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Enid veteran's birthday also brings memories of D-Day

Jun. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Ernest Leierer's 22nd birthday started out like any other day at his Army Air Corps Base in England. By the end of that day, Leierer was in France, in Eisenhower's "Great Crusade" to liberate Europe. Leierer, now 97, of Enid, found himself in the war the same way as many other young men....

"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Jun. 15, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly known...

Neville's compassion for players shows new England culture

Jun. 15, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — In the celebratory moments after England advanced to the next round of the Women's World Cup, coach Phil Neville gently kissed the head of forward Fran Kirby in recognition of her personal journey. England's 1-0 victory over Argentina came on the 11th anniversary of Kirby's mother...

India vs Pakistan: More than just cricket at the World Cup

Jun. 15, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's the contest for continental supremacy played on a global stage. It's the mini-title game of the World Cup group stage for more than 1 billion people in two cricket-crazed countries — the nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. The sport British colonizers...

5 die in UK listeria outbreak linked to hospital food

Jun. 15, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government has ordered a review of hospital food after five patients died in a listeria outbreak linked to sandwiches and salads. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he wants "a radical new approach" to the food served in hospitals. Officials have linked the outbreak to...

Taylor puts England in World Cup last 16 with game to spare

Jun. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LE HAVRE, France (AP) — As roommates at the Women's World Cup, Jodie Taylor and Beth Mead have built a connection that helped lead England into the second round of the tournament. Mead delivered a low cross from the left flank and Taylor sneaked into a central location, nudging the ball into the net to...

Nick Nurse's nomadic coaching path takes him to an NBA title

Jun. 14, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall. Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the 2015 Travers Stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. There are two horses in the frame; one is Triple Crown winner...

Playing on 2 surfaces, Vekic reaches Nottingham semis

Jun. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Former champion Donna Vekic finally got to play on grass at the Nottingham Open on Friday but had to overcome multiple rain delays and another switch indoors before reaching the semifinals. The second-seeded Vekic defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-4 in a match played on two...

Analysis: A global NBA now has a truly global champion

Jun. 14, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling some happy phrase in Spanish. Every team that wins an NBA title calls itself "world champions." These Toronto...

Japan holds off Scotland 2-1 at Women's World Cup

Jun. 14, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

RENNES, France (AP) — Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory on Friday at the Women's World Cup. Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the tournament....