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Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies; hit by car in Virginia

Jul. 15, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of the car remained on the...

AP source: Simmons, 76ers agree to $170 million, 5-year deal

Jul. 15, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The max deal is the latest big commitment by a team expected to make a serious push at its first NBA...

Analysis: Djokovic looks like he could catch Federer, Nadal

Jul. 15, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic never has been this close to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam trophy count. Given the way Djokovic edged Federer in a thrilling Wimbledon final for his fourth championship at the past five major tournaments, there is little reason to think the...

Wimbledon champ Halep up to No. 4, Serena No. 9; Gauff 141st

Jul. 15, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Simona Halep's Wimbledon championship lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings on Monday, while runner-up Serena Williams moved up one spot to No. 9, her best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby. Halep beat Williams in Saturday's final...

The Latest: Sankey ties sports gambling, mental health

Jul. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Commissioner Greg Sankey opened Southeastern Conference media days talking about everything from a connection between sports gambling and athletes' mental health to football officiating and the event's future venues. Sankey says...

Molinari returns claret jug, faces long odds getting it back

Jul. 15, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Golf's oldest championship is all about tradition, and this is one Francesco Molinari could have done without. Fifty-one weeks after he won the British Open and gazed at his name etched on the silver claret jug, he had to return it. Getting it back won't be easy. "I'm well...

Old Nets think Durant, Irving can succeed where they didn't

Jul. 15, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving gave the Brooklyn Nets two big victories in one night. "They hit the Mega Millions and the Powerball," former NBA star Charles Oakley said. In the first hours of free agency, the Nets added two of the best players available to a young roster that made the...

Summer League winds down, and now, maybe, some NBA rest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night, and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA championship and the...

Mike Trout exits Angels game early with right calf tightness

Jul. 14, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout has been pulled from the Los Angeles Angels' game against Seattle due to right calf tightness. The two-time AL MVP left before the start of the third inning, interrupting his incredible recent success at the plate. Trout lined out to first in his only plate appearance...

After a Tour on TV, Pinot now looms large in the picture

Jul. 14, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BRIOUDE, France (AP) — Like a lost love, the Tour de France gains in value for riders who can't race in it. That was the lesson Thibaut Pinot learned last year when the French rider, who'd fallen sick at the Giro d'Italia in May, then missed the Tour and watched on TV as others wrote history at cycling's...

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Redskins QB Alex Smith sheds leg brace 8 months after injury

Jul. 15, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has finally shed the massive brace on his right leg eight months after breaking his tibia and fibula in gruesome fashion. Smith's wife, Elizabeth, posted a photo Monday of him holding the ring external fixator in his hand. The team's Twitter...

The Latest: Sankey ties sports gambling, mental health

Jul. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Commissioner Greg Sankey opened Southeastern Conference media days talking about everything from a connection between sports gambling and athletes' mental health to football officiating and the event's future venues. Sankey says...

Giants suspend S Kam Moore after domestic violence charges

Jul. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants suspended safety Kam Moore on Monday amid charges he punched a woman, stepped on her neck and rendered her unconscious. The alleged incident took place last Thursday. Moore appeared in Union County Superior Court on Monday to face charges of third-degree...

Analysis: Djokovic looks like he could catch Federer, Nadal

Jul. 15, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic never has been this close to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam trophy count. Given the way Djokovic edged Federer in a thrilling Wimbledon final for his fourth championship at the past five major tournaments, there is little reason to think the...

AP source: Simmons, 76ers agree to $170 million, 5-year deal

Jul. 15, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers and star guard Ben Simmons have agreed to a $170 million, five-year contract extension, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The max deal is the latest big commitment by a team expected to make a serious push at its first NBA...

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

Jul. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, received the sentence for killing one person and...

Racing fans flocking to Saratoga as usual

Jul. 15, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Fans continue to flock to Saratoga Race Course. Despite the earliest opening day at the venerable track since 1882, total paid attendance for opening weekend was 105,690. That's slightly lower than a year ago, but the New York Racing Association says all-sources handle for the...

Molinari returns claret jug, faces long odds getting it back

Jul. 15, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Golf's oldest championship is all about tradition, and this is one Francesco Molinari could have done without. Fifty-one weeks after he won the British Open and gazed at his name etched on the silver claret jug, he had to return it. Getting it back won't be easy. "I'm well...

Bengals guard Clint Boling retires after 8 seasons

Jul. 15, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals left guard Clint Boling retired Monday after eight seasons in the NFL, citing medical concerns. The club posted that he has been dealing with a blood clot. Boling was the Bengals' most dependable offensive lineman, playing every snap last season. He started all 16 games five times...

The Latest: Miles says RB Pooka Williams reinstated to team

Jul. 15, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The latest from the first day of Big 12 football media days Monday at AT&T Stadium. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. New Kansas coach Les Miles says top running back Pooka Williams has been reinstated to the team, seven months after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery...