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AP PHOTOS: Serena Williams, the athlete and cultural icon

Aug. 09, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

After winning 23 Grand Slam titles, Serena Williams says she is turning her focus to having another child and her business interests as she readies to step away from tennis. “I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give,” Williams wrote in an essay released Tuesday...

WNBA's Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

Aug. 04, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow. ...

Reactions to the death of NBA great Bill Russell

Jul. 31, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of NBA great and 11-time champion Bill Russell: ___ “Bill Russell was the greatest champion in all of team sports. The countless accolades that he earned for his storied career with the Boston Celtics —...

Jackie Robinson Museum opens after 14 years of planning

Jul. 27, 2022 01:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Long dreamed about and in development for longer than the big league career of the man it honors, the Jackie Robinson Museum opened Tuesday in Manhattan with a gala ceremony attended by the widow of the barrier-breaking ballplayer and two of his children. Rachel...

Rapinoe, King urge freedom for Brittney Griner at The ESPYS

Jul. 21, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soccer player Megan Rapinoe admonished her fellow athletes for not doing enough to speak out and encouraged them to support detained WNBA star Brittney Griner at The ESPYS on Wednesday night. Griner was arrested in Russia in February after customs officials said...

World TeamTennis taking 2022 off; seeks new franchises

Jul. 20, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — World TeamTennis, the mixed-gender league co-founded nearly a half-century ago by Billie Jean King, will not have a season in 2022 but plans to return next year. WTT announced Wednesday that it is hoping to add new teams by 2023. The expansion fee is $1...

Stanton, Buxton lead AL over NL in 9th straight All-Star win

Jul. 20, 2022 00:33 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered into an especially sweet spot in his Dodger Stadium homecoming at the All-Star Game, putting his name alongside some of the sluggers he loved watching from the left field seats as a kid. Byron Buxton followed with another drive and the...

Gates Foundation, women's tennis partnering on health issues

Jul. 08, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All sorts of requests reach the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, via all sorts of methods, but rarely does a meaningful entreaty come via LinkedIn message. That, though, is how Micky Lawler, the president of the WTA women’s professional tennis tour, first reached out...

2 sets down, Djokovic wins 26th consecutive Wimbledon match

Jul. 05, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — It says a lot about Novak Djokovic that a two-sets-to-none hole at Wimbledon on a day he was hardly at his best never seemed insurmountable. Not to him. Not to anyone watching. Says a lot about his history of overcoming that sort of deficit. A lot about...

Ons Jabeur makes more history for Arab women at Wimbledon

Jul. 05, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — To the many “firsts” filling Ons Jabeur’s résumé, add a new one: First Arab woman to reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament. The third-seeded Tunisian improved on last year's quarterfinal run at Wimbledon by doing one better on Tuesday at...