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Today in History: November 22, JFK is assassinated

Nov. 22, 2022 00:09 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2022. There are 39 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was shot to death during a motorcade in...

LA Dodgers donate $1 million to Elton John AIDS Foundation

Nov. 20, 2022 17:47 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a $1 million donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation during one of the star's weekend performances at Dodger Stadium, the last North American stop on his final tour. The team's principal owner, Mark Walter, and Dodgers...

King gets, disagrees with, Swiatek's choice to skip BJK Cup

Nov. 01, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Billie Jean King gets why No. 1-ranked Iga Swiatek decided to skip the Billie Jean King Cup Finals because they are right after — and half a world away from — the WTA Finals. King just figures she would have made a different choice. “I...

Alexis Ohanian gets sports award, calls for reforms in NWSL

Oct. 13, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexis Ohanian called out the need for a safe work environment in the National Women's Soccer League while receiving the Champions for Equality Award at the annual Salute to Women in Sports event on Wednesday night. The former executive chairman of Reddit is a...

Coach Dawn Staley earns Billie Jean King Leadership award

Oct. 10, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley’s busy offseason after winning another NCAA basketball title has included savoring the victory, lining up team-wide NIL deals and supporting coaches of color. Last season, Staley started handing out pieces of the first...

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...