to an early lead against Weirton Post 10 en ...

NFL Opens Football Academy in London

LONDON (AP) — For the past three years, the only way Sergei Starodoubtsev experienced the NFL was by watching highlights of JuJu Smith-Schuster and other players on Instagram. That the 17-year-old found himself sharing a field with the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver — he was the one in ...

After a Tour on TV, Pinot Now Looms Large in the Picture

BRIOUDE, France (AP) — Like a lost love, the Tour de France gains in value for riders who can’t race in it. That was the lesson Thibaut Pinot learned last year when the French rider, who’d fallen sick at the Giro d’Italia in May, then missed the Tour and watched on TV as others wrote ...

Lester Homers, Cubs Slide by Pirates

CHICAGO — Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season. Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 on Saturday. All-Star catcher Willson ...

McKivitz Named Preseason First-Team, All-Big 12

MORGANTOWN — Colton McKivitz is a team-first guy. Always has been and always will be. But, he’s also a very honest person, too. He admitted during a recent conversation that individual accolades do matter to him. They just don’t matter more than team success, however. The Union ...

Ohio Strong On O-Line

WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor likes to pride his teams on versatility, but he admits it usually “comes down to being able to run the ball.” And to do that effectively, a solid offensive line is needed. Connor and his coaching staff believe they’ve assembled a group of players to ...

Warwood’s Humphrey Wins Pair of National Titles

WHEELING — When the school year starts later this year and Brock Humphrey’s teacher asks him what he did over the summer, the fourth-grader at Warwood Middle School will have some interesting stories to tell. Already an accomplished youth wrestler — the 10-year-old has won six W.Va. ...

Halep Takes Down Williams to Secure Wimbledon Crown

WIMBLEDON, England — Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon’s champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday’s final, there already was inscribed: ...

Wheeling Central to Celebrate It’s First WVSSAC Grid Crown

WHEELING — The year was 1979. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. The Pittsburgh Steelers were Super Bowl champions and the Pittsburgh Pirates were World Series kingpins. The price of gasoline was 88 cents a gallon. It also was the year that Wheeling Central won its first WVSSAC state ...

Angels Honor Skaggs with Game of a Lifetime

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When the Los Angeles Angels think about Tyler Skaggs in the months and years ahead, Andrew Heaney is grateful they’ll have the memory of one incredible night to assuage their sadness. With Skaggs’ name and No. 45 on all of their jerseys Friday night, the Angels ...

Dodgers Hammer Red Sox to Snap Losing Streak

BOSTON (AP) — Justin Turner had three extra-base hits, two of them off Chris Sale to continue the Red Sox left-hander’s struggles at Fenway Park, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-2 victory over Boston in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Cody ...

Federer Seeks Ninth Title, Faces Djokovic for Crown

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — If Roger Federer’s going to win a record ninth championship at Wimbledon, he’ll need to follow up a victory over Rafael Nadal with one over defending champion Novak Djokovic. Federer has played both at the same Grand Slam tournament only once, at the 2011 ...

Williams Loses Third Straight Grand Slam Final

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Centre Court crowd kept roaring whenever Serena Williams would win a point in the Wimbledon final, seemingly trying to will her to make things interesting against Simona Halep. Never happened. Instead of earning an eighth title at Wimbledon and ...

Kurt Busch Outduels Little Brother at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kurt Busch won a door-to-door overtime battle with his little brother at Kentucky Speedway to earn his first victory with Chip Ganassi Racing. The Saturday night showdown between the Busch Brothers came a week after Kurt Busch lost at Daytona because he pitted from the ...

Pinot, Alaphilippe Boost Hopes at Tour de France

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — As their country prepares to celebrate Bastille Day, Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot were in the mood for fireworks a day in advance at the Tour de France. Carrying the hopes of a country that has not seen a homegrown Tour winner in 34 years, the French ...

Pagenaud Wins Indy Pole

TORONTO (AP) — Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will start from the pole for the IndyCar race through the streets of Toronto. Pagenaud has been on a tear around Exhibition Place all weekend as his Team Penske Chevrolet has been consistently fast and he paced Saturday morning’s final ...