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Coco Gauff beats former No. 1 Naomi Osaka in straight sets

Aug. 05, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

SAN JOSE (AP) — Coco Gauff held off four-time major champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. Gauff, the No. 6 seed, held all of her serves in the opening set and finished the 45-minute session with three...

Could Wimbledon champ Rybakina join Swiatek, Osaka at top?

Jul. 10, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — With Serena Williams nearing the end of her career and Ash Barty newly in retirement, Elena Rybakina served her way right into the Wimbledon void. With some consistency at the biggest tournaments, tennis might just have a new rival for Iga Swiatek and...

WIMBLEDON 2022: No Russians, no rankings, but Serena’s back

Jun. 26, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — At least at the outset, before a tennis ball is struck, this edition of Wimbledon is as much about who — and what — is missing as who’s here. And that’s even taking this into account: It is no small matter that the grass-court Grand Slam tournament...

Naomi Osaka, LeBron James team up for entertainment venture

Jun. 21, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA...

Japan court says ban on same-sex marriage constitutional

Jun. 20, 2022 20:47 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Monday that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated. The Osaka District Court ruling is...

Naomi Osaka won't play at Wimbledon, citing Achilles tendon

Jun. 18, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

Naomi Osaka pulled out of Wimbledon on Saturday, citing a lingering problem with her left Achilles tendon and marking the second consecutive year she's decided to sit out the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player posted a photo...

Today in History: May 31, the Johnstown Flood

May. 31, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2022. There are 214 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 31, 1889, some 2,200 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, perished when the South Fork Dam collapsed, sending...

Today in History: May 30, Joan of Arc burned at the stake

May. 30, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 30, the 150th day of 2022. There are 215 days left in the year. This is Memorial Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a “Goddess of Democracy” statue in...

Japan terrorist group founder freed after serving time

May. 28, 2022 02:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fusako Shigenobu, who co-founded the terrorist group Japanese Red Army, was released from prison Saturday after serving a 20-year sentence, and apologized for hurting innocent people. “I feel strongly that I have finally come out alive,” she said, welcomed by her...

Osaka's mental health discussion resonates at French Open

May. 25, 2022 02:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Naomi Osaka’s 2022 French Open is over following a first-round loss. The players remaining in the tournament see and hear products of her frank discussion about anxiety and depression a year ago — from new “quiet rooms” and three on-call psychiatrists at Roland Garros to a...