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Djokovic’s next French Open foe was cleared of match-fixing

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — In his record 12th French Open quarterfinal, Novak Djokovic will face a man he knows well, even if the rest of the world does not. What a tale Marco Cecchinato (it's pronounced Cheh-key-NAH'-toe) can tell, though. He is a 25-year-old from ...

Woods happy with his game despite another Sunday fade

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods made it interesting again, but slipped from contention on the last day of a tournament. Despite being done in by some poor putting at the Memorial, he believes there still was valuable progress. "I keep getting a little ...

Wacha loses no-hit bid in 9th, Cardinals beat Pirates 5-0

By STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael Wacha lost a no-hit bid in the ninth inning when pinch-hitter Colin Moran led off with a single, leaving to a huge ovation and pitching the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday. This was the second time Wacha ...

Capitals’ suffocating pressure is frustrating Golden Knights

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Of all the ways the Washington Capitals have tried to win in the playoffs, none has been as effective as this. They pushed the pace with speed and skill when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were part of the "Young Guns." They made ...

Olson homers again as A’s top Royals 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the eighth as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday to win the series. Olson went 5 for 11 with three home runs, eight RBIs and scored five times in the series. The A's are 9-2 in their past 11 road ...

Capitals flying high up 2-1 on Vegas in Stanley Cup Final

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, Braden Holtby made enough saves to compensate for his giveaway and the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup ...

Cavs’ Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors. They finally got a ...

Jittery Halep makes labored start at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep overcame some opening-match nerves to advance to the second round of the French Open on Wednesday, beating 83rd-ranked Alison Riske of the United States 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Halep took a bathroom break after Riske jumped out to a 5-0 lead and won the opening ...

WORLD CUP: Portugal tries to repeat its European success

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer After finally breaking through with its first major title at the European Championship two years ago, Portugal will use the same formula at the World Cup. The European champions will travel to Russia with many of the players from the squad that won Euro 2016, ...

Gardner, Torres rally Yankees to 6-5 win over Astros in 10

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner tied it with his second homer of the game, a one-out, two-run drive in the ninth inning, Gleyber Torres hit a winning single in the 10th and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Houston Astros 6-5 Tuesday night. The Yankees won ...