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California eyes making girls flag football a school sport

Sep. 28, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Elsa Morin gripped the football and launched a perfect spiral. Then the 17-year-old dodged in and out of cones and yanked the flag hanging from another girl's belt for a key defensive play. “Something about football just gets me really excited,”...

Today in History: September 20, King beats Riggs

Sep. 20, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2022. There are 102 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 1973, in their so-called “battle of the sexes,” tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs...

Quote Box: Reaction to Federer's retirement from tennis

Sep. 15, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Reaction to Roger Federer's announcement that he will retire from tennis after the Laver Cup in London next week. ___ "I wish this day would have never come… it’s a sad day for me personally and for sports people around the world. I said it to you...

Roger Federer says he is retiring from pro tennis at age 41

Sep. 15, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

Roger Federer is retiring from professional tennis at age 41 after a series of knee operations, closing a career in which he won 20 Grand Slam titles, finished five seasons ranked No. 1 and helped create a golden era of men's tennis with rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. ...

Tiafoe offers hope for present and future of US men's tennis

Sep. 08, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Frances Tiafoe’s run to the U.S. Open semifinals is, first and foremost, about Tiafoe himself, a 24-year-old from Maryland who took up tennis because his father was a janitor at a junior training center, a player who never won a match past the fourth round at a Grand Slam...

Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

Sep. 03, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the U.S. Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly end. Right down to what were, barring a change of heart, the final minutes of her quarter-century of...

Serena Williams' US Open run inspiring people of all ages

Sep. 02, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine if they could bottle a potion called “Just Serena.” That was Serena Williams’ succinct, smiling explanation for how she’d managed — at nearly 41, and match-rusty — to defeat the world’s second-ranked player and advance Wednesday to the third...

Facing Serena not easy for Open opponents who look up to her

Sep. 01, 2022 22:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The next woman who must deal with the daunting task of playing Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, Ajla Tomljanovic, considers herself an admirer of the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “I’ve been a Serena fan,” Tomljanovic said, “since I was a kid.” ...

Serena's daughter, Olympia, sports beads, like Mom years ago

Aug. 30, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams won the 1999 U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title at age 17, she wore white beads in her hair. On Monday night, when Williams won her first match of the 2022 U.S. Open at age 40, her daughter, Olympia, was courtside, sporting a hairstyle paying homage to...

Children of Austin, Mandlikova win matches | US Open updates

Aug. 30, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 12:10 a.m. The children of past champions Tracy Austin and Hana Mandlikova are making their own U.S. Open memories. Brandon Holt, Austin’s son, knocked off No. 10-seeded...