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Timing right for France to make impression on big stage

May. 24, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

France has an opportunity to translate dominance at the European club level to success on the World Cup stage. With a highly experienced and skilled team, host France will be among the favorites at the women's tournament kicking off next month, and that suits coach Corinne Diacre just fine. She is happy...

The Latest: PM May resigns, won't lead Britain out of EU

May. 24, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit and Britain's political crisis (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Theresa May has ended her failed three-year quest to lead Britain out of the European Union, announcing that she will step down as Conservative Party leader June 7 and triggering a contest to choose a new prime...

Rapinoe kicks FIFA, says women's soccer not treated equally

May. 24, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport's top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment. "They have essentially unlimited resources. I don't think that it's really been a huge change at all,"...

Sinclair says she's been waiting for this Canadian team

May. 24, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

While Christine Sinclair edges closer to the all-time international goals record, her team will be chasing a title. Fifth-ranked Canada embarks on its Women's World Cup quest in France with its captain sitting at 181 career goals — four away from breaking former U.S. star Abby Wambach's global record...

US faces greater challenges this time around at World Cup

May. 24, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

The U.S. women's national team is well aware the rest of the world is catching up. Long dominant on the international stage, the No. 1-ranked Americans are heading to France for the Women's World Cup with any number of teams potentially in position to topple the defending champions. Among the challengers are host...

Terror probe after 'low force' blast in French city of Lyon

May. 24, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — A "low force" blast hit a busy pedestrian street Friday in the French city of Lyon, injuring seven people as it shattered the glass from a refrigerated shop cooler in a bakery, a local official said. France's anti-terrorist office opened an inquiry into the blast and the anti-terrorism...

Garcia wins all-French matchup to reach Strasbourg semifinal

May. 24, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia won an all-French matchup against Chloe Paquet to reach the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg tournament on Friday. Garcia won 6-3, 6-4 and will battle for the title with No. 6 seed Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine. The 2016 champion hit 11 aces...

Auger-Aliassime to meet Paire in Lyon final

May. 24, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — Felix Auger-Aliassime will seek a first ATP title against local favorite Benoit Paire in the Lyon Open final. Auger-Aliassime defeated top-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the semifinals of the clay-court event on Friday. The 18-year-old Canadian has good...

Climate change is hot topic in the European Parliament vote

May. 24, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

LANGEOOG, Germany (AP) — Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald's restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above. The 53-year-old has lived on Langeoog for most of his life, and his wife's family has been...

Federer relishes French Open return after 3-year absence

May. 24, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — When Roger Federer played his first match at Roland Garros the domestic currency was francs rather than euros, Steffi Graf was about to claim a sixth French Open title and few had heard of the young Swiss player who would go on to become a tennis great. It was 20 years ago when the teenage...