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Roger Federer hopes to play 'one more time' at Wimbledon

Jul. 03, 2022 12:16 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Roger Federer did make his way to Wimbledon this year, after all — not to compete, mind you, but to take part in a ceremony marking the centenary of Centre Court on Sunday — and declared his intention to try to return in 2023 with a racket in hand. ...

Wimbledon marks, players recall, Centre Court's 100 years

Jul. 02, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — It’s where Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras and Steffi Graf reigned. Rod Laver, Billie Jean King and Althea Gibson before that. And Bill Tilden, Helen Wills Moody, Don Budge and Suzanne Lenglen before that. It’s been...

Athletes react to the Supreme Court's abortion decision

Jun. 25, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe expressed her anger Friday over the Supreme Court's decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. “I think the cruelty is the point because...

Vonn urges athletes use platform for good 'especially today'

Jun. 24, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

Lindsey Vonn used her induction speech into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame on Friday to urge athletes to put their platform to good use, “especially today,” the day the Supreme Court overturned the landmark ruling that guaranteed a women's constitutional right to abortion. ...

Q&A: Billie Jean King on Title IX's 50th anniversary

Jun. 23, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King admired a portrait of Patsy Mink, considered the “Mother of Title IX,” at the U.S. Capitol on the 50th anniversary of Title IX. "She knew exclusion firsthand and she had the confidence and leadership to challenge and change discrimination...

Sue Bird starts farewell tour with emotional win in New York

Jun. 20, 2022 07:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly an hour after playing her final regular-season game in New York, Sue Bird was still soaking in the moment. The WNBA's all-time assist leader was on the court signing autographs and taking photos with the 100 or so family and friends who had come to Barclays...

Title IX: Ann Meyers Drysdale shares how law shaped her life

Jun. 20, 2022 02:44 AM EDT

(Editor's Note: Ann Meyers Drysdale was the first woman to receive an athletic scholarship at UCLA. The Hall of Famer, longtime TV basketball analyst mother of three kids shares how Title IX has help shape her life and career, and what needs to be done over the next 50 years for the law to continue...

Alo's choice of pro softball leagues shows sport's growth

Jun. 13, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jocelyn Alo had options — the kind that have eluded women’s softball players in the past. Oklahoma’s record-setting slugger was drafted by Athletes Unlimited, which is headed into its third season, as well as the new Women’s Professional Fastpitch...

Title IX timeline: 50 years of halting progress across U.S.

Jun. 13, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

A timeline of key events before, during and after the 1972 passage of the landmark U.S. law known as Title IX: 1836: Georgia Female College is the first women's college to open in the U.S. 1917: Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to Congress. ...

Phelps, Vonn among those heading to US Olympic & Para Hall

Jun. 06, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Lindsey Vonn, Michelle Kwan, Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King and the late Pat Summitt are among the nine individual women who will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame this summer, along with Michael Phelps and hurdling great Roger Kingdom. ...