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Pro wrestlers discuss price for life on road in documentary

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer Bret "The Hitman" Hart could take his shots in the ring. His face was a crimson mask during bloody bouts against The British Bulldog and Roddy Piper, he broke his sternum in one match, and roughed it up nightly with some of the baddest wrestlers in the WWE. ...

Column: With World Cup title, France could launch a dynasty

By JOHN LEICESTER, AP Sports Columnist ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It's good the French make lots of Champagne, because with the trophy-winning potential of its team that will play in the World Cup final on Sunday, they could be bathing in the stuff for years to come. Like Spain's team ...

Indians allow 7 in 9th, lose to Reds 7-4 after Bauer’s gem

By The Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Joey Votto hit a go-ahead three-run double during a seven-run ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians bullpen wasted a gem from Trevor Bauer in a 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Indians closer Cody Allen (2-4) allowed six runs after ...

Royals snap 10-game skid with 9-4 win over Twins

By TYLER MASON, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Kansas City Royals finally bunched together some runs to end a lengthy losing streak. Adalberto Mondesi had a three-run homer and a career-high four RBIs, and Kansas City snapped a 10-game skid with a 9-4 win over Minnesota on Tuesday ...

Fowler, Wong, Mikolas lead Cards to 14-2 rout of White Sox

By MATT CARLSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler broke out of his funk in grand style. The slumping outfielder hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday ...

Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's headbutt in 2006. Twelve years after one of soccer's most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st ...

‘This is really happening’: Serena reaches Wimbledon semis

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — There are moments in which nothing at all seems different about Serena Williams, moments such as when she unleashed a 109 mph service winner to even her Wimbledon quarterfinal at a set apiece, leaned forward and yelled, loudly as can be, ...

Enforced development helps give Europe a grip on World Cup

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Explaining Europe's stranglehold on the World Cup requires delving into a thick handbook of seemingly mind-numbing regulations. The eligibility requirements for clubs playing in Europe's elite club competitions go far beyond guidelines ...

Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward's tax return. Juventus said Tuesday it paid 112 million euros ($131.5 million) for Ronaldo, who signed a four-year deal with the Serie ...

Hard Rock, Bet365 plan sports betting in New Jersey

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hard Rock has signed a deal with a British online gambling company to offer sports betting as soon as the arrangement is approved by New Jersey gambling regulators. The global hospitality and gambling company owned by Florida's ...