National Sports

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and ...

Big Papi manages just fine, perfect fit in new All-Star role

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — David Ortiz drew so many pals and well-wishers, it took him nearly three minutes just to climb a few dugout steps. He then swung behind the batting cage, gave Vladimir Guerrero a playful pat, and spotted another Hall of Famer along the ...

Bell’s double in 10th gives Pirates 5-game sweep of Brewers

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in ...

Cardinals win in interim manager Shildt’s debut

BY STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Shildt wasn't sure what to expect in his first day as interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. He certainly didn't foresee the treatment he received in a wild post-game celebration that occurred following the Cardinals' 6-4 win ...

France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for. Nineteen-year-old ...

Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Sunday. Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, ...

Degenkolb masters cobblestones as Porte crashes out of Tour

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROUBAIX, France (AP) — John Degenkolb won a three-man sprint to conclude the action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while overall contender Richie Porte crashed out of the race. Yellow-jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet crossed ...

Kerber set for sustained success after Wimbledon title

By SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The changes Angelique Kerber has made on the court helped her win a first Wimbledon title. She believes the changes she made off the court will ensure her second coming as a dominant force in the women's game endures. The 30-year-old German ...

Pacquiao wins 60th career fight with seventh-round knockout

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao won by knockout for the first time in nine years to claim the World Boxing Association welterweight title, and made a proclamation. "This is it. I am back in boxing," the 39-year-old Pacquiao said after his ...

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 11 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the ...